MFA Students Show ‘Dynamic’ Growth in Exhibition

Work from nine graduate students will be on display now through April 23 as part of a spring Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at The Gallery at UTA.

Nancy Palmeri, graduate advisor and area coordinator, said the work shows how much the artists have grown in the graduate program.

“The originality of the MFA thesis exhibitions resides between the dynamic intersection of object and image and the equilibrium of well-directed theoretical structure,” Palmeri said. “Following no formula, the work by all of the students expresses the power of interplay between media. Their works are ironic, playful, striking, engaging, composed, tense, subversive, and beautiful. … Their art reveals the scope and diversity of the artists within the MFA program at UTA, who are superbly balanced between the complex hemispheres of traditional and media-based art.”

The exhibition features nine artists – Jesse Barnett, Shannon Brunskill, Ben Dolezal, Justin Ginsberg, Lawrence Gise, Becca Hirsbrunner, Julie Holleman, Michael Mazurek and Madhavi Wagh — showcasing their work in glass, film/video, visual communication and intermedia studio art. As a requirement for completion of the degree, candidates are required to present a culminating exhibition demonstrating excellence in their chosen field.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours for The Gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington.

PHOTO CREDITS: At top, cast glass and found objects make up this piece titled “Where to?” by Shannon Brunskill. Below, Julie Hollerman used copper and resin to create “Sieve.”

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