MFA Students Shine in Summer Exhibit


This summer, visitors to The Gallery at UTA will see the fruits of graduate student research and study.

The 7th Annual Summer MFA Exhibition, running through Aug. 25, presents the artwork of a diverse group of 21 candidates from the Department of Art & Art History. The students, at varying stages of the program, display a broad range of contemporary art-making practice in terms of concept, media and scale, organizers said.

The MFA Program is organized into four areas — studio-intermedia, visual communication, film/video and glass — and the works in this exhibition reveal the artists’ conceptual investigations of a variety of issues as they realize their visions in these respective mediums.

This year’s exhibition was selected by three jurors: Katrina Moorhead, Steven Holland and Julia Dyer. After visiting each MFA candidate’s studio and reviewing all the works that had been completed or were currently in progress, the jurors selected one or two pieces they felt demonstrated the students’ best accomplishments. Their thoughtful choices reflect the depth and diversity of both the program and the student artists who generously share their intellectual and creative explorations, organizers said.

Participating artists include: Ryan Britton, Morgan Chivers, Gladys Chow, David Diaz, Gabriel Duran, Jackson Echols, Elizabeth English, Brendan Feltrup-Exum, Laura Garcia, Christine Heimerman, Ginnie Shih En Hsu, Jean-Patrick Mahoney, Emily Nicastro, Neal Paustian, Michelle Pennington, Maryam Rezaei, Alison Starr, Seth Victorious, Shuhong Wang, Sydney Webb and Joshua Wilson.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street in Arlington.

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