Emerging Artists' Work On View At The Art Gallery
April 2, 2008
Two outstanding exhibitions, the 2008 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition and
the 2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition (I), will be on view at The Art Gallery beginning
April 19, 2008. Showcasing the artistic talents of students graduating from
the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Art and Art History,
the exhibitions include a wide variety of creative work in painting, ceramics,
photography, drawing, woodworking, and printmaking. Both exhibitions will open
with a preview reception on Friday, April 18, from 6 – 8 p.m. The artists
will be present for the reception, which is open to the public. Admission is
The 2008 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition features works by eleven New Hampshire
candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, including: Lindsay Bezich
of Dover; Shawn Burke of Durham; Kimberly DeCicco of Dover; Alissa Feller of
Newmarket; Lily Finnigan-Allen of Newmarket; Sean Hurley of Portsmouth; Lauri
E. Lannan of Windham; Cailin Mateleska of Durham; K.Lee Mock of Portsmouth;
Colleen Murphy of Dover; and Lindsay Forrest Wraga of Durham.
After an intense program of study, the students enrolled in the B.F.A. program
draw upon their own experiences and interests to develop a strong body of work
to showcase in this annual exhibition. Through both abstract and representational
means, they examine the visual relationships between light, shape, texture,
and color. Their works encompass a range of subject matter, from still-life
and the human figure, to interior spaces and landscapes. Drawn from direct
observation or the imagination, these works reflect each artist’s vision,
style, and technique.
Interior spaces are atmospherically rendered through the use of color and
light in the personal still-life paintings of Bezich, while expressive mark
making and the use of texture in painting are explored in works by DeCicco.
The effects of changing natural light can also be found in work by Mock, whose
paintings evoke a sense of nostalgia while still capturing the spirit of the
present moment. The interaction of inanimate and animate objects discarded
in a communal space is reflected in Finnigan-Allen’s narrative paintings,
while the struggle of nature pitted against the encroaching, synthetic man-made
environment is the focus of Wraga’s paintings.
Sean Hurley’s detailed prints take note of the urban landscape, treating
architectural structures as engineered spaces, while. Lannan’s photographs
explore the relationship of humans to their man-made environment. Feller’s
abstracted paintings question how human intervention has turned the natural
landscape into ravaged land, depleted of its natural resources. In her photographs,
Mateleska uses portraiture to create mood and communicate a preconceived theme,
while the mixed-media portrait drawings of Shawn Burke capture the character
of the sitter. Colleen Murphy creates installations of colorful child-like
structures designed to capture the viewer’s sense of creativity and imagination.
The 2008 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition will be on view through May 24.
(closed May 5-7).
A more intensive artistic exploration can be viewed in the concurrent exhibition
showcasing the works of graduate students in the M.F.A. degree program in painting.
The 2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition (I) features the work of M.F.A. candidates
Denise Jansson and Rebecca M. Kallem. Jansson uses a direct observation of
the sitter as a starting point for a psychological examination of her subject
in its environment. She manipulates the space around the figure, altering and
distorting it, until the relationship between figure and space becomes ambiguous.
Kallem explores how particular moments of light and color affect an object,
endowing it with clarity and harmony, yet evoking a sense of mystery and mood.
The 2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition (I) will be on view through May 4.
The 2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition (I) is funded in part by the department
of art and art history. Both graduate and undergraduate exhibitions are funded
in part by the Friends of The Art Gallery.
The Art Gallery presents exhibitions and programs open to the public free