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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 free.

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 of charge.

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