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MFA Invitational Exhibit at UNH Museum

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 22, 2009

Nineteen emerging artists from universities and colleges around the country will have their work showcased in an exhibit that opens Friday in the UNH Museum at the Dimond Library.

“Close Associations: UNH MFA Invitational” brings together Master of Fine Arts degree candidates from UNH and other schools for a month-long show featuring 44 pieces of art. A preview reception, free and open to the public, will be held Friday, April 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Each participating UNH graduate student invited one or two artists they had met as undergraduates or with whom they found connections in their work.

“The main idea was to highlight trends in conceptual and formal development in the painting world,” says Erin Murray, exhibit curator, and UNH MFA candidate.

Murray got the idea for the show after being asked as an undergraduate to exhibit her work at American University in an invitational show called “A Friend Indeed.”

“Close Associations” features seven UNH candidates working towards their MFAs in painting, including Suzie Dittenber, Christopher Dolan, Graham Loper, Dustin O’Hara, Gregory Poulin, Alan Rushing and Murray. 

In addition, the exhibition hosts work from artists Chris Carter, University of Washington; Jessica George, Maine; Bree Johnson, Chicago Art Institute; Brian Kelley, Indiana University; Brendan Loper, American University; Aaron Lubrick, Kentucky; Will Reed, New York Studio School; Megan Rogers, University of Pennsylvania; Suzy Shireson, Indiana University; Carly Slone, Wright State University; Lana Stephens, American University; and Aron Wehr of Indiana University.

Some of the artists submitted one work while others entered up to seven pieces. In many cases, artists who sent smaller pieces submitted more than one.

The exhibit will be at the museum until May 23. It will be open to the public on May 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the MFA Thesis Exhibition II’s preview reception at the Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center. “Close Associations” is funded in part by the Graduate Painting Program at UNH.

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