College of the Arts Exhibits Works by 2011 Graduates of MFA and MA Studio Art Programs

MFA Exhibition in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (5/13-6/5) and MA Exhibition at the George Segal Gallery (5/4-5)

Exterior of SideShow Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The College of the Arts and Department of Art and Design are proud to present two culminating exhibitions featuring works produced by students graduating from the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) Studio programs.

MFA Studio Arts Show

We Are We Make is the title of the MFA exhibition that will be on view at the SideShow Gallery located in the thriving artists community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (319 Bedford Ave.) from May 13 – June 5. The opening will take place May 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Curated by Matthew Nichols, the program's notable Visiting Critic this year, the exhibition will feature the following artists who will graduate with a MFA in Studio this May:

"This year's exhibition also marks an especially important milestone," says Dr. Andrew Atkinson, director of the MFA program. "We are celebrating our 10th class of graduating students. As with each year, it is wonderful to watch these emerging artists build their bodies of works and hone sophisticated visual ideas. The thesis exhibitions is their first public venture as newly minted MFAs but will, by no means, be their last. This class, the 10th to graduate, is a particularly good group of students and I'm greatly looking forward to seeing their work in a befitting professional setting."

Montclair State University's MFA in Studio Art is a 60-credit degree program designed to further the growth of students as practicing professional artists. Comprised of a diverse group of faculty and students who share a vision to explore, synthesize, innovate and create, the rigorous MFA is a full-time, two-year, in-residence program that fosters opportunities for critical discourse in an environment where individuals collaborate or work independently to make meaningful contributions to contemporary culture.

Over the years, the program has invited an exceptional group of artists, curators and visiting critics, such as this year's critic-in-residence Matthew Nichols, to the program, to engage with students in in-depth capacities. Other notables have included Roberta Smith, Eleanor Heartney, James Rosenquist, Philip Pearlstein, William Wegman, Shirin Neshat and Dana Schutz. (Further information about the MFA program may be obtained by contacting program assistant Louise Davies, or its director Dr. Andrew Atkinson, or by calling (973) 655-4074.)

Read an article about the show.

MA in Fine Arts/Studio Exhibition

In the same month as the MFA exhibition in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our Master of Arts (MA) in Fine Arts/Studio graduates will exhibit their culminating works in our own award-winning George Segal Gallery on campus – scheduled from May 4-5; opening is May 4 at 6 p.m.

The show will feature the following students graduating from the program: Sonya Kypreos, Marie Miccelli, Agnieszka Nowak, Christina Thorry-Santiago, Jessica Vocaturo (painters), Steve Maietta and Krystyna Stroinski (metalsmiths).

Exhibition coordinator Shannon Bellum comments that, "The five accomplished painters and two talented metal-smiths will demonstrate their polished skills . . . Each artist presenting a body of semi-autobiographical work that also offers a universal and unique social perspective as an entry point for the viewer."

The Master of Arts in Fine Arts/Studio is a 33-credit program that may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis and tailored to suit a variety of needs. Through the MA program, students have the opportunity to advance existing and emerging skills in studio art, develop a personal aesthetic voice, or explore a studio area that has never before been tried. (Further information regarding the MA program may be obtained by contacting program director Dr. Dorothy Heard.)