College of the Arts Exhibits Works by 2012 Graduates of MFA and MA Studio Art Programs

MFA Thesis Exhibition in White Box Gallery, N.Y., (May 16-27); MA Studio Exhibition May 2-4 at The George Segal Gallery

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 

"Horse Designed By Committee" is the title of the MFA exhibition that will be on view at the White Box Gallery, 329 Broome St., N.Y., from May 16-27. An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 19, from 6-9 p.m.

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

Heartney said the title of the show, from the oft-heard maxim A camel is a horse designed by committee, is apropos. 

"An MFA show is, like a camel, an entity that is at once perfectly functional and inherently awkward," explains Heartney. "It reflects the individual trajectories of the artists whose work it represents. But it is also possible to read the ghost of a group dynamic in any MFA show as these are individuals who have been working, living and evolving in close proximity for two years as they have pursued their MFA degrees. These two readings are in potential conflict, which is best resolved by considering the show to be a whole made up of fully independent parts."

Heartney said the students' thesis work addresses issues that range from the personal to the political to the philosophical, taking up everything from ecological threat and the shifting paradigms of science, to family dynamics and the search for existential meaning.  She added the works reflect " the multiplicity of approaches and ideas evident in artists across the globe," which is only fitting since the MFA students "come from diverse backgrounds and bring to bear very different personal histories and intellectual concerns."

She adds of interest to note with these students' work is hybridity. "Many of the works here exist between conventional categories," she says.

"We are all very proud of the tremendous progress and rich works that the students have made in the transformative process of the MFA," added Dr. Andrew Atkinson
program director. "Each is well prepared for the next stage in their artistic careers, and we look forward to following them in the years to come."

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 Heartney, to the program to engage with students in in-depth capacities. Other notables have included Matthew Nichols, Roberta Smith, 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.) 



MA in Fine Arts/Studio Exhibition

The culminating show of students in the MA in Fine Arts in Studio program is from May 2-4, at the George Segal Gallery. A reception will be held May 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

"This show is the fifth year the show has been scheduled although the program has been in existence far longer than that," said Dr. Robert Browning, the director of the program.

The students exhibiting this year are Teri Vogel
, Theresa Mustafa
, Rex Thomas, 
Daniel Bertelli
 and Anna Suralik.

The hours to view this exhibition at the George Segal Gallery are: Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, 12:30-7:30 p.m.; and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 program may be obtained by contacting Dr. Robert Browning.)