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Linda Fitz Gibbon, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateTransformationsFeaturing Linda's "inflatable" ceramic series.Monday, November 19 - Thursday, December 13James Kaneko GalleryNoelle Fiori, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateBlue [group show]Juried by Joseph Thompson, Director, Mass MoCAFriday, November 9 - Thursday, January 10Kathryn Schultz and University Place Galleries. University Place Gallery, 124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138Andrew Yang, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateAnimalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art [group show]An exhibition of art focusing on the animal form, sponsored by the Studio Art Program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Curated by Brandice Guerra, Director of Studio Art at Northwestern.Friday, November 2 - Sunday, December 2John Chang, MFA in Visual Arts '09Facing East: Contemporary Work from Four Chinese Artists in America [curator]Featuring works from Bi-Ying Zhang, Zhu-Qing Jiang, Long-Bin Chen, and Wen-Hao Tien. The exhibition is seeking to raise awareness of contemporary Chinese Art. In an effort to foster and fuel discussion, dialogue and understanding, this exhibition of contemporary Chinese, Chinese American will bring together an international array of artists whose work examines issues ranging from cultural and geographical changes, to personal narratives, to questions of cultural and political and economic control.Friday, October 19 - Saturday, November 24Mill Fine Art GalleryLinda Fitz Gibbon, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateStretching Function [group show]Pushing the limits of functional ceramics.Thursday, October 11 - Saturday, November 17Tsao GalleryRobert Gerhardt, MFA in Visual Arts '07Life on the Border: The Karen People of BurmaThe exhibition will go along with a series of films about Southeast Asia, and will coincide with the 10th International Burma Studies Conference which is hosted by Northern Illinois University from October 5-7.Tuesday, August 28 - Saturday, November 17University of Northern Illinois Art MuseumJohn Chang, MFA in Visual Arts '09John's work was the subject of a Haiku Review by Peter Frank featured on the Huffingtonpost.com.Mike Cirelli, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateMike created a video about what it is like to be over the age of 30 and still skateboarding. This video is now featured on multiple industry-leading websites, including Vans Shoes, Transworld Skateboarding, and Hellaclips.Nancy Grace Horton, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateNancy is the recipient of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Artists Entrepreneurial Grant, 2012. This grant supports opportunities that will increase the capacity of professional artists, and she will be using it to continue and expand on a mentorship relationship.New Hampshire State Council on the Arts | artist's siteJane Rainwater, MFA in Visual Arts '07Jane recently published a book of her current work, Botanical Tyranny. The hard-bound book is now available for preview and purchase.Jeff Brown, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateBrown recently won one of the two awards at the 2011 In-Out Festival at Laznia CCA in Gdansk, Poland, beating out a pool of 150 other submissions.Anthony Apesos, MFA in Visual Arts FacultyApesos juried the New Hampshire Institute of Art 2011 Biennial, on display at NHIA's Amherst Street Gallery and French Building Gallery through December 5. The show is a regional juried exhibition for New England artists.Bridget Lynch, MFA in Visual Arts '11Lynch has been named the Director of the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College effective July 1, 2011. The gallery presents six professional shows a year. Her focus will be primarily on contemporary women artists and shows that act as a kick-starter for the wider intellectual conversation possible within a university setting.Robert Bern, Jill Brody, Jeff Brown, Mike Cirelli, Shea Justice Sr., Liselott Johnsson, Francesca Milliken, Dana Pasila, Betti Pettinatti-Longinotti, Dwight Smith, Diane Wiencke, Joe Wade Wilcox; all MFA in Visual Arts '12Unfolding the Book [group show]An Art Exhibition informed and inspired by books and works of literature. What could be more thought provoking and inspiring than what is contained in a book, printed on paper or materializing out of pixels? From best sellers and top tens to philosophical tomes and dreamy librettos, to digital downloads that fill our kobos and kindles with that next great read, to those weighty reference books that keep us wise (thank you Reference Librarians); this art exhibit is a celebration of the book.Saturday, August 18 - Sunday, October 28Boston Public LibraryAris Moore, MFA in Visual Arts '12Nil and FancyJack Hanley Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of portraits by Aris Moore. Most of the portraits are of women, though many include men, children, a couple or a family. With disturbingly disproportionate faces, and pleasantly detailed and delicate clothing, the people of Nil and Fancy straddle the lovely and the grotesque. Inhabiting the space between what is perceived versus what is presented, Moore's people are neither children nor adults; never entirely strong, nor vulnerable; attractive nor repulsive. She gives them an uncanny semblance of personality. In fact, while uncomfortably strange, a figure will seem even more unnervingly familiar. It is difficult not to find a peculiar likeness to someone else, be they known, or imagined. Faced with this ambiguity, the viewer becomes a participating judge of character. A couple's embrace may signify comfort to some, or control to others. A girl's smile can be questioned or taken at face value. Without revealing too much about anyone, Moore pinpoints our own attempt to fill in these gaps, though often we are left with all-too-human contradictions.Friday, September 7 - Saturday, September 29Jack Hanley GalleryJudith Barry, Director of MFA in Visual Arts ProgramdOCUMENTA (13)dOCUMENTA (13) is dedicated to artistic research and forms of imagination that explore commitment, matter, things, embodiment, and active living in connection with, yet not subordinated to, theory. Judith's featured piece is a polyhedron book entitled For when all that was read was…so as not to be unknown. Bruno Latour's remark that "…matter is as it is thought by the mind" provided the genesis for this Guidebook as a modular origami form, designed to be read as it is constructed and whose purpose is to allow all the elements in the "Brain" section of dOCUMENTA (13) to be suspended within a non-hierarchical, endless space; a space with no beginning and no end, a space conceived as being 'inside time,' where perhaps, there is only space. read moreSaturday, June 9 - Sunday, September 16Fridericianum, Kassel, GermanyMFA Mentors Sam Durant, Joan Jonas, and Michael Rakowitz also participated in dOCUMENTA (13).Andrew Yang, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateVideo included in The Worldly House at dOCUMENTA (13)In recognition of the work and ideas of Donna Haraway, member of the dOCUMENTA (13) Honorary Advisory Committee and renowned feminist theorist, dOCUMENTA(13) presents "The Worldly House," an archive compiled by Tue Greenfort, within the exhibition part of Karlsaue Park that will give visitors the opportunity to think through Haraway's writings and teachings in the form of artists' materials, texts, books, and videos. As homage to Haraway, the space functions like a concentrated archive of the thoughts that inform the exhibition, and presents multispecies co- evolution as a key position of dOCUMENTA (13).Linda S. Fitz Gibbon , MFA in Visual Arts CandidateFlatlanders on the Slant: 50 Artists Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Slant Step [group show]2012 Visions in ClayThursday, August 16 - Thursday, September 13LH Horton Jr. Gallery at San Joaquin Delta CollegeRJ Calabrese, Richard Cutrona, and Jason Wallengren; MFA in Visual Arts '09Yudh Abhyas: Training for War [group show]'Yudh Abhyas' is an Indo- ‐American joint war exercise that has been conducted periodically from the year 2004, either in the forests of Mizoram, in the foothills of the Himalayas in India or at the Fort Richardson base in Alaska, Hawaii in the United States. From basic infantry skills to platoon battle drills, ambushes and counterinsurgency jungle warfare, soldiers from both the nations teach each other in these rigorous US/Indian Army trainings. In the 2006 Yudh Abhyas the American soldiers stayed at the temporarily vacated two- ‐story barracks of the 11th Sikh Regiment in New Delhi during their Himalayan training, dining on the Punjabi specialties the Sikh cooks had prepared. In the 2007 Alaskan training, Indian soldiers and US soldiers played soccer, basketball, and volleyball at an altitude of 6,500 feet, while the soldiers from the Gorkha regiment conducted yoga sessions for their American counterparts. Any form of 'Abhyas' comes with practice, patience, tolerance and understanding. I remember as a student, when I was burdened with the cultural and spiritual predicaments of two different worlds, the advice my American professor Julia Scher gave was unfussy. 'Fuck the dilemma' she said and the heavy load rolled off forever. Military exercise and art is achieved through mutual practice. However, when a celluloid symbol like 'The Dark Knight' could ignite a man to go on a shooting rampage in a cinema hall or cause a former soldier with social dilemmas to shower the praying Sikhs with gunshots, artists too hold the responsibility to unravel the quandary of the social order. Practicing art in a large metropolis or in suburbia is only a joint exercise and artists are collective- ‐ beings in this ever- ‐widening Global art commune. How could the art we practice disentangle the Gordian knot that was left for us to untie?Tuesday, August 21 - Wednesday, September 5A. Jain Marunouchi GalleryShawn Saumell, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateAlternative Realities [juried group show]Tuesday, August 7 - Saturday, September 1Photoplace GalleryErin Shafkind, MFA in Visual Arts '10Lo-Fi Arts Festival, Farm Time 2012 [group show]Saturday, August 25, 12:00pm - Sunday, August 26, 12:00pmThe 6th quasi-annual Lo-Fi Arts Festival, Farm Time 2012, brings together over seventy-five exhibiting artists and hundreds of guests for a 24-hour journey into performance, installation, music, food, community, and the mutability of time. From life-size bird nests to larger-than-life fairy tale sculptures, and from aerial dance to underground rituals, expect the breathtaking and the bizarre.Lo-Fi Arts FestivalMichelle Saffran, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateUnbound, Vol. II: Art Using Books as a Material or Format [juried group show]Friday, July 27 - Saturday, August 25ArtisTree GalleryIan Torney, MFA in Visual Arts '08Surface to AirMonday, July 23 - Friday, August 17Jill C. Wilson Gallery of the Kimball Jenkins EstateNancy McTague-Stock, MFA in Visual Arts '09Black + White [group show]Friday, June 1 - Wednesday, August 15Heather Gaudio Fine ArtDenise Driscoll, MFA in Visual Arts '07Off the Wall [group show]Sunday, June 3 - Sunday, August 5, 2012Exhibition juried by Cody Hartley, Director of Gifts at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Denise's piece, Brane 1, a large-scale mixed media drawing, was selected from over 1400 works by 500 artists.Danforth Museum of ArtShawn Saumell, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateThe Art of Instagram [group exhibition]Thursday, July 12 - Saturday, August 4, 2012Los Angeles Center for Digital ArtMary Zompetti, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateOpen House [group exhibition]Part of the Winnoski Pop-Up Gallery DistrictFriday, June 22 - Saturday, August 4, 2012Curator Talk, Artist Reception, and Catalog Release - Thursday, July 19, 6:00pmCurated by Amy Rahn, Open House is an art exhibition that explores "home" as a concept detached from the familiar architecture of the house. Artists Angelo Arnold, Kate Brandt, and Mary Zompetti each approach the meaning of "home" from richly varied perspectives. Arnold's "familiarture" upholstered sculptures, Brandt's insightful, darkly humorous video works, and Zompetti's ephemeral, meditative photographic works re-interpret the space and essence of "house" and "home", grounding the viewer in a contemplative space. Here, viewers are invited to see "home" as a concept open to interpretation, and a space open to exploration.Zompetti received a grant to do an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center, the largest international artists/writer's residency in the United States, during the first week of May 2012.More on the Studio CenterMary's home art installation, House/Home Project, was also recently reviewed in Seven Days, Vermont's Independent Voice.Rita Maas, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateReality TVFriday, May 25 - Friday, August 3, 2012Reality TV investigates the blizzard of imagery and data we are exposed to daily, our compulsion to consume it, and the effects it may have on us. Maas states, "In approaching this series I focused on the imagery broadcast into our homes via the television. Instead of recording the faces and graphics on the screen, I recorded the ambient light emitted from the tube as it fell on the white walls of the room, reducing the imagery to pure color and muting its message. The assembled images of saturated color vibrate against each other, creating their own visual sensation."University of the Arts Gallery 1401Percy Fortini-Wright, MFA in Visual Arts '08Recent Works: Sound and Form 2Thursday, July 12 - Friday, August 3, 2012Ugly GalleryJill Christian, MFA in Visual Arts '12Rise/Set: Paintings by Jill ChristianFriday, July 6 - Thursday, July 26, 2012Inspired by nuanced light and color in the moments surrounding dawn and dusk, the paintings in this exhibition present fields of brushstrokes that completely fill the canvas with subtly shifting colors. Working within the structure of repetition and reduction, these process-driven, meditative paintings create rhythmic patterns that invite quiet contemplation of their surfaces.The Harwood Art CenterBetti Pettinati-Longinotti, MFA in Visual Arts Candidate2012 American Glass Guild Annual Juried ExhibitionFriday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22, 2012Pettinati-Longinotti will be exhibiting "Mi Frida," one of only 12 exhibited juried works, as well as presenting at the American Glass Guild Conference held the same weekend.Omni William Penn HotelRita Koehler, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateThe Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2012 [group show]One of Rita's pieces from her series The Rite of Ordinary is being featured. In addition, Rita will be speaking on the artist panel on Saturday, May 19th during the opening weekend of the exhibit.Saturday, May 19 - Saturday, July 21, 2012Grunwald Gallery of ArtStacey Piwinski, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateSeductive Surfaces [juried group show of fine art fiber]Tuesday, June 5 - Saturday, July 21, 2012Gallery SevenShawn Saumell, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateViridian Artists' 23rd International Juried Exhibition [group show]Tuesday, July 3 - Saturday, July 21, 2012Juried by Chrissie Iles, curator of the Whitney Museum of American ArtViridian ArtistsStacey Cushner, MFA in Visual Arts '10Borrowing Forward: The New VanitasSaturday, June 9 - Monday, July 9, 2012Marran Gallery at Lesley UniversityJill Christian, MFA in Visual Arts '12Intervals: Paintings by Jill ChristianFriday, June 1 - Friday, July 6, 2012An Artscrawl First Friday eventInpost Artspace at the Outpost Performance SpaceLinda S. Fitz Gibbon, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateSlice: A Juried Cross-Section of Regional Art [juried group show]One of Linda's pieces was awarded second prize by Diana Daniels, Associate Curator of the Crocker Art Museum.Friday, June 8 - Thursday, July 5, 2012Pence GalleryNoelle Fiori, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateCambridge Art Association's 11th National Prize ShowThursday, May 31 - Thursday, July 5, 2012Kathryn-Schultz GalleryPhil Scorza, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateOne of the works from Phil's keep looking up series was accepted into the 2012 Briar Cliff Review. The image will be published in the book and included in an exhibition.Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, July 1, 2012Sioux City Art CenterMFA in Visual Arts Graduate ExhibitionMonday, June 25 - Saturday, June 30, 2012Split between the Main Gallery and the Gallery at University Hall, this exhibition will feature the work of eighteen MFA students of the sixteenth graduating class.Artists showing at 700 Beacon: Jill Brody, Jeff Brown, JooYoung Choi, Michael Cirelli, Steve Gentile, Liselott Johnsson, Francesca Milliken, Peter Murphey, Dana Pasila, and (lower level) Rebecca Colon Dickerson.Artists showing at University Hall: Robert Bern, James Cox, Shea Justice, Aris Moore, Betti Pettinati-Longinotti, Diane Wiencke, and Joseph Wilcox.Ebenezer Singh, MFA in Visual Arts '09Eloi...Eloi...Thursday, May 31 - Saturday, June 23, 2012A series of work done by the artist in his New York studio. From press release: "These sublime mental paradigms on canvas are Ebenezer's socio-mythical insights, delivered on his self and the immediate social order that exists with or without his partaking. Ebenezer divulges his peripheral existence and his self-worth amidst the populace by making himself the central character of the painting. His physical, mental, and political positioning as the male protagonist not only brings out the sagacity of the artist but also redraws the political diagram of the observer who views the drama and apes the artist."A. Jain Marunouchi GalleryTim Powers, MFA in Visual Arts '12Intimacy, Form, and SpaceFriday, June 1 - Monday, June 11, 2012Whitdel ArtsYa La'ford, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateArtFutura: Art in Motion [juried group show]Thursday, May 31 - Thursday, June 7, 2012Northwestern University Lurie CenterJeri Eisenberg, MFA in Visual Arts '05Luminous LandscapesWednesday, May 2 - Sunday, June 3, 2012Wallspace GalleryJeffrey Ellse, Lynda Schlosberg, MFA in Visual Arts '09; Carol Mordecai Myers, Denise Driscoll, MFA in Visual Arts '07Many Pieces Loosely JoinedFriday, June 1 - Sunday, June 3, 2012Working together as Swarm Intelligence, AIB MFA alumni will collaborate on a large-scale drawing, Many Pieces Loosely Joined, for Alumni Weekend at Lesley University. Swarm Intelligence is a collaborative group that expands and contracts from project to project, always seeking new ways to work together. The group will also host a Panel Discussion focused on their process of collaboration and the influence these collaborations have on their individual practices.Marran Gallery, Lesley UniversityJenna Powell, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateSounding Patterns [one day contemporary art installation]Saturday, June 2, 2012White-Ellery HouseJill Brody, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateAll the Believers: The Hutterites of Liberty County, MontanaThrough Thursday, May 31, 2012Artist Talk: Saturday, April 14, 2:00pmGrove Hall LibraryDeborah Davidson, MFA in Visual Arts FacultyStanding SeeFriday, May 4 - Friday, May 25, 2012Standing See is an elegant and evocative presentation of the artist's interior life. Echoing the subtle yet heroic work of the Minimalist sculptor, Anne Truitt, these hybrid painted sculptures reach that unique space where Davidson notes that, "Underlying all of this work is the attempt to resolve the conversation between wanting to reveal all and at the same time the desire to obliterate."NKG BostonNancy Grace Horton, MFA in Visual Arts CandidatePRC in NYC: Exhibition of Ten PRC Members' Work at the New York Photo FestivalWednesday, May 16 - Sunday, May 20, 2012The PRC is thrilled to announce the ten winners of the call for entries for the PRC in NYC juried competition and exhibition. Jurors Glenn Ruga, Neal Rantoul, and Chehalis Hegner met to discuss submissions and selected Nancy Grace Horton, along with nine other artists, to exhibit their work in a satellite exhibit at the New York Photo Festival.111 Front Street, Gallery 210, BrooklynLeigh Yardley, MFA in Visual Arts CandidateMade in NY 2012 [juried group show]Thursday, March 31 - Sunday, May 20, 2012Schweinfurth Memorial Art CenterErin Shafkind, MFA in Visual Arts '10Don't You (Forgot About Me)Saturday, March 10 - Saturday, May 5, 2012The digital age has changed our relationship to the book; going to bookstores, examining covers, even turning pages has become obsolete. This new work is Shafkin's attempt to exemplify the form. To praise its worthiness, to acknowledge an object that is shifting in meaning and use from cave wall hieroglyphics to animal skin scrolls to paper to the cloud.The Firm, GeorgetownClare Asch, MFA in Visual Arts '05GeomorphsWednesday, April 4 - Sunday, April 29, 2012Galatea Fine Art
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