Works by Emerging Artists Presented at the Museum of Art

Works by Emerging Artists Presented at the Museum of Art

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Three new exhibitions featuring the work of emerging artists are on display at the Museum of Art. The 2013 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition, the 2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition I, and the2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II, showcase the artistic talents of students graduating from the department of art and art history’s studio art program.

The exhibitions include a variety of creative works in drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, and printmaking. The2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II opens to the public on Friday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m.The artists will be present at the reception, which is open to the public free of charge.

2013 Senior B.A and B.F.A. Exhibition

The 2013 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition features works by 12 candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree who draw upon their own experiences, interests, and studies to develop a strong body of work to present in this annual exhibition. Through abstract and representational means, the students’ works examine the relationship between light, texture, shape, color, and subject. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates and their area of concentration include: Sarah E. Archer, Mont Vernon, ceramics; Kathleen Brewster, Portsmouth, drawing and painting; Sarah Brewster, Portsmouth,  drawing and printmaking; Cara M. Copeland, Derry, painting; Mary Alice Duke, Westmoreland, ceramics; Addie Fisher, Lyme, photography; Emily Holland, New Milford, Conn., ceramics; Sophia Lupi, Dover, photography; Loren Marple, Durham, painting; Samuel Rheaum; Barrington, painting; Paige L. Smith; Morristown, N.J., painting; and Brenna Thompson, Westmoreland, photography. The exhibition will be on view from April 13 – May 17, 2013 (closed April 29 – May 3). 

Sarah E. Archer’s ceramic “cosmic egg” incorporates metal and textile weaving into the vessel post firing. Kathleen Brewster’s work focuses on the duality of her persona as a twin and her singular identity. Sarah Brewster combines the figure with the untamed landscapes of cemeteries and woodlands in her prints and drawings to present narratives of disconnection. Cara M. Copeland’s paintings explore the technical aspects of color and form, and how the compositional position of the ellipse denotes specific points of view.

The tactile nature inherent in Mary Alice Duke’s ceramics is motivated by the variations apparent in hand-made objects. Addie Fisher creates photographs that combine the human form with the natural world in an atmosphere of struggle and growth. Emily Holland’s abstract ceramics are physically expressive representations. Sophia Lupi transforms portraiture through the use of pattern, color, and flowers in her collaged digital prints. Loren Marple’s paintings examine the emotional space between two figures, using the formal elements of composition and color to emphasize their separation. The exploration of light and visual information in space, transformed into varying degrees of transparency and texture is the focus of Samuel Rheaume’s paintings. Paige L. Smith’s still lifes represent personal objects and the artist’s relationship with her mother. Found objects are abstracted in collages that highlight the formal relationships between form and shape, and light and dark created by layering images in Brenna Thompson’s photography. 

Graduating B.F.A. students and participants in the Undergraduate Research Conference, Sarah E. Archer, Cara M. Copeland, Addie Fisher, and Loren Marple discuss their subjects, techniques, and stylistic choices during an ArtBreakgallery talk in the Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center on Thursday, April 24, 2013 at 12 p.m. Graduating B.F.A. students Kathleen Brewster, Sarah Brewster, Mary Alice Duke, and Emily Holland will be on hand to discuss their works during an ArtBreak gallery talk on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at noon., graduating B.F.A. students Sophia Lupi, Samuel Rheaume, Paige L. Smith, and Brenna Thompson will round out the gallery talks with presentations on their works on view.