UNH's 2004 M.F.A. Exhibition
Features Works of Graduate Painters
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
March 16, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Introspection and individual experiences, coupled
with an intense program of study focusing on mastering artistic
techniques, are the foundation for recent thesis works created by
graduating students of the Masters of Fine Arts program in painting
from the University of New Hampshire.
Two Spaces, 2003, oil on canvas.
The works of these five emerging artists are presented in the 2004
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition at The Art Gallery, Paul Creative Arts
Center, 30 College Road. The exhibit runs Tuesday, March 23, to
Wednesday, April 14, 2004. The artists will be on hand to discuss
their works at a preview reception Monday, March 22, 2004, at 5
p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The five artists -- Elizabeth Doherty, Andrea Jacobson, Brian Kiernan,
Jessie Lindenberger-Schutz, and Jennifer O'Connell -- have come
from diverse backgrounds to find a common ground among their love
of oil painting and their pursuit of careers as professional artists.
Elizabeth Doherty, of Baltimore, uses painting and printmaking
techniques to create representational, still life images that boldly
capture the essence of found objects. The role of the viewer is
challenged in the works of Andrea Jacobson, of Knoxville, Tenn.,
as she spotlights the nature of relationships between a figure,
its surrounding space, and the observer.
In the Studio, 2004, charcoal on paper.
Brian Kiernan, of Morrisonville, N.Y., looks to the engulfing qualities
found in complex exterior terrain to explore nature's cyclical life
span and its relation to our individual transient existence. The
works of Jessie Lindenberger-Schutz, of Dunn Loring, Va., are largely
autobiographical, sequential narratives that evoke memories of past
experiences and poignant events. Intimate visions of private spaces
are highlighted in the works of Jennifer O'Connell, of Plattsburgh,
N.Y., who looks beyond the objects as symbols to discover the deeper,
psychological notions of our own interior living spaces.
During the two-year span of the M.F.A program, the students have
worked under the direction of UNH professors Grant Drumheller and
Langdon Quin. The program, offered by the UNH Department of Art
and Art History, gives students an opportunity to explore their
medium and further develop their style under the guidance of acclaimed
Self Portrait, 2003, oil on canvas.
Pumpkin Patch, 2003,
oil on canvas.
Wednesdays, noon, The Art Gallery (unless otherwise noted)
- March 24: Gallery talk by M.F.A. students Andrea
Jacobson, Elizabeth Doherty, and Brian Kiernan.
- March 31: Gallery talk by M.F.A. students Jennifer
O'Connell and Jesse Lindenberger-Schutz.
- April 7: Video - “The Secret Life of
Geisha,” a documentary on the culture, history, training,
and private lives of geisha. Room A219
- April 14: Performance/Discussion - “Ananse:
The Spider” - A performance of this traditional West African
folk tale is combined with a discussion on how cultural arts and
theater are used to broaden an understanding of diverse cultures.
Led by Carol Jo Fisher and featuring actors from the Department
of Theatre and Dance.
- April 28: Gallery talk by exhibiting B.F.A.
artists Alexis Carter, Dara Engler, Mary Emerson, and Carolyn
- May 5: Gallery talk by exhibiting B.F.A. artists
Jennifer Meanley, Erik Scheuring, and Tim Smith.
- May 12: TBA.
- Thursday, April 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
Join artist B. Lynch for “Fool's Fortune,” a participatory
art event. Lynch will be playing the “Answer Fool”
and will answer all those important questions that have been preying
on your mind!
The Art Gallery presents exhibitions, related ArtBreak programs
and special events, as well as scheduled guided exhibition tours
to the general public free of charge. Hours of operation during
the academic year are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1
to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Fridays and university holidays,
including April 11.
For more information, contact Catherine Wright, education and publicity
coordinator, 603-862-3713 or firstname.lastname@example.org.