Arts & Humanities

UGA MFA students exit with a bang

MFA student Kelsey Scharf’s painting on copper is part of the MFA show at the Georgia Museum of Art.

The Georgia Museum of Art will present the annual exit show for master of fine arts students at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. The show will then continue through May 20.

This decades-long tradition presents a variety of media, themes and styles. This year’s candidates are:

  • Painting and drawing: Katelyn Chapman, Whitney Cleveland, Annemarie Dicamillo and Kelsey Scharf
  • Photo and video: Ally Christmas and Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay
  • Ceramics: Yeonsoo Kim and Karine Lepage
  • Fabric design: Erin Geagon and Johanna Norry
  • Printmaking and book arts: Katherine Miller, Kaleena Stasiak and Ali Norman
  • Art X: Pamela Rogers
  • Sculpture: Katlin Shae
  • Jewelry and metals: Alexis Spina

Sarah Kate Gillespie, the museum’s curator of American art and of the exhibition, has worked closely with the candidates to form this exhibition. Her efforts have combined a wide array of artistic techniques and concepts for public viewing.

MFA student Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay’s work“Minutes from the Congress of Scam International,” is part of the MFA show at the Georgia Museum of Art.

Many of the artists have taken the opportunity to work with media that differs from their stated focus in the program. For instance, Kaleena Stasiak shifted from printmaking and book arts to ceramics, woodworking and foam. Ally Christmas began with analog photography but will be showing video and digitally created imagery. Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay’s work combines photography, video, installation, sculpture and new media to examine the transition from postcolonialism to neocolonialism, and Johanna Norry created an installation based on family history and research at UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

As a whole, the exit show emphasizes the fluidity of ideas and concepts through different media. It also privileges installation-based work, presenting a complex environment in the two large galleries it occupies.

Related upcoming events include MFA Speaks, during which each degree candidate will have three minutes to present, on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Their presentations will be immediately followed by Museum Mix from 8-11 p.m., with DJ Mahogany, refreshments and food.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton Street, Athens, Ga., 30602-1502. More information, including hours, is available online or by phone at 706-542-4662.