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Georgia Museum of Art to host Master of Fine Arts exit show

GMOA MFA Show 2013 Jaime Bull
Boogiewoman, an oil and soft sculpture on linen by graduate student Jaime Bull

Athens, Ga. – This spring, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates’ Exhibition.” This exhibition will be on view from March 16 through April 22 and will feature works by 13 students.

An opening reception will be held March 22 at 6 p.m. as part of the museum’s free quarterly open house, “90 Carlton: Spring.” The museum will also host “MFA Speaks,” a panel discussion about the works by the candidates March 21 at 5.30 p.m.

This year’s MFA candidates, their concentrations and hometowns are:

• Jaime Bull, painting, Marietta;
• Mei Ling Cann, drawing/painting, Havelock, N.C.;
• Rachel Debuque, sculpture, Allentown, Penn.;
• Stacey Elder, drawing/painting, Clarksburg, W.V.;
• Adam Forrester, photography, Phoenix City, Ala.;
• Brock Gordon, drawing/painting, Greensboro, N.C.
• Clara Hoag, ceramics, Chicago;
• Clay Jordan, photography, Augusta;
• Kaitlin McShea, interior design, Greenville, S.C.
• Danielle Peters, Tustin, Calif./Bothell, Wash.
• Christine Roman, drawing/painting, Atlanta/Charleston, S.C.;
• Elliot Walters, printmaking, Chamblee; and
• Nicole Lea Williams, interior design, Flowery Branch.

Each of these artists will contribute to the display with art ranging from handmade paper and paper sculptures to installation art, filmmaking to abstract paintings.

“We are delighted to be back at the Georgia Museum of Art for our MFA thesis show,” said Debuque, a graduate student in sculpture. “The opportunity to share our work at the GMOA is important because it supports the careers of emerging artists and highlights the importance of creative research at the University of Georgia.”

The MFA is a terminal degree and so the exit show is a significant event in the lives of these young artists as well as for our school, said Gene Wright, interim director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. “I’m very impressed with their work and having this show at the Georgia Museum puts special emphasis on the accomplishments of these graduates and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.”

The MFA show is a tradition that goes back to the friendship between Lamar Dodd and Alfred Holbrook, the museum’s founder, said Hillary Brown, director of communications at the museum. “It always pushes us to do new things and think more creatively,” she said.

Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art at the museum, serves as supervisor of the project, and Melanie Harper, UGA graduate student and intern in the museum’s C.L. Morehead Jr. Center for the Study of American Art, is this year’s curator.

The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art serve as cosponsors of the exhibition.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions 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 the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).