Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

Georgia Museum of Art to host 2014 Master of Fine Arts exit show

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The 2014 MFA thesis candidates created this image together to represent each artist's contribution to the exhibition.

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host the “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition,” featuring work by students graduating from the Lamar Dodd School of Art, April 12 to May 4.

A free preview of the exhibition will be held April 11 from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with the museum’s quarterly reception, “90 Carlton: Spring,” with catering by home.made. The museum will also host “MFA Speaks,” a panel discussion with the students about their work, on April 17 at 5:30 p.m.

The 2014 MFA candidates are:

Caitlin Bieleta, painting, Cleveland, Ohio
Natalia Arellano Blamey, fabric design, Santiago, Chile
Lauren Mary Bullock, fabric design, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Jacob Brault, sculpture, Fond du Lac, Wis.
Lyndey Clayborn, printmaking, Ruston, La.
Manty Dey, painting, Kumarghat, India
Kaelynn Hong, painting, Hefei, China
Jourdan Joly, sculpture, Tallahassee, Fla.
Elizabeth Bradford Kleene, painting, Portland, Maine
Jenna Katherine Kriegel, sculpture, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Brittainy Lauback, photography, Cleveland, Ohio
Mike Levine, printmaking, Glastonbury, Conn.
Tzvi Izaksonas, printmaking, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minn.
Yuan Quan, interior design, Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China
Yu-hsien Shen, jewelry and metals, Taipei, Taiwan
Patrick Walter, jewelry and metals, Altoona, Wis.

Each student has contributed to creating an exhibition defined by its diversity.

“The 2014 Masters of Fine Arts exhibition includes 16 talented emerging artists working in various media and conceptual positions including: painting, printmaking, interior design, sculpture, fabric design, photography and jewelry and metals,” said Mary Hallam Pearse, assistant professor of art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and faculty adviser to the students. “The work you will see is materially and conceptually varied and acts as witness to all kinds of experience. No single thread emerges or ties the work together, a testament to the vital significance of art as a method for producing knowledge.”

Todd Rivers, head preparator at the museum, is serving as curator of this year’s MFA show. “Giving MFA students the opportunity to display here continues Alfred Heber Holbrook’s mission, with Lamar Dodd, to have a relationship between the art school and the museum,” he said. “The MFA show continues that relationship between the two entities, and the students benefit because it gives them the insight into the planning and creation of an exhibition.”

YellowBook USA, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art are sponsoring the exhibition.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. 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 Art 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 706-542-4662.