2018 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum
March 17-April 8, 2018
Exhibition Reception April 8, 6-8PM
The 2018 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition marks the culmination of a
three-year degree program that emphasizes extensive creative exploration under the supervision of a faculty guidance committee. Focused study in an area of concentration, as well as coursework in art history and related fields helps each artist situate their work within the larger discourse that characterizes the practice of art today. The creative research of Jazzmyn Barbosa, Laura Baszynski, and Liz Luna stand as evidence of achievement and promise.
This year the annual Master of Fine Arts Prize will be awarded to an outstanding candidate by guest juror Nabila Abdel Nadi, Assistant Curator at The Power Plant, Toronto, ON.
The 2018 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is organized by the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (MSU Broad), with curatorial oversight by Georgia Erger, Curatorial Assistant. Support for this exhibition is provided by The Graduate School at MSU and the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.
Dr. Elizabeth Sanders introduced many of the tools and methods being used today to drive and/ or inspire design from a human-centered perspective. Sanders teaches Design at The Ohio State University and is the founder of MakeTools. Recently she co-authored Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End Design.
Dr. Joanne Turney is a Design Historian specializing in textiles and fashion as material culture. Turney teaches at the University of Southhampton, Winchester School of Art in the UK. Her book, The Culture of Knitting, is seminal knitwear research and is the framework for understanding the complicated position of knitwear in contemporary culture.
Self – Clarissa R Gerber
Show Dates: May 25- July 21, 2018
Reception: Saturday, July 21
Whether understood as complex physiological organisms or as souls swaddled in flesh, humans embody mystery and potentiality. My interest goes beyond the unseen and incorporeal elements to embrace the physicality of people as well as their collective psychology. I find subtle moments revealing—the tension in an arm, the curve of a shoulder, the intense look in an eye, and the connections people make when they look at each other.
My work rides the edge between different modes of painting with color acting as a central component. I am drawn to that space where representation meets abstraction and where volume and flatness intersect. Overlapping marks create layers of paint that both reveal and conceal, similar to our physical surroundings’ ability to both reflect and influence our identity. My current series acts as both a study of persona and as conduit to express emotion for myself, for the model, and for the viewer. Through the use of color and the expressive language of paint, my work connects the personal to that which links us as human beings.
Clarissa R Gerber received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Michigan State University in 2011. Gerber is a figurative painter who uses color and the expressive language of paint to present the human form, both physically and psychologically. Her work has been exhibited numerous times in national juried exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, New York; Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois; and First Street Gallery in New York City. In 2015, Gerber had a solo exhibition entitled Sensation in the Sheetz and McLanahan Galleries on the campus of Penn State Altoona. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Additional information and images of Gerber’s work are available at ClarissaRGerber.com.
TITUS KAPHAR / NOVEMBER 5 / MSU Union Ball Room /6PM
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Titus Kaphar lives and works on the east coast. Kaphar’s
mixed media work, speaks to the most vital discussions happening around race,
diversity, and reconciliation in the U.S. Kaphar exposes how all depictions, no matter
how personal or grandiose, are always fictional, imperfect, and capable of being
remade. He is the distinguished recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence
Fellowship as well as the 2015 Creative Capital Award and 2016 Rauschenberg Artist
as Activist Fellowship.
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