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MFA Exhibition to open at New Mexico State University Art Gallery

An opening reception for the MFA Exhibit at the University Art Gallery will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the gallery.



Art by Britt Coalson. An opening reception for the MFA Exhibit at the University Art Gallery will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the gallery. The exhibit runs through May 10.

ibit will feature the work of five graduating master of fine arts students. Also on exhibit will be "Recent Acquisitions: New Photography in the University Art Gallery Collection." Both exhibits will run through May 10.

MFA candidate Jane Body will display "Objects of Longing: Fabricated Truths and False Beliefs." The work consists of self-reflective lockets that make references to timepieces, Victorian mourning jewelry and current metalsmithing trends and traditions.

Body earned her bachelor of arts in art history from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., and her bachelor of fine arts at the University of Oregon.

Eric Brown will display "A Journey from the Mediterranean to the High Desert," ceramic vessels altered and sculpted that represent personal discovery. He earned his bachelor of fine arts at Syracuse University.

Britt Coalson will display "Ceramic Objects as Precious Creatures Preying on Memory." Coalson's work deals with small ceramic creatures, such as spiders and insects, which he personifies and uses to express the way humans feed on memories and carry them throughout their lives.

He earned his bachelor of fine arts from New Mexico State University.

Ellen Hall will display "Painting Fences." She said these paintings use the fence as an image to comprehend the physical and psychological boundaries of her world.

Hall earned her bachelor of arts in art at Montana State University.

Michael Thornton will display his untitled installation of geometric forms of plaster and mixed media. He earned his bachelor of fine arts at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio.

"Recent Acquisitions: New Photography in the University Art Gallery Collection" includes the work of six photographers.

Gary Kolb's "Canyon, Gorham Quadrangle," taken in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, will be on display. Kolb, a professor in the department of cinema and photography at Southern Illinois University, has been photographing landscapes in the Shawnee National Forest for four years.

Phil Harris will have three works on display: "Ghoti," "(Nothing) Between Us" and "Cafeteria, Redundant Locomotive Works." His book of photography, "Fact Fiction Fabrication," was published in 2000. In it he writes, "The pictures I make are the residue of a process of inquiry, artifacts retrieved from a journey of self-recognition."

Clarissa Sligh's "Jake in Transition from Female to Male" will be on display. Sligh creates autobiographical narratives using photographs and other visual media. She is the author of two artists' books, "Reading Dick and Jane with Me," and "What's Happening with Momma?"

Meridel Rubenstein's "Blood Red River Pagoda" will be on display. Rubenstein started the photography program at the College of Santa Fe, headed the photography area at San Francisco State University from 1985-1990 and created the first creative photography program for Native American artists at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Sandy Sorlien will have three works on display: "Snow," "Ice" and "Polar Explorer." Sorlien teaches photography at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and writes about photography for The Photo Review. She covered photography, travel and the arts for the Philadelphia Daily News as a freelancer for 10 years.

Joann Brennan will have two works on display: "Pheasant Farm" and "Black Lake, Deer Hunting Season." Brennan uses photography to explore the complex relationship between wildlife and human concerns. She is an assistant professor of photography at the University of Colorado at Denver.

The Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

For more information on the MFA Exhibit, contact Eric Brown at (505) 645-1030. For more information on the "Recent Acquisitions" exhibit, contact Jackie Mitchell at the University Art Gallery at (505) 646-4010.



First photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/ghoti.jpg.
CUTLINE: "Ghoti," by Phil Harris. "Recent Acquisitions: New Photography in the University Art Gallery Collection" will run April 19 through May 10.



Second photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/pagoda.jpg.
CUTLINE: "Blood Red River Pagoda," by Meridel Rubenstein. "Recent Acquisitions: New Photography in the University Art Gallery Collection" will run April 19 through May 10.



Third photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/mfa_exhibit_1.jpg.
CUTLINE: Art by Ellen Hall. An opening reception for the MFA Exhibit at the University Art Gallery will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the gallery. The exhibit runs through May 10.



Fourth photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/mfa_exhibit_2.jpg.
CUTLINE: Art by Britt Coalson. An opening reception for the MFA Exhibit at the University Art Gallery will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the gallery. The exhibit runs through May 10.

Erin Waldron
April 12, 2002