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Renee van der Stelt’s Solo Exhibition at Barea College, KY

Doris Ulmann Galleries at Barea College is presenting “Borders & Migration: Shifting Geographies,” a solo exhibition of works by MFAST mentor Renee van der Stelt. In recent years, millions of refugees have been migrating throughout the Middle East due to violence and contested territories. Global economic power struggles for oil along with the control of governments continue to cause lines on the land to shift. This exhibition presents a visual response to the complexity of borderlines and ongoing human migration from the Middle East.

Renee van der Stelt is currently a faculty member in the MFAST program and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. In her mixed media works she seeks formal and conceptual ways to assimilate drawing into the sculpted form.

The exhibition is on view through October 18, 2015 at Barea College in Barea, Kentucky. An artist talk will be held September 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Melanie Rodgers (MFAST ‘02) in a Solo Exhibition at Brossman Gallery

Brossman Gallery at York College of Pennsylvania is hosting “The Lettering Office,” a solo exhibition of works by faculty member Melanie Rodgers (MFAST ‘02.) In this exhibition, Rodgers explores how the graphic design form can be used to convey a personal narrative, and how this content is interpreted by the viewer. This selection of paintings, publications, and objects is also an investigation into the mechanics and aesthetics of the hand-lettered form.

“The Lettering Office” will be on view from August 24 through September 19, 2015. A reception will be held on September 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall lobby, preceded by Rodgers’ lecture, “Stop Learning New Things,” at 5:30 p.m. in DeMeester Recital Hall.

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MFAST Group Exhibition Hosted by Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn

Ortega y Gasset Projects is hosting “The Gaps Between Us,” an exhibition of work by MFAST candidates Damon Arhos (2017), Sarah Clough Chambers (2017), Suzy Kopf (2016), and Kirk Daniel Palmer (2016). Working from traditions of painting, these artists explore themes related to contemporary American culture, including leisure, personal histories, queer identity, and the nature of perception. A unifying theme is the relationship to traditional painting approaches while simultaneously pushing the limits of the medium’s scale and material presence.

This exhibition is curated by Ortega y Gasset member Eric Hibit. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 21 from 6-8pm. The exhibition will on view Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment through August 30.

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2015 Thesis Exhibition Closing Reception Tonight

Please join us at the MFAST Thesis Exhibition closing reception tonight, July 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. In the Leidy and Riggs galleries located in MICA’s Graduate Center, see the works of Mara Pollins Costello, Ashley Lohr, and Jean Yang. In the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries within the Fox Building, see the works of Tori Christgen, Patti Kalil, Jason Stewart, and Amare Worku.
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The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents the work of Annie Waldrop (MFAST ’03)

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in North Carolina is presenting “The Seen and the Unseen,” a solo exhibition of works by Annie Waldrop (MFAST ’03.) Waldrop’s sculptures reimagine a feminine narrative by linking personal experience and cultural myths with elements found in nature. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 3 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. The exhibition runs through September 26. For more information, visit

Joy Moore (’14) receives Idea Fund

Joy Moore (MFAST ’14) recently received a $4,000 Idea Fund from Diverse Works in Houston to fund her project, “Titanic.” In this project, Moore will dismantle the myths, stereotypes, and institutional blocks that have contributed to the number of non-swimmers (especially females) in the African American community through interviews with participants and community members. She will provide swimming lessons to a group of African American women and will shape the project so that it sees participants through from their first strokes to a realized, rudimentary synchronized swimming routine tailored to their abilities. In addition to video documentation of the synchronized swimming routine, the results of the group’s talks and activities will be shared online and at the Emancipation Park Community Center.