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MFAST students and recent alumni awarded residencies in 2016

Congratulations to the following MFAST students and recent alumni who have received residencies in 2016:

Caitlin Albritton (MFAST ’18), Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency, August-September

Damon Arhos (MFAST ’17), Vermont Studio Center, February

Suzy Kopf (MFAST ’16), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, January-February; Pyramid Atlantic, Denbo Fellowship, March

Joy Moore (MFAST ’14), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, January-April


Painting by Davin Watne (MFAST ’13) appears in the new Netflix series Master of None

David Watne’s painting “The Darkness” is featured in Master of Nonea new Netflix series by Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari. The painting is installed above the protagonist’s bed where a number of large scenes take place.

Watne is interested in the ways in which fine art and entertainment interact and inform the general public. He says about the experience, “I feel that the opportunity to have my work placed in a film context is a fascinating way for my art to interact within the public sphere. More and more, we are seeing fine art mediated through entertainment and delivered to us by way of smart phones and digital formats.  The effect is the increase and volume of image trafficking.”

For more information on Davin Watne’s work, visit:

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Campbellsville University in Kentucky presents the work of Susan Striepe (MFAST ’17)

Pence-Chowning Art Gallery at Campbellsville University is presenting “Draw Back,” a solo exhibition of works by Susan Striepe (’17.) In this body of work, Striepe explores the interrelationships between art objects, sound, and viewer participatory experience. As Striepe stated, “All the works have the capacity to make some kind of sound, yet they are simultaneously spatially visual. The works open up the possibilities for us to consider what sound may look like.”  “Draw Back” will be on display through December 10. This exhibition was organized by Azucena Trejo Williams, MFAST ’16. For more information, visit: Pence-Chowning-Art-Gallery


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MFAST alumnus Fritz Horstman (’11) completes a residency in Onishi, Japan

This summer, Fritz Horstman (MFAST ’11) participated in a unique residency in Japan. He describes his experience below:

After years of running the residency program of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, I was excited to be granted a three-month leave to pursue residency opportunities elsewhere. Needing a change, I looked for residencies in environments very different from rural Connecticut, where the Albers Foundation is located. I was accepted into various programs, but I decided that the mountains of Japan were the most appealing.

In August and September, I participated as an artist-in-residence at Shiro Oni Studios in Onishi, Japan.  In my time there I made drawings, prints, sculpture, photographs, video, and sound projects that explore the seam where human consciousness comes up against, and bleeds into nature. I have always worked on many fronts simultaneously, and consider this investigation to be part of an “atlas,” complicating it and enriching it.

Shiro Oni was started by Kjell Hahn, an American who moved to Japan fifteen years ago to pursue a career in teaching. An artist himself, Hahn eventually set aside his teaching to explore remote ceramic studios in Japan and then, with the encouragement of a resident of Onishi, decided to found the residency program. Hahn’s intent was to create a place for artists to focus on their work, build connections with other Japanese and foreign artists, and experience rural Japan while reenergizing the struggling town of Onishi.

The facilities at Shiro Oni include two houses with private rooms for residents,  shared kitchens, a wood shop, and ceramic studio.  In addition, there are a number of empty storefronts and houses in the town of Onishi that serve as studios.  In my session there were artists from Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, and the US.  English was our common language.  Everyone was committed to their practice, though there was no common theme to our work. To see examples of the work completed during my residency, visit





Laura Borneman’s Solo Exhibition at 464 Gallery in Buffalo, NY

464 Gallery in Buffalo, NY is presenting “Off the Wall,” a solo exhibition of new works by Laura Borneman (MFAST ’14.) Borneman’s two dimensional and three dimensional forms explore invented structures and scenes that are not literal, but are expressive of states of mind, imagination and fantasy. A reception will be held October 16th from 6-10 p.m. The exhibition is on view through October 27th. For more information, visit 464 Gallery.

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Christopher Sims’ Solo Exhibitions at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Davis Library at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is presenting two exhibitions of photography by MFAST alumnus Christopher Sims (’08.) Guantánamo Bay and The Library at Camp Delta depict Sims’ experiences at these rarely seen built environments that the Washington Post called “an important visual chronicle… [shot] with a dispassionate eye.” For more information, visit the blog for Davis Library.

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MFAST Alumni and Faculty Highlighted in “Project Line 180” Video Series

MFAST alumna Elena Volkova (‘07) along with filmmaker Yevgeniy K’banchik have launched “Project Line 180,” a video series featuring interviews with contemporary artists from the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. In the first installment, Elena Volkova discusses her photography with actress Estelle Bajou. MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt explores expanding notions of drawing in the second video of the series. In the third installment, Billy Friebele (MFAST ’08) explains his process of repurposing found objects in his sculptures and installations. Two more installments are due to launch at the end of 2015.