Kristin Kovak (MFAST ‘10): Dual Solo-Exhibitions at 707 and 709 Penn Galleries in Pittsburgh

Two solo-exhibitions by Kristin Kovak opened in Pittsburgh’s 707 and 709 Penn Galleries on Saturday December 2, 2017 and will be on view through January 28, 2018.

On Looking” represents highlights from an ongoing series of paintings exploring the visual idiosyncrasies of the heightened museum environment and the artifacts it houses.

White Noise” a collection of works on paper and site-specific wall drawings that searches for a balance between the chaos of perceptual noise and the subtlety of nuanced observation.

In our current political climate, contradictory observations are amassed and arranged into potential truths. We attempt to discern moments of clarity from moments of fabricated design. Faced with incompatible interpretations, we struggle in a web of polarized black and white realities spun so densely as to appear gray. – Kristin Kovak

Kristin Kovak lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA where she is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.

Click here to read the artist’s statement on “On Looking”, and here to read about “White Noise”.

Krisitn Kovak painting


“The Bright Side”: a solo exhibition by Sarah Clough (’17)

Sarah Clough’s “The Bright Side” is now on view at Mainsite Contemporary Art in Norman, Oklahoma and will run through January 12, 2018. This exhibition is hosted by the Norman Arts Council.

The exhibition includes a gallery-wide mural and a series of paintings, all rooted in graphology and semiotics. The works begin as words, a nod to her background in language, taking on both a chaotic but also orderly quality further twisted by the use of fluorescent and phosphorescent paint.

“These works are meant to be in sunlight, under ultraviolet light and in the dark,” Clough said, noting that visitors will be given special ultraviolet flashlight with which to uncover the layers behind the pieces and larger mural. “These works allow viewers to control their experience: What is illuminated, what is unearthed and what remains buried or unexamined.”

Mainsite Contemporary Art is located at 122 E Main St. in Norman, Oklahoma.

“Facing Reality”: a solo exhibition by Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu (MFAST ’18) in Washington, D.C.

A large selection of paintings and sculptures from the past 15 years will be featured in a solo exhibition at Vivid Solutions Gallery in Washington, DC.

The works in “Facing Reality” represent Osuchukwu’s reflection on being an arts educator in the District, and the reciprocal relationship between teacher and student.

The exhibition opens on December 8, 2017 with a reception from 6-9pm, and runs until January 13, 2018.

Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 2208 Martin Luther King Junior Ave. SE, Washington DC, 20020.

For more information on the artist, click here.


Howard el-Yasin (MFAST ’16) featured in a solo exhibition at Campbellsville University

“Residue is what remains after a thing is discarded. The unwanted remnants of someone’s life gleaned from city streets or embedded in dryer lint, might become forensic evidence; yet, a banana skin blackens toward disintegration…”

Howard El-Yasin’s “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” on view at the Pence-Chowning Art Gallery at Campbellsville University through November 17, 2017. This exhibition was organized by Azucena Trejo Williams, MFAST ’16. An artist talk was held on October 30 at 3:00pm at the Pence-Chowning Art Gallery. The exhibition runs through November 16, 2017.
El-Yasin’s art practice investigates everyday perceptions and ways of encountering the world we live in, and ways of knowing that question dominant meanings of valuation and marginality. Working in installation and sculptural forms Howard collects and employs mundane and sometimes abject fragments of detritus to heighten their materiality.

For more information, contact Campbellsville University Art & Design Department at 270-789-5268.

Howard el-Yasin lives and works in New Haven, CT where he is Assistant Director of the Teaching Fellow Program at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Yale University.


Pop-Up Exhibition “Windy Ridge: A Collaboration Series I” featuring new work by MFAST faculty and alumni

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 the first of an annual fall weekend pop-up event called “Windy Ridge: A Collaboration Series I” will take place at the studio of Matthew McConville and MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt.

This one-day event will include recent paintings, drawings, poetry and installations by Matthew McConville, Bart O’Reilly (MFAST ‘12), Jassie Rios (MFAST ‘11) and Renee van der Stelt.

Please email Anna Skarbek at for more details.

“Oversight”: a solo exhibition by Kate Hooray Osmond (MFAST ’19) in Charleston, NC

An exhibition of new paintings by Kate Hooray Osmond titled “Oversight” will be on view from November 3-29, 2017 at Miller Gallery with an opening reception from 6-8pm on November 3. Miller Gallery is located at 149 ½ East Bay Street in Charleston, South Carolina.

“From a 1,000ft. view, the surface of the Earth is expansive and delicate. Rivers become highways. Towns are islands. Forests mirror buildings in an image that appears in an instance and vanishes the next: golds, silvers, burning rivers, a racing sky, and glistening houses and factories. The stillness created by the distance of flying high in a helicopter over my world betrays the energy and the powerful potential of the systems below. I capture a moment in the air and translate it onto my canvas: bold colors, lines of glowing energy, and careful moments of pause. I paint places as I understand them rather than how I see them, in order to process how our world outside reflects our world within. I cannot see all that we do with my feet on the ground. A new perspective helps.”

– Kate Hooray Osmond