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:

Master of None

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joy Moore (’14) awarded MICA’s Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship

Joy Moore (MFAST ’14) recently received MICA’s Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. This competitive fellowship with a $10,000 cash award is granted to an exceptional graduating MFA student working in painting, sculpture, mixed media or performance art. The mission of the Toby Fund is to support programs and people with ideas and abilities to foster creativity and encourage new approaches to arts, education, environment, civic, health, and social services. The fellowship is named for a philanthropist, art collector, author, and curator who served as curator for the Progressive Corporation’s art collection, one of the top contemporary art collections in the country. Please join us in congratulating Joy!