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The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University is hosting its annual exhibition, “In Between,” which features the semester’s graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts program in the Department of Art. The opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the gallery.
The MFA degree is a program in which students are encouraged to create works that are both interdisciplinary and intercultural. Typically working within a three-year timespan, students of the MFA program communicate complex concepts through the exploration of a diverse range of media. Students work with materials ranging from the more traditional, such as acrylic paints, to new media, resulting in found object installations and two-dimensional works, all of which provide each student an opportunity to investigate new contexts for their practice.
This year’s MFA graduates are Aubrey de Cheubell, Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Kristopher Wilson.
De Cheubell asks that we use all of our senses to explore remnants of past biographies, evoking within us emotions from memories that perhaps never existed.
WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo invites visitors to leave their imprint in a petri dish on their journey through the gallery. She integrates the viewer into her “landscapes of life” by challenging the visitor to come back repeatedly to see how their touch is transformed into beautiful microscopic landscapes that evoke the cosmic landscapes of our universe.
Wilson’s paintings, although seemingly static visual objects, reward the patient viewer with phantom shapes and colors that move forward and recede in space, like musical notes that time weaves into a performance.
“The 2015 MFA candidates are best described as an eco-activist interested in how we are linked to our environment, an installation artist who seeks to elicit emotions through fabricated memories and a painter who explores color theory – all of which present to the viewer a united belief that the act of viewing is a participatory and kinetic experience,” said Margaret Goehring interim head of the art department.
The show is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through Saturday, May 9. Designated gallery parking is available, and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.