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William Benton Museum of Art Presents the 2020 UConn MFA Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Tideland features Elizabeth Ellenwood, Chad Uehlein, Shadia Heenan Nilforoush, and Olivia Baldwin. Their work can be viewed online through July 19.

Samples of work by graduating UConn Studio Art MFA students Olivia Baldwin, Shadia Heenan Nilforoush, Elizabeth Ellenwood, and Chad Uehlein (image courtesy the University of Connecticut)

The University of Connecticut MFA program in Studio Art is pleased to announce Tideland, an MFA thesis exhibition featuring Shadia Heenan Nilforoush, Olivia Baldwin, Elizabeth Ellenwood, and Chad Uehlein. Presented by the William Benton Museum of Art, the exhibition is on view online through July 19, 2020. The four artists’ practices span photography, video, film, installation, painting, and sculpture, representing the breadth of UConn’s interdisciplinary MFA program.

Shadia Heenan Nilforoush roots her practice in performance and video, mapping family archives, personal histories, and polarized identities. Olivia Baldwin traverses sculpture and painting, casting color across walls, floors, and ceilings. Elizabeth Ellenwood walks the beach, catalogues collected detritus, and photographically urges marine conservation. Chad Uehlein’s cheeky installations and ad-hoc inventions become sites for performances that suspend time and vanquish efficiency on his quest for hope.

This summer, Zürcher Gallery (33 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10012) will present False Body, an exhibition of the four artists’ work, on view July 27–30, with an opening reception on Monday, July 27. 

UConn’s MFA in Art supports art-making across a broad range of studio media with an internationally recognized faculty, generous financial support, and new graduate studios. The program is situated in a rural locale centrally located in Southern New England for easy day trips to New York, Boston, Providence, Hartford, and New Haven.

For more information on Tideland, visit benton.uconn.edu.