The University of Texas at Austin is proud to present the work of the MFA class of 2020 in _____: Revisited: 2020 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, now on view at the Visual Arts Center through November 20, 2020.
Comprising works in painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation, this exhibition celebrates the critical discussions and collaborative experience this group of 12 artists has shared over the past two years. The exhibition title is left intentionally open, acknowledging the long pause and recent return to work this cohort has experienced, inviting each artist to fill in the blank as they reconsider their artmaking in a new context.
Through a range of interdisciplinary practices, the artists explore what it means to persist as a body trapped in time — a notion drawn from the French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard. Revisiting their work in the wake of monumental change, each graduate acknowledges these perspectival shifts: what it means to make art; what it means to be an artist, an activist, a good person; where purpose can be found; and how change can be made.
Featured artists include Lauren Bechelli, CC Calloway, Heather den Uijl, Mathieu Grenier, Rafael Fernando Gutierrez Jr., Saeid Janaati, An Phung, Jerónimo Reyes-Retana, Will Shea, Maia Snow, Hannah Spector, and Anika Todd. A fully-illustrated digital catalogue with essays authored by students from UT’s graduate program in art history will be published later this fall.
To learn more about the artists featured in _____: Revisited and plan your trip to the exhibition, visit utvac.org.
The University of Texas at Austin’s Studio Art MFA program is a multidisciplinary environment resulting from the individual interests of its graduate students. Within well-equipped facilities, artists explore various practices, discovering applications to new and traditional modes of expression while simultaneously examining links between art and the world.
Professionally active faculty, knowledgeable technical staff, a robust visiting artist and critic program, and the tremendous research facilities housed at The University of Texas underpin a rigorous studio-intensive program. Applications are due January 10, 2021.
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