Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is proud to present the 2022 MassArt MFA Thesis Exhibition, on view at MassArt x SoWa through May 22. The exhibition showcases the work of seven Master of Fine Arts graduate students.

Featured artists include Michael Aghahowa, Afsaneh Aynesazi Doyom, Laurie Gordon, Nicholas Milkovich, Jenny Olsen, Kristin Beth Powers, and Sam Witherow. A concurrent on-campus satellite exhibition is now on view at MassArt’s Patricia Doran Graduate Gallery.

Nicholas Milkovich deftly employs codes that scientists have found in nature to design his controlled sculptures, in which synthetic and biological elements intertwine. Michael Aghahowa’s paintings and mixed media collages are purposefully opaque and obscured — piecemeal portraits that reveal multidimensional subjects. Viewers of Afsaneh Aynesazi Doyom’s photographs are given few clues to judge the identity of their subjects; binaries are disrupted and “the Other” is redefined. Physically commanding with rich interiority, the ambiguous subjects in Jenny Olsen’s large-scale paintings are quiet and loud, elegant and misshapen, individual and universal. Sam Witherow and Laurie Gordon use their cameras to excavate, examine, and understand memories. Kristin Powers’s site-specific installation creates an imbalanced, disorienting, and unstable environment from discarded fragments of civilization.

Lisa Tung, Exhibition Curator and Executive Director of MassArt Art Museum

The featured graduates will present virtual public artist talks on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 1:30pm (EST). Register to hear more about the thesis work, graduate program experiences, and broader artistic practices of the seven 2022 MassArt Master of Fine Arts candidates in 2D and 3D Fine Arts, Photography, and Film/Video. These artist talks are free and open to the public.

To learn more about the MFA thesis exhibition, visit sowa.massart.edu.

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