_____: Revisited: 2020 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition

_____: Revisited: 2020 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition

The University of Texas at Austin

An Phung, Fountain 3 (Miss Big Naturals), 2020. Mixed media installation; Fountain 2 (Mannequin Piss), 2020. Mixed media installation. Photo: Sandy Carson.

November 2, 2020
_____: Revisited: 2020 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition
September 25–November 20, 2020
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The University of Texas at Austin is proud to present the work of its graduated 2020 MFA cohort in _____: Revisited: 2020 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, on view at the Visual Arts Center by appointment only from September 25 to November 20, 2020.

Comprising works in painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation, this exhibition celebrates the critical discussions and collaborative experience this group of twelve artists has shared over the past two years. The title of the exhibition is left intentionally open, acknowledging the long pause and recent return to work this cohort has experienced. Reconsidering their work in a new context, each artist is invited to fill in the blank.

Through a range of interdisciplinary practices, the artists each explore what it means to persist as a body trapped in time—a notion drawn from the French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard. To be a body trapped in time is to be a human observer, watching change happen right before your eyes while seeking ways to either grasp it or look away. Revisiting their work in the wake of a monumental change in the world and in their daily lives, each artist’s work acknowledges these perspectival shifts: what it means to make art, what it means to be an artist, to be an activist, to be a good person; where purpose can be found, and how change can be made.

A catalogue of essays written by graduate students in Art History will be published later in the fall season and will be available as a digital publication on the Visual Arts Center’s website.

Participating Artists

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
Anika Todd

The University of Texas at Austin Studio Art Master of Fine Art Program is a multidisciplinary environment resulting from the individual interests of our graduate students, an ecosystem that promotes intellectual curiosity, visual acuity and direct engagement with the larger world. Our faculty believes these conditions best promote an artist’s ability to develop work of distinction and consequence. Within well-equipped facilities, artists explore the various disciplines’ parameters, depths, and overlaps, discovering applications to new and traditional modes of expression while simultaneously examining links between art and the world.

Ours is a vital community of diverse and engaged artists. 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.

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