transforming written language into a physical reality

Roberta Gentry, MFA '14, College Art Association Fellow 

The College Art Association selects only five promising student artists from across the country to receive its prestigious Career Development Fellowship. Roberta Gentry, who completed her master of fine arts degree in studio art this spring, was one of them. 

"My work explores aspects of language and systems of organization," Ms. Gentry writes. "Using primarily painting, but also wall installation, I've recently been working on a project that revolves around transforming of written language into a physical reality."

Ms. Gentry is now making a transformation of her own - from student to professional artist. The transition can be difficult, but the goal of the C.A.A. Career Development Fellowship is to make it successful. Awardees receive an unrestricted $5,000 grant and free membership to the C.A.A. for one year. Fellows also received complimentary registration to the annual conference, which was held February 12-15, 2014, in Chicago; the Art & Art History Department supported Ms. Gentry's achievement by providing funding to travel to accept the award as well as participate in the conference.

In addition to helping her prepare for her post-graduation career, she used part of the funds to finance materials for her M.F.A. thesis, for which received the University's Distinguished Thesis Award. Ms. Gentry's thesis was displayed at this year's M.F.A. exhibit in the University Art Museum from May 2 to 18, 2014.