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MFA Exhibit Opens at Art Museum

The Exhibition, Featuring the Work of 11 MFA Candidates, will be on View from May 4-20

 The exhibition opens on May 4. (Featured work by Leah Morris)

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 1, 2018) – The University Art Museum is set to open an exhibition featuring the work of the University's spring 2018 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates.

The exhibition will be on view May 4-20 and is free and open to the general public.

The candidates include: Owen Barensfeld, Rebecca Flis, Nicholas Gates, Sarah A. Kayhart, Lindsay Kirk, Matt LaFleur, Darian Longmire, Amanda Marinaro, Vanessa Mastronardi, Leah Morris and Pam Poquette.

The artists have completed the Department of Art and Art History’s three-year, 60 credit-hour program of intensive training and study in studio art practices, according to Naomi Lewis, exhibition and outreach coordinator at the museum.

At the end of their MFA studies, candidates are required to exhibit a cohesive body of their work. This work forms the core of the candidates’ visual theses and demonstrates the vigor and expertise with which these artists explore their respective choice of media.

"The museum provides MFA candidates with the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional museum setting," Lewis said. "At the same time, the museum offers area viewers a unique opportunity to see how today’s emerging artists are addressing contemporary issues in the visual arts."

The exhibit is supported by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, The University at Albany Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Ann C. Mataraso Endowment Fund in honor of Professor Emeritus Mark Greenwold.

For further information on exhibitions and programs, call (518) 442-4035 or visit the museum's website

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