Featured Artists: Nina Abney, Jennifer Caviola, Yeonjin Cho, Brooke Chroman, Nicoleta Coman, Julianna Dail, Langdon Graves, Dave McDermott, Johnny McSwain, Patrick Murray, Melody Myers, Salvatore Pirrone, Colette Robbins, Roni Sasson, Daniel Steck, Josh Wallis, Sarah Wathen, Rachel Weber, Nick van Woert
On View April 17 - 28, 2007 (Tues-Sat, 11 AM - 6 PM)
Caelum Gallery, 526 W. 26th St., Suite #315
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 6 - 8 PM
NEW YORK, March 28, 2007 - Parsons The New School for Design is pleased to announce the 2007 MFA Fine Art Thesis Exhibition, opening April 17 at Caelum Gallery in Chelsea. Featuring nineteen artists who work in diverse media - paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, sound pieces, and site-specific installations will be on view - the exhibition marks the culmination of a two-year engagement with the Fine Arts program, the city, and each other, and heralds the promising start of nineteen individually forged artistic careers.
The exhibition is organized by Brian Sholis, a writer and Artforum.com Managing Editor at Artforum, who notes, �n visiting classes and spending time in studios, I�e come to appreciate how a collection of individuals becomes a graduating class. It� not a sense of coherence - the disparity of the works on view in this exhibition betrays that - but rather of contours. There is a shape to their interaction with the world, manifested here in an emphasis on material. There are no artists in this group who treat their studio as an office; even the most Conceptual practices are grounded in the realm of the tangible.�
In addition to contributing the works on view in the exhibition, the students played an unusually active role in its organization - securing the exhibition space, developing the catalogue, and conducting the marketing and promotion - through a ground-breaking course called �heory, Practice and Career,�which is required of all graduating MFA Fine Arts students. The course, in its fourth year, is underwritten through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, which has bestowed grants upon only five other MFA Fine Arts programs (Columbia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and CalArts).
For more information about the exhibition and its featured artists, please visit www.parsons.newschool.edu/finearts/mfa.
About Parsons the New School for Design
Located in the heart of New York City, Parsons The New School for Design is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive degree-granting colleges of art and design in the nation, with approximately 3,500 students in degree programs from all 50 states and approximately 60 countries. Parsons has been a forerunner in the field of art and design since its founding in 1896 as the Chase School, named after American impressionist painter William Merrit Chase. Over the decades, Parsons has educated some of the nation� most acclaimed artists from Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein to Sue de Beer, Steve DiBenedetto, Ryan McGinley, and Brian Tolle. For more information, visit www.parsons.newschool.edu.