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561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents Spring 2009 Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibitions

BOCA RATON, FL (April 7, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ department of visual arts and art history announces the opening of two student exhibitions. The Spring Master of Fine Arts (MFA) show will open on Thursday, April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Schmidt Center Gallery. The exhibition will run through Friday, May 22, as well as remain open one hour before Summer Festival Repertory Theater performances from Tuesday, May 26 – Sunday, July 26. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) show will also open on April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ritter Gallery. This exhibition will run through Saturday, May 2.  Both galleries are located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.  Both the receptions and the exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The MFA exhibition presents the works of two graduate students, Jessica Weber, a painter who incorporates mixed media into her work, and Mark Macdonald, a ceramicist.   Both exhibiting artists will be in attendance at the reception to discuss and answer questions about their creative works, and are also available for interview by appointment.

“Lineage,” the title of Weber’s thesis exhibition, is a large-scale wall installation. It is approximately 15 by 20 feet in size and is comprised of drawn, painted, inked, stitched, glued and stuffed canvas that is hung, dangled and tethered.   “In this body of work I explore my experience of my family's dynamics and dysfunction, combined with my family’s genealogy.   These are merged with the invented then lived histories of my constantly mutating studio creatures, resulting in what is my monstrous and adaptive surrogate family,” said Weber.  

Something that unites these two Masters of Fine Arts graduates is their unique relation to their work and the processes taken to create it.   While Weber elaborately and delicately weaves tales of living subjects within her work, shaped by the architecture that surrounds them and their own genealogy, Macdonald takes a more materials-based approach regarding his work, namely using “clay as a tool that shapes fire, catches ash and enables a deeper investigation” into ceramic arts.  

As a ceramicist, Macdonald said his goals are to, “strengthen the interaction between fire and object…to draw attention to the unification of entity and the process by which it is formed.”   Macdonald considers fire an “entity” because “it has behavior, and the unexpected things it does lead to discovery and disaster.”   Recognizing fire and ash as essential elements to his work inspires Macdonald in his creative process.  

The BFA show, titled Futur-Us, presents 25 BFA graduate artists who will receive degrees in graphic design, fine art and art education. Their works include painting, photography, print making and sculpture.

For additional information regarding the exhibitions, contact the University Galleries at 561-297-2966.

-FAU-

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