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First-Year MFA Students to Show Their Boundaries in Borland Exhibition

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Six first-year M.F.A. students have joined together to feature their individual work in a group art exhibition, Boundaries, in Borland Gallery on the University Park campus, through February 6. The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Eleven works of art will be featured, encompassing photography, painting, installation art, ceramics and sculpture.

The exhibit’s premise was to allow each artist to visually explore and create a dialogue with the contemporary artistic, visual and information culture. Boundaries implies not only the limitations present in generating and rendering artistic ideas into material form, but simultaneously the attempt at pushing those unrealized boundaries into newer modes of communication.

Walking through the gallery space is an engaging journey for the viewer, who experiences the combined vision of the participating graduate students and artists. Splashed across the walls and floor are an eclectic mix of images, including vibrant colors forming sharp angular paths across a canvas; a tower of familiar consumer objects such as Aunt Jemima syrup bottles encased in urethane; a giant beehive of stoneware clay; and a dollar bill made into a maze. The students participating in the exhibition come from the United States, Canada, Japan and Pakistan.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Joseph Bolstad received his B.F.A. in sculpture from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His work explores consumerism and how it shapes identity, often in humorous and unexpected ways. Bolstad has exhibited throughout the United States and Japan.

Born and raised in Pakistan, Nauman Humayun received his B.F.A. from Edinboro University. His paintings are a visual condensation of disparate ideas taking form into abstract, organized and linear geometric structures through the use of intense color. He incorporates concepts from design, architecture, contemporary philosophy, electronic music and emerging new ideas in physics.

Born and raised in Japan, Mayuko Kono received her B.F.A. from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She works primarily in sculpture, incorporating and transforming everyday objects and familiar imagery.

A native of Canada, Laura MacLean received her B.F.A. from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, Haifax, Nova Scotia. She has had studio residencies in Japan, South Korea and Australia, where she held a duo show of recent work in Brisbane.

Sarah Nesbitt received her B.F.A. in photography from the State University of New York at Oswego. Her continuing work, “As We Continue to Rewrite History in Our Own Way,” is based on methods of transferring knowledge and the possibilities of what can happen in the process.

Quintin Owens received his B.F.A. from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis. His work represents a manipulation of multiples and an exploration of the repetitiveness reflected in society’s need for standardization.

Contact: Flora W. Marynak, or 814.863.0621