Project Description

In Medias Res | University of Oregon Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition

Artist: Bagby, Putnam, Cohen, Whitten, Keyes
May 3rd, 2014 – May 25th, 2014

In Medias Res, the 2014 University of Oregon Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, presents the new work of five artists. The title of the exhibition, In Medias Res, is from Latin and is translated as “in the midst of things.” In storytelling, it refers to the technique of starting a narrative in the middle, rather than from the beginning. The exhibition encompasses a broad range of practices and ideas, and for the artists, it represents both the culmination of their studies and the launch of their professional careers.

Artists in the show include Jonathan Bagby, Bryan Putnam, Samantha Cohen, John Whitten, and Alex Keyes.

“Working side-by-side over the last three years, these artists have benefitted from a strong community, engaged in the hard work of the studio and the challenges of critical discourse,” says Laura Vandenburgh, associate professor and head of the Department of Art. “Pushed by their peers, faculty, and remarkable visitors, these artists leave the program well-equipped, with promising bodies of work and the tools for ongoing inquiry.”

The artists’ work is available for view on the University of Oregon School of Art and Architecture Department of Art MFA website here.

About UofO AAA

The UO Department of Art offers an innovative art curriculum reflecting contemporary practices. Students and faculty employ a fluid continuum of practices using old and new media in surprising ways to speak to compelling questions. The department fosters breadth and interdisciplinary engagement, along with depth and discipline within media. The curriculum encompasses a broad range of media including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Within and across these media, students encounter diverse practices including video, installation, letterpress, performance, alternative materials and processes, and emerging technologies.

Concurrently, a group exhibition of second-year MFA students’ work will be on view from May 2-25 at the White Box Gallery in Portland.

Contact: Department of Art, University of Oregon, email: ; phone (541) 346-3610, website,




Free public reception: Friday, May 2, 6–8 pm


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