Project Description

Speaking Between: University of Oregon MFA Thesis Exhibition

Artist: Group Exhibition
May 4th, 2013 – May 26th, 2013

Speaking Between, the University of Oregon 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, presents the exciting work of thirteen artists, artists who are at once completing their studies and launching their professional careers. Taken from a Homi Bhabha essay, the title Speaking Between refers not only to his articulation of art as mediation, but also to the collective experience of these artists as their work has unfolded over the last three years. Engaged discourse with faculty, one another, and visiting artists and critics has deeply informed their intensive immersion in the studio. Many of the discussions begun during their time in residence here will continue throughout their lives as practicing artists.
Within this rich community of exchange and shared commitment, each has developed a very individual line of inquiry and studio practice. Materially and conceptually varied, the work speaks to all kinds of experience – from the tropes of horror cinema to the intimacy of hardware, from middle class desire to our place in the universe. Driven by quite different intentions and convictions, each of these thirteen artists grapples with the ‘in-betweenness’ of contemporary life.


Robert Collier Beam

Meg Branlund
Ian Clark
Emily Crabtree
Aubrey Hillman
Nika Kaiser
Ben Lenoir
Sarah Nance
Katherine Rondina
Morgan Rosskopf
Katherine D. Spinella
Michael Stephen

Wendi Michelle Turchan

View the online catalogue here. View installation images and read more on their blog here.
For more information about the exhibition please contact Carla Bengston, directly.

About the University of Oregon:
The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research institution and Oregon’s flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of the 61 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Department of Art:?
The Department of Art offers an innovative curriculum in both studio and digital media,ceramics, drawing, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital arts. The sixth most popular major at the University of Oregon, the department encourages breadth and interdisciplinary investigation, as well as depth and discipline within media. The art department has more than 450 majors and 20 regular faculty members.

More information about the UO Department of Art.