University of Oregon MFA 2015 Thesis Exhibition
May 8th, 2015 – May 31st, 2015
The University of Oregon Department of Art 2015 MFA thesis exhibition presents the culminating work of ten master of fine arts graduate students. Christie Hajela, graduate student in the UO Department of the History of Art and Architecture and contributor to the exhibition catalog, notes that “There are no strict physical boundaries demarcating the end of one artist’s work and the beginning of another’s in this exhibition.” Predicated on the Derridean conception of différance, the exhibition uses the structure of assemblage to explore the “nebulous ‘in-between’ space” between artists, a space that, Christie Hajela writes, “ultimately aligns with the thematic intersection of these artists and their otherwise eclectic practices.”
The participating artists are: Farhad Bahram, Fei Chen, Matt Christy, Alex Krajkowski, Anne Magratten, Andrew Oslovar, Brandon Siscoe, Megan St. Clair, John Tolles, and Jessie Rose Vala.
Concurrently, a group exhibition of second-year MFA students’ work will be on view from May 7-30 at the White Box in Portland.
The MFA program at the University of Oregon’s Department of Art is a three-year course of study that involves rigorous studio investigation, critical discourse, and conceptual development. Emphasis is placed on developing a curriculum tailored to the needs of the individual student while encouraging multi-disciplinary exploration and risk-taking. Students work across the disciplines of sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital arts, ceramics, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing.