2008.04.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Fitzgerald - University Relations
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UNO Art Gallery to Present Thesis Exhibition
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery will present the work of five UNO BFA thesis candidates in the "Spring 2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition." The exhibition will open Friday, April 11, and run through Friday, May 2. An opening reception will be held April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This spring's thesis exhibition focuses on the art and intricacy of craft and features the work of Matthew Carlson, Joe McNally, Bryan Truttmann, Ashley Vak and Monica Yoo. Carlson's paintings of pixilated forms create narratives, developing a visual language of contrasts. McNally manipulates the portrait through the implied reality of photography. Truttmann's sculptures use glue as an extension of drawing to explore empirical and existential questions in the third dimension. Vak sews kinetic book objects in a process that strips away her identity, transforming her books into living forms. Yoo's performance installation focuses on how memory and language function and shape perspectives.
Each BFA candidate in studio art is required to present a public thesis talk to articulate and defend the philosophical, aesthetic, historical, critical and technical aspects of their work. Carlson, McNally, Truttmann, Vak and Yoo will be joined by bachelor of arts in art history candidate Kristen Harris in these public presentations. Harris will present a scholarly paper on the imagery of Judith in the Renaissance. The spring 2008 thesis talks will be held Monday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.
The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. Vak will also sew in the gallery on Tuesdays and Fridays.
For more information, call (402) 554-2796.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908." This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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