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VCUarts Alumni Exhibition at New York Galleries

New York, NY

New York shows feature recent graduates from renowned programs of Painting and Printmaking, Sculpture +  Extended Media

This summer, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) alumni from the Department of Painting and Printmaking and the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media will present concurrent exhibitions of their work. The dual shows will provide art curators, collectors, critics, and enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the talent cultivated by VCU’s School of the Arts.

“The biennial New York exhibitions have become a tradition for us,” says VCUarts Interim Dean James Frazier. “They're a rite of passage of sorts, celebrating the completion of the degree in a professionally relevant context, as recent grads collaborate on all the logistics that go into preparing to exhibit their work in a nonprofit or commercial gallery, while also supporting the opportunity for their work to be seen by a New York audience.” 


VCU Painting and Printmaking MFA Exhibition 

August 26—September 17, 2017

Reception: Saturday, August 26, 6:00—8:00pm 

Present Company

254 Johnson Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11206 

Whateverbeing showcases artwork from 15 graduates of the Painting and Printmaking MFA program, including Sarah Coote, director of Richmond’s Bruce Martin Gallery; María Tinaut, who last year exhibited the solo show What might have been lost in Mexico and the two-person exhibition Memoria construida in Spain; and Will Matheson, the 2017 artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA.

Exhibiting Painting and Printmaking artists are:

Saulat Ajmal

Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez

Wesley Chavis

Sarah Coote

Eric Diehl

Mathew Gasparek

Devin Harclerode

Will Matheson

Beatrice Modisett

Kristen Sanders

Jon Rehwoldt

Jake Reller

Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz

Ryan Syrell

María Tinaut

Whateverbeing is curated by Owen Duffy, an art historian, curator, and writer living in New York. He has published in ArtReview, art&education, and Momus. He has been a visiting critic at Rhode Island School of Design and has presented his research at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Duffy earned his Ph.D. in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

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VCU Sculpture + Extended Media MFA Exhibition 

June 9 – 25, 2017

Reception: Friday, June 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

David & Schweitzer Contemporary

56 Bogart Street

Brooklyn, NY 11206 

Featuring the artwork of 12 recent Sculpture + Extended Media MFA graduates, before the foot was purple includes work by John Orth, 2017 Dedalus Foundation Fellow; Levester Williams, 2016 artist-in-residence at University of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Savannah Knoop, former public persona of author JT LeRoy, who recently exhibited Heads and Tails at ACP, a gallery at a private home in Hollywood. 

Exhibiting Sculpture + Extended Media artists are:

Ryan Flores

Shana Hoehn

Ellie Hunter

Anthony Iacono

Savannah Knoop

Hallie McNeill

Leyla Mozayen

John Orth

Steven Randall

Pallavi Sen

Levester Williams

before the foot was purple is curated by Matt King, chair of the department of Sculpture + Extended Media and associate professor of sculpture. He received his M.F.A. from Bard College, is a graduate of Cooper Union, and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Honors include a 2012 – 2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and visiting artist residencies at Fiskars Village, Finland; National Centre for Contemporary Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia; and at the American Academy in Rome. His professional work in sculpture, photography, and drawing has been shown at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The University of Georgia, Werkstätte (NY), Massimo Audiello (NY), Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA) and Fourteen30 Contemporary (Portland, OR), as well as group exhibitions at Jane Lombard, Guild & Greyshkul, Luhring Augustine, Stux Gallery, and the Vienna Kunsthalle.


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