MFA Thesis Exhibition

Sat. 16 May (All day) - Thu. 4 June (All day)
ICEBOX Project Space—Crane Arts Building

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Icebox Projects Space

Opening Reception: May 16, 6–9pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 12–6pm or by appointment

The ICEBOX Project Space
Crane Arts Building
1400 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112-3803

ICEBOX Project Space, the expansive, museum-quality visual arts gallery at the gateway of the North American Street corridor, will host the thesis exhibition of recent Master of Fine Arts recipients from The University of Pennsylvania. The exhibit runs from May 16-June 4, 2009.

The Artists: Kim Brickley, Edward L. Carey, Jessica Clauser, Jennifer Ruiz Copeland, Kurt Freyer, Tia-Simone Gardner, Elizabeth Hoy, Tetsugo Hyakutake, Jules Joseph, Kate Kaman, Antonio McAfee, Jessa McFarlane, Nicolas McMahon, Aaron Metté, Evi Numen, Cecelia Post, Jaime Roth, Rebecca Sargent, Peter Schenck, Emilie Selden, Laura Shema, Nicole White, Ricardo Zapata.

Expansive and challenging, the artwork presented in this exhibition deals with a diverse range of subject matter, realized in various media. Experiments in activism, examinations of subjective realities, America's rusting industrial and recreational Edens, deadpan re-creations of childhood, chest-beating, pleasure and enlightenment all combine to form a unique body of work from an outstanding group of young artists.

Many of the twenty-four emerging artists in this exhibition have already received special recognition from prestigious organizations for their endeavors. Highlights of their collective accolades include numerous exhibitions throughout the United States, a Dedalus Foundation Award, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and the Christopher Lyon Award.

A catalogue of recent work by the MFA Class of 2009 will accompany the exhibition. PennDesign is pleased to have Matt Freedman as contributing essayist for this publication. Matt Freedman is an artist, writer and curator living in Ridgewood, New York, a neighborhood in the borough of Queens. His artistic, literary and curatorial projects include Iron Artist event at PS1-MoMA, the nationally touring Paper Sculpture Show, and his Lightning Sketch performance, "Aunt Lulu Explains Everything," at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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