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Neuberger Director Thom Collins Curates Purchase College MFA Exhibition in NYC, March 6-31

Date Released: 2/19/2008

Thom Collins, the Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, curates the School of Art+Design MFA Exhibition on view at White Box @ the Annex in New York City, March 6-31. An opening reception will be held March 6, from 6-8 PM.  The exhibition features sculpture, video, sound, painting, drawing and installation by Purchase College MFA candidates Kristen Galvin, Beth Letain, Jeff Pash, Sarah Sharp and Alec Spangler.

White Box @ the Annex is located at 601 West 26th Street, 14th Floor, New York City. For more information, including gallery hours, call 646-638-3785.

Kristen Galvin’s digital videos and prints lie at the very intersection of art, pop culture, television and cinema.  She uses the mishaps in the analog to digital conversion inherent in common consumer technologies to expose the politics of representation as evidence of a greater sociological condition. She received her BA from Brown University and a certificate from the Actor’s Center.

Drawing from ideas of pageantry and the carnivalesque, Beth Letain makes paintings that teeter in the gap between abstraction and representation. Thickly impastoed paint and plush color are used to explore what happens when generosity and abundance are taken to illogical extremes. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Jeff Pash creates multi-channel audio/video installations out of diverse source material including Hollywood films, YouTube videos and material leaked from the government in an effort to explore a space that lies between the virtual and the real. Currently his work is focused on the intersections of imagined and lived experiences of violence and war. Pash was honored with the College Arts Association 2007 MFA Regional Exhibition Award. He recently curated an exhibition on the political potential of sound art at the Melville Gallery as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's 10th Anniversary of Workspace. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Film Studies.

Sarah Sharp’s multi-media installation work uses craft materials and building supplies to create imaginary environments for retreat and isolation.  Her work stems from tales of alienation and survival in conservative Christian households. She attended the California College of the Arts and received her bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Alec Spangler uses memory and daydreams as material for virtual environments.  His paintings and drawings reconfigure landscape and architecture according to imagined or misremembered rules of use—value, symbolism and physics.  In doing so, he proposes a recuperation of mystery and sublimity through the inevitable mingling of nature and culture.  He received his undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Vassar College.

The Master of Fine Arts Program in the Purchase College School of the Arts, School of Art+Design is small and highly selective. Its purpose is to foster the artistic, intellectual and professional growth of each student through exposure to a variety of viewpoints represented by the graduate faculty, visiting artists, critics and the current group of graduate students. The program provides an environment in which a student may intensively pursue independent studio work, as well as pertinent art historical and other academic studies.