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School of Art+Design Presents the MFA Thesis Exhibition Series March 31-May 3

Date Released: 3/12/2008

The Purchase College School of Art+Design spotlights the work of up-and-coming artists Alec Spangler, Kristen Galvin, Sarah Sharp, Beth Letain and Jeff Pash in the MFA Thesis Exhibition Series which opens March 31 in the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery in the Art+Design Building.  The artists will present their recent work in sculpture, video, sound, painting, drawing and installation. The Maass Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-6753.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

In this series, each artist offers a unique response to the complexities of contemporary culture, media and the interior worlds.

March 31-April 5, Alec Spangler
Alec Spangler draws on memory and daydreams to develop virtual environments in his paintings and drawings. He reconfigures landscape and architecture according to imagined or misremembered rules of use—value, symbolism and physics.  These works propose a recuperation of mystery and the sublime through the inevitable mingling of nature and culture.  He received his undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Vassar College. Artist’s Reception: April 3.

April 7-12, Kristen Galvin
Using common consumer technology to appropriate footage from television and film, Kristen Galvin manipulates the materiality of video to expose the politics of representation and reveal greater sociological conditions. She received her BA from Brown University. Artist’s Reception: April 10.

April 14-19, Sarah Sharp
Sarah Sharp creates real and imaginary forms inspired by vernacular architecture and analog communication devices that address the formation of outsider communities. Common household materials and building supplies used in her drawings and sculptures evoke the urgency and invention required to build one’s own world. She attended the California College of the Arts and received her bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. Artist’s Reception: April 17.

April 21-26, Beth Letain
Beth Letain makes paintings that teeter between abstraction and representation. Using thickly impastoed paint and lush color, her paintings explore the implications of taking generosity and abundance to illogical extremes. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Artist’s Reception: April 24.

April 28-May 3, Jeff Pash
Jeff Pash creates multi-channel audio and video mash-ups from sources as diverse as Hollywood films, YouTube videos and material leaked from the government. The resulting multi-media installations describe a space that lies between the virtual and the real and often touch on the politics of our day. Pash was honored with the College Arts Association 2007 MFA Regional Exhibition Award. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Film Studies. Artist’s Reception: May 1.

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.