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    April 02, 2019
    Museum of Art, UNH, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition and Senior Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Durham, NH - The Museum of Art will be exhibiting emerging artists from the UNH Department of Art and Art History April 12-May 17, 2019. The Master of Fine Arts Thesis, Senior Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions celebrate the achievements of degree candidates graduating from the Department of Art and Art History. The opening reception will take place Friday, April 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Museum of Art is free and open to the public.
    Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
    Representing the culmination of the two-year program, candidate Jenna Smith will have her paintings and collages on display.
    Jenna Smith, Belleville, IL, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in painting. Her work has been exhibited throughout St. Louis and New England area. Jenna’s inspiration for her current landscape work comes from places she discovers at night from driving around in her car or walking alone. Several small paintings emerge from the front seat of her car with no one else around. She enjoys the mysterious qualities that come with painting at night and lets the vulnerability of being alone drive her work.
    “My interests in nocturnes remains the same but I have expanded the ways in which I approach it. The collage series emerged from my desire to make faster spatial decisions within a landscape. The immediacy of collage allows me to open up my work and express what I feel when I am surrounded by the night in a way that is free from the traditions of landscape painting. I use classic design elements such as positive and negative space, shape, and pattern to represent a variety of feelings. This way of creating allows me to rely less on an actual place and more on my imagination, resulting in a more meaningful and enjoyable process.” says Smith. Upon graduation she plans to pursue a career in teaching and continue to make work.
    Senior Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
    The Bachelor of Arts program prepares students for the commercial art field and provides them with a strong background in fine arts and a number of vocational opportunities for entrance to graduate school. The exhibit features works from graduating students representing concentrations in drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, and sculpture.

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum provides training for students who plan to enter professional graduate school or pursue careers as professional artists.  The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition features works from four candidates who draw upon their own experiences and interests to develop a body of work to present in this annual exhibition. Their areas of concentration feature a variety of works in ceramics, drawing, painting, and photography. The exhibit features bodies of work from the candidates, Adeline Boysen, Easthampton, MA, Daniel Faiella, Northwood, NH, Rachel Goyette, Plymouth, NH, Julianna Sagliano, Oxford, CT.
    Adeline Boysen, Easthampton, MA, is inspired and influenced by the photography of Vivian Maier. Through ambiguous portraiture, abstractions of the body, and the manipulation of light and space, Adeline’s work documents her experiences living in a blended, ‘modern’ family.
    “Photography for me has become a way to document moments in my life. I grew up in two homes between divorced (and later remarried) parents, with two sisters and five brothers. I found that art was something I could bring with me in between those two homes.” says Boyse.
    Daniel Faiella, Northwood, NH, paintings becomes a way for him to interpret yet escape the real world.
    Faiella states, “My work pursues my preoccupation with the light, colors, and forms of the visible world, and the ways in which these visual elements are transformed to become the worlds of my imagination.  Exploring the slanting sunlight that hits a tree or the side of a building, as well as the light that fills the imagined worlds of my own mind, are the two intersecting paths that I travel in my daily studio practice.”
    Rachel Goyette, Plymouth, NH, paintings and collages document those fleeting moments in a playful, cartoony language. She finds inspiration in how moments that might seem ordinary and mundane when they happen so often turn into strange, special worlds of their own with memory and time.
    “I am interested in how moments that might seem ordinary and mundane, turn into strange, special worlds of their own with memory and time.” Goyette says.
    Julianna Sagliano, Oxford, CT, photography work encompasses a wide range of subjects, but she enjoys analyzing the inner workings of the human mind, as she believes people, nature, and architecture have a vast amount of similarities between each other. She focuses on how these subjects are both helped and hindered by the schedule or pattern they need to follow.
    Sagliano says “My images are minimally edited and shot in digital color. These techniques allow me to quickly capture the rawness these locations embody, something extreme photo-manipulation and film cannot do.”
    The Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates will present a gallery talk from scholarly, captivating, and creative research in their concentration as part of the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). Candidates Adeline Boysen, Rachel Goyette, will present Wednesday, April 25, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Candidates, Daniel Faiella and Julianna Sagliano will be presenting on Thursday, April 25, 12:40 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. All presentations will be held in the Museum of Art. 

    The Museum of Art hours of operation during the academic year: Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday and University holidays. All gallery talks are free and open to the public and are supported by Friends of the Museum of Art. Follow the Museum of Art on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #MOAUNH.  The MFA Thesis Exhibition is supported in part by the Department of Art and Art History, UNH.
    Sara Zela, Education & Communication Manager
    (603) 862-3712