VCUarts graduates were the stars of two summer exhibitions in Brooklyn, N.Y. Present Company welcomed 15 recent graduates from the Painting + Printmaking MFA program, including Sarah Coote (MFA ’17), director of Richmond’s Bruce Martin Gallery; María Tinaut (MFA ’17), who last year exhibited a solo show in Mexico and a two-person exhibition in Spain; and Will Matheson (MFA ’16), the 2017 artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA. The August–September show “WHATEVERBEING” was curated by Owen Duffy (MA ’13, PhD ’16).
In June, 12 recent Sculpture + Extended Media MFA graduates were featured in “before the foot was purple” at David&Schweitzer Contemporary. Artists included John Orth (MFA ’17), 2017 Dedalus Foundation Fellow; Levester Williams (MFA ’16), 2016–17 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Savannah Knoop (MFA ’16), former public persona of author JT LeRoy. “before the foot was purple” was curated by Matt King, chair and associate professor of sculpture at VCUarts.
Says King, “The correspondences between these works, as well as their obvious differences, are reflective of the rigorous, sustained research practice and lively studio dialog that are hallmarks of the Sculpture program. In their variety they demonstrate the vitality of divergent strategies unique to each artist’s individual perspective, while collectively they stand as a timely argument for a rigorous, critical engagement with the physical world.”
Image: Savannah Knoop demonstrates her work Rocking Tail (4 screens) at David&Schweitzer Contemporary this summer.