First Annual Juried Summer Exhibition June 10 – August 1, 2004
The Tufts Art Gallery is pleased to present its First Annual Juried Summer Exhibition of twenty area artists, celebrating the vitality of the communities surrounding Tufts University. This group of professionally trained artists employs a diverse array of mediums and techniques. Their creative body of work echoes larger concerns of contemporary art and culture. This inaugural exhibition was juried by Amy Ingrid Schlegel, the new director of galleries and collections as well as adjunct faculty in the Museum Studies Program and Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University.
About the artists:
Drawing their source from video stills, Bregel's small paintings comment on the visual representation of intimacy and distance. Bregel received an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale University School of Art in 1991 and a BFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1988. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions across the east coast and has received several professional development grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Somerville Arts Council and Fulbright Committee. She lives and works in Somerville.
Davidson's recent paintings explore the visual intersection of text and image and the formation of a personal hieroglyphics. An artist at the Brickbottom Artist Building in Somerville, Deborah Davidson received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University in 1991. Her work is in the collection of many local institutions, such as the DeCordova Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Babson College. Her work is represented by William Scott Gallery, Boston and Provincetown.
Taken from his Liminalities series, Duehr utilizes cinematic resources to suspend pivotal narrative moments within the two-dimensional medium of photography. Duehr received a B.A. in photography from Southern Illinois University. An active participant in the Boston arts community, he is presently working on several public art commissions by the MBTA (for the Silver Line depot at South Station) as well as the New England Foundation for the Arts. Duehr also reviews photography for Art New England, and has written for other arts publications. He manages Bromfield Art Gallery in the South End. He lives and works in Somerville.
Investigating issues of materiality and process, Finlay's work addresses rudimentary mechanical and biological processes of creation, growth, and accumulation. Her sculptures explore sequential actions (such as leverage, tension, and support systems) and simple mechanics (such as stitching, knotting, and hooking), often with psychological implications. Her work often demonstrates how it is made by visibly maintaining the process of its creation. Finlay received a MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School, Bard College in 1993 and did post-graduate work at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where she also received a diploma in painting in 1971. She lives in Bridgewater, MA and works in Somerville.
Gavarini's mixed-media sculptures and digital video suggest a dialogue between hard and soft materials, while also addressing issues of gender, sexuality, and desire. She is associate professor in the art department of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Gavarini has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States and France since the early 1990s. Her work is included in the nationally-traveling exhibition Needle Art: A Postmodern Sewing Circle.
Greenwood's two-dimensional work explores the territory between painting and sculpture by using felt, a quintessential craft material, as painterly medium. Greenwood received her B.A. and M.B.A. from Boston University and a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work has been included in many juried exhibitions in the Boston area. Greenwood lives in Cambridge and has a studio in Somerville.
Hwae Jung's sculptures and paintings made from paper investigate elements of air, space, and light. Her compositions represent a moment of serenity and escape from the surrounding physical world. MFA graduate from the Massachusetts College of Art, Hwae Jung lives and works in Somerville.
Lawoti's autobiographical photographs explore the specificity of "places, spaces, and dwellings; longing, belonging, and moments in between." A MFA candidate in photography at the Massachusetts College of Art, Lawoti received a BFA in photography from Columbia College, Chicago, in 1999. He has been involved in several group exhibitions in the Chicago and Boston area. A native of Nepal, Lawoti lives and works in Somerville.
Martin's paintings begin with the creation of photographic collages of her home, which she then translates into oil compositions. Martin lives and works in Somerville and has participated in many juried group shows principally in the Boston area. She has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and received a BS in Theatrical Design from Emerson College in 1984. Martin has worked as a commercial mural, trompe l'oeil, and faux finish artist.
McCandlish's digital photography transforms familiar plants and vegetables into mysterious forms suggestive of cosmic activity. She received a BFA in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design and then worked as a textile designer in New York. She has been a graphic artist, web site designer, editor, and typesetter. McCandlish is involved in local organizations promoting the arts in Medford (Medford Arts & Artists) and Cambridge (NoCa Open Studios), through which she also exhibits. McCandlish lives in Medford.
Moss's abstract, encaustic paintings probe perspectival space and depth through the processes of accumulation and removal of surface materials. She is a graduate of Vermont College with a MFA in painting and a BA from the University of Chicago. Moss's work has been shown at several galleries in Somerville, as well as at Courtney Fine Arts, Marlbehead, Perrin Gallery, Brookline, Virginia Tech, Blackboro, VA, and Vorhees Gallery, Sarasota, FL. She lives and works in the Brickbottom building, Somerville.
nancy murphy spicer
Murphy Spicer's recent work focuses on blurring the perceptual and physical boundaries between two- and three-dimensional space in her architecturally-sensitive installations of "Drawing Objects." She also explores the fluid yet substantive quality of paint by creating site-specific, poured "puddles" that are piled on top of one another in a sculptural heap of color. Murphy Spicer received her B.F.A. from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN and studied in the diploma program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has participated in many group exhibitions in institutions on the East Coast, including New York University's Washington Square East Galleries, the Bernard Toale Gallery, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Fitchburg Art Museum. She has had a two-person exhibition (with Chris Nau) at the Green Street Gallery and the Atlanta College of Art Gallery. Murphy Spicer lives in Cambridge and works in Somerville.
Nakanishi's photographs address the popular, iconic status of the instant ramen noodle in Japanese culture and as a symbol of "the beauty of controlled chaos." He received a BA in photography in 1992 from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Nakanishi has exhibited during the past decade in the Boston area and is a participant in the 2004 DeCordova Annual Exhibition. He is also a designer and production manager for Xoles, a commercial jewelry design studio. A native of Japan, Nakanishi lives in Somerville.
From her Rock, Paper, Scissors series, Olin's monoprints and collages investigate alternative methods of dealing with conflict during periods of political instability. Olin received a MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1980 and has taught printmaking at many area institutions. Since 1997 she has been the gallery coordinator at the Brickbottom Gallery. Olin's work is included in the collections of the Boston Public Library, the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard, and several corporate and private collections. She maintains a studio in Somerville.
Pearson's documentary photographs from Java of the Indonesian Fire Service describe the "inner spirit and the current climate of a culture" caught between urbanization and developmental pressures. He uses antique press and tourist cameras to convey a non-contemporary "vernacular" feel. Pearson received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University in 1997 and presently teaches photography at several area arts centers and community educational organizations. Pearson is a certified instructor of English as a second language and has taught in Jakarta and the Boston area. He lives in Somerville.
Made of the pages from old plays and poems, Schiff's collage-objects use the paradigmatic form of the book page. Transformed into blank paper through layering that leaves only the margins showing, she uses these objects to question how meaning is derived from reading and language. Currently a MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Schiff received a Ph.D. in comparative literature and literary theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. She taught interdisciplinary humanities and literature at Clemson University from 1998 to 2003 and also has worked as an independent curator and arts administrator. Schiff lives in Somerville.
Sky's handmade paper and pulp paintings explore the atmospheric, seasonal aura of pastoral landscapes. Trained as a weaver and fiber artist, Sky lived in Japan for an extended period, where she studied textile arts. She studied papermaking at Rugg Road Paper Studios, has been making pulp paintings for 20 years, and now teaches papermaking at the Brickbottom Building, where she lives and works. Sky had a solo exhibition at the American Museum of Papermaking in Atlanta in 2003.
m.l. van nice
Specializing in artist's books, Van Nice's current works are components of larger pieces intended to portray the same conceptual weight on a smaller scale. M.L. Van Nice's work is included in the collections of the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. She has been exhibiting since the early 1980s and nationally since the mid-1990s. Van Nice lives and works in Somerville.
Waitkus's ink drawings investigate the fluidity, harmony, and elegance of line, shape, and abstract form. Employing the Surrealist technique of automatic writing, her work explores the tension between positive and negative space in its occupation and representation of structure, balance, and energy. A 1996 BFA graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Waitkus has had a solo exhibition at the Addis Gallery in Somerville and has participated in group shows at the Somerville Museum, the Howard Yezerski Gallery, the Barbara Krakow Gallery, the Brickbottom Gallery, and the Plymouth Guild Art Gallery. She lives and has a studio in Somerville and works at Harvard.
Wenglowskyj's photographs illustrate the absent-presence of human beings through their discarded or abandoned objects. She sees her work as a contemporary memento mori, a chronicle of life and invocation of memory. She received a BFA in photography at the State University of New York.