Apr 13, 2012, 6:00 PM
UIC Art and Design Hall
UIC Art BFA Exhibition
LIFE’S A BFA
April 13th, 6pm to 9pm
April 14th, 11am to 4pm
April 16th – 18th, 10am to 5pm
Special Screening April 16th, 7pm The Nightingale Theater 1084 North Milwaukee Avenue.
The BFA Senior Thesis is a a year-long course which culminates in a thesis exhibition and screening. In Spring 2012, the course has been led by a team of instructors: Dianna Frid, Beate Geissler and Deborah Stratman, along with graduate assistant Andrew Reinke. Students spend the year working in their studios, producing a body of work from which they will draw from for the exhibition.
This spring, the students and faculty have decided to produce a Thesis Book, to accompany and document their show (Life’s a BFA!). Melissa Rosa, a graduating UIC Design major, has been our lead designer in this process and has helped facilitated the book (link below).
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Apr 13, 2012, 5:00 PM
2012 UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition
Chaz Evans, Nina Barnett, Kasia Houlihan, Mark Kent, Brendan Meara
The final in a series of four UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts.
Reception: Friday, April 13, 5-8pm
Chaz Evans is an artist, media art historian, and the artistic director of Parker, a performance collective based in Chicago. His work investigates the points at which software and performance intersect, using methods that apply historical forms of critique to emerging disciplines of media and technology. He has exhibited at such venues as Eastern Expansion Gallery, Chicago; Chopin Theatre, Chicago; the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and the Evanston Art Center. Evans received a BA from North Park University in Theatre and Performance and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nina Barnett’s practice addresses transition, distance, and exploration, both horizontal and vertical. Her current investigations concern aspects of holes, tunnelling (mining), and depth through drawing, video, and sculpture. Barnett hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she received a BA at the University of Witwatersrand.
Kasia Houlihan works in a variety of media in an effort to get at the experience of relating. With photography, drawing, video, performance, audio, sculpture, she chips away at such concepts as closeness and distance, thresholds, and control. She has exhibited at venues such as Comfort Station, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; and the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami. Houlihan received a BA from the University of Chicago.
Mark Kent originally hails from Ireland and has been leading a nomadic existence around Europe for the last 10 years, creating films resulting from his experiences. Kent has exhibited work at Buro Leeuwarden, the Netherlands; SKAM e.V, Hamburg; Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf; and Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam.
Brendan Meara is a media artist whose work addresses themes of identity, moral value, greed, freedom, obsession, existence, reason, faith, suicide, and humor. His work has been exhibited at the University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico; Review Studios, Kansas City; Roots and Culture, Chicago; and Alderman Exhibitions, Chicago. Meara will have a forthcoming 'Artist Edition 10" LP' on Positive Beat Recordings, Chicago. He received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004.