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Final 2009 MFA shows open Friday

Three candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University’s School of Art & Design will open their thesis exhibitions at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery in Harder Hall and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, located on the second floor of Binns-Merrill Hall.

Exhibiting their work at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery will be Jenna Efrein and Andrea Marquis. They will deliver gallery talks at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery.

Seth Payne will exhibit his work in the Museum. His gallery talk is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday.

Jenna H. Efrein, a candidate in the sculpture/dimensional studies program, says she considers all art forms as performance experiences.
She has studied art, language, and music in colleges, universities, and outside education centers. Jenna maintains her own practice in addition to teaching.

“By externalizing the internal through visual metaphors I discuss what I feel like looks like. Communication of these vulnerabilities that we share as human beings occurs through performance, material choice, composition, and contextualization,” said Efrein. “Creating connections with my community and beyond is my method toward achieving world peace one person at a time.”

Andrea Marquis is a mixed media sculptor based in Philadelphia, PA. She received a Bachelors of Fine Art from Syracuse University in 2000.

"I am interested in the way repetitive patterns are intrinsically connected to the psyche. Drawings and cast shadows are reflected and multiplied into new shapes. They move the viewer in and out of the ground, altering perceived space," she explains.

Seth Payne has been making pots for over 10 years, houses for 15, and has been “curious with my hands my whole life.” Before attending Alfred University, Payne worked as an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and was the Salad Days resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.

“The things I make respond to my own questions about belonging to a place,” he said. “Through the impulse to use then rethink use I hope to invent objects that can elevate an everyday act into an occasion.”

Alfred University’s MFA program is ranked number one in the country for ceramic art and second in the country for glass art in the U.S. News and World Report Guide to the Best Graduate Schools, being released next week. Overall, the MFA program is ranked 10th in the country.