FROM RIVERSIDE-UCR Sweeney Art Gallery & Culver Center of the Arts present the annual MFA Thesis Show 2012 with works by three graduating Master of Fine Arts students in UCR's Department of Art: Zachary Leener, Ryan Perez, and Matthew Shain. The exhibition will consist of photo-based work, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations.
These students join the ranks of Master of Fine Arts graduates from art departments and art schoolsacross Southern California , a region that has become known for transforming its art students into major players on the international art scene. UCR's thesis exhibition is distinctive because it is the only graduate student exhibition in Southern California presented in an off-campus, public setting. The distinguished full-time faculty in UCR's Art Department includes department chair Charles Long, John Divola, Jill Giegerich, Jim Isermann, Brandon Lattu, Erika Suderburg and Amir Zaki.
"Raising the bar of professionalism through public presentations not only assists students in their future careers, but also exemplifies the value UC Riverside places on the unique role of art in linking campus and community," says Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director, Culver Center of the Arts and Director, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside.
The exhibition is organized by the UCR Department of Art and Sweeney Art Gallery . An online catalog of the exhibition is available at http://sweeney.ucr.edu. Support is provided by University of California , Riverside 's Department of Art, College of Humanities , Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.
Upcoming and Related Events
Film Screening: Friday/Saturday, April 13 & 14, 7 p.m.
General admission: $9.99 and Students with I.D.: $5.00 available only at Culver front desk.
Gerhard Richter - Painting
Director: Corinna Belz, German, 97 minutes, Unrated
One of the world's greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. Gerhard Richter Painting is a thrilling document of Richter's creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations and rare archive material. From our fly-on-the-wall perspective, we watch the 79-year-old create a series of large-scale abstract canvasses, using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply (and then scrape off) layer after layer of brightly colored paint. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns Corinna Belz's portrait of an artist into a work of art itself. "A gorgeously rendered work of art. Offers fascinating insight...and a mesmerizing survey of [Richter's] complete oeuvre." - Alissa Simon Variety Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival, 2011
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, April 14, 6-9 p.m., freeadmission
Join us for a reception for the three artists featured in MFA Thesis Show 2012.
Performance: First Thursday ArtsWalk, May 3, 6:30-8 p.m., free admission
BeyondStudio: Performances by UCR Gluck Fellows 2012
UCR Culver Center of the Arts, Center Atrium Gallery
Discover exciting performances by dancers and musicians from UC Riverside's Gluck Fellows Program. BeyondStudio showcases the works created and developed in the campus atelier and then presented to thegeneral public at the Culver Center of the Arts. BeyondStudio is made possible through the generosity of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation. Organized by UCR ARTSblock and produced by the Gluck Fellows Program at UCR Riverside and Sweeney Art Gallery associate curator Jennifer Frias. Press inquiries and additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org. 951.827.1465.
UCR's Sweeney Art Gallery and Culver Center of the Arts are located at 3834 Main St. , Riverside , CA 92501 , and are situated next door to UCR/California Museum of Photography. The three venues, also known at UCR ARTSblock, are open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., plus 6-9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to Culver, Sweeney and CMP, and is free during First Thursday ArtWalks (6-9 p.m.). Forfilm screenings, Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time. See websites for additional information,
http://sweeney.ucr.edu, http://culvercenter.ucr.edu, http://cmp.ucr.edu.