UNT's 2014 MFA Showcase features works of arts from DFW's emerging artists in Denton, Dallas galleries

Blindness by Ellie Ivanova
Blindness from the series "The Skin of Memory," 2013 by UNT graduate student Ellie Ivanova will be one of the works exhibited in the 2014 MFA Showcase. Silver gelatin print, courtesy of the artist.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:18

What: 2014 MFA Showcase, which includes the works of seven graduate students from UNT's College of Visual Arts and Design

When and Where: June 12 (Thursday) - Aug. 23 (Saturday) at UNT Art Gallery, 1201 W. Mulberry St. in Denton and June 12 (Thursday) - Sept. 13 (Saturday) UNT ArtSpace Dallas, 1901 Main St. in Dallas

Cost: Free

What else: A reception will take place from noon to 2 p.m. June 14 (Saturday) at UNT ArtSpace Dallas in conjunction with East Dallas Gallery Day.

Contact: For more information on the exhibition, call Director of UNT Galleries Tracee Robertson, 940-369-8914

DENTON, Texas (UNT) – The work of seven graduate students from the University of North Texas will be on display as part of the 2014 College of Visual Arts and Design MFA Showcase.

The exhibition will run June 12 (Thursday) - Aug. 23 (Saturday) at the UNT Art Gallery in Denton and June 12 (Thursday) - Sept. 13 (Saturday) at UNT ArtSpace Dallas.

A reception will take place from noon to 2 p.m. June 14 (Saturday) at UNT ArtSpace Dallas in conjunction with East Dallas Gallery Day.

The MFA Showcase provides a way to see the artworks of emerging artists before they will go on to work or be featured in creative organizations and institutions throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region and the nation, said Tracee Robertson, director of UNT Galleries.

This year's showcase includes artworks in varied media by seven CVAD graduate students. Works by each artist will be displayed at both the UNT Art Gallery in Denton and the UNT ArtSpace Dallas.

"We have the privilege of exhibiting their works at the start of their professional commitments to the arts, which we've found to be a pivotal time in their processes of forming and articulating ideas and concepts," she said.

One of those artists, Ellie Ivanova, will feature two projects that play with photography. In A Guide to Stitching, photographic images are printed on fabric and framed in hoops, with stitches and embroidery added to them. For The Skin of Memory, she used an experimental acid-based process called mordançage that causes the emulsion of a traditional black and white photographic print to lift from the paper and form veils and bubbles -- destroying the original image but creating a new, unpredictable image in which the shadows become the brightest part.

"Any artist can work independently, but the intellectual community that is the studio art program at UNT is a great creative environment for experimentation," Ivanova said. "And since all art is a collaboration in a sense, it has been interesting to see how the work of my peers has influenced mine."

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