May 10, 2012

Annual Cornell MFA Thesis Show at White Box Gallery, New York

Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP)

Cornell University’s Department of Art announces its fifth annual M.F.A. Exhibition, at the White Box Gallery, 329 Broome Street in New York. The show runs from May 1 until May 12 with a reception at the gallery May 11 from 6 to 9pm. This year’s exhibition features works by Piotr Chizinski, Elizabeth Corkery, Amie Cunat, Brian Dunn, Daren Kendall, Raja’a Khalid, Baseera Khan, Christina Leung, Katherine Somody, Gabrielle Wolodarski, and Bernard Yenelouis. The exhibition and closing reception are open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 11am to 6pm; Saturday 12 to 6pm; Sunday 12 to 5pm; closed Monday and Tuesday.

In 2008 the Department of Art at Cornell instituted the annual show of work by members of its Master of Fine Arts program. Held each May, the show gives these artists an exciting opportunity to exhibit their work in New York City, and for those who are graduating, the exhibition provides a very real transition from the classroom/studio to the larger art community of New York and consequently the national and international art scenes.

Said Carl Ostendarp, Director of Graduate Studies for the Cornell art department, “This year’s exhibition represents not only the intellectually and emotionally diverse works of its makers, but can be also construed as a visual statement defining the M.F.A. program at Cornell University fixed to the present moment in time.”

Ostendarp explained that all of aspects of the exhibits preparation, both the practical and the artistic were managed by the artists themselves: from locating and leasing the space, selecting the essayists for the catalogue, documentation, design and promotion to the curating and installation of the works.

The M.F.A. art program at Cornell is a part of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning and is an interdisciplinary research-based program. Cornell M.F.A. students enjoy access to an extensive array of intellectual and physical resources across the College and university, including formal courses of study in a vast range of academic fields, to lectures, seminars and symposia, to university museums, galleries, archives, libraries, shops, and labs.

With a tradition of generous tuition support and the opportunity to engage with BFA undergraduate students, work closely with art department faculty, and earn a stipend through teaching assistantships, the Cornell University M.F.A. Art Program provides an exceptional context for creative development.

For information regarding the New York City exhibition, contact Greg Potter at [email protected] To learn more about the Cornell M.F.A. program, contact the Office of Admissions and Graduate Services at 607 254 4505 or go to:

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