Art is a way to share experiences and communicate ideas. Using visual means to inform, challenge, enhance or impart a sense of wonder is a significant part of our cultural history. As these BFA candidates are discovering, the journey of becoming an artist can be thrilling, difficult, surprising and very often maddening. It requires a great deal of work as well as a willingness to question closely held assumptions and beliefs. The work on display in Insert Title Here is the product of experimentation, risk taking and refinement. Utilizing a wide variety of media, the artists explore themes of identity, personal mythology, perception and representation. Looking closely at each work reveals depth of meaning, personal narrative, universal themes and an acute sensitivity to both craft and medium. While the media they use varies, all of the participating artists embody a spirit of experimentation, personal reflection and a disciplined attention to their craft.
From Randal Thurston, Program Director of the Fine Arts BFA Program at Suffolk University:
“At NESADSU, we offer an intensely personalized experience for students pursuing a BFA in Fine Art. Our program combines rigorous intellectual inquiry with a comprehensive studio curriculum. We teach the importance of technique, historical context and contemporary relevance. While the Artists in our exhibition have shared a long journey of discovery together and this exhibition is a milestone, they have just begun their creative lives. They have mastered the fundamentals of art, applied traditional methods in novel ways, engaged in endless trial and error and sometimes simply worked until something of value was achieved. This process, together with their openness and critical honesty with one another has helped them create a sense of community so critical to their development as artists. By sharing techniques, pointing out the sometimes curious connections in each others work and engaging in objective critique, they have all become teachers of art as well.”