MFA/MA Graduate Exhibition 2017
April 15 - 28, 2017
Opening Reception: April 15, 6-8pm
The exhibition title, CO – LATERAL, refers to three approaches to self reflection and expression. Coming from divergent points of view in photography and painting, the exhibit explores imagination and innovation in the studio practice of postgraduates Angel Cray (MA), Sherry Erskine (MFA), and Kizito Joan Nanfuka (MFA).
Artist Bios:Angel Cray (MA in Studio Art)
Angel Cray is a United States citizen from rural Northern Maine. She graduated from The University of Maine at Presque Isle with her BFA; her main emphasis is in analog photography. While at UMPI she received the Fine Art Talent Award in Studio Practice for 2013. She was also awarded the BCA Scholarship Award to help her start her postgraduate studies at the Burren College of Art in Ireland. Her main goal is to the push the boundaries of analog photography and to keep it alive and well.
"The world has digital, and I have film!" says Angel.
Sherry Erskine's work in lens based media, performance and installation recently earned awards including Round Two of Aesthetica Art Prize (2017), The Royal College of Art and Design London Exchange Program (2016), NEA-funding through the Bay Area Video Coalition for video preservation (2015), merit scholarship from Burren College of Art (2016-2015), and an artist residency at Polli Talu Fine Arts Center in Estonia (2013). She has recently received solo exhibitions in Galway, Ireland, Prague, CZ and New York City, NY. Raised in Detroit, Sherry Erskine earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design and a Master of Art Education from Michigan State University in 1977. Her career in the arts has encompassed a wide array of interdisciplinary interests and experiences ranging from gallery co-founder, vocalist on two vinyl EPs, and technical director for numerous performing arts organizations. Sherry has been the Vice President of Education for GOH Productions since 1988, a non-profit international arts services organization in New York City founded by her collaborator, Bonnie Sue Stein. Her extensive 30-year teaching career includes public school Visual Art and college level Art Education. Sherry Erskine is currently on the Art Education faculty of College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI).Kizito Joan Nanfuka (MFA in Studio Art)
Kizito Joan Nanfuka is an African artist born in Uganda (1992) and graduated from the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art Makerere University in Kampala with a BA degree in Art and won an MFA scholarship to Burren college of Art in 2015. She was mentored by a Ugandan artist Maria Naita during a 2 month residency in Kampala. She has worked as a graphic designer in Kampala, Uganda for two years and also exhibited her work in student exhibitions at Makerere University and Burren College of Art. Her mixed media paintings focus on aspects of colour interaction, mark making and abstract expressive qualities. These works show emotions derived from things that inspire her including twelfth century Abstract Expressionism art, pre-historical rock art in Uganda (Nyero rock paintings) and the nature of the Burren. Her work is created after making various small drawings on paper using ink, graphite pencils and pen. These drawings are then enlarged into paintings with oil and acrylic paint. She then adds various found objects like buttons, African textile fabrics and threads to represent her love of fashion and textile design. Nanfuka also makes mixed media sculptures that are inspired by the environment.
Image by Sherry Erskine