Marywood University will present Graduate MFA Exhibition from May 1- June 25. The exhibition consists of five graduate students; Jennifer Bulay (painting), Ryan Hnat (painting), Marguerite Innes (photography), Heather Remley (printmaking), and Skip Sensbach (ceramics). The exhibit will be held in the Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts with an opening reception on Saturday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m
Jennifer Bulay (Red Hook, NY) received her BA in painting from Salve Regina University in 2007. Before moving to Scranton to work on her masters of fine arts in painting, Jennifer served as design associate at RD Design in Milan, NYU and gallery assistant at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY. She specializes in small encaustic paintings on wood in which she combines modern abstraction with inventive imagery to create multi-layered works. Her current body of work explores the function of line through hand-carved drawings.
Ryan Hnat (Coaldale, PA) obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Penn State University. He works for the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation in Jim Thorpe, PA, where he is the director of activities and education coordinator, and has been a graduate assistant for the past year for Marywood University Art Galleries. Ryan considers himself an action painter trying to engross himself in the "consciousness of the event of the now." Through his exploration of shape, line, and color, he utilizes the inherent characteristics of oil paint on canvas. His non-figurative, abstract compositions explore the realms of consciousness and action to help create, solve, and illustrate the problems of culture and life -- the events of now.
Marguerite Innes (Towanda, PA) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Delaware. She has been employed as a graduate assistant for the Marywood University Art Galleries for the past three years. The camera is her tool for observation of the world around her, which she prefers to record as it happens and without manipulation. Her thesis work provides an inside view of an elderly married couple (her grandparents) - a population not often represented visually without a didactic agenda. Her images provide an inside view of age and getting older; the environments within the couple's home are as important to depict as the people living within the space. Marguerite works in black and white photography utilizing traditional wet darkroom techniques to produce gelatin-silver prints.
Heather Remley (Leesport, PA) received her Bachelor of Arts from Coastal Carolina University in painting and figure drawing and a minor in biology. During her time as an MFA printmaking student, her work has developed into a close visual study of microscopic form found within the human body and into a representation of its complex magnificence. Her thesis work is a visual depiction of her examination of the human form as we traditionally do not see it, and will feature eight separate sets of Plexiglas plates depicting all eleven systems of the body. Her experimentations with paint wash techniques, relief printing, and the application of multimedia materials on Plexiglas can be seen in its raw form when viewing her work.
Skip Sensbach (Dallas, PA) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communications from Kean University in New Jersey. He has owned and operated Green Dog Pottery, a teaching studio in Dallas, PA since 1998. The body of work he has been exploring while pursuing his MFA in ceramics consists of mixed media sculptures constructed of clay and other materials including plywood, concrete, cast glass, and steel. Each sculpture explores clay's unique qualities to work with, and enhance, the other materials. Sensbach's sculpture expresses the dynamic interrelation of different elements and explores the impact that materials have on those relationships.
The Graduate MFA Exhibition is free and open to the public. In addition, the Masters Exhibition is currently on display in the Suraci Gallery featuring the work of three Master of Arts students in painting and printmaking. Gallery hours include Monday - Friday from 10a.m. - 3p.m.
For more information, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at (570) 348-6211 ext. 2428 or visit www.marywood.edu/galleries
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