"Holding the Line" Invitational Exhibition Showcases UMass Dartmouth MFA Alumni from Fibers Program

Diverse Artistic Showcase Represents Recent Work from Ten Alumni of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Fibers Program

UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) proudly presents the work of ten Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Alumni during its "Holding the Line" exhibition in the Crapo and University galleries at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus in historic Downtown New Bedford. This diverse artistic work represents the efforts of ten alumni who make up a vibrant community of makers, all of whom continue to produce masterful studio work in an exciting range of media. 

The Opening Reception for the exhibition takes place June 19, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., at the Star Store Campus (715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740). The Exhibition will be showcased through September 11, 2014. The curator, Charlotte Hamlin, selected the artists and their work with a specific theme in mind. 

"'Holding the Line' certainly refers to the linear qualities of most textile materials such as thread and yarn but also expands beyond the customary associations of textile objects -- clothing, domestic linens, women's work. Artistic work in the realm of fibers puts forth the maker's point of view, often taking a stance whether the principle be cultural, psychological, environmental, or political. This work merges the refinement of technique with the individual voices of these nationally-recognized artists," said Ms. Hamlin. 

This summer exhibition includes the work of Miyuki Akai (MFA 2006), Kristina Goransson (MFA 2008), Dawne Hoeg (MFA 2001), Elaine McBride (MFA 1998), Arlene McGonagle (MFA 1998), Paula Erenberg Medeiros (MFA 2012), Linda Senechal (MFA 1998), Myra Serrins (MFA 2002), Jodi Stevens (MFA 2010), and Emily Wolf-Walker (MFA 2009). The exhibition is timed to coincide with Convergence, the biennial conference of the Handweavers Guild of America, July 14-19 in Providence, RI. 

Gallery exhibitions are open daily in New Bedford from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and until 9:00 p.m. during AHA! Nights (every second Thursday each month). All events are free and open to the public.

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