Breakthroughs: The Twentieth Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition

On view in the Raymond Jonson Gallery February 8 – May 17, 2014
With an opening reception, Friday, February 7, 6 – 8 pm,
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm.*

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt

The hope and expectation of graduate school in studio art is that the program will act as an incubation period for new ideas and as a proving ground for articulating one’s voice. Through a crucible of crits and conversations with faculty and peers, students are regularly asked to question and defend what they are about. In my studio visits with some of the students, their eagerness to share and receive feedback reflects an atmosphere of anticipation where artistic breakthroughs are taking place or are on the verge of occurring. For these reasons, I often find visiting graduate students’ studios to be exhilarating, not because the artwork is always fully realized, but because it is like peering through an airplane window into the distant horizon.

Artists in the exhibtion include: Russell Bauer, Logan Bellew, Kristin Calhoun, Marne Elmore, Ray Ewing, Abbey Hepner, KB Jones, Bree Lamb, Julia Lambright, Justin Nolan, Staci Page, Natalie Smith, Elizabeth Shores, Sarah Vosmus, Chad Waples and Tamara Wilson.

Juried by Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA).  At NOMA Lash manages the twentieth and twenty-first century permanent collection and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

Justin Nolan, Studio Chair, 2012; Photograph

Justin Nolan; Studio Chair, 2012; Digital photograph; Photo by Justin Nolan; © Justin Nolan

Julia Lambright, Tetris, 2013; Egg tempera and oil on panel

Julia Lambright; Tetris, 2013; Egg tempera and oil on panel; Photo by Justin Nolan; © Julia Lambright

Logan Bellew, 3000 untitled test tube, 2013; glass test tubes

Logan Bellew; 3000 untitled test tube, 2013; Glass test tubes; Photo by Justin Nolan; © Logan Bellew








Main image:

Tamara Wilson; Pencils, 2012; Felt; Photo by Justin Nolan; © Tamara Wilson