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'The Second Class'
Selected Pieces from the
Mass Art/Fine Arts Work Center 2008 MFA Thesis Show
Exhibit dates: 20 February-20 March 2009. Reception 20 Feb., 7-9 p.m.

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In 2005 Massachusetts College of Art commenced its first low- residency MFA program, MFAWC, in conjunction with The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. The Nave Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of selected works from the program's "second class", the graduates of 2008.

During the two-year program, MFAWC's class of 2008 spent four month- long residencies at The Fine Arts Work Center, studying and participating in critiques with artists Jim Peters, Joel Janowitz, Helen Miranda Wilson, Paul Stopforth, Byron Kim, Julie Heffernan, Joan Snyder,
and many others. During the non-residency portions of the program, the class (whose members hailed from as far away as Oregon) studied with mentors, a partial list of whom includes Gregory Amenoff, John Imber, William Wegman, and Marjorie Portnow.

Though the group of twelve work in a range of media and a variety of visual and conceptual approaches, their art has in common an interest in space: emotional space, the space of memory, the forms of landscape, the concept of arbitrary movement through space and the virtual space of the surveillance camera. The MFAWC class of 2008 enjoyed regular contact with Provinctown's dramatic landscape, and the low-residency program necessitated that their work be done in more then one studio. As well as being an MFA program, MFAWC is an exercise in practicing art through space, over time. Possibly this has spun a common thread through the graduate's work.