Alumni IV

April 11 - June 5, 1999
Alumni IV

After a yearlong hiatus from its exhibition schedule due to the Fine Arts Center's lobby construction, the University Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to be reopening with a celebration of the University's art alumni. Alumni IV, the fourth in a series of juried art alumni invitational exhibitions held in the University Museum of Contemporary Art every five years, will feature the work of eleven graduates of the University's Department of Art. Juried by Hugh M. Davies and Linda Shearer, the exhibition will run from April 10 through June 5.

Michael Tong, Untitled, 1997, welded
stainless steel on steel, 12 x 8 feet,
photography: Creative Services,
University of Massachusetts
Artists selected for the exhibit include Roberley Bell (BFA 1977), Gordon Chandler (MFA 1997), Kathleen Gilrain (MFA 1992), Richard Gubernick (MFA 1968), Ron Wontae Kim (MFA 1993), Lisa Lesniak (BA 1980), Kathleen Packlick (BFA 1972), Kathleen Schneider (MFA 1982), Robert Smit (MFA 1988), Al Souza (MFA 1972), and Michael Tong (MFA 1993). Media represented include painting, sculpture in steel, wood, and found objects, sculptural installations, and mixed media collage. All of these artists enjoy extensive exhibition histories that take their work throughout the U.S. and Europe. One artist, Lisa Lesniak, who works in costume design, interior design, and textile conservation, also works in the film industry and has been the costume designer for such box office hits as Meet Joe Black, Good Will Hunting, The Crucible, and Amistad to name a few.

Jurors for the invitational included two major figures in the field of contemporary art: Linda Shearer, Director of the Williams College Museum of Art and Hugh M. Davies, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. They gathered at the University Museum of Contemporary Art this past fall and reviewed over 1,000 slides from 105 graduates of the Department of Art. Shearer has organized many exhibitions at Williams as well as the Museum of Modern Art, where she previously directed their project series. Davies has curated exhibitions on the West Coast and here at the university as the University Museum of Contemporary Art's founding director.


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Alumni IV

Alumni IV Catalog

Text by Regina Coppola and Betsy Siersma
7" x 7"; 26 pgs. 11 illus.
Published in 1999
Price $5.00