Art students present annual showcase

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    Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is currently hosting “New Order,” an exhibition of Master of Fine Arts student work that runs through March 7. 

    According to the gallery website, this year’s showcase incorporates 22 pieces that reflect on “ideas of construction and formation, artifice and posing and nascent inklings of identity.”

    “This is an opportunity for all the students to show their work together in one setting,” said Devon Nowlin, the gallery manager.

    The Master of Fine Arts is a two-year degree program with an enrollment limited to eight students, four of whom are returning students. “New Order” features pieces from all eight students, with the work of the four second-year artists providing a preview of their upcoming thesis shows. These weeklong individual exhibits begin March 24 in the on-campus Moudy Gallery. 

    “These small things are indicative of my larger installation that will happen in April,” second-year student Lucia Simek said.

    The featured works utilize a variety of media and techniques. First-year student Alyssa Hawkins even incorporated the front window of the gallery into her piece “Constructs.”

    Nowlin said one of the purposes of this exhibit is to see where similarities in approach and concept occur among the students’ work – not just as classmates, but as artists.

    Second-year student Ryan Goolsby said the MFA students were surprised by how cohesive the show was, considering that each student was making completely different work.

    “It shows how much we influence each other as artists in the program,” Goolsby said.

    Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is located at the corner of West Berry Street and Greene Avenue. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.