Showcasing Student Works

The annual Master of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition 2014 is on display at the Lowe Art Museum through June 1.

By Peter E. Howard
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 15, 2014) — Sadly, points out Milly Cardoso, many artists never get the opportunity to exhibit their work in a museum. Ever.

“It’s just the way it is,” said Cardoso, gallery director for the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences.

But for 13 Master of Fine Arts students in the University of Miami’s Department of Art and Art History, that lifetime ambition is a reality as they are part of the Master of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition 2014, on display at the Lowe Art Museum through June 1.

Featuring mediums from acrylic on canvas to charcoal to clay to wood, the annual exhibit showcases the work of students who are in their second or third year of the coveted master’s program.

“This is a huge deal for them,” said Cardoso.

The sentiment is not lost on the students.

Devin Caserta, a second-year student who works in charcoal and pastels, said the exhibit is “a very strong show” that highlights a “variety of mediums being used to communicate specific messages from the artists.”

Being part of a Lowe exhibit, Caserta said, is “a nice foot in the door to other galleries,” and will certainly benefit him in the future.

Born and raised in Miami, Caserta said he thinks Miami is gaining more stature in the art world as a place on the rise.

Exhibitor Carolyn Kay Chema bonds with surrealists. You can see it in her work, especially in the archival pigment print Moonstruck, with its celestial theme and honeybees that is displayed inside a lighted box.

Chema, who graduated this spring, is headed to New York City to find work in the commercial art field, possibly as an illustrator or graphic designer. Born in Naples, Italy, and raised in Dayton, Ohio, she came to the University after undergraduate study at Georgetown University.

Having a jewel of a museum like the Lowe on campus was a definite draw to the Master of Fine Arts program, she said. As she perused the gallery during the opening reception on May 7, Chema could only marvel at the skill and the growth of her fellow artists.

“This is really overwhelming,” Chema said. “After three years, to see how everyone has grown and changed, is really amazing.”

The Master of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition 2014 will be featured at the Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, through June 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Monday. The candidates exhibition showcases works by Leah Brown, Abraham Camayd, Devin Caserta, Carolyn Kay Chema, Cynthia Fleischmann, Eddy A. Lopez, Dennis Loucks, Gerardo Olhovich, Michelle Roy, Colin Sherrell, Skylor Swann, Jena Thomas, and John R. Van Beekum.


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