September 17 - 21
Fourteen MFA students and postgraduate faculty enjoyed five intensive, at times exhausting, but productive days on campus for the last seminar for 2011. The seminar opened with an introduction by Henry Symonds, followed by a theme related presentation on Memory and Perception by Melanie FerDon. It was a full programme with critique sessions, meetings with research supervisors, and planning sessions for the graduate exhibition in January 2012.
We were fortunate to host three keynote speakers, notably, Dr Catherine Bebout, Associate Professor, Art & Design of Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. Catherine is the Area Director of Printmaking at Montclair. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally having solo exhibitions in the P.R. of China, Canada, New Zealand, and India. She gave an interesting talk on her own work and the students were privileged to view a selection of her stunning print works which she is exhibiting in Melbourne at Monash University this week. Her work is also included in numerous public collections such as the New York Public Library, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Musee d’Beaux Arts in Antwerp.
Two other guests impressed with their inspiring talks about the work of artists whose work was relevant to the seminar theme. Dr Edward Hanfling, noted art critic, art historian, curator, and lecturer in Contemporary Theory at WINTEC, focused on the work of Patrick Lundberg and Anthony Byrt, a New Zealand art writer who has recently returned from living and working in Berlin, gave a compelling presentation concerning issues of perception in the work of Judy Millar, Mikala Dwyer, and Dane Mitchell.
Always the highlights of the September seminars are the oral dissertation presentations by MFA graduating studentsto faculty, peers, family, and friends. Six students presented enlightening talks focussing on the theoretical research that underpins their studio practice. After the presentations on Sunday afternoon, everyone enjoyed a celebratory social event to farewell the graduands and mark the last MFA seminar for the year. Whitecliffe looks forward to their graduate exhibition opening on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.