The New Paradigm exhibit brings new art mediums to UWF
A new world of possibilities has been put on display to show off many different art mediums and inspire students and the general public.
The University of West Florida’s Art Gallery showcases that in its newest exhibition, The New Paradigm: An MFA Juried Exhibition.
Nick Croghan, the director of The Art Gallery and the curator for the exhibition, said that change was the driving force behind the exhibit title.
“That was kind of the genesis for the idea,” Croghan said. “We wanted to give our students an understanding of what exactly a master of fine arts program has to offer and what students enrolled in those kinds of programs are doing, such as the kinds of ideas they’re exploring and the kinds of boundaries they’re pushing.”
The New Paradigm is a medium-inspired competition geared toward students currently enrolled in MFA programs. Recent graduates from the 2013 – 2014 academic year were also welcome to participate. The reward for the artist who receives the Best in Show award will be a solo exhibition in TAG.
Not only that, but exhibited artists and their work will find a home among the full-colored pages of a catalogue both in hard copy and online.
With the exhibition’s arrival comes introductions to new mediums students have yet to explore, since UWF does not have an MFA program. Metalsmithing and fibers concentration are among some of the techniques not present in the university’s current program that were displayed in the show.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, various genres including drawings, paintings, photography, print making, sculptures, ceramics and fibers take center stage.
Christopher White was one of twenty artists participating in the competition. White said his partner, who is a student at UWF, was responsible for bringing the exhibition to his attention.
“As a working artist, part of the job description is to always create and exhibit work,” White said in an email. “The act of creating itself is only one of many steps in the creative process.
“The second step is to communicate your ideas or observations with the rest of the world. The only way you can accomplish communication is by showing your work.”
White noted that he has always possessed the internal drive to be creative. He said that it initially began with a career in theater as a lighting and sound designer, which led to thirteen years of working on Broadway productions.
“Soon after, I found my creative voice and purpose in photography,” White said. “There is something very personal that occurs between the viewer, creator and a single image that I find powerful and inspiring.”
White is currently enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design and also teaches photography at Pensacola State College. He has three pieces on display titled “Disturbance,” “Despondency” and “Tremor.”
Croghan said that while some of the exhibited artwork may be traditional, the different approaches taken bring something new and fresh to the table.
“If we’re not engaging the community, then we’re not doing our job,” Croghan said.
TAG will be housing the exhibit in building 82 from Oct. 9 to Nov. 8.
The exhibit is open to the public Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m.
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