A new exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum combines the works of seven master of fine arts students at UNC to explore the concept of time.
The exhibit, entitled “Time Will Tell,” opened Thursday evening. It is the next part of an annual effort by the University and museum to display every graduating MFA student’s individual work as one cohesive piece at the end of the spring semester.
Each year’s exhibit is organized by a different curator representing a different topic. Jeff Bell, the curator of this year’s piece, let the year develop before deciding on the topic of time.
“I tried not to select an overall topic for a long time. I wanted to really get to know the artists and their work and then start thinking about what I see as things that tie them together,” Bell said. “I really thought about time and sometimes sort of deliberate time, and then it just built from there. I saw that as a thing that ran through a lot of their work.”
All of the student work on display is their own individual creation. Some works are part of schoolwork or thesis projects, and other works are not connected to UNC at all. Bell, currently museum manager at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, stopped by campus to view the students’ work throughout the year and selected content for the exhibit based on that.