UNC’s departments of studio art and art history don’t often work together.
But for the first time at UNC, these two departments will display their collaborations in “Sincerely Yours,” — the Ackland Art Museum’s final exhibit of the semester.
Two Ph.D. candidates in the art history department, Kim Bobier and Russell Gullette, were requested to curate an exhibit by the Ackland and the studio art department at the beginning of this year.
The exhibit features the work of the eight graduating Master of Fine Arts students who showed their individual thesis projects in the “Your Turn to Burn” series this semester.
“This is the first time an MFA group has had an exhibit like this at the end of the year, as well as each artist’s individual shows outside of the Ackland, which is their thesis show,” Bobier said.
After attending the MFA artists’ weekly critiques, as well as having personal conversations with them about their work through studio visits, Bobier and Gullette said they came up with the theme of sincerity for the exhibit.
“During our meetings with each of the artists, it became apparent that they were approaching their medium, subject matter and social issues in a very direct and earnest way,” Gullette said.
“‘Sincerely Yours,’ attempts to highlight this approach.”
After brainstorming and discussing the idea of sincerity as a theme, the curators further inspected each artist’s work to decide which pieces they would showcase in “Sincerely Yours.”