For the first time in its history, the UNC art department will be displaying the theses of all of its Masters of Fine Arts students at one exhibition titled "Under the Rug," taking place at the Durham Fruit Company from March 22 to April 7. The exhibition will showcase the unique art of nine MFA students whose artistic talents have culminated into the work they will be displaying.
This exhibition is a step in a different direction for UNC’s art department, as all MFA theses were previously displayed individually at the Hanes Art Museum. The primary organizers of the event, both senior MFA students, said organizing this new event and style of displaying theses has been a rewarding challenge.
“There’s been a lot of logistical challenges that we’ve had to work through and cooperate with each other, and also coordinate with the Fruit because we’ve never done anything like this before. So, it’s kind of a blank space,” Peter Hoffman, one of the primary organizers, said “... It’s kind of envisioning a whole show as opposed to just your artwork that you’re working on.”
The exhibition will include a variety of different artwork displays including photography, paintings, installations, sculptures, video and performance art. Chieko Murasugi, another primary organizer of the event, said she hopes the wide variety of art will provide a diverse look into the talents within UNC’s MFA program.
“There are nine students, we work very differently from one another, we have very different backgrounds, and so the art will be very diverse as well as very exciting,” Murasugi said.