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MFA Thesis Exhibition II


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The second of three MFA Thesis Exhibitions runs April 9-13 and features the work of Rosana Ybarra, Emily Wiethorn and Wansoo Kim. A reception will be held April 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Just prior to the closing reception on April 13, the artists will present public lectures at 3:30 p.m. in the gallery. Each of the three artists in that week’s exhibition will present 20-minute lectures on their work.

Gallery hours for the MFA Thesis Exhibitions are Monday-Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

The Eisentrager-Howard Gallery is located on the first floor of Richards Hall at Stadium Drive and T streets on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln city campus.

Below is more information on the artists:

Rosana Ybarra
Ybarra’s exhibition is titled “Chimera.” She is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture and performance. Ybarra is interested in the ways the material world reflects and imbeds cultural ideology and works to create aesthetic experiences rooted in intersectional feminism. She writes in her artist statement, “Chimera has three definitions, each so equally fitting of my work that this word has come to embody what I consider my own holy trinity. One: a fire-breathing female monster in Greek mythology, often read as an omen for disaster. She was a hybrid animal made up of three—lion, goat and serpent. Two: an unrealizable dream, a fanciful illusion composed of discordant parts—improbable but dazzling, wild. Three: an organism formed by multiple sets of distinct DNA, human, plant or animal. Chimera—a hybrid monster, an impossible dream, a harmonious organism composed from disparate origins. This exhibition is a demonstration of my own self-exorcism, and it is a conjuring. I have made a series of chimera. Each individually extricates an ideological fixation, a monster in my mind, via embodiment. And each embodiment serves as a particular offering to you, the viewer.”

Ybarra received her B.F.A. from Portland State University with an emphasis in painting. She is a Trickey Memorial Fellowship recipient and was recently nominated in the category of “Best Emerging Artist” in the Omaha Arts & Entertainment Awards. Her artwork and curatorial projects have been exhibited widely throughout the region. This fall, she will have a solo exhibition at Petshop Gallery in Omaha, along with other group exhibitions.

Emily Wiethorn
Wiethorn’s exhibition is titled “A Certain Kind of Woman.” She is originally from Melbourne, Kentucky, and received her B.F.A. in photography from Northern Kentucky University. She has most recently been awarded the 2017 SPE Student Award for Innovations in Imaging, was a Critical Mass finalist in 2017, a finalist for The Texas Photographic Society’s National Photography Award and is a featured artist in the spring 2018 issue of PDN edu. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in China and Italy. She works primarily in self-portraiture where she explores notions of feminine identity, societal constructs of femininity and self-discovery.

In her artist statement, she writes, “Utilizing self-portraiture, I am constantly experiencing a ‘hall of mirrors’ effect where it is difficult to distinguish between truth and illusion, as I am both subject and maker. I am a complicated construct of both the rejection and acceptance of society’s definition of femininity. I am confronting the disguises that have become a part of my feminine identity while exposing and scrutinizing my own secrets. Working alone, I experience a powerful reclamation of power. I confront the viewer, the camera, and ultimately myself in an attempt to uncover and assert my inner identity underneath years of impersonations. Hidden behind expected social roles, our inner identity can become lost. Through my work, I explore what happens when our masks become so convincing that we no longer recognize ourselves.”

Wansoo Kim
Kim’s exhibition is titled “In Between.” He was born and raised in South Korea, where he received his B.F.A. in ceramics from Seoul National University of Science and Technology. During his experience in Korea, he received multiple awards from both the school and from outside juried exhibitions. He participated in the 2015 International Art Workshop in Turkey as one of seven Korean ceramic artists. A recipient of an Othmer Fellowship at Nebraska, he continues to show regularly in national juried exhibitions in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Kansas and North Dakota. Most recently, he is the recipient of a 2017 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Graduate Student Fellowship and Trickey Memorial Fellowship.

In his artist statement, he writes, “I purposely intervene in the viewers’ generalized conceptions by creating an unrealistic scene or object. My works are an assemblage of recognizable and unidentifiable elements, intended to evoke the environment where realism and surrealism coexist. Through my work, I question the way we believe, the way we perceive and the notion of awareness and ignorance by presenting dichotomous ideas.”