Student artists put their work on display at Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery


"What Now: Contemporary Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Multi-Media Installation," organized by an independent group of students and recent graduates from the tri-state area, will be on display at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University from Dec. 11 through Dec. 22.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. The artists are "soon-to-be" or recently graduated from Fairfield University, New York University, Yale University, Trinity College and other institutions.

The exhibit explores the most recent techniques and approaches to traditional media and development of gallery space. What seems to link the 11 artists in the exhibition is a reaction to contemporary mass media and the environment in which they are placed. While the aesthetic in each artist's work varies in content and form, the unifying element in all cases is a sense of uncertainty and the exploration of the times in which we live.

"I believe it is important today for young artists to exhibit their work collectively, often because space and exposure is limited for up and comers in the context of the contemporary art world," said Keith Wagner, artist and curator. "Therefore, it is recent art history that points us to the success and intrigue that large collaborative shows have had on the public eye. And that 'What Now' ideally, as an art show hopes to represent, is that leading universities can collaborate with one another when the project is put in the hands of the students themselves."

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 15, 2002

Vol. 35, No. 126