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AU’s Department of Art presents a two-part exhibition featuring the work of first and second year MFA candidates working in diverse media. The first-year experience is riddled with experimentation, questioning, and transformation. Year One: A Closer Look exhibits the work of artists J’han Brady, Amanda Muhlena Hays, Sarah Jarrett, Arnaud Leclere, Sonimar Maldonado, Bryan McGinnis, Guy Miller, Veronica Salas, and Nadia Shihabi. Eight represents the culmination of two years’ work by the eight graduating members of American University’s Studio Art MFA program. At the close of four semesters of experimentation, discovery, dedication, and reinvention, these artists claim their space and purpose in an exhibition that is both an ending and a beginning. Featuring the work of Holly Trout, Tim Magenta, Tiffany Raquel, Fallon Chase, Ban Alwehaibi, Michelle Gagliano, Michelle Tangires, and Paige Stewart.

Michael Clark (a.k.a. Clark Fox) has been an influential figure in the Washington art world for more than 50 years, despite dividing his time equally between the capital and New York City. Clark was not only a fly on the wall of the art world as the last half-century played out- he was in the middle of the action, making innovative works that draw their inspiration from movements as diverse as Pop Art, Op Art, Conceptual Art, Minimalism, and the Washington Color School.

Jiha Moon’s works address the intersection of imagery native to Korea, Japan, and China and elements of the West in order to explore cross-cultural perceptions. Originally from Korea and presently based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Moon’s work addresses the nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. By melding the artistic traditions and iconic imagery of both East and West, Moon’s work explores ideas of both the foreign and the familiar. This exhibition is presented as part of the Visiting Artist Program organized by AU Studio Art.

As Mexico’s most prolific and influential graphic artist, Francisco Toledo has been exploring the fantastical and expanding the expressive range of his printmaking over more than 50 years. This exhibition encompasses a wide range of Toledo’s work, revealing the progression and creative process evidenced in his printmaking. The exhibition also includes 21 works by both Mexican and foreign printmakers as part of Toledo’s collection for the Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca (IAGO). These works have been influential in developing Toledo’s creative vision and serve to contextualize the medium in a global art history. Curated by Fernando Gálvez de Aguinaga.

Carol Brown Goldberg’s exhibition Entanglementoffers vivid evidence of her artmaking as the convergence of intellect, emotion, and technique. Her paintings in the current exhibition-marked by images of dense, imagined foliage-are rooted in a unique interplay of tightly packed philosophical concepts and more ethereal poetic imaginings.

Miya Ando’s artwork ranges from monochrome to subtle color palates, offering a glimpse of the immense calming energy of the infinite. Ando creates an immersive work that engages the viewers, bringing nature to mind, reminding the viewers of their own connection to, and placewithin, nature and nature’s cycles. Her works bring attention to the fragility, the deep power and the uncompromising force of nature via experiential art installations which create environments of reflection and wonder. Distinctive in her highly adept presentation of subtle realities, Ando’s work has given her an international reputation as one of the most innovative working artists.

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