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Hi5: The Annual First-Year MFA Exhibition

February 6, 2018 to March 24, 2018


On view, February 6-March 25, with a reception on Thursday, February 8, from 5-7PM. This annual group exhibition introduces the five first-year MFA students in Art Practice. "Join me in celebrating the diverse and ambitious work of our first-year MFA students. This exhibition reveals their dedication to push the boundaries of what art is through formal, social, and political concerns. Collectively, they reveal how integral art is to our culture and elevate the arts at Stanford.” - Terry Berlier, Curator

Neil Griess primarily works in painting and sculpture. He has lived in Omaha, Nebraska for the majority of his life, informing his sense of landscape and urban scale. Highlights since graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011 include: a solo exhibition titled Pleated Field in Omaha, inclusion in New American Paintings #120, and an exhibition highlighting Nebraska Arts Council 2016 Visual Artist Fellowship recipients at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. Miguel Monroy (Mexico City, 1975). His work tries to dissemble the meaning of objects and systems in daily life through video, photography and sculpture. He earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from UNAM and received certification in Photography and New Media from Centro de la Imágen (2001). His work has been shown in galleries and cultural spaces in Switzerland, Brazil, Spain, United States, and Belgium among others. Miguel has been teaching workshops and graduate courses in contemporary art at institutions in Merida, Puebla and Mexico City. Sally Scopa’s current paintings explore the mechanics of visual perception. She incorporates textured surfaces into her work to study how individuals orient themselves in space, not only through visual relationships, but also through a tactile understanding of materials. A native of San Francisco, CA, Sally graduated from Harvard University, 2013 and spent the past few years working in Boston, MA. Stephanie Sherriff is an interdisciplinary sculptor, performer, and media artist. Her artwork is experiential in nature and consists of sculptural, time-based installations and performances that are often living, changing, and sometimes dying. In her process, she observes, collects, deconstructs, and recomposes plants, light, sound, video, and scents in order to create abstracted, ephemeral forms and sensory experiences. Stephanie has been recipient of numerous awards and featured in several online publications addressing process and poetry in relation to media. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University in 2014 and has been actively performing and exhibiting work since 2008. Livien Yin investigates natural and built environments as reflections of the inhabitants’ changing ideals. Transparent layers are utilized in concert with bright tactile colors to materialize narratives within the surface of the city. She compresses time and visual associations through mark-making to propose public spaces that jointly expose embedded social histories and adapt to new communal values. Originally from Lincoln, MA, Livien received her BA in Studio Art from Reed College in 2012 and has been living in the Bay Area since then.

VISITOR INFORMATION: The Coulter Art Gallery is located in the McMurtry Building at 355 Roth Way, on Stanford’s campus. Visitor parking is free all day on the weekend and after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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