Memories in the Painting: MFA Thesis Exhibit at Prichard Art Gallery Opens April 16
MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho master's of fine arts degree candidates will exhibit their works in an MFA Thesis Exhibit at the Prichard Art Gallery April 16 through May 8. An opening reception will take place at the gallery on Friday, April 16, from 5-8 p.m.

“This year's candidates provide a great variety of work” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery. "Painters, printmakers, sculptors in glass, metal and more are included. It’s a great representation of the depth of creative activity in the program."
Melissa Bixby’s sculptures create a contrast between the perceived weight of the material and the form’s sense of flow.

Courtney Brockett's paintings (right) of interior spaces portray remnants of human activity; images of a bedroom, an office or hallway act as portraits without people. The performance of daily routine becomes a trace of human interaction, and the chaos and clutter become the evidence of narrative in these interiors.

Hanna Clark’s installations of found objects and works on paper draw attention to the material residue that suggests a sense of collective memory. The capacity of detritus to expose repressed realities in cycles of decay is embodied in waste objects.

Coping with issues of parenthood and isolation from people her own age, and people in general, informs Rachael Eastman’s prints. It allows Eastman to speak when words cannot express the situation. The physical process of creating through printmaking makes possible a type of contemplation that becomes part of the work.

Pairing surreal dreamlike images with ideas of home, Danielle Feige seeks to portray the notion of the “uncanny.”

Sarah Gilbert’s work (left) explores the boundaries of the human, as both a physical form and an ideological category. Her works examine the formation and deformation of categories through everyday interaction with visual information.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery is closed Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow. Admission is free. Additional information is available at