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2017 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

March 5, 2017 - April 7, 2017
Manoa Campus, Art Building, The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Add to Calendar

MFA candidates from the Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), concurrently present their thesis works at The Art Gallery. These exciting exhibitions are part of a demanding course of study, production, and review. Each artist’s work is presented in a separate section of the gallery. The artists, the titles of their exhibitions, and their areas of specialization are:

Kelly Ciurej, "Artificial Sweetener," (photography)

Hannah Day, "The Grove," (printmaking)

Jan Dickey, "cover the earth," (painting)


All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, (date), 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Gallery walk-throughs

2:00 p.m. Jan Dickey

2:20 p.m. Hannah Day

2:40 p.m. Kelly Ciurej

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Opening reception with music

Friday, March 17, 2017

1:00 p.m. Hannah Day, Thesis defense

Friday, March 24, 2017

1:00 p.m. Kelly Ciurej, Thesis defense

Friday, April 7, 2017

1:00 p.m. Jan Dickey, Thesis defense


Kelly Ciurej presents "Artificial Sweetener," an installation of digital prints

"Artificial Sweetener" is an exhibition that explores psychological “stickiness.” With this project Ciurej explores the misrepresentation of images as truth. The installation consists of approximately fifteen photographs at larger than life scale, in a combination of found family photographs, recipes, and staged performative studio photographs using sticky material such as sugars, food dyes, candies, pastries, processed foods, etc.

Hannah Day presents "The Grove," an installation of prints and drawings

These works in graphite and intaglio explore the uncertainty and perceived futility that consumes the life of the figure, a character explored through undefined narratives constructed primarily with repetitious imagery. A woman wearing a cage over her head like a helmet wanders the world of her subconscious, seemingly alone. At moments she is joined by a second figure, at others, she is isolated in a dense thicket of trees. A series of graphite drawings appear ghostly on the page, smooth and seamless impressions of unassuming portraits. In contrast, installations assembled of cut elements from line etchings are pieced together with the texture of a puzzle being put together with the wrong pieces.

Jan Dickey presents "cover the earth," an installation of paintings

The exhibition "cover the earth" focuses on two forms of painting: covering wall panels and painting on canvas. This installation of panels and canvases can be considered in sections or as one single painting. In either case, they are fragments of the great Pain"thing" that covers the earth.

Artist statements are available on the website below.

Ticket Information
Mon. - Fri. 10:00 - 4:00; Sun. 12:00 - 4:00. Closed Sat.; Prince Kūhiō Day, March 27. By appointment: Spring Break, Mar. 28–31. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Parking fees may apply.

Event Sponsor
Dept. of Art & Art History, College of Arts & Humanities, Manoa Campus, Manoa Campus

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