Thesis Show of MFA Visual Arts Students

MFA Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition - School of Visual Arts

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

University Gallery, located in Fine Arts B at the intersection of SW 13th Street and SW 4th Avenue, provides high-quality, thought-provoking exhibitions changing every two to 12 weeks that engage the university and wider community in stimulating dialogue facilitated by contemporary visual language and culture. For the past 12 years the University Gallery has collaborated with myriad UF colleges, community and regional entities in creating a trans-disciplinary venue for the visual arts. Exhibitions feature internationally-recognized artists, an annual faculty exhibition, a juried student art show and two MFA graduating thesis project shows. The 3,000-square-foot space is a lively, exciting venue that is utilized for many events throughout the academic year. University Gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursdays: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Saturdays: 12 p.m.–4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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As we celebrate the class of 2008 and the first cohort of students to earn Honors in multimedia scholarship, we also take time to reflect with these students, using the insights acquired to benefit our next class. This group of “preview” projects hints at what is in store for the class of 2009's show. These projects, created by students who wanted a head-start, are well on their way to becoming solid theses in the world of Web 3.0. From showing the Internet as a platform for civic dis/engagement and political activism, to emerging forms of Web entertainment or “webisodes,” to the sort of 3-D animations that can be created to narrativize virtual worlds and their inhabitants, these projects collectively point the way toward the new generation of mediated life.

In “The Role of Toxin-Antitoxin Pairs in Cell Death: Cell Survival in Escherichia coli,” Elizabeth Nakasone animates the interaction of toxin anti-toxin pairs in e-coli bacteria, showing the implications of programmed cell death for antibiotic resistance, for instance, or tumor growth in cancerous tissue. Complex biological systems are better understood when one can read text, see visuals and hear an explanation. Moreover, in keeping with the idea of clarification, Nakasone created a “clean” Web site to house her information in order to keep the focus on the science, using the encyclopedic nature of the computer which allows her to add as much information as she is able, while also pointing viewers to further sources. A 50-page thesis paper simply could not contain this work.