Young Artists on Showcase at EMCVPA Final Year Exhibition 2015

Final year 2015 invite_16Kingston, 3 June 2015. A curated exhibition from 55 final year student artists at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) will be on display for two weeks at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) hosts SVA Final Year Exhibition 2015.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 6, 2015 with an official ceremony starting 6:00 P.M. at the Vera Moody Concert Hall, EMCVPA. Guest speaker for this year’s event is renowned writer, director, performer and lecturer, Amina Blackwood Meeks, Director of Culture in Education Programme of the Ministry of Education.

The exhibition includes a broad spectrum of works ranging thematically from social contemporary investigations on issues such as spirituality, power relations, gender and sexuality to works of a more personal nature dealing with nostalgia, trauma and loss.

New Director of the School of Visual Arts, Miriam Smith, shares that, “the works are a result of intensive research process which reflects four years of rigorous studies and allows these young artists and art educators to announce their individual and collective perspectives, engage diverse audiences in dialogue and debate about their praxis in art.”

Of the 55 exhibitors, 45 are students are pursing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in programmes, namely Jewellery, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles and Fibre Arts, Visual Communication, while 10 students are emerging visual art educators from the Bachelor of Arts Education programme.

The exhibition opens for viewing through to Saturday, June 27; Monday to Friday from 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. and Saturday from 12:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been through several stages in its evolution. The four Schools—Drama, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts—started out at different locations in Kingston. Two of the Schools, namely the School of Art and the School of Music, are historic because of their establishment in 1951 and 1961 respectively, before the island gained its independence from Britain in 1962.

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