Painting students are winners in national juried exhibition

Three graduate students in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History are winners in the New American Paintings juried competition.

The work of 2012 Master of Fine Arts candidate Joyce Ho and 2011 graduates Zoe Hawk and Christopher Reno are included, along with 37 other artists, in the MFA Annual 2011 edition of New American Paintings, an exhibition-in-print published by the Open Studios Press in Boston.

The UI tied with Yale University and Columbia University for the largest number of students featured in the 2011 edition. Last year, four UI artists were included. Nearly 10 percent of the accepted entries for the last two years were from the UI graduate program in painting. The judge was Randi Hopkins, associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Editor-at-large Evan J. Garza said that this edition represents an exciting moment for contemporary painting, with artists—young and old—reevaluating the use of their materials and investigating the limits of the medium itself.

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