By Judit Trunkos
McMaster Gallery is currently hosting the 2010 Masterâ€™s in Fine Arts group exhibition. The exhibition, which features the best of the graduate schoolâ€™s recent work, represents a variety of specializations from painting and printmaking to ceramics and sculpting. It is the culmination of a program that emphasizes the development of a sustained artistic practice through exploration, experimentation, and intensive studio work and study.
The most well known painter of this graduating group is probably Nick Oleszczuk, whose works have been exhibited throughout Columbia during his graduate studies. An abstract painter, Oleszczuk has been experimenting with the non-figurative genre throughout his career in Columbia.
Laura Van Camp has made a name for herself in the area of ceramics and sculpture. Her ceramics, including a feminine torso titled â€œFigure,â€ suggest a strong desire to discover the creative possibilities of human bodies. Van Camp uses a method of saggar firing, which protects the artwork from open flame, smoke, gases and kiln debris. Frieda Dean is a professional artist who is trained in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, watercolor, oil painting, sculptural masks, printmaking and lithography, however, at this exhibition, the viewers can see her abstract ceramic sculptures. Deanâ€™s earlier works borrowed more figurative images; however, today she mainly creates non-figurative bright colored abstract pieces. Dean is currently teaching painting and printmaking at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta.
Chris Johnson mostly works with woodcut prints and etching. His rich and creative pieces are enchanting and rich in detail. Johnsonâ€™s work â€œEquineâ€ is a good demonstration of the artistâ€™s skill and attention to detail.
To view these artists and all of the wonderful works from the USC graduate students, visit the McMaster Gallery soon. McMaster is located at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 - 4:30 (closed weekends and all University holidays). For more information contact: Mana Hewitt, Gallery Director, at (803) 777-7480