An Honest Assessment

What happens when you graduate from art school? And more specifically, the art department of a state school?

Maybe you go to Pratt. Maybe you move back in with mom and dad. Or maybe you weigh your options, like me, between casual advice sessions from your best ex-professors.  Over a shared Oude Tart last fall, Jacinda Russell reiterated the most popular sentiment: “You need to go to grad school.” She followed that with, “You. And Amelia Morris,” company I’m still not sure I deserve.

Like so many other BFA degree recipients, I could be making americanos, pizza deliveries, and mixed drinks for my successors. Instead, since graduating in 2011, I have been trusted by the Gordy family to manage GFAF gallery operations and create opportunity after opportunity for others in that familiar “what now?” boat.

The newest of these is our Small Exhibit Series, an exciting addition to downtown Muncie’s array of monthly art shows. February marks the launch of the exhibition program which has been tailored to support emerging area artists and simultaneously foster a wider knowledge of and appreciation for current art trends among our patrons.

The inaugural exhibition An Honest Assessment features photographs by the aforementioned needs-to-go-to-grad-schooler, Amelia Morris. Aptly titled, this body of work addresses what she likes to call her “post-grad blues.”  Ten captioned self-portraits reveal Morris’ feelings of anxiety and inadequacy following her graduation in 2008. Despite loosely referring to this period of her life as a “sabbatical,” Morris continues to make photography a priority. Her photographs are included in Ball State University’s and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction’s collections. She is an active member of the Postcard Collective, an international artist postcard exchange group. Amelia is also a 2013 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow through the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Well, ain't that hardcore!

Well, ain’t that hardcore!

 

An Honest Assessment is on view in our newly christened Nook gallery through March 4th. More information about Amelia and her work can be found on her website www.thanksandsorryphotos.com.