Interplay: the arts of engagement

Exhibition, Exhibition Reception, Gallery Reception

Interplay: the arts of engagement

Fri, Apr 07, 2017 6:00 pm-8:00 pm New Art Center
Exhibition, Exhibition Reception, Gallery Reception Fri, Apr 07, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm New Art Center

On View: April 7 – 22, 2017
Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-8PM

Featuring work by Mark C. Aylward, Aiwen Cheng, David Cohn, Hannah Groudas, Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media, and Design is pleased to partner with the New Art Center in Newton to showcase the work of four graduate students in the MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts.  Working across sculpture, drawing, installation, video, and animation, these artists playfully illustrate the broad scope and unique sensibility of this new program.

Aiwen Cheng’s Hush, Let’s Party enlists New Art Center in Newton’s (NAC) students and visitors to complete a whimsical, experimental narrative composed entirely from animated GIFS. David Cohn explores the space between language and form in a series of drawings and videos that collectively form the installation Approximations of Not. Hannah Groudas explores the gallery walls as if they were a sensitive living skin in Pellis, while Mark C. Aylward develops the site-specific installation Nothing to See Here in an overlooked cranny of the building.

This exhibition serves as a capstone to the students’ first year in the program. Each student visited NAC and worked with their advisor to propose a project responding directly to both the site and the community. Their proposals were reviewed by guest curator Susan Metrican who helped them refine and scale their projects for exhibition.

Currently in its inaugural year, Northeastern’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts educates artists for a lifetime of creative work in the public sphere. Drawing on visual and performing art, media studies, and the expanded field of design, the program supports the development of ambitious projects by a diverse, international group of creative practitioners. 

The New Art Center in Newton is a community art education space which offers everyone at all levels of ability, the opportunity to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art.  They serve over 2,500 students annually through classes and workshops in a setting that is welcoming and conveniently located. The New Art Center in Newton’s Curatorial Opportunity Program is a unique vehicle for curators and artists to collaborate and present thoughtful, innovative concepts. It is the foundation of the center’s Connections Program for gallery education. 


New Art Center

61 Washington Park
Newton , MA

Susan Metrican

Guest Curator

Guest Curator Susan Metrican is the Rosalie and Jim Shane Curator and Director of the Arts at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center where she develops exhibitions for the Kniznick Gallery and creates educational programs to enhance exhibitions. Susan is a co-founder of kijidome, an experimental project space and collaborative based in Boston’s South End, and maintains a studio art practice. Her work has been exhibited nationally and throughout the Boston area.  She holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.