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First Thursday – MFA Thesis Exhibition “Disengagement Party: Comic Surrealism” by Evan Burnette
April 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Muncie Arts and Culture Council and Ball State University School of Art have partnered to produce two concurrent Masters of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions at Madjax in Downtown Muncie. Disengagement Party: Comic Surrealism by glass artist Evan Burnette will celebrate with an opening reception for First Thursday, April 6th from 5 – 8 pm. The artist will be on hand during the event and introduced at 7:30 pm for a brief discussion of his work followed by an informal Q&A.
Evan Burnette is currently pursuing his MFA in Glass at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His sculptural artwork is a combination of early twentieth century Surrealist art and the cynicism of modern sketch comedy. The exhibition Disengagement Party: Comic Surrealism features new work by the artist, including a large scale installation piece comprised of more than 100 terracotta squirrels, satirical stained glass, and a video of the artist transporting a five foot wooden phallus in a wheelbarrow. The fun, colorful, and often humorous exhibition of his work is intentional and aims to disengage the viewer from the seriousness of modern art. This exhibit does contain mature content and may be not appropriate for young audiences.
Evan Burnette is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate in Glass at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Burnette, a native of Springfield, Illinois, received his BFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Burnette’s work has gained recognition throughout the country including finalist status in The Illinois Governor’s Collegiate Art Competition, The Rickert Ziebolt Trust Awards, The National Sculpture Society Awards, and the Niche Awards, among others. His work is also currently featured in The Corning Museum of Glass’ most recent publication of New Glass Review. He hopes to pursue a university teaching career upon graduation.
Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Disengagement Party: Comic Surrealism will remain on view through Thursday, April 20th.
Gallery Hours for April 4th – 20th
Tuesday: 2 – 6 pm
Wednesday: 2 – 6 pm
Thursday: 2 – 6 pm
Friday: 2 – 8 pm
Saturday: 12 – 8 pm
Sunday: 12 – 4 pm
Madjax is located at 514 E Jackson St. Muncie, Indiana 47305. Please use the Main St. entrance.