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Boston Young Contemporaries Showcases New Visions

Graduate students take over the walls at the 808 Gallery

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The slide show above offers glimpses from the Boston Young Contemporaries exhibition.

If you peer in the windows of the 808 Gallery this month, you’ll see the work of artists who are ready to emerge.

Boston Young Contemporaries is an exhibition by master of fine arts students from the New England area, including students from BU’s College of Fine Arts.

Boston Young Contemporaries was formed four years ago by CFA graduate students with the help of John Walker, a CFA professor of painting. The annual exhibition is based on a similar program started by Walker and his art school peers years ago in England.

From 530 submitted pieces, 89 works were selected by a panel of judges: master painter Ken Tyler, Boston-based painter Kayla Mohammadi, and George Kinghorn, director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art. The works displayed encompass painting, photography, prints, videos, and sculptures. Among the 12 schools participating are BU, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

From curating to drumming up press, the show is designed to give students real-life experience and “give emerging artists a stage,” says exhibition coordinator Tirtzah Bassel (CFA’10), who has a piece in the show. “It’s hard work, but lots of collaborative projects have happened because of this.”

The exhibition Boston Young Contemporaries runs through July 25 and is free and open to the public. The 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Ave., is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

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