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Update: Reviews are in. Check out the great notices on the NCartblog and in the Independent Weekly.N.C. Museum of Art Presents Self-Observed
Forty-one works on view in the Museum’s debut college student exhibitionInspired by the quest of identity that occupied Rembrandt through his life, the North Carolina Museum of
Art presents Self, Observed, the first exhibition of college student work juried by college students at the
Museum. Exhibited concurrently with the Rembrandt in America exhibition, Self, Observed reexamines the
function of portraiture and highlights the enduring influence of Rembrandt.

Through the combination of photography, video, printmaking, collage, drawing, and painting, Self-
Observed registers the formal and conceptual distances between Rembrandt and our contemporary world.

College students from across the country were invited to submit original self-portraits through the blog at A group of eight students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill curated Self, Observed in collaboration with the NCMA Education Department. The group selected 41
works from over 160 submissions.

Including artists from fourteen colleges across the country, Self, Observed is a compelling look at how
individuals see themselves and the world around them, addressing subjects such as body image, humor,
discrimination, sexuality, stereotypes, achievement, alienation, and representation itself.

Professor elin o’Hara slavick, leading the Curatorial Projects class at UNC Chapel Hill that juried Self,
Observed, says, “Having the opportunity to work with undergraduate students to curate a museum
exhibition of student work is quite remarkable. The students have gained a wealth of professional
experience and knowledge–from working collaboratively and under real deadlines to writing labels, and
selecting the highest quality work for a dynamic show. The students should be commended for excellent
curatorial and visual work.”

October 30, 2011–January 22, 2012

East Building, Level B

Hours and Admission
Self, Observed will be open during regular Museum hours. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Student artists included in the exhibition:
Lyndon Barrois Jr. Washington University
Maia Bayuzick Edinboro University
Dez Brown University of Minnesota, Duluth
Dakota Cash Parsons the New School for Design
Davis Choun North Carolina State University
Brandon Coley Winston-Salem University
Leila Ehtesham Parsons the New School For Design
Ashley Florence University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gus Frisbee University of North Carolina at Asheville
Lisa Gonzalez Parsons the New School For Design
Tami Foy Grady Mount Olive College
Janice Gravely Barton College
Erin Hernsberger University of Minnesota
Troy Herring Mount Olive College
Sue Hickman Cleveland Community College
Nicole Jennings Cleveland Community College
Isaiah Johnson Saint Augustine’s College
Emily Kiel Texas A&M University
Josiah King Mount Olive College
Cindy Kohnen Meredith College
Lauren Ling University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Zoe Litaker University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Whitney Lorene Washington University
Karin Mansberg Western Connecticut State University
Andy Mattern University of Minnesota
Molly McManus Virginia Commonwealth University
Bethany Minervino North Carolina State University
Chris Elizabeth Morgan East Carolina University
Clark Munford The George Washington University
Vallyn Murphy North Carolina State University
Leslie Pearson East Carolina University
Jonathan Peedin East Carolina University
Camille Perreault Watkins College of Art and Design
Joshua Schaefer Texas, A & M University
Alex Sharp Rockingham Community College
Dinah Sylivant Barton College
Jackson Thomas University of North Carolina Greensboro
Scott Welsh Savannah College of Art and Design
Lamar Whidbee North Carolina Central University
Mark Wroblewski East Carolina University
Zitong Wu New York University

Michelle Harrell, (919) 664-6853

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Image credit: Lisa Gonzalez, Untitled (Lunch), 2010, Digital C-Print, 16 x 20 inches

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