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Art Graduate Alumni Curate at the New Art Center in Massachusetts

Friday, February 03, 2017

School of Art and Art History alumni Michael Covello Odalla and Alison Terndrup curate Color: Coded, an exhibition of the Curatorial Opportunity Program at the New Art Center in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA. The exhibition features the works of USF MFA alumni, selected artists, and USF Associate Professor of Art Noelle Mason.

As winners of the open-call Curatorial Opportunity Program, Covello Odalla and Terndrup receive a stipend as well as administrative, promotional, and technical support for their exhibitions in the New Art Center exhibition space.

In Color: Coded, Covello Odalla and Terndrup explore the sensation of color and its connection with society. The exhibition challenges formal color relationships and the social environments they mirror while questioning how color influences other social phenomena such as the formation of identity and binaries. In short, Color: Coded presents a unique exploration of the application of color and its complex and meaningful relationship with society.

The exhibition features works by Covello Odalla and USF Associate Professor of Art Noelle Mason as well as USF MFA alumni Kalup Linzy (2003), Desiree Moore (2013), Beth Plakidas (2015), and Elizabeth Schneider (2016).

Color: Coded is on display September 15 - October 21, 2017 at the New Art Center in Newton, MA. A reception will be held on September 15 from 6 – 8 p.m.

About the Curators

Michael Covello Portrait

Michael Covello Odalla is an internationally exhibiting artist who creates a wide variety of works, including paintings, works on paper, site-specific installations, videos, and audio work. He received his BFA from Cornell University in 2008 and his MFA from the University of South Florida in 2013. He was nominated by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for an award and exhibition and was selected for the Florida Invitational Biennial. Covello Odalla received the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art in 2015 and is a Regina Miller Fellowship recipient at Kutztown University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Art at The College of New Jersey.

Alison Terndrup Portrait

Alison Terndrup is a teaching fellow and graduate student in Boston University's department of the History of Art and Architecture. She earned her B.A. and B.F.A. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. from the University of South Florida. At USF, she was a founding member of the Writing History, Art, and Theory (W.H.A.T.) student organization. Terndrup's research focuses on early modern cross-cultural studies that create discourse among artistic disciplines. Her recent curatorial projects include Photographing the City at the St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts and the exhibition catalogue for Sun-Kissed at the USF Contemporary Art Museum.