TIME SENSITIVE: MASTER OF FINE ARTS CANDIDATES
March 24 - April 3, 2020
Curated by UF Art History Ph.D. candidate Laura Colkitt and coordinated by Melissa Nunez.
Time Sensitive: Master of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibitions A and B showcases the capstone projects of twelve
Master of Fine Arts students from University of Florida. The artists—Jacqueline Jeanette Adams, Delvin
Caldwell, Michael Christopher, Peter Philip Gouge, Ye Ma (showing at the Libby Gallery), Elham Masoudi,
Rachel McDonald, Melissa Laura Nunez, Victoria Kelsey Palombit, Franklin Andrew Ratliff, Fang-Yi Su,
and Morgan Elizabeth Yacoe—present various theses reflecting the trajectory of their individual practices.
The exhibition brings together a wide array of concepts, perspectives, and media (including photography,
ceramics, painting, installation, video, sculpture, printmaking, and graphic design), coalescing into an
exploration of mutability, impermanence, and change. To wit: Time.
Although Time Sensitive comprises unique works representing each artists’ distinctive practice, the
show supports an overarching framework of joint contemplation. The thematic of time is complex and
broad. The exhibition aims to echo this intricacy and breadth by surveying the tensions, contiguities,
and linkages within the artists’ works. Collaborative deliberation encourages robust consideration of the
artists’ specific works. Consequently, Time Sensitive is best thought of as threads of temporality weaving a
meandering web across the gallery.
The exhibition considers and meditates upon fleeting moments, individual experiences, and communal
change. The artists’ particular concerns are revealed by their divergent choices. In Time Sensitive, some
artists explore intensely personal themes while others scrutinize measured subjects from afar. Throughout
the projects, there are various cultural and international reference points. Investigations of modern-day
societal and familial pressures, to medical advancement and mental health, to even the process of growth
and decay are present. Despite the extensive scope, recurrent leitmotifs of transformation, variation, and
the contemporary milieu are consistently probed. Accordingly, the exhibition is grounded by the artworks’
deep connections to the premise of time.
With eye towards augmenting meaning, the works are placed to further potential connotative
interpretations. The juxtaposition of arranging the projects in careful proximity engenders the viewer to
consider contemporaneity, memory, and ephemerality. The MFA projects take on significance by acting
as interlocuters upon the gallery walls. Through the lens of interrelated curation, the artworks function
in concert with one another to enhance the viewer’s experience. This organizational model promotes
an appreciation for the whole, while highlighting individuality. Thus, this sui generis environment
simultaneously preserves the artists’ distinct theses while building a central thematic structure.
Laura R. Colkitt, Assisting Curator
UF Art History Ph.D. candidate
Exhibition A Candidates
Jacqueline Jeanette Adams
Victoria Kelsey Palombit
Franklin Andrew Ratliff
Morgan Elizabeth Yacoe
Exhibition B Candidates
Peter Philip Gouge
Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, Exhibition B was unable to take place. Nevertheless, University Galleries would like to acknowledge the MFA candidates whose work would have been apart of the second exhibition of Time Sensitive.