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Bravo For Tufts Art Students

Bravo For Tufts Art StudentsThe Boston Globe highlighted two soon-to-be graduates of the dual graduate degree program between Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts as up-and-coming artists.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [04.26.06] The academic richness of the Boston area extends beyond the libraries to the city's numerous art studios. Recently, The Boston Globe highlighted five promising students from Boston-area art schools, including Stefanie Bruser-Smith and Brian Gershey from the joint graduate degree program between Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Bruser-Smith and Gershey recently exhibited works as part of the MFA Thesis Exhibition at Tufts' Tisch and Koppelman Galleries.

“I love paint. I physically love it," Bruser-Smith told the Globe. "I think through my paint. It helps my ideas to come through."

The Globe described Bruser-Smith's work as "darkly comic portraits," some of which use a Girl Scout motif to explore the notion of female self-image.

"Clothing is a signifier. The Girl Scout uniform pinpoints a specific age group," she told the newspaper. "I look at the idea of role-playing, with older women wanting to dress younger and young teens wanting to dress older."

Bruser-Smith, 26, also incorporates her own image into her work.

''I've always been interested in portraiture, and my own image recurs a lot," she told the Globe. "Some of [my paintings] were so clearly in my imagination, I would pose myself and take photos. Only one is from another person's image."

Gershey's love of art was cultivated from a young age, when his grandmother would bring him to the museum to look at works by Henri Matisse.

"He used these exaggerated colors," the 30-year-old Gershey recalled to the Globe. "I went back and started using them myself."

Gershey's art is motivated in part by pop culture, in part by his wide-ranging imagination.

''A lot of my work centers around things I'm obsessed with from childhood, like video games or 'Star Wars,'" he told the newspaper. "A lot represent different worlds, worlds I've made up or other people's worlds."

It's that interstellar perspective that lends Gershey the inspiration to match his artistic inclinations.

"I was looking at NASA's website, images from the Cassini space probe. My colors were similar to that. Colors I'd been using my whole life," he told the Globe. "Ever since I've been a painter, I couldn't keep myself away from bright, stimulating colors."




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