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belknap-emily-headshot-webInterdisciplinary MFA candidate Emily Belknap ’07 was selected from fellow students in her third year graduate program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison to have a solo exhibition in the Chazen Museum.

Curator Bartholomew Ryan, assistant curator in the visual arts department at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, interviewed nearly 25 students, choosing Belknap’s miniature sculptures to receive the 2013 Chazen Prize. Ryan says Belknap’s work has “a sense that they are connected to a wider philosophy of practice that the artist is developing both materially and conceptually.”

belknap-vacant-lot-webBelknap describes her recent work as miniature constructions that are made “out of a lot of different media. I try to stick closely to what materials they would be made out of in real life.”

Focusing her graduate studies on sculpture and interdisciplinary work, Belknap relates what she does now to her work at MIAD. “I had a really good grounding in my education at MIAD. I learned the techniques in great depth, and that really helped me in my conceptual practice.”

Belknap’s solo show runs March 30 – May 12 at UW-Madison’s Chazen Museum, with an Opening Reception April 4. Already looking to the future, Belknap plans on returning to Milwaukee to set up her studio, and will be showing in an upcoming show – Chasing Horizons, May 3 – August 25 – at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

Click here to read the release for the 2013 Chazen Prize.

Top image: Emily Belknap ’07
Second image: Emily Belknap, “Vacant Lot”