Georgia State Third-Year MFA Graduate Students Gear Up For The 2015 Aqua Art Miami Fair

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University announces the highly-anticipated exhibition for its third-year MFA graduate students at Aqua Art Miami from Dec. 2-6.  The international satellite fair takes place during Miami Basel Week — one of the art world’s most prestigious art fair happenings — and will feature Georgia State MFA candidates (Suite #212) alongside international galleries from New York, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Brussels, Moscow, London, and Toronto, etc.  The VIP Opening night preview is Wednesday, December 2nd.

2015 Aqua Art Miami Third Year MFA Graduates L-R Derek Faust, Ty Nicholson, Gina Thmpson, Tori Tinsley, Aryn Rosenbaum, Jack Deese, Krista Clark, Trevor Reese and Catherine Trugman  Photo Credit: Dave King

Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University’s Third Year MFA Candidates (L-R) Derek Faust, Ty Nicholson, Gina Thompson, Tori Tinsley, Aryn Rosenbaum, Jack Deese, Krista Clark, Trevor Reese and Catherine Trugman. (Not shown is Nathan Sharratt). Photo Credit: Dave King

The third-year MFA graduate students showing at 2015 Aqua Art Miami are:

Krista Clark, Drawing & Painting
Jack Deese, Photography/Welch Fellow
Derek Faust, Sculpture
Ty Nicholson, Ceramics,
Trevor Reese, Sculpture
Aryn Rosenbaum, Drawing & Painting/Welch Fellow
Nathan Sharratt, Sculpture
Gina Thompson, Sculpture
Tori Tinsley, Drawing & Painting
Catherine Trugman, Interior Design

This year marks the fifth consecutive appearance for the Welch MFA program to show at Aqua Art Miami.  The exhibition, The Relationship Between Things is complemented with an exhibition catalog designed by MFA student Bryan Perry and authored by Art History graduate students that include, Meghan Benesh, Jillian Jantosciak, Genevieve Miliken, Mark Taylor and Anne Weems.  As with the previous exhibition catalogs, an art influential is invited to pen the show’s essay and conduct studio visits with each of the MFA candidates.  For the 2015 catalog, the school is honored to have guest writer Victoria Camblin, Editor and Artistic Director of Art Papers take part in this year’s Aqua Art Miami program.

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Ernest G. Welch Third Year MFA Exhibition Makes a Splashing Impression at Aqua Art Miami 2015


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The Welch MFA initiative is a prime example of “real world” engagement that positions third-year MFA graduate students to activate their artwork before a seasoned audience, establish art world contacts, exhibition potential, gallery representation and connect with collectors that may yield in art acquisitions.  From the backend, the MFA candidates are folded into in the six-month process early on with weekly meetings, studio visits, travel and transportation logistics, art handling, inventory and on-site coordination, as well as collaborating with the art historians, etc.  More important, the Aqua experience immerses the MFA students’ art within a creative context at the largest concentration of international art fairs in America.  In between manning the suite, the graduates are encouraged to explore the world-class contemporary art and trends at the neighboring art fairs such as the anchor fair Art Basel Miami, NADA, Untitled, as well as the private collections like the Rubell and Margulies collections.

The 2015 Aqua Art Miami selection committee is headed by the fair’s new director, Katelijne De Backer — a major player in the art world circuit, who directed major art events including The Armory Show.  According to De Backer, “Aqua is a little jewel of Miami Art Week—it provides exposure to the undiscovered works of young artists and galleries, which is a crucial aim of the fair and something that I personally love to support.”

The Welch team that’s leading the charge Aqua Art Miami includes Joseph Peragine (Associate Professor), Craig Drennen (Graduate Director/Associate Professor), Tim Flowers (Senior Lecturer) and Tony Mangle (Marketing/Public Relations).
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About Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University
The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design is NASAD accredited and offers opportunities to shape culture through the practice and study of the arts. Our accomplished faculty trains students for creative work and scholarship through a rigorous curriculum in fine art, design, art history and art education. We offer an accessible and transformative education to one of nation’s most diverse student populations.

Students may pursue Graduate or Undergraduate studies in nine (9) disciplines: Art Education, Art History; Ceramics; Drawing, Painting and Printmaking; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Photography; Textiles; and Sculpture.

Situated at the cultural and educational heart of Atlanta, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design assumes a key role in the life of the metropolitan arts community. The School’s downtown location encourages connections with local art networks. This dynamic setting stimulates students and faculty to grow as artists and scholars, and provides them with innumerable opportunities for professional development.
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(Aqua Art Miami Press Release)



New Director for the 11th Edition to Bring a Fresh, New Refinement to Aqua Art Miami at
The Aqua Hotel in Miami Beach

MIAMI, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2015)—Aqua Art Miami, a boutique art exhibition and sister fair to the renowned Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami, has released its list of 45 international galleries for the fair’s 11th edition, taking place at the retro Aqua Hotel on South Beach from December 2 through December 6. Aqua Art Miami also announces the new director Katelijne De Backer, esteemed for her work with Art New York, Lehmann Maupin and The Armory Show, who carefully handpicked a dynamic range of galleries with strong emerging and mid-career artists.

“I am beyond thrilled to lead this year’s Aqua Art Miami as Director,” says De Backer. “Aqua is a little jewel of Miami Art Week—it provides exposure to the undiscovered works of young artists and galleries, which is a crucial aim of the fair and something that I personally love to support.”

With its intimate setting and refined presentation, Aqua Art Miami has cultivated a reputation as a fair to discover artists in the Aqua Hotel’s serene atmosphere. De Backer, a seasoned director, has been producing cutting-edge events since the beginning of her career. For over 10 years, she led The Armory Show to nearly triple in size and transformed it into one of the most important events on the international art marker’s calendar.

With all of her success, De Backer’s arrival to Aqua Art Miami will be sure to leave an indelible influence on this year’s fair. She has already made waves for the brand as the Director of the first-ever Art New York this past May, a position she will continue to lead into the following year. Under her direction, Aqua will host just over 100 artists with galleries from 28 cities and 10 countries.
Aqua Art Miami is billed to be one of the most highly anticipated contemporary art exhibitions in December. Opening night for VIP cardholders and select members of the press is Wednesday, December 2 from 3pm to 10pm. The fair will be open for public viewing starting Thursday, December 3rd from 12pm to 9pm and then through Saturday from 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm. There will be a daily complimentary shuttle service that will connect Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami with Aqua Art Miami. Single-day tickets to the Aqua fair exclusively are $15; and a multi-fair pass to Aqua Art Miami, CONTEXT Art Miami and Art Miami are $85, which can be purchased via Eventbrite, at the following link:

The following galleries have been confirmed for participation at Aqua Art Miami in 2015:

57 Projects l Los Angles; Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art l New York; Art Center Allapattah l Miami; Artfactory Club l Vienna; Aureus Contemporary l Wakefield; Azart Gallery l New York; C. Emerson Fine Arts l St. Petersburg, FL; Cansio Contemporary l Miami; CASS Contemporary l Tampa; Derek Gores Gallery l Melbourne, FL; Elisa Contemporary Art l New York; Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University l Atlanta, Georgia; Everything is Art l Moscow; Exposure Gallery, Truth or Consequences; Fiercely Curious l Brooklyn; Fine Art Consultancy l London & Tokyo; Frantic Gallery l Tokyo; Gallery 300 l Santa Rosa; Gallery Marcoux l Ta’ Xbiex, Malta; Gallery on Wade l Toronto; Ghostprint Gallery l Richmond; Haiti Friends l Pittsburgh; Hamiltonian Gallery l Washington, DC; Hang Art l San Francisco; Huberty-Breyne Gallery l Brussels; j fergeson gallery l Farmville; Jenny Green Gallery l Bend; McCaig-Welles l Brooklyn; Morton Fine Art l Washington, DC; New Apostle Gallery l Brooklyn; Pele Prints l St. Louis; Projects Gallery l Miami; Rademakers l Amsterdam; Red Corridor Gallery | Künzell; Revision Space l Pittsburgh; S Artspace Gallery l New York; Sandra Lee Gallery l San Francisco; Space 776 l Brooklyn; Spacewomb Gallery l New York; SPiN Galleries l Shanghai; Studio 26 Gallery l New York; Signature l Atlanta; Vertical Gallery l Chicago; Victori + Mo l Brooklyn; Working Method Contemporary l Tallahassee
For more information on Aqua Art Miami, please visit, call 305.517.7977 or email
About Art Miami LLC
Art Miami LLC is a partnership consisting of art and media industry veterans Nick Korniloff, Mike Tansey and Brian Tyler. In addition to three fairs during Miami Art Week—Art Miami, CONTEXT Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami, the company annually produces Art Wynwood during Presidents Day weekend in February, Art New York in May, Art Southampton in July and Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco in October.