The Next Generation I

VM409 Seminar Student Curated Exhibition December 2008 to February 2009 The Next Generation presents a snapshot of the current visual art culture through the work of seven emerging young artists based in Boston. A contemporary art seminar of Emerson College students, under the direction of Joseph D. Ketner II, selected the pieces on display. This graduate student work was chosen after the class paid visits to graduate artist studios at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The artwork proves not only aesthetically pleasing, but also thematically strong.



The Next Generation presents a snapshot of the current visual art culture through the work of seven emerging young artists based in Boston. A contemporary art seminar of Emerson College students, under the direction of Joseph D. Ketner II, selected the pieces on display.

This graduate student work was chosen after the class paid visits to graduate artist studios at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The artwork proves not only aesthetically pleasing, but also thematically strong.

Containing everything from fine silver-point drawing to video, this exhibit captures the diversity of the current art world; some young artists are drawn to technology while others are returning to more classic means of expression. Despite the personal medium of choice, the artists all seem to be concerned with the tension that exists between public and private space.

Through their drawings, Andrea Evans and Amanda Lohnes examine identity and human isolation within personal relationships. Meanwhile, Krista Caballero uses videography to comment on the jarring disconnect among internet communities in our hyper-connected society. Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Modern states, "We ask contemporary art to offer compelling insights into our own condition or raise compelling questions."

The artists of The Next Generation not only raise compelling questions of the human condition, but also successfully tell a story of their own questioning. Featuring the work of:

  • Krista Caballero, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Lenka Chludova, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Andrea Evans, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Yin-Chen Huang, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Amanda Lohnes, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Phillip Jung, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Daniel Phillips, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston