University artist included in DCCA biennial exhibition
Work by UD's Jennifer Jones-O'Neil is included in a new exhibition at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
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8:46 a.m., June 4, 2009----Jennifer Jones-O'Neil of the University of Delaware is one of five artists selected for inclusion the 2009 Master of Fine Arts biennial exhibition, titled Rule 10 for the MFA 5 +1, at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Del.

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The exhibition will open on Friday, June 5, and run until Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the DCCA, which is located at 200 S. Madison St.

For the biennial, the traditional process of selecting artists from an open call was modified by soliciting nominations from master of fine arts department chairs in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Jones-O'Neil, a photographer, was among 28 nominees from 10 programs in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Also selected for inclusion by the DCCA panel of reviewers were Brian Patrick Franklin of Pennsylvania State University, Elizabeth Hoy of the University of Pennsylvania, Matthew Janson of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Joseph Lozano of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Joanna Wyzgowska of Rutgers University.

DCCA describes Jones-O'Neil's photographs as “crisp portraits of interiors where the paradoxical alienation in a world of increasingly sophisticated communication tools and high-tech 'cyberbridges' is apparent. The lone figures are usually off to the side, on the edge of the frame, with color fields of Plexiglas panels blocking the camera's view so that facial features or expressions are partly or completely obscured. The ubiquitous or implied presence of a computer or a television screen suggests the kind of stupor we fall under in domestic spaces. The intimacy we develop with technology becomes a filter that can estrange rather than connect people.”

DCCA gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

Photo by Ambre Alexander