MFA Student Chosen for Boston Solo Show

Jackie Reeves was done with art competitions.  The entry fees and applications had started to feel like futile work. But a friend talked her into applying for just one more – a national juried competition held by NK Gallery in Boston. After more than 200 applications and an initial show of 40 artists, Reeves was selected to put on a solo show at NKG this summer.

"It felt very serendipitous," she said. "I really believed in their mission; their goals were very genuine and in line with my thinking. So I feel very lucky to have this opportunity for my first Boston show."

Reeves is enrolled in MassArt's low-residency MFA program at the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is set to graduate in September.

Her work focuses on women – on her life experience as a mother of three daughters and as a woman who grew up with six sisters.

"I'm seeing my life flash before my eyes again," Reeves said. "Watching my girls grow up is very much like watching myself grow up with my sisters. There are a lot of conflicts and dualities in the work, parallel times running on the same plane."

She works with a variety of mediums: watercolor and ink on mylar or canvas or rice paper. She said she prefers mediums that allow for spontaneity; she isn't in complete control of where the paintings will go.

Although much of her work has included figures, she recently started working on more abstract pieces. The show at NKG will highlight this transition.

Reeves's exhibition at NKG will be up from June 29-July 20, with a reception on July 6 from 5-8 p.m. NKG is located at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston.

The low-residency MFA program has allowed Reeves to continue studying art while being flexible with her family and work schedule. If you are also interested in the possibilities of the low-residency program, learn more from graduate admissions.