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UW-Madison's Pederson honored in New American Painting MFA Annual Competition

July 28, 2017
UW-Madison's James Pederson was chosen as a Juror's Selection Winner of the 2016 New American Painting Master of Fine Arts Annual Competition. 

Pederson is a master of fine arts candidate with the School of Education's Art Department. 

James Pederson
This year, the New American Painting MFA Annual Competition received more than 800 applicants from 112 different master's of fine arts programs. The juror was Elisabeth Sherman, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of Art.

In his painting, Pederson explores the split consciousness between screens and physical space that people experience, and how those different parts of life interact. 

"In making the paintings, I constantly explore ways to break up the continuity of the surface through moments of gratuitous paint application or the attachment of cast objects to the surface. I see this as a way to posit painting as a visual experience that stands in stark contrast with screen displays," Pederson writes.

Find Pederson’s work featured in "New American Paintings 129," published April/May 2017.

For more information, read Pederson's artist bio.

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