Presence | Absence

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2020 - Stony Brook University

Welcome | Julia Miller | Joseph Santarpia | Exhibition Catalog | Connect with the Artists

Recollection, Julia Miller, 2019

Range VII, Joseph Santarpia, 2020

PRESENCE | ABSENCE presents new work by Stony Brook University's graduating Master of Fine Arts students, Julia Miller and Joseph Santarpia. This exhibition is one of the final requirements of the Art Department’s three-year Master of Fine Arts degree program. The artists have gone through a rigorous process and have spent the past ten months researching, creating, and installing their work for this show. Through close interaction with Art Department faculty and Zuccaire Gallery staff, they have honed their artistic techniques and developed the means to express their personal vision in words as well as in art.

Joseph Santarpia fuses his visceral embodied response to creative inquiry working across landscape imagery, and using a variety of art forms to explore association and affect.

Julia Miller’s work helps the audience become attentive to their feelings by crossing the conscious/unconscious boundary, focusing on memories, and the remainders of materiality and mark.

The artist pages on this site offer images, artist statements, audio and video clips, and links to learn more and connect with the artists. Click on the Catalog tab to see a pdf of the exhibition catalog. Also, please join us for two live Zoom Salon Artist Talks, which can be accessed through the links below and will be available anytime on the Zuccaire Gallery webpage.

         Salon Artist Talk by Joseph Santarpia
         Thursday, April 16, 4pm
         Click here to view Joseph's Recorded Zoom Talk

         Salon Artist Talk by Julia Miller
         Thursday, April 23, 4pm
         Click here to view Julia's Recorded Zoom Talk

The 2019-2020 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery schedule is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Staller Center. The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery is temporarily closed. For further information, please call (631) 632-7240 or email