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New sculpture, painting, and video by the Museum’s 2013 Maud Morgan Prize recipient, Sarah Braman.

“Sarah Braman: Alive” debuts new sculpture, painting, and video by the Museum’s 2013 Maud Morgan Prize recipient. Established in 1993 in recognition of artist Maud Morgan (1903–99), the Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist whose creativity and vision has made significant contributions to the contemporary arts in the Commonwealth and beyond. In the past decade, Amherst artist Sarah Braman has become known for painted sculptural structures that breathe new energy into humble artifacts—used furniture, car hoods, and wooden doors—with rich colors of spray paint or planes of cut Plexiglas. Her newest works distill her interest in cycles and passage from winter to spring, stillness to motion, and life to death, specifically by capturing shifting light—in video, paint, and sculptural form. For the MFA, she has designed her first sculptures in dynamically leaning cubes of colored glass that will respond directly to the natural glow through the vaulted glass ceiling of the Cohen Galleria in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art.

Above: Sarah Braman, artist's digital rendering of Life Shape, sculpture to be fabricated, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.