Convincing arguments might be made that Eric Vaughn's aluminum photo collage is a portrait, a mannequin, or a short film. It's awesome regardless, recalling our era's fledgling capacities of 3D web design and starting the conversation for a new form of storytelling.

Symptoms of power are dissected by Anne Buckwalter and Manjiree Manolkar, the former with a spacious gouache series, the latter a buffet of mesmerizing media forms. Add to their works Wendy Love's intimate watercolor collages and the mechanistically vibrant assemblages of Mike Lewis — all of whom deserve far more attention than is available here — and you'll have one of the strongest and fundamentally diverse student exhibits of recent memory, where virtually all entries reward long, thoughtful critique.

"2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition," mixed media student exhibit | through June 3 | ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St, Portland | 207.879.5742 | meca.edu/meca-life/ica

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