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MFA Exhibitions

2020 MFA Exhibit New Ruins Artist Talk by Jordan Fowler

We'd like to congratulate MFA Thesis candidate, Jordan Fowler for successfully defending his MFA thesis. His exhibition New Ruins will be our opener for the Fall 2020 exhibition season at the Lee Gallery. Exhibition dates, an artist talk and reception will be announced when the University reopens. Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding this exhibit.

MFA Exhibit New Ruins Photos by Jordan Fowler

“New Ruins” MFA Thesis Exhibit by Jordan Fowler is an experiment in the collision of agencies and aesthetics in physical and digital growth and decay. This body of work emphasizes a post-humanities perspective of a failed future, taking the form of interconnected physical and digital artifacts. This research is explored from a combination of both analytical research-based investigations and science fictionesque narratives. The ambition of this experiment is to stumble upon novel interactions across the threshold that separates physical and digital spaces, an in-between space that is of growing importance as the agency of digital systems advance.



2019 Fall MFA Exhibit Familiarity of Form - Sara Mays and Annamarie Williams

The works of Sara Mays and Annamarie Williams deal with the familiarity of form by disrupting what was once considered ordinary. Upon first glance, the forms appear recognizable, but upon further inspection, the forms are made anew.

The works of Mays are an ongoing collection of objects that connect to create a specific visceral experience. Through humoristic play, Mays seeks to connect color, pattern and material in order to produce a deeper experience of the everyday location. The works of Williams use humor as a vehicle for contemplating empathic relationships with abject bodies. The work creates spaces in which characters possessing abject qualities can flourish.

2019 Fall MFA Exhibit Power. Attached. Relationships. - Allison Johnson, Serra Shuford and Denise Wellbrock

Power. Attached. Relationships. navigates norms through the lens of history and hierarchy. Mediums ranging from video installations, printmaking, paintings, soft sculptures, and charcoal drawings interact to pose questions relative to the past, the present, and the future.

2019 Spring MFA Exhibit Remnants of Existence – Angel Estrella and Andrea Garland

Remnants of Existence encourages an intimate reflection on the residue of memories within places that seem familiar, but may be unsafe. Marks intentionally made by the artists, combined with spontaneous reactions of material processes, operate together to document the passage of time and the power of objects. Suggestions of human body forms are left exposed and vulnerable to communicate their delicate, constantly-changing nature. 

2018 Fall MFA Exhibit Terra Flux - Conor Alwood, Mandy Ferguson, Amanda Musick

The Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibit, Terra Flux investigates the relationship between people and the natural environment. Humanity’s role in shaping the world around us is foregrounded through the deconstructed landscapes of photographer Amanda Musick, through the hybrid biomorphic industrial forms of ceramicist Conor Alwood, and through the barren forests of printmaker Mandy Ferguson. Together, these works ask viewers to consider their position in our ever-changing surroundings.

2018 Fall MFA Exhibit Collective kəlCHər - Dustin Massey, Ashan Pridgon, Caren Stansell

The key role of culture is the shaping of values and attitudes of people. Culture is also seen as a moderating factor in the conduct of people, their relationships with others, their disposition to life and their perception of issues and stereotypes. Collective kəlCHər examines why people act as they do based on the influences of their social and cultural group memberships. The Master of Fine Arts Thesis exhibition explores these concepts through the ceramic work of Ashan Pridgon, printmaking by Caren Stansell and paintings by Dustin Massey.

2018 Spring MFA Exhibit Statera: A Place Between - Susan Vander Kooi and Carey Morton

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Students Susan Vander Kooi and Carey Morton present an exhibition illustrating the importance of interconnected relationships between people, landscape, and the natural world. Throughout history there has been a deep human connection to the earth and recognition of our position within space that contemporary culture is potentially forgetting. This work acknowledges the tangible and intangible attributes of human dependence on, and relationship with, the land, nature, and visceral experience. Utilizing sculpture, the artists blur boundaries, explore the need for balance, and challenge viewer perception.

2017 Fall MFA Exhibit Eidetic Reverie - Kymberly Day

The work of Masters of Fine Arts student, Kymberly Day, compares the storage of artwork to a state of limbo. Raw construction and shipping materials comprise the figures themselves, interrupting conventions of display, archive, transport, and institution. Sampling gesture, form, and monumentality from Classical figure sculpture, art history becomes an avenue for exploring tropes of the parallels between man and animal.

2017 Fall MFA Exhibit Sensory Recollections -  Dalia Delanuez, Amber Eckersley, Lacy Miller

Sensory Recollections Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibit examines the relationship between memory and object through the sculptural work of Dalia Delanuez, photographic work of Amber Eckersley, and ceramic work of Lacy Miller. Emphasizing the tension between presence and absence as it relates to memories and objects, the exhibit considers ways in which memory is ever fluid and malleable.