Annual Thesis Exhibition Opening in Museum and Gallery

Posted on 1/29/2015 4:15:42 PM

The 2015 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition will open February 7, 2015. The exhibition, running through March 5, will be shown across three exhibition spaces—the University Museum, Kipp Gallery, and Kipp Gallery Annex. An opening reception will be held on February 7 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibits and reception is free.

This year, the exhibit celebrates the creative accomplishments of eight emerging artists who are in the final stages of their graduate program. Culminating three years of hard work, the artworks on view explore each medium’s tradition, contemporary practice, and personal vision.

The exhibition features MFA candidates Bayan Albaheth, Eric Brennan, Garick Tai-Lee, Danna Rzecznik, Nicole Paulina, Peter Mullen, Jim Battistelli, and Tyler Rahl. The MFA degree signals the highest level of academic achievement for visual artists in the United States.

Susan Palmisano, the Art Department’s graduate coordinator and professor of painting, describes the exhibition as “a chorus of rich and varied artistic voices, culminating three years of intense preparation and research. Sources of creative inspiration vary widely, with some artists looking inward to their spiritual, intellectual, or emotional selves while others gaze outward, locating experiences from everyday life. These motivations then intersect with contemporary culture and the traditions of craft to express timely relevance.” 

MFA Exhibit by Garick Tai-LeeOpportunities to hear the candidates speak about their work are scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, at 5:00 p.m. in the University Museum and Tuesday, February 24, at 5:00 p.m. in the Kipp Galleries.

The University Museum, located on the first floor of John Sutton Hall, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00–6:30 p.m.; Thursday 12:00–7:30 p.m.; Saturday 12:00–4:00 p.m.; and is closed Sunday and Monday. The Kipp Galleries, located on the first floor of Sprowls Hall, are open 1:00–4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

For more information, please contact the University Museum at 724-357-2397 or the Lively Arts at 724-357-ARTS (2787).

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association at IUP. The University Museum at IUP receives state arts funding through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.

University Museum

2015 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition

February 7, 2015
March 5, 2015

University Museumin Sutton Hall and the Kipp and Annex Galleries in Sprowls Hall

Masters of Fine Arts candidates will have featured work in the Art Department at IUP, the University Museum, and the galleries of Sprowls Hall. University Museum Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 2:00–6:30 p.m.Thursday: 12:00–7:30 p.m.Saturday: 12:00–4:00 p.m.Closed Sunday, Monday, and university holidays Kipp Gallery Hours Tuesday- Friday: 12:00- 4:00 p.m.

This event is over.

For more information, visit 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibitions, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.