Graduate Student Works in Museum and Galleries

Posted on 1/26/2016 2:37:10 PM

Art by Melissa RiggatireThe University Museum and Kipp Galleries will combine to host the 2016 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions. Showcasing a variety of media, the exhibitions will be on view February 6 through March 4, with a public reception on Saturday, February 6, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. in all venues.

The works celebrate the creative accomplishments of four emerging artists who are in the final stages of their graduate program in art at IUP. They include Kayla Bennett, Crystal Miller, Melissa Riggatire, and Todd Steffy.

The MFA degree signals the highest level of academic achievement for visual artists in the USA. Culminating three years of hard work, the artworks on view explore the intersection between each medium’s tradition, contemporary practice, and personal vision.

The exhibition is installed across three IUP venues, including the University Museum in Sutton Hall and Kipp Gallery and Kipp Annex Gallery in Sprowls Hall. Admission to the exhibits and opening reception is free.

Interim graduate coordinator Sean Derry explains, “In addition to demonstrating a keen understanding of their mediums, our MFA candidates are required to position their work in relation to contemporary issues and art historical paradigms.” The work on display includes furniture, mixed media paintings, and photography.  

The University Museum is located on the first floor of John Sutton Hall. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday noon to 4:00 p.m. It is closed Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.

Kipp Gallery and Annex are located on the first floor of Sprowls Hall, located on the corner of Grant and 11th streets. Hours are Tuesday through Friday noon to 4:00 p.m. They are closed Saturday through Monday. For more information please contact the University Museum at 724-357-2397.

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

Pictured above: Melissa Riggatire, Untitled, mixed media on panel