The 2018 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions celebrate the creative accomplishments of six emerging artists who are in the final stages of their graduate program. The works will be available for viewing in the University Museum, Kipp Gallery, and Kipp Annex March 31 until April 28, 2018, with a free public reception in all venues on Saturday, March 31, from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m.
Culminating three years of intensive work, the pieces on view explore the intersection between each medium’s tradition, contemporary practice, and personal vision. Featured are works by Master of Fine Arts degree candidates Ashley Jones, Kara LaRose,
Jen Blalock, Michael Bennett, Sarah Balough, and Brandon McDonald. Exhibits include paintings, drawings, prints, and furniture. A special feature during the opening reception is a mobile woodshop designed by Michael Bennett. The woodshop will only
be available for viewing during the opening reception.
Nathan Heuer, an assistant professor and the Department of
Art chairperson, explained, “Recipients of the MFA have earned the terminal degree in their field and are now qualified to occupy the most prestigious professional positions in visual art.”
The works are installed across three IUP venues, including the University Museum, located on the first floor of Sutton Hall, and Kipp Gallery/Kipp Annex, located on the first floor of Sprowls Hall. Admission to the exhibits and reception is free.
In addition to the Saturday, March 31, opening reception, University Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00–6:30 p.m.; Thursday 12:00–7:30 p.m.; and Saturday 12:00–4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.
Kipp Gallery and Annex hours are Tuesday through Friday 12:00–4:00 p.m. and closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.
For more information, please contact the IUP Art Department at 724-357-2530.
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.