Master of Fine Arts Student Thesis Exhibits Open March 30

Posted on 3/18/2019 1:41:12 PM

The 2019 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibits celebrate the creative achievements of seven emerging artists who are finishing their studies in the IUP Art Department’s Master of Fine Arts Program. Their works can be seen in the University Museum, Kipp Gallery, and Kipp Annex from March 30 to April 27. There will be an opening reception in all venues on Saturday, March 30 from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibits and reception is free. MFA Thesis painting

Culminating three years of intensive work, the pieces on view represent the creativity and expressive visions of Master of Fine Arts degree candidates Bobby Anthony, Tyler Gaston, Jenn Milkey, Katie Ott, Lauren Scavo, Sheila Swartz, and Jacob Wareham. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, ceramics, and woodwork. The artists explore a wide range of topics, from globalization and climate change to technology and mass media, to gender and societal struggles, to memory and identity, and to objectivity and mortality.

David Ferguson, interim dean of the College of Fine Arts, explains that the “Master of Fine Arts degree represents the highest academic achievement for studio artists. These seven students have demonstrated that they have reached that level of artistry, and we are very proud of their work.” 

According to Nate Heuer, chairperson of the Department of Art, these students “have experienced the joys of acquiring new knowledge and skills, as well as the frustrations of endlessly revising and refining their art.”

MFA Thesis illustrationThe University Museum is located on the first floor of Sutton Hall. University Museum hours are:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 2:00–6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon-4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.

The Kipp Gallery and Kipp Annex are located on the first floor of Sprowls Hall. Their hours are:

  • Tuesday–Friday: Noon–4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.

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

For more information on this and other Museum events, please contact Audrey Swartz, IUP Department of Art at 724-357-2530, or email