BFA Thesis Exhibition April 21-May 21

April 13th, 2010 by Adam

Images: Elyse Robertie, business card, graphic design

Kristopher Cere, “Postit,” painting

Tamara White, “Walking Cups” ceramic

Plymouth, N.H.—The annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at Plymouth State University is a right-of-passage for graduating BFA students. It’s also a requirement for graduation. All Plymouth State BFA candidates must present a capstone project to their teachers, peers and the public.

The 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition opens April 21 at both the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and the Silver Center for the Arts and closes May 21. Receptions will be held at both venues April 21 from 4-6 p.m.

The BFA Exhibition showcases the best work of a select group of graduating seniors, according to gallery director Catherine Amidon. “The work reflects their understanding of art and design and their preparedness to enter the creative economy as active agents of change,” she said.

Through their work this year’s artists represent the fields of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and graphic design, demonstrating work that is the capstone achievement of a full year of intensive inquiry, creative challenge, experimentation and exploration; and their development of a comprehensive and cohesive body of work from which a select few pieces are chosen for the exhibition.

“The exhibits showcase the breadth and depth of the talents of our young artists and designers while exemplifying the broad diversity of approaches and attention to individual voice which is one of the signatures of our department,” said Department of Art Chair Cynthia Vascak. “The accompanying gallery talks from 4–5 p.m. April 27 and April 28 at the Drerup Gallery and 4–5 p.m. May 4 at the Silver Center further propel our student into the professional expectations for exhibiting, accountability and promotion of their work.”

Each venue offers unique curatorial and installation challenges, and a unique viewing experience.
“The exhibitions are collaboratively curated by our thesis students, working with our gallery director—an experience which provides them with an outstanding opportunity to engage in the process of selecting, organizing, hanging and lighting of a professional exhibition in two very different gallery and exhibition settings,” Vascak said.

2010 Plymouth State University BFA candidates are:

2D/3D studio art:

Tess Barbato, Adam Bastille, Katherine Berna, Kristopher Cere, Chantal Cote, Tyler Hanatow, Elysia Michaelsen, Karen Munro, Patrick Quinn, Ali Urella, Takuya Yoshida, Bradley White and Tamara White.

Graphic Design:

Alexandra Albrecht, Jeffrey Chase, Katie Dexter, Seth Fournier, Joshua Harrington, Logan Irish, Amber Marsh, Selina Mazzola, Elyse Robertie and Faaron Savage.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Silver Center for the Arts is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. ¬– 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.

“We hope that all members of the PSU and regional community will join us for the dual opening receptions and series of gallery talks to celebrate and honor the work of our outstanding artists and designers as they make their professional debut,” said Vascak.

For general information about events at PSU, log on to ThisWeek@PSU. http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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