The annual Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition at Plymouth State University is the capstone experience for fine arts majors in studio art and graphic design. This year, a dozen advanced art students in PSU’s BFA degree program will exhibit their work beginning April 19 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and the Silver Center for the Arts. An opening reception will be held April 19 for the exhibition which runs until May 19.
“The BFA Exhibition allows the whole community to see the work of PSU’s most motivated and engaged art students,” says Gallery Director Catherine Amidon. “Those who strive for the BFA degree have decided to devote themselves to making art, challenging themselves at the deepest levels. This exhibition is a celebration of student achievement and success.”
Plymouth State University’s student-focused environment provides students a meaningful learning experience in a challenging and exceptionally supportive academic atmosphere. The exhibition represents many months of sustained, independent, creative and technical development for the students, under the tutelage of a faculty advisor.
The media featured in the show varies from painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and drawing to graphic arts, Web design and video production. Subject matter includes social commentary, natural forms, abstractions, landscape and corporate design.
Exhibiting studio artists are Mary Ober of Ashland, Darlene Chartier of New Hampton, Sky Emmons-Shaw of Bridgewater, Courtney Brockett of Charlestown and Ethan Shulda of Lisbon.
Exhibitors in graphic design are Crystal Carle of Ashland, Kimberly Cote of Allenstown, Charlotte Railton of Hingham, Mass., Jonathan Mooney, Meagen Leenig of Wappingers Falls, New York, Kristy Karol of Norton, Mass. and Will Pace of Lee.
The BFA experience provides students an opportunity to develop their skills and spend time deeply exploring a subject or style of interest. Kristy Ann Karol of Orange, Mass. reflected in her artist statement, “Florascents is a faux floral design company based out of New England. This is a subject I have knowledge, experience and interest in, and I hope to portray this company as an extremely elegant and professional business throughout several design applications. During the design process, I hope to enhance my knowledge of software and Web design skills, and to better myself as a knowledgeable and experienced designer.”
Studio artist Mary Ober commented, “I find joy in simple things and natural settings, and in the processes of working with clay. It is my hope that my work reflects that joy, because I believe that among all our everyday problems and concerns, joy is worth communicating.”
Students in studio art will present a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at the Drerup Gallery
Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.