April 16, 2014

Master of Fine Arts exhibition

School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bill Berger, Photographic Gradients (RGB color variations), 2014. Inkjet print mounted on laminated polystyrene, each image 17.5 x13 inches (installation dimensions variable).

The 2014 Master of Fine Arts exhibition of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the culmination of up to three years of creative research and practice. Along with a written thesis, this exhibition functions as a pedagogical space in which objects, images and ideas are positioned to propose questions and sustain dialogue. The craft of these arguments and the mastery of materials evidenced in their creative works reveal the commitment that these artists and designers have made to their chosen field of study—they are good at what they do and they have something interesting to say. The School of Art and Design celebrates their achievement!

About the MFA programs of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The MFA Studio and MFA Design programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are committed to training artists at the highest professional levels, offering a three-year MFA degree with specializations in Painting, Sculpture, New Media, Metals, Ceramics, Photography, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design. The MFA program at the University of Illinois emphasizes the development of individual or collaborative practice in preparation for careers in both fine arts and client based contexts, including gallery practice, university research/education, public or community-based work, curatorial practice, performance or activism. MFA students at the University of Illinois are typically motivated, independent, and interested in contextualizing their practices within a stimulating environment of rigorous interdisciplinary research and critique. The University of Illinois Graduate faculty are nationally recognized artists and designers—active at the highest levels of academic, professional and creative production. Current faculty in the MFA Studio and Design programs include Conrad Bakker, Luke Batten, Stephen Cartwright, Nan Goggin, Ryan Griffis, Kevin Hamilton, Patrick Hammie, Laurie Hogin, Emmy Lingscheit, Alan Mette, Melissa Pokorny, Linda Robbennolt, Joel Ross, Ernesto Scott, Billie Theide, Deke Weaver, Eric Benson, Kathleen Meaney, Matthew Peterson, Brad Tober, William Bullock, Deana McDonagh, Kevin Reeder, Cliff Shin, and David Weightman.

If you are interested in learning more about the MFA program of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please contact Ellen de Waard, Graduate Studies Specialist: [email protected].

School of Art and Design, 2014 BFA exhibition
May 10–18
Opening: Saturday, May 10, 5–7pm
Krannert Art Museum

The 2014 BFA graduate exhibition will include the work of approximately 120 students that displays a broad range of art and design practices, which illustrate new and established technologies in material and virtual realms. This exhibition demonstrates the school’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the practice, study and teaching of the arts. It demonstrates the advantages of professional studio programs taught in conjunction with the interdisciplinary resources of a major research university. This exhibition confirms that the students and faculty in the School of Art and Design at Illinois are committed to elevating and sustaining the arts as both a distinct and necessary approach to understanding, as well as a vibrant expression of diverse human experiences.

School of Art and Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
408 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
T +1 217 333 0855

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