April 19, 2021

BFA thesis virtual exhibitions: From Where You Are and Things Just Happened

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University

Ariel Chen, Giancarlo Venturini, Kayla Hill, Christine Papanier, Jael Bae, and Johanna Cordasco. Courtesy Rutgers BFA, 2021.

The Department of Art & Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts is proud to announce the launch of two undergraduate thesis shows:

From Where You Are
The title of the exhibition reflects a year of evolving studio practices using remote and hybrid models of making while improvising new ways for audiences to engage with work. Showcasing 29 students in Visual Arts, the self-curated virtual exhibitions reflect the breadth of students’ practice and capture the interdisciplinary mission of the program, featuring works in drawing, media, painting, photography, print, and sculpture. Themes and approaches range widely, from explorations of gender and femininity, graphic storytelling, painterly depictions of landscape and light, heritage and chosen family, the changing nature of home, solitude and connection, and collective expressions of anxiety and hope.

Things Just Happened
Things Just Happened
is a group exhibition of research-driven, self-initiated design made during a time of dramatic and rapid transformation in political, social, and environmental structures. Throughout this academic year, 36 Design BFA students responded to upheaval, uncertainty and isolation with work that investigates timely and complex issues concerning language, culture, migration, identity, mental health, conformity, family relations and more. Their projects explore and challenge a wide range of media including online archives and publications, interactive experiences, installations, printed matter, video and motion graphics.

About Mason Gross Galleries
Mason Gross Galleries Online is proud to be a new dedicated platform for student projects from Mason Gross School of the Arts. In Fall 2020, this virtual gallery began housing current and archived exhibitions and showcasing the Rutgers Art & Design community’s innovative work. Both the physical and online spaces act as laboratories for media exploration, facilitating cross-disciplinary work, expression, experimentation, and collaboration.

About the Department of Art & Design
Housed within a nationally ranked research university, the Department of Art & Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts seeks to cultivate a diverse community that values visual literacy, critical dialogue, experimentation, and the skills necessary for sustaining a creative life as artists and designers. Central to its vision is engaging in interdisciplinary research and embarking on collaborations within Rutgers and beyond, leaving an imprint on the global arenas of contemporary art and design. The department offers a BA in Art, BFA in Visual Arts, BFA in Design, MFA in Visual Arts, and MFA in Design.

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