Senior BFA Capstone Exhibition Highlights Today’s Emerging Artists

Published: March 26, 2018 | Author: Tracy Solimeno | Read Time: 2 minutes

Michelle Gray photography of a southern Utah slot canyonSUU’s Department of Art & Design welcomes the 2018 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students to a capstone show at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). A variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works will be on display now through May 5, 2018. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Student exhibitions are always diverse and challenging. Academic courses allow students to discover techniques, surfaces, and subjects they may not have utilized on their own. This exploration leads to technical and creative aspects. 

“BFA classes are harder, more time consuming, and more mentally and physically taxing”, said, Michelle Gray. “It is very validating to feel that my work is of the caliber to show in a museum like SUMA. It means that I have completed this rollercoaster of difficulty and come out on top.” 

Another component in academic work is the study of the human figure. It is a necessary and challenging component, which allows students to learn how to represent the human form in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art. Several pieces in this exhibit offer a presentation of the nude human figure. We encourage concerned patrons to view the exhibit before bringing children into the museum. 

“My time at SUU has been more [beneficial] than I ever thought it would be,” said undergraduate ceramic artist, Lissy Edwards. “Without the Department of Art & Design at SUU, its diversity, and fantastic professors, I would not be where I am today. Susan Harris and Russell Wrankle have been so amazing to work with; these renowned artists have taught me key ideas and skills that have pushed my work to the next level.”  Edwards just returned from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) where she had the honor of showing her work in the National Student Juried Exhibition. 

“We are proud of these students and impressed by their skill and passion," said, Jeff Hanson, SUU Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Department Chair.   

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