Published: March 26, 2018

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition on display through April 8

Contact(s): Kimberly Popiolek College of Arts and Letters office: (517) 432-1561

The creative work of this year’s Master of Fine Arts degree candidates are on display through April 8 at MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum as part of the Department of Art, Art History and Design’s 2018 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for the three MFA students – Jazzmyn Barbosa, Laura Baszynski and Liz Luna – to share their many artistic accomplishments with the public.

For these emerging professional artists, the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition stands as evidence of their achievements and promise, marking the culmination of a three-year degree program that emphasizes extensive creative exploration under the supervision of a faculty guidance committee.

"The 2018 MFA Exhibition marks our 5th year of featuring MFA Thesis research at the MSU Broad Art Museum. This important collaboration is the result of a lot of time and hard work on behalf of Broad curatorial assistant Georgia Erger and Broad assistant preparator Morgan Sego," said Jacquelynn Sullivan, Department of Art, Art History and Design Director of Galleries.

Sullivan also expressed how impressed she is by the artwork the AAHD Master of Fine Arts Candidates created for this exhibition. "Each year, the creative research exhibited raises the bar for the next group of MFA Candidates. The artwork presented by Jazzmyn Barbosa, Laura Baszynski, and Liz Luna highlights their unique perspectives, interests, and personal styles of making."

Focused study in an area of concentration, as well as coursework in art history and related fields, helps each artist situate her work within the larger discourse that characterizes the practice of art today.

The exhibition opened March 17. An exhibition reception is scheduled for the last day of the exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m., April 8, at which time the annual Master of Fine Arts Prize will be awarded to an outstanding candidate by guest juror Nabila Abdel Nabi, art historian and assistant curator at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario.

The MFA Exhibition is organized by MSU’s Department of Art, Art History and Design at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, with curatorial oversight by Georgia Erger, curatorial assistant at the Broad Art Museum.

Support for the exhibit is provided by the Graduate School at MSU and the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.