MSUToday
Published: March 22, 2019

MFA Exhibition features work of 5 MSU artists

Contact(s): Kimberly Popiolek College of Arts and Letters office: (517) 432-1561 popiolek@msu.edu

As the culmination of a three-year program through the Department of Art, Art History and Design, Master of Fine Arts, or MFA, candidates will have their work displayed at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum from March 23 to May 5. 

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the MSU Broad and each of the MFA candidates will give artist talks on March 26 at 7 p.m. also at the MSU Broad.

The five MFA candidates — Laurén Brady, Chelsea Markuson, Mary Peacock, Mehrdad Sedaghat and Andrew Somoskey — will showcase their creative research as evidence of their achievements through the MFA program, which encourages candidates to participate in intensive research in their concentrated field combined with coursework surrounding art history.

“Thanks to the ongoing partnership between the Broad Art Museum and the Department of Art, Art History and Design, this exhibition serves not only as an important opportunity for professional development for our graduating MFA candidates, but it allows us to share the diverse creative practices of Laurén Brady, Chelsea Markuson, Mary Peacock, Mehrdad Sedaghat and Andrew Somoskey with the greater MSU community,” said Jacquelynn Sullivan, director of galleries and outreach and programming coordinator. “We are very excited to share the highly individual and dedicated pursuits of all of our MFA candidates.”

This year, the annual Master of Fine Arts Prize will be awarded to an outstanding candidate by guest juror Tina Rivers Ryan, assistant curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

The 2019 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is organized by the Department of Art, Art History and Design and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, with curatorial oversight by Georgia Erger, curatorial assistant. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Graduate School at MSU and the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.

Laurén Brady’s exhibition, "Remains, long-lost," explores the desire to gather, collect and dwell on memories through investigating heightened meanings attached to mundane events and objects, which are presented in small installation formats that resemble altars. Photo courtesy of College of Arts and Letters.

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