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2019 Fall BFA Thesis Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, December 4th –
Friday, December 13th
Reception: Friday, December 13th , 6:00-8:00 PM

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of the Fall 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT. The show will be on exhibit Wednesday, December 4th through Friday, December 13th, 2019. A reception will be held on Friday, December 13th from 6-8 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.


On view will be the thesis works of eight emerging artists graduating with their Bachelors degrees in Fine Art.  The following disciplines and concentrations will be represented: Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Metals. The following artists will be presenting their thesis work: Robin Anderson, Karl Arnold, Colter Curey, Constance Emick, Simon Ljunggren, Janie Sorenson, Hailey Walsh, and Becs Wells. 


For BFA graduates, the thesis exhibition represents an important transition period from student to working, professional artist. It marks an end to academically assigned work, and the beginning of their individual research and artistic maturity. The exhibited works represent the growth of each artist over their years spent at MSU.


The exhibition will discuss a wide range of topics and interests. Well’s forged steel homage, A Rose for Every Pound, discusses her personal experience as a female hunter and challenges preconceived assumptions about traditional hunting culture. Curey’s passion for the process of wood fired ceramics is illustrated through his appreciation for the craft, and the value he projects into the object’s functionality. Emick’s installation of stripped and fused recycled plastic bottles “confronts the social, political, and environmental crises created by humans and conveys the resulting plight of non-human animals.”  Ljunggren taps into the simplistic humor and nostalgia of everyday life with his comic book, Name of Insanity, Issue 1.  Anderson’s meticulous use of roll-printed copper with liver-of-sulfur patina in Vessels for the Willow Family becomes a metaphor for the family she has risen under the shade of a treasured tree. These works demonstrate some of the best work that the MSU School of Art has to offer and we are personally excited to witness their future endeavors.


The Fall 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition will be on view from Wednesday, December 4th through Friday, December 13th, 2019 in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery. The HECG is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th, with the Ski Swing out front. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM/Closed on weekends.
For more information on this exhibition, The Fall 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition or on the Helen E. Copeland gallery in general, please visit www.hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/msuhecg.