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Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibits

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Santa Fe University of Art & Design Studio Art Department Presents Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibits

The two exhibitions, titled ‘That will be our little secret,’ and ‘This will be our little secret,’ a reference to a popular quote of TV art instructor, Bob Ross, will be held in the Fine Art Gallery on campus April 20 – 29 and May 4-13
Santa Fe, N.M., April 5, 2017 - The Studio Art Department of Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) is pleased to announce its spring BFA Thesis exhibitions, to be held in the Fine Art Gallery on the campus. There will be two exhibitions, titled “That will be our little secret” (April 20-29) and “This will be our little secret” (May 4-13), referencing a quote of Bob Ross, the TV art instructor with whom many of the SFUAD student generation grew up. The BFA Thesis Exhibition is the capstone experience for students graduating with a BFA in Studio Art and indicates the students’ professional preparedness.
‘That will be our little secret’ Exhibition
“That will be our little secret” opens April 20, with a reception in the gallery from 5:00-6:30. The exhibition continues through April 29.
The projects of Hannah Gardner range from mixed-media 3-dimensional drawings to sculptural interventions and organize chaos through extremely methodical and/or completely free form strategies. Recent work appropriates and subverts the site of the female body in the history of art and explores how this idea of perfection has regulated (self)conformity to limited/limiting norms of beauty.
Mike Sutton’s Dancing Monks, which were inspired by a chance human encounter at a stop sign, connect figure and landscape through movement and dynamic energy. Using the formal language of painting, Sutton suggests that the flatness of the picture plane is open not only to the illusion of 3-dimensionality but also to that of 4-dimensional experience.
Emily Villarma’s mixed media work focuses on topics that are miscommunicated and cause discourse, using theatrical imagery to emphasize the high expectations of performance and the action of misunderstanding.
‘This will be our little secret’ Exhibition
“This will be our little secret” opens on May 4, with a reception in the gallery from 5:00-6:30. The exhibition continues through May 13.
Ry Webster expands the processes of painting, mixed media and collage with family textiles and photographs as a means of creating mass and dimensionality both physically and emotionally. In a way like quilting, personal memories are seamed and woven as she creates tributes to departed loved ones, allowing the viewers a sense of comfort for themselves.
Through a process-based approach to painting, drawing and printmaking, Conor Flynn’s work explores systems of visual interaction as a metaphor for chaotic systems in nature. In his line drawings, color studies, and layered prints, there is a provisional set of rules applied to the process of mark-making in order to create spatial networks. Like a Rorschach test, each image offers a moment to explore one’s own mental projections.
In addition to the work of Ry Webster and Conor Flynn, there will be a small group exhibition that includes the work of all five graduating seniors.
About the SFUAD Fine Arts Gallery
The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the campus of Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, in the Southwest Annex/Fogelson Library complex. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1:00-5:00. For more information, please contact Linda Swanson, Chair, Art Department: (505) 473-6526.
About Santa Fe University of Art and Desgin
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in business, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, film, performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. SFUAD boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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