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BFA Show for Art Lovers, Learners and Teachers

May 3, 2018 | Lauren Hartog

Art work: Glitches by Ian WagnerThe Vicki Myhren Gallery 2018 BFA Show will feature four senior artists from the School of Art and Art History and the Emergent Digital Practices Program. The artists have embraced diverse materials and methods, from print making and textiles to digital works. The exhibit will be open May 17-June 8, with an opening reception on May 17. All are welcome to attend. 

• Ian Wagner specializes in digital art and design, incorporating sculpture, installation, photography and two and three-dimensional image making. Wagner has worked with the Vicki Myhren Gallery previously, designing graphics for the fall 2017 exhibition Push Play.

• Sculptor Mikayla Michelson uses fabric and paper mache to create both small and large-scale pieces. Her quirky and imaginative style uses tactile materials to stimulate and delight.

• Ellen Kenston employs screen printing and embroidery in her art which is decidedly playful. Her most recent work employs black and white reproductions of photographs, using contrast and humor to engage the viewer.

• Jeanette Chinelli's multimedia work approaches everyday objects with a touch of whimsy. Playing with depth, her works utilize sharp angles and flat space to create perceptional juxtapositions, and at times evoke a sense of emptiness.

In the months leading up to the BFA exhibition, students focused on professionalizing their practice. Mentorship by faculty and the gallery staff allowed students to develop their writing for a public audience and work as group to conceptualize a theme and layout. Students additionally gained hands on installation experience and the ins and outs of proposal writing and self-promoting skills.

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