My blog experience began like this: for my Online Journalism class at Ohio University, I have been assigned to cover an on-going news story. As I brainstormed ideas one afternoon, I found in my inbox yet another e-invite to a friend’s thesis art show (a true sign that, alas, graduation is getting closer). I RSVP-ed, went back to brainstorming and then it hit me; does anyone outside of the School of Art really know what goes into the production of one of these shows?
I have several friends working toward BFA's and MFA's, and in turn have gained an ounce of insight into the world of art at Ohio University; I have spent a significant amount of time hearing about these shows and watching the preparations for them. However, even I have been surprised to see how much work goes into a thesis show. As most undergraduate students at OU don't have to complete a thesis to gradute (and spend their final quarter in bowling or jogging class and laying out on College Green), I was compelled to observe those who would spend their final days working harder than ever.
So here I begin my adventure into the land of thesis shows. I will cover the process (from artwork creation to show tear-down) of BFA and MFA candidates in the School of Art, and attempt to provide a glimpse into their world: one of hard work, long hours, stressful installations and, in the end, the completion of years of work. I will begin at the end, as it's the event that most are already fairly familar with: the thesis show reception.
Andrea Canalito, a graduate student earning her MFA in painting, held her thesis exhibition at the Majestic Galleries in Nelsonville, Ohio. The show, titled "Twinkle Twinkle Baby," was open from April 14th - April 26th; a closing reception was held on the 25th.
Canalito had the entire gallery for her work, while most upcoming shows include at least two students sharing a space.
Plaster cast chicken wings adorned either side of the hallway.
A year's worth of work went into Canalito's show, but the end product is often all we see; in my following posts I will focus on artists Jeremy Plunkett, an MFA candidate, and Diane Call, a senior Graphic Design major earning her BFA, as well as any other artist whose work grabs my attention.