The 2024 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is the culmination of a three-year program in which artists explore their creative practice with the support of their faculty committee.
About the Exhibition
The MFA candidate at Michigan State University is characterized by a desire to push beyond the boundaries of existing art and design paradigms, whether focused within or across disciplines. Each person is encouraged to explore the parameters of their creative journey considering material investigation and conceptual questions. Each artist’s process of discovery is unique based on their own integrative media-focused or multidisciplinary inquiry. Under the guidance of a faculty committee selected by the candidate, they develop a rigorous studio practice that is informed by their curiosity of the world around them. While developing their thesis exhibitions, the MFA candidates work with their committees to refine their artistic goals and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a contemporary practicing artist. The MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design celebrates the creative research of Shirin Abedinirad, Gustavo Uriel Ayala, Emily J. Burkhead, Adeline Newmann, and Patrick N. Taylor as evidence of their achievement and continuing artistic, scholarly, and professional promise.
This year the annual Master of Fine Arts Prize will be awarded by guest juror Teréz Iacovino, Assistant Curator of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Journalist Hilarie M. Sheets was invited to serve as the 2024 Critic-in-Residence and contribute essays to the exhibition catalog.
The 2024 Master of Fine Arts Exhibitionis organized by the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, with curatorial oversight provided by Dalina A. Perdomo Álvarez, Assistant Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Graduate School at MSU and the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.