Master of Fine Arts Exhibition on Display March 17-April 8

The creative work of this year’s Master of Fine Arts degree candidates will be on display March 17-April 7 at MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum as part of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s 2018 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for the three MFA students – Jazzmyn Barbosa, Laura Baszynski, and Liz Luna – to share their many artistic accomplishments with the public.

image of Jazzmyn's piece at the broad including tables, chairs, and hangings on walls
Jazzmyn Barbosa, The Things You Choose, 2018, Interactive installation.

For these emerging professional artists, the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition stands as evidence of their achievements and promise, marking the culmination of a three-year degree program that emphasizes extensive creative exploration under the supervision of a faculty guidance committee. Focused study in an area of concentration, as well as coursework in art history and related fields helps each artist situate their work within the larger discourse that characterizes the practice of art today.

"The 2018 MFA Exhibition marks our 5th year of featuring MFA Thesis research at the MSU Broad Art Museum. This important collaboration is the result of a lot of time and hard work on behalf of Broad Curatorial Assistant Georgia Erger and Broad Assistant Preparator Morgan Sego," said Jacquelynn Sullivan, Department of Art, Art History, and Design Director of Galleries. "I am very impressed by the artwork the AAHD Master of Fine Arts Candidates created for this exhibition. Each year, the creative research exhibited raises the bar for the next group of MFA Candidates. The artwork presented by Jazzmyn Barbosa, Laura Baszynski, and Liz Luna highlights their unique perspectives, interests, and personal styles of making." 

image of Liz's work including terracotta sculptures on the ground and hanging from the ceiling, and a cabinet
 Liz Luna, Volviendo Sobre Mis Pasos, 2018, Terracotta, twine, and found cabinet.
image of Laura's work at the broad, a structure made out of wood with yellow and orange paint and a flower pattern
Laura Baszynski, Home, 2018, Mixed-media installation.

The exhibition opens Saturday, March 17, at noon. An exhibition reception is scheduled for the last day of the exhibit on Saturday, April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at which time the annual Master of Fine Arts Prize will be awarded to an outstanding candidate by guest juror Nabila Abdel Nabi, Art Historian and Assistant Curator at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario.

The MFA Exhibition is organized by MSU’s Department of Art, Art History and Design at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, with curatorial oversight by Georgia Erger, Curatorial Assistant at the Broad Art Museum. Support for the exhibit is provided by the Graduate School at MSU and the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.

All photos by Alex Nichols