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Art Department Hosts MFA Open Studios Dec. 7

Meet the MFA candidates and visit their studios where they will share recent work.
Arts and Culture  |  Nov 26, 2018  |  By Jennifer Vaughan
Media Contact: Jennifer Vaughan, 702-895-1575

Holly Lay's "Making Faces," rug hook yarn, 2018

The public is invited to a UNLV Department of Art MFA Open Studios event 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Meet the MFA candidates and visit their studios where they will share recent work. Light refreshments will be provided.

The annual Open Studios event is an opportunity to learn about the program and engage with MFA candidates working in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, fiber arts, photography, video, and performance while investigating a range of aesthetic, formal and conceptual concerns. Participating artists include Douglas Emery, Ali Fathollahi, Homero Hidalgo, Holly Lay, Peter Mengert, Nanda Sharif-pour, Xiaomeng Tang, and Shelby Westika.

Studios are located on the second floor of Archie Grant Hall and across the street at the GRS Building, 4570 Maryland S. Parkway (the old Carl’s Jr. at Harmon and Maryland Parkway). Free parking is available in the parking lots in front of Grant Hall and Alta Ham Fine Arts. Limited parking is available at GRS.

The MFA Open Studios will coincide with the Bachelor of Fine Arts Students' Midway Exhibition at Grant Hall Gallery. Signage will be posted at Grant Hall and GRS to direct visitors that night. All events are free and open to the public.

About the Program

The three-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is studio-based and research-focused with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, community engagement, and professional development. Each MFA student is provided with individual studio space. Graduate assistantships in teaching, research, and professional development financially support and professionally advance students. They will have rare opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research, contribute to the development of curricula, manage studios and shops, and work alongside community members, local organizations, and other departments on campus. As the culmination of the program, each MFA candidate produces a public graduation thesis project. Self-directed artists and designers are welcome to apply for fall 2019.

For more information about the program and the application, email Wendy Kveck.

The Department of Art is reviewing and revising its curriculum and programming to create a model for professional development in all areas of the arts, design, and relevant histories, to teach the diversity of culture and identity in the US and its democratic values, and to prepare graduates for success in competitive and evolving communities through access to cutting-edge fabrication equipment, new critical and creative contexts, and opportunities for exhibition, publication, discussion, and critique linked with various partners in Las Vegas and beyond.

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