Summer MFA exhibition now open at ASU’s Harry Wood Gallery
TEMPE, Ariz. - A juried exhibition highlighting recent work by Herberger College Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students is now open at ASU's Harry Wood Gallery. The MFA Summer Exhibition is an annual event and will remain up through Sept. 6.
The 20 pieces in the exhibition were chosen by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art director, Susan Krane. They include works in metals, photography, prints, ceramics, painting, multimedia, wood and fibers. This is only the second year that the exhibition has been juried and prizes awarded.
Gallery director Lise Hawkos said the exhibition is held each summer to highlight the School of Art's MFA candidates and is the only show that represents all of the various MFA programs in the school.
A striking multimedia diptych by Kathy Sheehan won Best of Show. Titled The Wings of Birds Point to the Reality of the Air, the work has a strong Eastern influence and features hummingbirds and other images.
Second place in the exhibition was awarded to Tension Camera, Nissa Kubly's pinhole camera made of bronze and rubber bands. Michael Lundgren's silver gelatin print, Beauty, Terror and Time #8, won third place. A ceramic work by Kaori Fugitani and an oil painting by Michael Wirtz received honorable mentions.
Entry to the MFA Summer Exhibition is free. The exhibition will run through Sept. 6 at the Harry Wood Gallery in the Art Building, ASU Main, Tempe. (900 Forest Mall on the west side of campus near the intersection of Forest and Tyler Malls.) Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Harry Wood Gallery is one of three galleries on the ASU Tempe campus operated by students, staff and faculty of ASU's School of Art in The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts. The Harry Wood Gallery features solo thesis exhibitions and group shows by graduate students pursuing master of fine arts (MFA) degrees and group shows by undergraduate students.