The BFA Show
The BFA Thesis Exhibition is a celebration and the culmination of the BFA student's studio work.
Upon entering the BFA program, students enroll in a course
introducing them to various media and content that will lead to a
cohesive thesis presentation. This knowledge serves them for when
their final year approaches.
In the fall semester of their final years, seniors begin developing work within their major studio area while enrolled in the capstone class of Professional Practices for young emerging artists. With guidance from faculty mentors, students participate in two reviews of work, one in the fall semester and one in the early spring, from a panel of faculty members outside of the student's area of focus. The panels provide comments from a wide perspective on the student's presentation, content, and artist statement. Students may work to resolve issues that may have been raised in these two reviews before their final review from the Division faculty, where individual pieces or installations are accepted for the Exhibition.
Outside jurors are also invited to select individual awards once the show is nearly installed, many of which are monetary, supplies, or book purchase prizes. The show is often the student's first exposure to professional presentation practice, and offers substantial experiences for them that last all throughout their future careers. All participting exhibitors contribute to the success of the exhibition by either the show's intake, installation, opening reception, or de-installation.
The exhibition opening is a wonderful event where family, friends, and faulty gather to honor the achievements of our BFA students.