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In Spite Of, an exhibition of works by FSU’s 2023 BFA graduating class

Published April 5, 2023

FSU College of Fine Arts, Department of Art presents the BFA Thesis Exhibition: In Spite Of

 April 15 – May 7, 2023

Opening Reception Friday, April 14, 6-9pm

Public Access: Fridays 1-5pm and Saturdays 11-5pm

The Department of Art invites you to the opening reception of the BFA Thesis Exhibition at Working Method Contemporary and Phyllis Straus Gallery in the Carnaghi Arts Building at 2214 Belle Vue Way.

In Spite Of features art by 10 graduating BFA students who engage a variety of media to create work that is at once personal, provocative, and resonant. The use of media ranges from painting and drawing, to photography, book arts, and printmaking, to site-specific intervention, sculpture, ceramics, and installation. And the themes engaged through these students’ work are just as vast, and include the death of memory, the need for acceptance, comfort objects, childhood trauma, class disparity, the perception of time, repetition in cycles of thinking and behavior, and the untainted wonder of youth.

In Spite Of, as the exhibition’s title, engages the viewer to reflect on what centers these disparate bodies of work, which is an enduring determination – a resilience that derives from the students’ use of their art as a means to focus attention on the challenging subjects their work addresses.

In addition to exhibiting in the two galleries at the Carnaghi Arts Building, the students are installing an art fair booth in its Atrium Gallery, where their work will be available for purchase.

Exhibiting Artists

Alexis Alfonso, Ander Barreto, Keara Dana, Julia Hayes, Seana Leah, Michaela Meyer, Morgan Nystrom, Chelbi Robinson, Kayla Simpson, and Lillian Weller