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Alfred University School of Art and Design virtual M.F.A. thesis exhibitions open Friday

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alfred University School of Art and Design has moved this spring’s B.F.A. and M.F.A. thesis exhibitions to an online setting. The M.F.A. exhibitions open Friday, May 15, following the The B.F.A. exhibitions (known as the “Senior Shows”), which opened Saturday, May 9.


ALFRED, NY—Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alfred University School of Art and Design has moved this spring’s B.F.A. and M.F.A. thesis exhibitions to an online setting.

The M.F.A. exhibitions open Friday, May 15, following the B.F.A. exhibitions (known as the “Senior Shows”), which opened Saturday, May 9.

Artwork made for the exhibitions has been finished to the degree possible, photographed and presented on dedicated websites. The virtual exhibitions include links for each artist, which display images of their work, descriptions of each piece, and an artist statement. Artwork can be purchased directly from many of the artists’ web pages.

The images displayed in the exhibitions represent the culmination of these students’ intensive training and study in studio art practices. Despite unprecedented circumstances—never before had students been unable to complete their thesis work in studio—these students are realizing their degree exhibitions and the University is honored to share their efforts.

While the students are disappointed their thesis work cannot be displayed and viewed in a gallery setting this spring, the University hopes the M.F.A and Senior Show exhibitions can take place in its galleries late this coming fall. After exhibitions return to an on-campus gallery setting, the School of Art and Design plans to continue also offering virtual B.F.A. and M.F.A. exhibitions, which will make the artwork accessible to a wider audience.

Thesis season at Alfred University is beloved, and is a major attraction for art lovers, who are drawn to Alfred for the opportunity to see work by some of the country’s most promising young artists. The showcase of work by the candidates for the B.F.A degree from the School of Art and Design represents a diverse number of mediums and genres, including ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, sonic arts, interactive media, interactive graphic design, and drawing. Candidates for Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Ceramic Art, Sculpture and Dimensional Studies, Painting and Electronic Integrated Arts are also represented in exhibitions.