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Cornell University Department of Art Presents Big Snack, 2018 MFA Exhibition at Signal

The exhibition features work by all 12 of the current M.F.A. candidates in Cornell’s interdisciplinary visual art program.

Work by Bruno Cançado (left) and Brice Peterson (right) in the fall M.F.A. exhibition in Ithaca, NY.

Big Snack brings together the work of Cornell’s visual arts MFA candidates and features an exhibition essay by artist, writer, and former visiting critic, William Powhida.

The exhibition reflects ongoing material and conceptual student research, resulting in work ranging from wall- and floor-based sculpture to photography, video, and painting. The title of the show suggests the conundrum faced by many MFA students planning group exhibitions: how to fit a diverse set of practices and concerns into a single gallery space. Does the viewer get a sufficient taste of each artist’s work?

Exhibiting artists include second-year MFA students Kate Huffman, Kaleb Hunkele, Alexander Jahani, Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Gabriel Ramos, and Richard Zimmerman; and first-year M.F.A. students Bruno Cançado, Vladislav Markov, Chet Moye, Brice Peterson, Libby Rosa, and Sophia Starling.

Big Snack will be on view at SIGNAL from May 14 through May 28, with a public opening on Friday, May 18.

Cornell’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program encourages both interdisciplinary and medium-specific practices, augmented by access to the breadth of fields of study across the university. In addition to a number of visiting artists, the Department of Art hosts two distinguished Teiger Mentors in the Arts annually, including recent mentors Dana Hoey and Sam Lewitt, and provides exhibition opportunities in Ithaca and New York City. The graduate program, directed by Associate Professor Carl Ostendarp, also features the use of exceptional facilities, an exploratory international travel experience, and generous tuition remission.

Big Snack opens on May 14 at Signal (260 Johnson Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and continues through May 28. Gallery hours are Monday-Sunday, 11am-6pm.