The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is pleased to announce a special fall cohort of its annual MFA Thesis Exhibitions, the culmination of two years of intensive artistic and critical development for the school’s Master of Fine Arts candidates.
Running through December 18, weekly solo shows present the works of eight graduates whose interdisciplinarity reflects the distinctive attributes of Tyler’s MFA programs. These conclude the thesis exhibitions for the class of 2021. More than two dozen graduates exhibited their work this past spring; all participating students can be viewed here.
Two values critical to the Tyler MFA experience are adaptability and resilience — qualities magnified by the pursuit of creative expression throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Tyler students bonded as a close-knit community despite challenges, finding ways to support and witness each other’s progress in the eerie quiet of often solitary practice.
With extensive overlap across mediums and disciplines, their works form an eclectic collection, from video performances of digging in the mud to debris-flecked ceramic columns and vessels, animations that translate woven forms for digital display, and small-scale sculptural narrative tableaux. These visual lexicons unfold in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based formats. Some interweave all three to create juxtapositions and metaphors regarding environmental disaster, kinship, and the desire for human connection.
“Besides ubiquitous themes that have heightened saliency today, we’ve seen a blending of materials and practice that speaks to new ways of seeing and interpreting how art can function for personal and political expression,” said Tyler Associate Dean Chad Curtis. “We have also witnessed the force of our community this year — with the MFAs sharing their expertise with each other to deepen and amplify individual practice. This has strengthened the quality of their work and resulted in a community with special connections.”
Tyler’s Fall 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
- October 20–23: Isaac Scott
- October 27–30: Marilla Cubberly
- November 3–6: Charlotte G. Chin Greene
- November 10–13: Brian McNamara
- November 17–20: Matt Witmer
- December 1–4: Liz Ashley Martin
- December 8–11: Melanie Bernier
- December 15–18: Leah Frances
To learn more about Tyler’s MFA program, attend its virtual Graduate Admissions Information Week, taking place November 8–12.
Find dates/times and registration for Graduate Admissions Information Week at tyler.temple.edu.