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Annual BFA Exhibition opens April 15

embedded-news-bfa-exhibition-2024-abby-claire.webpEleven Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) seniors are participating in the Annual B.F.A. exhibition at the Golding-Yang Art Gallery

The exhibit will be open from April 15 to April 25. 

This is potentially the largest group of seniors participating in the exhibition in quite some time, if not ever, according to Mike Bowen, Golding-Yang Gallery director. 

“This exhibit allows each student the opportunity to showcase a unique and cohesive body of work, which is a requirement for all those earning a B.F.A. at MSU,” said Bowen. “It also prepares the students for putting on solo shows, which hopefully they will do throughout their careers.” 

The reception is Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will be preceded by an artist discussion with the participating seniors at 3:30 p.m. 

Pottery, paintings, photography printed on glass, digital art, and mixed media pieces will be included in this year's exhibit. 

“My favorite part of putting this show together is simply seeing the culmination of all these students' hard work and devotion to becoming better young artists,” said Bowen. “The students in the BFA program have very clear ideas of not only their work but also how they want it displayed and I get to help facilitate those ideas.” 

embedded-news-bfa-exhibition-2024-pottery.webpBrooke Butler of Tarpon Springs, Florida, will display 12 to 15 ceramic teacups, platters and vases in the exhibit. 

"I think MSU's B.F.A. program is excellent. I feel well-rounded with my abilities, and I especially appreciate the professors, they all go out of their way to get to know students and make sure students are submitting their work to shows and getting the most out of their time here at MSU,” said Butler. “The new addition of printmaking classes and a new graphic design professor are going to make MSU’s B.F.A program elite.” 

The Golding-Yang Art Gallery, located within the Claypool-Young Art Building, is a pivotal educational and cultural component of the Department of Communications, Media, Art and Design, the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the MSU campus and the community at large. The gallery hosts opening receptions with live music and refreshments, readings and book signings, interdisciplinary events with inter-college and community partnerships, student performances, forums, and workshops. Participatory projects are vital to gallery programming, including live performances and interactive artworks, installations, and mural projects 

The gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the exhibit is open to the public.  

For more information about the B.F.A. exhibition or the Golding-Yang Art Gallery, contact Bowen at or 606-783-2766

To learn more about programs in the Department of Communications, Media, Art and Design, email or call 606-783-2766

Photos: Artwork by Abby Claire Hall (senior, Falmouth, upper right) and Brooke Butler (senior, Tarpon Springs, Florida, lower right) are among the pieces on display at the Annual B.F.A. Exhibition at the Golding-Yang Art Gallery.

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