The University Museum and Kipp Galleries will combine to host the
2016 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions. Showcasing a variety of media, the
exhibitions will be on view February 6 through March 4, with a
public reception on Saturday, February 6, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. in all venues.
The works celebrate the creative accomplishments of four emerging
artists who are in the final stages of their graduate program in art at IUP. They
include Kayla Bennett, Crystal Miller, Melissa Riggatire, and Todd Steffy.
The MFA degree signals the highest level of academic achievement
for visual artists in the USA. Culminating three years of hard work, the
artworks on view explore the intersection between each medium’s tradition,
contemporary practice, and personal vision.
The exhibition is installed across three IUP venues, including the
University Museum in Sutton Hall and Kipp Gallery and Kipp Annex Gallery in
Sprowls Hall. Admission to the exhibits and opening reception is free.
Interim graduate coordinator Sean Derry explains, “In addition to
demonstrating a keen understanding of their mediums, our MFA candidates are
required to position their work in relation to contemporary issues and art
historical paradigms.” The work on display includes furniture, mixed media paintings,
The University Museum is located on the first floor of John Sutton
Hall. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday
noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday noon to 4:00 p.m. It is closed
Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.
Kipp Gallery and Annex are located on the first floor of Sprowls
Hall, located on the corner of Grant and 11th streets. Hours are Tuesday through Friday noon
to 4:00 p.m. They are closed Saturday through Monday. For more information please
contact the University Museum at 724-357-2397.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student
Cooperative Association at IUP. The University Museum at IUP also receives
funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts administered through the
Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
Pictured above: Melissa Riggatire, Untitled, mixed media on panel