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BFA Art + Design Show Opens May 8

April 22, 2009

BFA Poster 2009
Graduating seniors from the Art & Design departments present individual shows, as they prepare to enter the professional artistic community. This exhibition will represent the culmination of each student’s education and experience at Cornish. A wide variety of technical and conceptual directions will be presented to the public in two buildings on the Cornish campus, with a lively, not-to-be-missed opening reception on May 8 from 5 - 9 pm. The exhibition also features an online catalog.

“This exhibition is unique because it presents an entire body of work from each graduating senior, ranging from site-specific installations to interactive projects to new media pieces and works made by traditional techniques. It’s an opportunity for the graduates to express their creative voice to a large public audience for the first time, and a chance for visitors to preview the work of these new emerging artists.”
-Jess Van Nostrand, Exhibitions Curator

“Design is irrepressibly expansive and promiscuously inclusive. Its capacity for relevance is essentially limitless. As such, it is the goal of the Cornish Department of Design to prepare flexible designers who possess both broad and specific skills. In this, we are deliberately, actively, aligned with the tradition of craft. Where this tradition has been lost — perhaps eclipsed by the tools themselves — we endeavor to restore an appreciation of craft to creative practice. But it is also our goal to educate designers into both broad and specific knowledge, and to nurture experience. Our alignment with the past and engaged sensitivity to emerging realities underwrites our belief in current and future designers. We are profoundly invested in the generations of citizen-designers to come.”
- Grant Donesky, Design Department Chair

“The BFA exhibition is a culmination of an intensive curriculum that combines studio practice, contemporary theory, and liberal arts. The program emphasizes personal discovery and visual/conceptual exploration through a multi-disciplinary approach that, depending on individual direction, employs and often combines the mediums of painting, photography, print arts, sculpture and video/media arts. This exhibition is conceived and produced — aided by peer critiques and faculty guidance — as a self-directed thesis during their senior year. I celebrate with you the accomplishments of these artists who stand on the threshold of their professional lives. They were a joy to work with and we invite your engagement in viewing their skillful, deeply personal work.”
- David Ulrich, Art Department Chair