The exhibit is a collaboration between the Museum of Art and the Department of Art and Design at Missouri State University, showcasing the dissertation work of five MFA students.
This is the fourth year that the art museum has hosted the exhibition. This year MSU graduate students Jennifer Wolken, Tristan Miller, Casaundra Beard, Neal Polallis and Vladan Djordjevic present their works in a box of chocolates in different styles and mediums.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 exhibition has been canceled, which would have initially featured works by Polllis and Djordjevic. As a result, this year they were both invited to participate in the exhibition.
“It’s really great to have this opportunity to come back and participate in the show,” Polllis said. “It’s such a great opportunity and really, who wouldn’t want their work showcased?” “
According to Polllis, his work is inspired by his family’s struggles with schizophrenia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel and behave clearly.
“I had this family member who could have conversations with one person while having a completely different one with someone who doesn’t exist,” Polallis said. “My work aims to portray these issues in a way that others can understand. “
Beard said the museum’s participation in the exhibit was crucial.
“The Springfield Art Museum has been amazing throughout this experience and we really appreciate all of their help and willingness to host our MFA thesis exhibition,” said Beard. “There are some great photos that they posted on their Facebook and Instagram pages to promote us as well.”
In an article about her Instagram, featuring her and the other four performers, Beard said, “Graduation school has been a wild ride, and I’m glad I got to share it with you fools.”
For the museum, the MFA exhibition is also important. The exhibit bridges a month-long gap between two of what the museum called in a press release its most visited exhibits: the annual “All School Exhibition” and “Watercolor USA”.
According to an April 26 press release from the museum, the MFA exhibit provides the museum with an opportunity to showcase local artists while recognizing student artists from the region.
The exhibition is free, masks are mandatory and social distancing will be applied.
The exhibition will be open until May 23 in the Weisel and Kelly Galleries of the Springfield Art Museum during normal opening hours: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by Howard and Nadia Cavner.
For more information on the MFA exhibit, visit the Springfield Art Museum’s website, Facebook Where Instagram.
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