Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Art Majors displaying artwork at River Campus Art Gallery

Friday, April 19, 2019

Graduating seniors will be displaying their artwork in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibitions starting Monday, April 22, at the River Campus Art Gallery and will end May 10.

Associate professor and Exhibitions coordinator of painting Justin Henry Miller said the exhibition is a requirement for students getting ready to graduate and is part of their BFA thesis class.

The exhibition is to further students’ understanding of how to put on a show for an art exhibit, Miller said.

“Not only do we encourage them to make art, but we encourage them to engage the public,” Miller said. “We see art as a visual dialogue; part of that is sharing it with viewers and being able to talk about it and articulating the ideas behind the content in your artwork.”

He said this is a big deal for students because of the work they put into obtaining a BFA degree.

“Within the art department we have several degrees; we have a bachelor’s degree, which is supplemented with a minor because they are taking significantly fewer credit hours,” Miller said. A BFA is 81 credit hours.”

He said students pursuing BFA choose a specific area of art to major in, and their curriculum is based on that.

“It’s really about becoming a professional artist,” Miller said.

Each week Miller said the exhibit features a new artist varying in major.

Miller said the first weeks' exhibition starts on April 22-26 and then one will be posted every week until the end of the semester.