The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is the culmination of a three-year degree program. Whether focused within or across disciplines, the MSU MFA student is characterized by a desire to push beyond the boundaries of existing art and design paradigms. Each MFA student therefore defines and customizes their own integrative, multi-disciplinary or media-focused program under the guidance of a faculty committee selected by the student. Utilizing a recursive approach, student artists/scholars work with their committee to refine their research and artistic goals and to develop a unique project and written thesis. The MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design celebrates the creative research of Kelsey Blacklock, Ursula Heder, Lewis, and christian olid-ramirez as evidence of their achievement and continuing artistic and scholarly promise.

Dan Cameron, the 2023 AAHD Critic-in-Residence wrote a series of essays about each student’s work, appearing in the exhibition catalogue. The annual Master of Fine Arts Prize will be awarded at the exhibition reception to an outstanding candidate by invited guest juror, Elliot Josephine Leila Reichert, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art.

The 2023 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is organized by the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, with curatorial oversight provided by Rachel Winter, Assistant Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Graduate School at MSU and the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.

The 2023 Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition opens March 11, 2023 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The Exhibition will be on view March 11, 2023 – May 21, 2023. The exhibition will be celebrated in an opening reception on Friday, March 24, 6-8pm. MFA Gallery talks will be on Tuesday, April 18, 6-8pm at the MSU Broad.