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UCR Sweeney Art Gallery & Culver Center of the Arts present: MFA THESIS SHOW 2012

04/14/2012 – 05/19/2012


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14, 6:00 -9:00 PM, free admission


UCR Sweeney Art Gallery & Culver Center of the Arts present the annual MFA Thesis Show 2012 with works by three graduating Master of Fine Arts students in UCR’s Department of Art: Zachary Leener, Ryan Perez, and Matthew Shain. The exhibition will consist of photo-based work, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations.


These students join the ranks of Master of Fine Arts graduates from art departments and art schools across Southern California, a region that has become known for transforming its art students into major players on the international art scene. UCR’s thesis exhibition is distinctive because it is the only graduate student exhibition in Southern California presented in an off-campus, public setting. The distinguished full-time faculty in UCR’s Art Department includes department chair Charles Long, John Divola, Jill Giegerich, Jim Isermann, Brandon Lattu, Erika Suderburg and Amir Zaki.


“Raising the bar of professionalism through public presentations not only assists students in their future careers, but also exemplifies the value UC Riverside places on the unique role of art in linking campus and community,” says Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director, Culver Center of the Arts and Director, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside.


The exhibition is organized by the UCR Department of Art and Sweeney Art Gallery. An online catalog of the exhibition is available at Support is provided by University of California, Riverside’s Department of Art, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

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