2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Miranda Becht, Tom Legoff, and Marie-Elena Ottman at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 28 – May 27, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, April 28, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Republic Bank First Friday Gallery Hop
Friday, May 5, 2017
11:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Hite Art Institute is pleased to present the 2017 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition. Held in conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of the Hite Art Institute, the 2017 Exhibition celebrates the University’s very first class of MFA program graduates and introduces the city to the next generation of artists trained in the theory, practice, and materials of contemporary art making.

The 2017 MFA Exhibition features work by three artists, Miranda Becht, Tom Legoff, and Marie-Elena Ottman. Becht’s sculptural installations explore the relationship between our real and ideal selves, and the various confrontations, traumas, and pleasures we encounter when trying to reconcile ideal and real, memory and fact. LeGoff’s project too is concerned with disparity and reconciliation. His photographic cabinet cards recreate the traces of a non-existent town destroyed by either natural disaster or human design. Ottman’s work also takes up a bifurcated media practice. She uses these inorganic objects to explore themes of human connectivity, communication, and labor.

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Left: Miranda Becht, Skin (detail), 2017, screenprinted fabric, embroidery, velvet, silkworm cocoons, coyote knuckles, found objects, 34 x 22 x 17 in.
Center: Tom LeGoff, Townsfolk #2, Pious, 2017, cabinet card: albumin print, paper, ink, graphite, 4.25 x 6.5 x 2.5 in.
Right: Marie-Elena Ottman, A Mano / By Hand (detail), 2017, ceramic, glass, and metal, 8.5 x 2.5 x 2 ft

Cressman Center for Visual Arts
100 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Gallery Hours:
Wed – Fri: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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