Re/Solve: MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation Thesis Exhibition

May 9 - May 28

Opening Reception - May 12, 6 - 8pm
Gallery Talk May 28 - 12pm
Closing Party May 28, 2 - 5pm

Soltesz Fine Art and the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) are thrilled to present the MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation Thesis Exhibition,
“re | solve”. The exhibition, which opens May 12 and runs through May 28, culminates two years of graduate study by nine emerging artists. They represent the second MFA in Craft graduating class from OCAC. “The exhibited work demonstrates a vigorous search for resolution through iteration,”  says Karl Burkheimer, MFA in Craft Chair/Professor. The diverse content and media on display echo the practice of making and re-making in pursuit of creative resolve, depth,and voice. Exhibiting students include Julia March Crocetto, Sarah Eaton, Shiloh Gastello, Jennifer Jackson, Christina Kemp, Erin Martinez, Hannah Newman, Giuseppe Pellicano, and Jonathan Steele.

re | solve opens with an artist reception at 6pm on May 12. On May 28 at 12pm, Burkheimer leads a discussion about the exhibition and the MFA program’s mentor-based approach. The show ends May 28 with a closing reception from 2 – 5pm. All events are free and open to the public. To learn more about OCAC and the MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation program, please visit our website. We are now accepting applications for January 2017.

The OCAC MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation program invites artists to advance their creative practice through two years of intensive study and exploration. Located in Portland, the program investigates problem solving through the manipulation of materials, taking advantage of specialized facilities in the areas of Book and Print, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood. Highly skilled and motivated students work with dedicated faculty to develop their conceptual and expressive ability across diverse media. The full-time immersion program begins in January or September, and includes one mid-sequence summer term.

About Oregon College of Art and Craft: OCAC is a leading, uniquely small, mentor-based college where students are individually guided to become successful artists and professionals in the fields of creative practice, business, and industry. Students work in small classes with renowned faculty, artists-in-residence, and fellow students to explore innovative, cross-media approaches to making, experiential learning, and conceptual thinking. Located in Portland, our community reflects the ethos that values the hand-made, locally sourced, and ethically entrepreneurial. OCAC is a place where ideas are realized.