“We as a Department are absolutely thrilled to see the return of the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition to the newly renovated Fine Arts Center! This exhibition, and the years of work leading up to it, represent an important experiential learning opportunity for our students – one that mirrors contemporary practice, and emboldens them to take risks and discover their path forward as emerging artists and designers. The BFA class of 2021 has experienced an unimaginable amount of upheaval – racial violence, political division and insurrection amid a global pandemic – all while grappling with their own unique struggles, and as the Department spent over a year moving between temporary facilities across campus during the Fine Arts Center renovation. Their steadfast commitment to inquiry, community, and artistic practice is a model they can now reflect upon, and use to gather strength for the next chapter in their lives and their careers.”

-Andy O’Brien, Interim Head, Department of Art