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The Annual Senior Thesis Show Exhibition



The (UTC) Department of Art, along with the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), announce the annual 2022 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition—on view at the ICA in the Fine Arts Center on the UTC campus from March 29-April 22, as well as online at utcbfa.com.

The annual BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition is the capstone achievement of graduating BFA studio majors, comprised of a public exhibition and artist lecture series, which represents the culmination of two years of intensive artistic and intellectual development for the department’s Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates. This year’s class is a cohort of 39 artists from four BFA studio concentrations— graphic design, painting & drawing, photography & media art, and sculpture. The resulting diverse and conceptually challenging work is proof of how human connection and curiosity prevails through artistic inquiry.

“This year’s senior class artistically responded to and were affected by the last two and a half years of pandemic conditions, from quarantine and stay at home orders in 2020, to the pandemic’s lingering effects on mental and social health, negotiating one’s identity and renegotiating relationships with others, rethinking our values around public and private spaces, to exposing the fallacies of online platforms like social media feeds,” says Rachel Reese, director and curator of the ICA.

Professor Angie To, Head of the Department of Art, says that “the BFA exhibitions are always a highly anticipated moment of celebration. Not only is it the culmination of years of hard work, but it is also a threshold which marks the beginning of the varied and much anticipated futures of the students whose work is feature here.

More than ever the world needs artists; people to articulate and make visible the joy, beauty, bewildering pain, and tragedy of each day through all the myriad vehicles of expression available to us. The artworks in the exhibitions represent the acute observations and lived experiences of artists who began college in pre-pandemic times and have persevered through 3 subsequent years of great cultural and social upheaval. Previous generations may have been able to view college as a respite from everyday life. This cohort however has had no separation between pandemic restrictions and attending class, financial instability and getting projects finished on time, and attending lectures while war is waged in Ukraine. Despite these many challenges and reasons one might simply decide to quit, these students have maintained faith that making art is worth it. It is an act of love and conviction that the painstaking process of creating, of communicating ideas, and building visual connections are radical methods of resisting apathy and weaving the social connections that we all need to persevere in challenging times.

While I am a new member of the UTC Art community, I have quickly come to appreciate the vibrancy of the program and the mutual dedication of faculty, students, and staff as we strive to support each other and make the work we do relevant and inspiring.”



2022 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibiting Artists:


SHOW one


on view March 29-April 
Artist talks & opening reception:

Wed, Mar 30, 5pm, Benwood Auditorium ICA Galleries open until 8pm


Show 1 artists:


Molly Bowman
Kara Brooks
Carter Cavin
Ren Collins
Sydney Daugherty
Amy Brewer-Davenport
Briana Fitch
Gus Gaston
Tyler Humphries
Mollie Johnson
Morgan Lambert
Michael Lee
Jenni Mainor
Rachel Mascali
Tanner Mikus
Cecil Salyer
Grace Shahan
Tamia Spinks
Sawyer Suerth
Amanda Zongor

SHOW two


on view April 12-22
Artist talks & opening reception:

Wed, April 13, 5pm, Benwood Auditorium ICA Galleries open until 8pm


Show 2 artists:


Tyus Allen
Augustine Auer
McKella Beddies
Wren Burgess
Natalie Church
Morgan Craig
Sam De Armas
Josie Hayslette
Mya Hollingsworth
Fran Humberd
June Hyde
Jules Jackson
Frannie Martin
Silvey McGregor
Sabrina Mohler
Cassidy Reynolds
Valorie Rimmer
Will Sutton
Grace Wright



Opening Artist Talks & Receptions, information:


UTC Art & 2022 BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Show 1 Artist Talks
Wed, March 30th 5-7pm
Benwood Auditorium, EMCS Building, UTC Campus
Free and Open to the Public, no registration required
7-8pm Reception, ICA Galleries & Fine Arts Center Lobby

Zoom link, for those unable to attend in person: tiny.one/2022show1
password: 2022bfa

UTC Art & 2022 BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Show 1 Artist Talks
Wed, April 13, 5-7pm
Benwood Auditorium, EMCS Building, UTC Campus
Free and Open to the Public, no registration required
7-8pm Reception, ICA Galleries & Fine Arts Center Lobby

Zoom link, for those unable to attend in person: tiny.one/2022show2
password: 2022bfa


About the Institute of Contemporary Art and UTC Department of Art:


The Fine Arts Center is home to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), which presents challenging, curious, and adventurous encounters with contemporary art and artists. The ICA at UTC is the first ICA in the state of Tennessee and is always free and open to the general public as well as to our campus community. The ICA facility comprises two exhibition galleries. For more information, visit icachatt.org or contact Rachel Reese, Director and Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art: hello@icachatt.org  Public hours: M-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 12-4pm

The UTC Department of Art strives to be at the forefront of undergraduate education in the making and study of art. As art has power and is woven into all aspects of the world around us, UTC Art aims to nurture diverse voices through curriculum, programming, pedagogy, and community engagement. UTC Art’s mission is to offer an accessible, rigorous, and supportive learning environment that exposes students to a wide range of creative processes and intellectual models for contemporary practice. Faculty guide students as they strive to meet their individual goals, preparing them for successful futures in diverse fields. With approximately 300 students and 16 full-time faculty, UTC Art offers BFA degrees with concentrations in Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Art, and Sculpture as well as BA degrees in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art. UTC is an NASAD-accredited institution. For more information, visit utcart.com