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UT Tyler to Present BFA, MFA Student Exhibitions Nov. 26 – Dec. 7

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November 28, 2018

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Agency Director
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.566.7303

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that exhibitions featuring the work of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree candidates will be presented Nov. 26 – Dec. 7 by the Department of Art and Art History.

The BFA exhibition, titled "Allied | Akin'' and highlighting the work of Abigail Harrison of Waco and Chelsea Oliver of Eustace, will be held in the UT Tyler Fine Arts Complex Gallery. A reception and artist talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the gallery.

Harrison's hand-formed clay sculptures bring awareness to the human body and its location in space. Oliver's oil paintings and graphite drawings of large-scale flowers reflect on the relationship between the artist and the work as a metaphor for the relationship between the creator and creation.

The MFA thesis exhibition, "Revealing the Metaphysical: Edges/Actions/Layers,'' featuring the work of Joanna Kathryn Gifford of Tyler will be held in the UT Tyler Meadows Gallery. A reception and gallery talk by the artist is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the gallery.

Gifford's work consists of mixed media sculptures and installations. Her personal philosophy of living close and connected to the earth has greatly motivated the way in which she approaches her research. From her large installations that utilize earth castings to her hand forms and small studies, Gifford invites the viewer to be curious about their physical and metaphysical existence.

Meadows Gallery hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Fine Arts Complex Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.

For more information contact Michelle Taff, gallery and media coordinator, at 903.566.7237 or mtaff@uttyler.edu.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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