Showing in the mornings in April are two works tied to the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Anderson. 

The annual MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Anderson is a signature event in the VCUarts student exhibition calendar. The MFA Thesis Exhibition showcases works by talented emerging artists and professionals.

Participating Departments are: Craft and Material Studies; Graphic Design; Kinetic Imaging; Painting and Printmaking; Photography and Film; and Sculpture + Extended Media.

Participating Artists this spring are: C. Klockner, Sandy Williams IV, Francheska Alcantara, Nicole Levaque, agustine zegers, Raul De Lara Guasco, Brianne Humphreys, Sara Bouchard, Ruiqi Zhang, Carl Patow, Emily Elizabeth Kuchenbecker, Hannah Bates, Hannah Shaban, Dylan Loftis, Marie Fornaro, Taylor Zarkades King, Brooks Heintzelman, Eve White, Michelle Peterein, Yixue ‘Ivy’ Li, Chino Amobi, Taylor Simone, Diana Antohe, Su Yu, Katie Barrie, Cait Porter, Wallis Cheung, Emily Wardell, Peter Cochrane, David Riley, Evie Metz, Maggie Davids, Tia Goode, Abby Barras, Jessica M. Keegan, Angeline Troilo, Rozewski Jr. Richard, Tashi Scott, Emily Laurelle Tappan.

Round 1 runs April 6-18 and Round 2 runs April 26-May 11.

Two of the participating artists in Round 1 prepared works related to their Anderson exhibition for the Cabell Screen.

Brooks Heintzelman, a 2019 MFA Graphic Design graduate, offers “The Thing” with an eight-minute runtime. Heintzelman is a graphic designer whose practice employs language to reimagine, transform, and connect physical spaces. By engaging the spatial aspects of typography, he says he examines the way in which original texts might function as objects, or alter existing objects through their placement and proximity. These experiments seek to open a space of reflection for the viewer, one in which they are confronted by the figurative and fictional within the physical realities of shape, volume, and weight. In the physical exhibit at the Anderson, “The Thing” is a text piece on the all. On the screen, the work is presented in a different medium, one that adds the element of time.

Sandy Williams IV,  a 2019 MFA Sculpture+Extended Media graduate, in 2019, offers “Wax Monument,” (right) a film depicting the melting of a candle made from a 3D scan of an American monument. The 10-minute film, according to the artist, “is a conceptually based practice linked to record keeping and time, and the ways in which these concepts find plurality within our culture; or more pointedly, the importance that we attach to “time” or “the record”, as they relate to legacy, culture or our identities. I have made sculptures, films, paintings, texts, performances, and sound works, with “time” functioning as a consistent aura filling the space between them.”   

Categories MFA, Student Work, The Anderson