One of the highlights of the University Art Gallery’s annual program is the presentation of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition, which is a culminating capstone and high point in the BFA students’ studies in the Department of Art and Art History at SSU. This year’s exhibition features the work of seven students who have completed the coursework requirements for the BFA degree – Genesis Botello, Victoria Davi, Kaylen Edwards, Cassidy James, Emily Murray, Eileen Parent, and Jiovanny Soto.
The BFA degree is a 132-unit program requiring 70 units of course work in art studio, art history, and art theory courses, differing from the BA degree in its requirement and rigor, requiring an additional year of focused study. The BFA is often considered to be the degree of choice for students wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies. It enhances the artist’s opportunities to perform at a higher level and fulfills the need for additional artistic growth in an intensive studio environment. The BFA Exhibition is the culmination of this extended period of study and work.
The class of 2020 was affected like no other in the history of SSU, and graduates of the BFA program were no exception. The transition to remote learning last Spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic included the physical closure of the University Art Gallery, thus depriving our BFA graduates the opportunity to have a gallery exhibition of their work in the usual way, resulting in sharing our students’ accomplishments via the gallery’s website.