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Fine Art Museum to host ‘Next Wave’ exhibition by first-year MFA students

Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum is partnering with the WCU School of Art and Design to host an exhibition of works by first-year students in the Master of Fine Arts Program.

The “Next Wave” exhibition runs Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 29, featuring work by Brendan Best, Ali Burnette, Javier Fox, G. Vincent Gaulin, Martha Neaves, Zach Rogers, Don Sawyer and Charlotte White. A public reception and performance will be held to close out the installation, from 4 to 6 p.m. April 29.

“The MFA at WCU is an inter-disciplinary studio art program and creative research environment where ideas are given form,” said Tom Ashcraft, MFA Program director. “Through close association with a diverse faculty, visiting artists, scholars, and their peers, students develop a contextual and historical awareness of their psractice focusing on exploration, creative research, and art making. The MFA positions students to engage in conceptual strategies towards the independence necessary to navigate as professional artists and creative world citizens.”

The Fine Art Museum is located in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on Thursdays to 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The museum is closed on university holidays and breaks. To learn more about the exhibition, contact Ashcraft at tdashcraft@wcu.edu.

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