Free Punch & Pie AU Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, 2021 Graduates

This exhibition is featured in our Museum@Home.

Read an essay about the exhibition by Jessica Tackes, 2nd-year MA student in Art History

Just as we settle into the challenging intimacies and critical demands of graduate school, we find ourselves leaving this cocooned community and entering a world forever changed by 2020.The global pandemonium profoundly altered our lives and transformed our studio practices.The world needs time to change and reveal itself. Let’s relish the idea that art does not stop,celebrate our work, and share some Free Punch & Pie.

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Free Punch & Pie

Graphic by Chelsey Anderson.

Pixie Alexander, New Death Gardens

Pixie Alexander, New Death Gardens, 2021. Acrylic, spray paint and glitter on canvas, 72 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist.

"Free Punch & Pie" MFA Artist Feature: Pixie Alexander

Inspired by her origins in the Southern United States and research into her own ancestry, graduating MFA artist Pixie Alexander explores the bodies we occupy and the performative roles we play in society. Her thesis “Dresses and Dwellings” reflects on how women's bodies inhabit these opposing structures, and conversely how they exert pressure on women's bodies.

Allyssa Ray Yamaguchi-Juárez, Step In or Step Out but Don't Fall Down (detail), 2021

Allyssa Ray Yamaguchi-Juárez, Step In or Step Out but Don't Fall Down (detail), 2021. Oil on canvas, LED lights, detail of tryptic, 3 canvases, 40 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Jonathan Ege, Ego

Jonathan Ege, Ego (detail), 2021. Oil on linen, gold leaf, wood, epoxy resin, 230 x 54 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Chelsey A. Anderson, Failed Fermentation

Chelsey A. Anderson, Failed Fermentation, 2021. Acrylic ink and oil on stretched canvas, 32 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Installation with iron and sheet

Kiki McGrath, Family Linens "Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America" series, 2021. Digital print on archival paper 17 x 13 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo courtesy of Matthew Russo.

Amber Cruz, Cake Pan / The Sacred Heart of Mary / Moon Magic Makeup

Amber Cruz, Cake Pan / The Sacred Heart of Mary / Moon Magic Makeup (detail), 2021. Graphite on paper, 37 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Jonathan Ege.

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