BFA Fine Art Thesis Show features dynamic ceramics

November 13th, 2014 Comments Off on BFA Fine Art Thesis Show features dynamic ceramics

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Michael Wilkerson will present his BFA Thesis exhibit “From Nothingness” in the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery on the Mississippi State University campus. An art major from Tupelo concentrating in fine art/ceramics, Michael has been looking toward Asian cultures as inspiration for his Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis. The work is based on the Japanese tea ceremony and the Chinese rituals of Zen in which this ancient gathering is rooted. “The classical Chinese texts I’ve been reading focus a lot on the power of ‘nothingness’ and the usefulness of ‘what is not’. This ties into my ceramic work, as well as life in general. We all have a choice to make something out of the nothingness,” he explains.

Wilkerson, previously studying as a photography student, quickly changed his major to ceramics after taking Professor Robert Long’s survey class and hasn’t looked back. He says that he had always enjoyed photography and drawing, but it never felt exactly right. “I knew that I had to find something else; I just didn’t know what, and I honestly never thought I would end up in clay. So far it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made.” Wilkerson has been working on a series of teapots and tea sets for his thesis show. He says that his work reflects a sense of ritual and gathering found in the Japanese tea ceremony while also playing with the boundaries of the conventional teapot.

Wilkerson will exhibit his Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition “From Nothingness” from Nov. 20 through Dec. 5 on the second floor of the MSU Colvard Student Union in the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. A public reception honoring the student artist will be held on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the artist will be formally presented at 5:30 p.m.

Wilkerson’s show represents the culmination of a capstone year of senior research and thesis studies, as well as four years of university foundations, survey, art history, academic and concentration area classes. The end result is the development of a significant body of work for the exhibition and portfolio in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

Mississippi State University’s Art program, a part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, is the largest undergraduate studio art program in the state of Mississippi and offers exhibits of senior work every year. For more information, contact the MSU Department of Art at 662-325-2970.

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