Master's candidates share art with community

SUNY Oswego’s MA program in Art focuses on teaching students to refine their craft and creative process while offering opportunities for professional growth. March 27th marked the closing reception of the annual Master’s Thesis Art Exhibition held in Tyler Art Gallery, an event that defines the goals of the program.

Every year master’s candidates share a collection of work with the campus and local community. This year’s exhibition titled “Allegories” displayed the works of 6 master’s candidates, Julia Baldovin, Bari Chavis, Gina Fargnoli, Devin Hu, Jennifer Osborne and Trish Steinberg.

Each artist used a different medium to tell a story about a personal journey by incorporating studio elements into their graphic work. Stylistic approaches included: polymer prints, printmaking, photo-manipulations, and oil painting, all rooted in graphic design.

Art with an audience

The thesis exhibition is a platform for students to display the culmination of their graduate work to a diverse audience, an opportunity aimed at fostering growth as an artist while developing professional skills.

“The thesis exhibition was a challenge as an artist,” said student and Festa Fellow Jennifer Osborne. “However, throughout my graduate experience, I have learned to trust the process of making personal artwork that is not only true to who I am, but that also can communicate a universal message to an audience. The thesis exhibition is a valuable experience that allows students to trust in their artwork, and process, and see how their own idea can impact and connect to others,” Osborne continued.

“Working the past two years as a Graphic Designer for the Division of Graduate Studies has taught me how to collaborate with a team and to be inspired everyday by the people I work with and the things we create. Design is about solving complex visual problems and working in the Graduate Office gave me real world experience addressing those problems.”
Julia Baldovin, Master's candidate and graduate assistant

Growing professionally

For candidate Julia Baldovin, a portion of her body of work was comprised of pieces completed during a graduate assistantship. As a graphic design graduate assistant Julia contributed to the design and development of online and print marketing materials for SUNY Oswego’s graduate programs.

“Working the past two years as a Graphic Designer for the Division of Graduate Studies has taught me how to collaborate with a team and to be inspired everyday by the people I work with and the things we create. Design is about solving complex visual problems and working in the Graduate Office gave me real world experience addressing those problems,” said Baldovin.

At the closing reception, awards of merit were awarded to Bari Chavis, Gina Fargnoli, Jennifer Osborne and Devin Hu. Awards for outstanding work were awarded to Julia Baldovin and Trish Steinberg.

To see a complete list of graduate assistantships, check out the Graduate Assistantship Job Board.