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B.F.A. Senior Exhibition

B.F.A. Senior Exhibition In Person & Online

The Plattsburgh State Art Museum is pleased to present this year’s B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition. This exhibition features work created by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students in the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Art. This represents the culmination of each undergraduate student’s experience of developing a body of work. The exhibition features student work from a variety of studio areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Join us in person for the SUNY Plattsburgh Senior Exhibition Spring 2024

  • April 13 – May 18, 2024, Joseph C. & Joan T. Burke Gallery
  • Reception: April 13 at 3 p.m., presentations in Winkel Sculpture Court followed by opening reception.



Messages of Congratulations

Tonya M. Cribb, Director, Plattsburgh State Art Museum

As the director of the Plattsburgh State Art museum, it is my pleasure to congratulate our graduating seniors participating in the annual B.F.A. Senior Thesis Show, a capstone exhibition organized by and showcasing the work of nine graduating students from the State University of New York Plattsburgh Art Department. During the course of their academic career, students learned how principles and elements of design, composition, and historical influences inform their work.  They collaborate with each other, as well as with faculty and museum staff, to plan the exhibit and gain practical experience installing their body of work in a professional, museum setting.

Over the course of the year, students are expected to write a proposal and produce a body of work that investigates an idea or set of concerns that are meaningful to them. These students have excelled in their respective concentrations to share the work you see here. Each project represents a personal experience that translates what the artist sees and feels into a concrete form.

This year’s exhibition features an inspiring array of works including sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography, and graphic design. In addition to student artworks on display, this catalogue, other exhibit and promotional materials are completely student designed and executed, representing a mastery of conceptual and applied skills.

The Plattsburgh State Art Museum welcomes you to join us in celebrating the academic and artistic achievements of the graduating class of 2024 and applauding their remarkable achievements.

Ali Della Bitta, Art Department Chairs

The 2024 B.F.A. Exhibition serves not only as a capstone experience but also as a celebration of our students' transformative undergraduate education. The diverse range of artwork in this exhibition reflects the commitment, and diligence that each participant has invested in refining their craft. Through years of study in both the studio and classroom, these students have honed their skills, developing a sophisticated visual language that is truly unique.

Thank you to the Museum staff and the family and friends of these young artists in supporting and encouraging their growth.

The faculty of the Art Department join me in congratulating our students on their outstanding achievement. Thank you all for joining us in celebrating our B.F.A. graduates. Your presence enriches this occasion, and we hope you find inspiration and appreciation for the creativity on display.

Dr. Meg Pearson, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

The rigors of a B.F.A. degree may be compared to the kilns in which some artists fire their work: a blaze of creative energy and heat which tests the limits of the creation while strengthening its structure. These students have been similarly tested by fire: surviving a pandemic, negotiating the changed world of higher education, thinking and trying and failing and learning and trying again to discover and hone their artistry. Thankfully they have had extraordinary guides on this journey: the gifted artists, teachers, and mentors in the Art Department and the Plattsburgh State Art Museum.

The result of these students’ artistic endeavors, the B.F.A. Senior Exhibition, invites the Plattsburgh campus and community to witness both the culmination of study and a preview of wonderful careers. We are fortunate as a community to have such access to these artists’ visions and artifacts, and I am thankful for the teachers and mentors who guided them to this achievement. You all have set these young people on an exciting and fulfilling path. I hope you, the reader, enjoy the efforts of these students and similarly appreciate what a blessing it is to have art in our world and here at our fingertips.

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