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Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition opens April 14

The WSU Museum of Art in collaboration with the Fine Arts department will exhibit the 2006 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, April 14 – May 7. There will be an opening reception Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

Graduate students will present works from a variety of media including ceramics, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture. The exhibit will feature works with a wide range of subject matter, content and style.

This years group of master’s candidates includes, Daiken Asakawa, ceramics/sculpture; Ron Davis, drawing; Jason Gatewood, sculpture; Zach Mazur, photography; Rafael Ortega, sculpture; Shane Prine, drawing; Daniela Rumpf, ceramics; Jennifer Scott, photography; and Josephine Topholm, printmaking.

“The students have been working diligently over the course of the past two years to get to this point and I’m confidant I speak for everyone when I say it’s been a pleasure and I think the exhibit illustrates our hard work and commitment to the arts,” said Asakawa, a native of Tokyo, Japan, and a sculptor since 1997.

Chris Watts, a professor in the Fine Arts department and this year’s graduate advisor, has been the formal coordinator of the master of Fine Arts students for six years. When asked if the exhibit will have an overall theme, he explained, “The strength of the Fine Arts department and the MFA program is that we don’t have a certain style, each student is allowed to shine on their own; find their own path.

“This year’s group was no exception, they continued the long standing tradition of creativity and excellence.”

Funding for museum exhibitions and programs for the fiscal year is provided by the Friends of the Museum of Art. Visit the WSU Museum of Art Web site at:

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