A free meet-the-artists reception for the current “No BS or BFA Yet!” exhibit will celebrate the creations of Northern Michigan University (NMU) students working in each area of concentration in the School of Art & Design Thursday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Bonifas Arts Center gallery.
The Portraits, a Marquette-based indie rock group, will perform, and the Bonifas and NMU will present artistic merit awards.
The exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on display through Feb. 23.
Brian Kakas, NMU Art & Design associate professor, said this exhibit brings together “strong” work, from furniture to photography to ceramics and more, large pieces and “really intimate” smaller works, “so many different ideas and approaches,” from the “very complex” to “simple moments of beauty” that “people really need to come out and experience.”
The exhibit showcases work by upper-level students who will benefit from showing their art to the larger community “outside of the university,” learning how their work engages people from diverse backgrounds in conversation, and establishing important regional connections, Kakas said.
The last two “No BS or BFA Yet!” Bonifas exhibits had a “great impact” on students, Kakas said. They invest a lot of time creating, and, without an opportunity like this show, some may forget the importance of exhibiting, which offers artists the chance to see their work “with fresh eyes,” and allows students to master practical professional matters like packaging, shipping, and installing art, he said.