At the end of every semester, the department of art and art history at UTSA hosts an art exhibition to showcase the works of the soon-to-be graduating bachelor of fine arts (BFA) students. The Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition will be held on UTSA’s Main Campus inside the Main Art Gallery, located on the second floor in room 2.03.04 of the Arts Building. The exhibition will be free and available to the public—art exhibitions hosted within this gallery year-round are free and available to the public. The Main Art Gallery is open Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays 1-4 p.m.; Sundays and Mondays, the gallery is closed.

The Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition will open on May 3 and last until May 12; the closing reception will be from 2-4 p.m. on May 12 within the gallery. The closing reception will provide an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss the works in a relaxed environment; refreshments will also be provided for attendees.

The emerging artists spend the duration of the spring semester preparing their artist statements and final artworks to be showcased within this exhaustively sought after final exhibition. All of the artists focus on different mediums, techniques and subject matters. Different approaches to art will be evident within this exhibition, so each attendee can find an artist and/or artwork they will truly admire, or identify with.

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All of the featured artists in past issues of The Paisano will present their artwork within the exhibition. Photographer Nathan Talamantez will present several photos from his recent series on the human body. Emily Fagan will showcase a large welding piece, which will take the shape of an intricate fingerprint to symbolize an individual’s uniqueness. Ron Palos and Vianney Lopez will present new media pieces in the form of video and audio recordings. Nathan Hughes will display a multimedia collage, which will incorporate text and an interesting use of color. Painter Derek Schneeberger will display numerous paintings on his personal spectrum of emotions. 

Several of the featured artists in the final BFA Exhibition displayed a number of their other works within the 33rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition in the Main Art Gallery. The Student Exhibition is now closed but provided a way for audiences to preview the work of graduating BFA artists and several other artists not yet graduating.

The artists work their entire college career to perfect their craft and to eventually showcase their final products at this exhibition. The time and dedication to their artistic process is apparent within the artists’ pieces, and the exhibition will bring attention to their art works, which is the purpose of the event. 

More information concerning the artists and the Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition can be found on UTSA’s Main Art Gallery’s website: art.utsa.edu/main-gallery.

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