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Master of Fine Arts
Virtual Thesis Exhibition
Spring 2021

Cali M. Banks
Samantha Bares
Joelle Cicak
William Dalton Frizzell
Emily Irvin
Shelby McAuliffe
Emily Van Loan
Mikey Yates

Link to Virtual Exhibition

Emily Irvin



CU Art Museum
Spring 2021 Master of Fine Arts
Candidates Conversations

Virtual conversations with University of Colorado Boulder Master of Fine Arts candidates and Arielle M. Myers.

Schedule of Virtual Events:

Wednesday, May 12, 6:00—7:00 p.m.
Registration is required.
Featuring: Cali Banks, Emily Irvin, Chelsea Taylor and Emily Van Loan

Wednesday, May 19, 6:00—7:00 p.m.
Registration is required.
Fearturing: Joelle Cicak, Dalton Frizzell, Dallas Guffey and Shelby MacAuliffe

Wednesday, May 26, 6:00—7:00 p.m.
Registration is required.
Featuring: Alejandra Abad, Sam Bares, Robert Martin and Mikey Yates

The Master of Fine Arts thesis work is the culmination of two to three years of research and experimentation by graduate students in ceramics, film, interdisciplinary media arts practices, painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture and post-studio practice. 

Arielle M. Myers is a curator based in Taos, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. Arielle earned her Master's degree in Art History from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a founding member of Union Hall, a non-profit arts exhibition space supporting emerging artists in the Union Station neighborhood of Denver, where she continues to hold the position of Chief Curator. In 2020, she relocated to Taos and opened The Valley, a contemporary art gallery presenting exhibitions of emerging and early career artists both local and national.

King Award Winners

First Prize: Eileen Roscina and Xiaoxiao Strong | Second Prize: Amy Hoagland and Shloka Dhar | Third Prize: Emily Van Loan and Maren Curtis

Upcoming Events

Summer Classes 2021!

Earn the credit you need during the summer to keep advancing your degree. Maymester: May 10-May 27 \ Session A: June 1-July 2 \ Session B: July 6-August 6

Art & Art History Department Newsletters

Art & Art History in the News

Amy Hoagland

Master of Fine Arts Program Ranked 23rd in the Nation

"It's a real testament to the excellent work of our faculty, staff, and students done across all of our disciplines that we've sustained this national ranking." says Yumi Janairo Roth, Chair of the Art & Art History Department, CU Boulder. The University of Colorado Boulder Graduate Fine Art program, has been ranked 23rd in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report's rankings. Read more
Rashid Johnson, a painter, sculptor, installation artist and filmmaker, in his Long Island, N.Y., studio on Dec. 16, 2020. (Credit: Jon Henry)

Celebrating a lineage of Black abstract art

When Megan O’Grady looks at a painting, she doesn’t just examine its composition. She’s interested in the artist behind the brushstrokes and the social context in which the artist is working. This month she explored an extraordinary, yet little written about, history of Black abstraction in a piece for The New York Times: Once Overlooked, Black Abstract Painters Are Finally Given Their Due. CU Boulder Today spoke with O’Grady, a critic and essayist who recently joined the university as assistant professor of Critical and Curatorial Studies in Art and Art History, about why it’s important to revisit art history, its movements and its artists. Read more
Alejandra Abad

Community helps finish hopeful messages art installation in Boulder

Alejandra Abad and Román Anaya, University of Colorado Boulder fine arts graduate students, developed the “Our Wishes/Nuestros Deseos” project as a way to create community art during a pandemic. The concept is to reclaim flags, using them to embody inclusiveness instead of as divisive symbols. Read more
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