Graduating Master of Fine Arts students showcase work in museum exhibition, local pop-up

To accompany this year’s MFA exhibition, GAMA has also partnered with Foothills Mall to produce "GAMA Pop-up: MFA 2023," an offsite installation of MFA student thesis works.
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the MFA Speaks program and the accompanying opening reception for MFA Thesis Exhibition 2023 have been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.

This month, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University present works by three Master of Fine Arts graduates in MFA Thesis Exhibition 2023, opening April 28 and on view through July 23 in the Griffin Foundation Gallery.

The show features art by Vicente Delgado, Samantha Hamilton and Leila Malekadeli, who will give artist talks at MFA Speaks, a gallery program and exhibition opening reception on Friday, April 28.  

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Vicente Delgado’s “Ask Us About In-Cart Financing, 2022,” (mixed media). Image courtesy of the artist.

The annual Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition marks the culmination of a three-year, 60-credit degree program in the visual arts. By fostering individual research and creative studio practice, the program invites graduate students to focus on a particular area amongst seven concentrations and complete a mature body of work in their chosen field. Artwork is situated within the discourse of contemporary art practice and provides opportunities for students to learn in one of the largest academic departments at CSU.  

Visitors are welcome to attend MFA Speaks on Wednesday, May 10 from 5 to 8 p.m in the museum’s Griffin Foundation Gallery. Delgado (printmaking), Hamilton (painting) and Malekadeli (sculpture) will give artist talks at 5 p.m. on works that discuss the built environment and social stratification, secondhand material and the influences of kitsch and rasquachismo (a theory on class-conscious attitudes towards material developed by Chicano scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto), and curated access to the self through domestic construction. The artists will also participate in a panel discussion moderated by museum director and chief curator Lynn Boland. An opening reception with refreshments will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center. MFA Speaks and MFA Thesis Exhibition 2023 are both free and open to the public.

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Leila Malekadeli’s “In Absence, 2023,” (mixed media). Image courtesy of the artist.  

To accompany this year’s MFA exhibition, GAMA has also partnered with Foothills Mall to produce “GAMA Pop-up: MFA 2023,” an offsite installation of works by Delgado, Hamilton and Malekadeli. Mallgoers can see the artists’ work in several internal- and external-facing windows at East Foothills Parkway in Fort Collins through the close of MFA Thesis Exhibition 2023 on July 23.


Ongoing support for Gregory Allicar Museum’s exhibition and programming is generously provided by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the FUNd Endowment at CSU and Colorado Creative Industries (CCI).  

CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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