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The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design and Georgia State University are honored to present this year’s MFA candidate exhibition, Creative Maladjustment at Aqua Art Miami 2016 — the emerging international art fair during Miami Art Week.  This is Georgia State’s sixth consecutive year participating in this exciting satellite fair, now in its eleventh edition.  Once again, the works produced by our graduate students offer a glimpse of what is possible when afforded the luxury of time, focus and unfettered exploration. Collaborative in nature, the art fair experience is a marquee highlight of our MFA program that provides real world practice for our studio artists, as well our graduate art history candidates who contribute to the editorial content of the catalog.  Additionally, I would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Sarah Workneh, Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, for her thoughtful catalog essay and taking the time to visit the campus multiple times to do studio visits with each of the artists.

Located in downtown Atlanta, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design seeks to provide a challenging and cross-disciplinary studio setting where a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and talents are put forth and tested — in the studios, in the classrooms and on the streets.  This urban experience has informed the ideas, messages and approaches of each artist and scholar. Under the guidance of established faculty, who are all active in the contemporary art and design worlds, the programs at the Welch School seek to cultivate a level of inquiry and commentary that is unique to each student.

The 2017 MFA candidates have used the past three years both to build on and to deviate from established practices in their respective fields.  It has been a journey fraught with excitement, angst, clarity, uncertainty and passion — a passion for learning, for personal exploration and, ultimately, for making. These students of Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography and Sculpture have achieved much; but more importantly, they stand on the edge of even greater possibilities.

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design is proud to present the works of its outstanding 2017 MFA degree candidates at Aqua Art Miami 2016.

Michael White • Director, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University


The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design’s exhibition at Aqua Art Miami 2016 could not happen without considerable time and effort from students, faculty, and staff.  Special thanks go to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Co-Director, Sarah Workneh for her essay and catalog title.  Additional thanks go to Joe Peragine, Associate Professor; Tim Flowers, Senior Lecturer; William Downs, Lecturer; and Tony Mangle, Director of Communications; Adrienne Gonzalez, Business Manager.  Copy editor: Craig Drennen, Associate Professor/Grad Director.  © 2016

Craig Drennen
Associate Professor/Graduate Director
Georgia State University
Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
10 Peachtree Center Ave., Room 118B Arts & Humanities Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30303

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