The 2017 MFA Biennial opens at University Galleries Saturday, January 14. A free public reception will be held on Tuesday, January 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The MFA Biennial presents the work of 17 students currently enrolled in the School of Art’s Master of Fine Arts program at Illinois State University. These artists are at various points in the three-year program that is dedicated to helping them “develop a mature body of work by exploring the relationship between active studio practice and rigorous intellectual inquiry.” Their artwork dynamically engages the mediums of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, glass, ceramics, sound installation, sculpture, and performance.

This is the second MFA Biennial to be held at University Galleries’ new space at Uptown Station, providing the local community an excellent opportunity to experience the diverse and fresh talents of the students in the vibrant center of the Town of Normal.

Exhibiting artists: George Barreca, Lexi Bragg, Felicia Cannon, Megan Coonelly, Catherine Davis, Mariko Brown Harkin, Kirsten Heteji, Rebecca Frank, Jeremy Langston, Jeremy Lampe, Emily Lehman, Molly Markow, Barry Moton, Ryan Paluczak, Josh Roach, Kale Stewart, Micah Zavacky.

For more information, please contact University Galleries at (309) 438-5487 or