Visual Thesis Selections 2020-2021

Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)

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Visual Thesis Selections 2020-2021
Contributor Names
Leach, Brendan (Thesis advisor)
2022 (exhibition date)
2020-2021 (creation date)
This exhibition includes highlights from the FIT MFA Illustration classes of 2020 and 2021.
Each year the graduating MA candidates complete a visual thesis project that represents the culmination of their three years of graduate study, artistic growth, and professional training. The Class of 2020 titled their show "Jacaranda" after a species of tree they encountered on the program's trip to Los Angeles, a formative experience for the group. "Off the Grid" is not only an oblique reference to the two and a half semesters the Class of 2021 spent learning remotely, but also an invocation of their eclectic artistic voices. The quality of this work is a testament to the artistic visions, personal dedication to craft, and to the strength of the bonds these cohorts built. The FIT Alumni participating in this exhibition finished their degrees online during the extreme circumstances and unprecedented conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the conclusion of their studies, they were unable to exhibit their bodies of work in person or celebrate their accomplishments with their fellow students, friends, families, and professional peers. We are proud to finally present their work to the public and to recognize their achievement together.
Still Image
Exhibitions (events)
Annuals (exhibitions)
Exhibition installation photographs
Program/Course Information
Program/Degree: Illustration MFA

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FIT Repository ID: ex_mi_2022_02
FITDIL Photo Project ID: 20220817_1


Leach, B. (2022 (exhibition date)). Visual Thesis Selections 2020-2021. FIT Institutional Repository.
Leach, Brendan. Visual Thesis Selections 2020-2021. 2022 (exhibition date). FIT Digital Repository,
Leach, Brendan. "Visual Thesis Selections 2020-2021." FIT Digital Repository, 2022 (exhibition date).