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MFA CANDIDATES TO PRESENT                                                                                                                 

Image: Heidi Leitzke, Usnea, oil on canvas, 18”x14”, 2006
Heidi Leitzke, “Usnea,”
oil on canvas, 18”x14”, 2006

Members of the first graduating class of Western Carolina University's new Master of Fine Arts Program will showcase their work in a series of exhibitions in the Fine Art Museum beginning June 23 and continuing through July.

“Culminating from a comprehensive three-year course of study, the MFA degree candidates will produce solo thesis exhibitions to showcase their creative research,” said Martin DeWitt , director of the art museum within WCU 's Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Thesis exhibitions of paintings by MFA candidates Heidi Leitzke, Sarah Noble, Tai Lipan and Kristen Sullivan will begin Friday, June 23, and continue through Saturday, July 8. An opening reception will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. June 23 in the museum. The reception and exhibition are open to the public free of charge.

MFA degree candidates Bill Clements (mixed media sculpture) and Jennifer Lipsey (painting) will hold their thesis exhibitions Friday, July 14, through Saturday, July 29, with a reception from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

Kelledy Francis (integrated media) will present her MFA thesis exhibition as part of “The Opening of Sky and Sea” at Asheville's LC Gallery on Saturday, July 15, and Greg McPherson (painting) will open his solo MFA exhibition at the Wedge Gallery in Asheville on Friday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m.

Fine Art Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with Sunday Gallery Talks at 2 p.m. on June 18, July 2 and July 30 in conjunction with the Fine and Performing Arts Center's Sunday Sizzlin' Summer Shorts Series of performances. Galleries will open one hour prior to each of the remaining performances as museum staff members share messages of the artists in a set of brief, informal programs.

For information, call (828) 227-3591 or visit the FAPAC Web site www.wcu.edu/fapac .

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