MFA Exhibit Opening Reception at Boise State Visual Arts Center 

Friday, March 11-March 25

You know spring is in the air when graduate students at Boise State start getting twitchy and exhausted as they prepare for thesis defense time.

For students in the master's of fine arts program it's twofold--first defending their work to faculty and peers, and then exhibiting it to the public.

Matt Bodett, Erin Cunningham and Arin Lindstrom will display the culmination of their college careers on Friday, March 11, when the MFA thesis exhibit opens at the Boise State Visual Arts Center.

Erin Cunningham is nervous but confident about the whole process. This exhibition, she explained, will be her first in two years. The show is called "Confabulation" and refers to the psychological term describing a disorder in which a person creates false memories but is unaware that they have done so.

"The paintings I have been making have to do with my own particular memory of photographs, and how photographs can inform memory, even if you weren't present at the time of the photograph, or if you don't remember the event in which the photograph was taken," Cunningham said.

For the exhibit, she spent a lot of time researching theories that applied to memory and 20th century photography.

You can check out Cunningham, Bodett and Lindstrom's work on Friday at the opening reception and speak with the artists. Their work will be on display in the Visual Arts Center through Friday, March 25.

View a slideshow of the show.

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