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Four Edinboro University MFA students selected for national juried art exhibition in Philadelphia

Marge Brown Kalodner Exhibition at ‘The Clay Studio’


EDINBORO, Pa. – Four Edinboro University Master of Fine Art students have been selected to show their ceramics work at a prestigious national juried exhibition at “The Clay Studio” in Philadelphia.

MFA students Gratia Brown, Deric Ence, Kevin Rohde and Travis Winters will have their work displayed, along with that of outstanding graduate art students from across the country, during The Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition at the famed “Clay Studio” July 6 through August 12. Ence and Rohde graduated in May.

Some 33 students from across the U.S. had submitted 85 works in applying for the exhibition, but the jury chose only 29 pieces from 17 student artists.

“This is an indication of the quality of Edinboro University’s Art Department programs, our faculty and the caliber of our students,” said Art Department Chair James Parlin. “We’re very proud of these students.”

 The 9th Annual MBK Graduate Student Exhibition is open only to students working in ceramics.

Ceramics Professor Lee Rexrode said Edinboro’s MFA offering is a flagship program for the Art Department and the University.

“Along with our undergraduate program, both are respected and well known. The MFA is the University’s only terminal degree program and is recognized at the national and international levels,” Rexrode said. “As a result of our graduate assistantships, we have been able to recruit the best students and have strong support from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Because of the quality of this three-year program, our students have been able to blossom.”

Rexrode also emphasized that Edinboro offers MFA programs in four other areas: print making, metals/jewelry making, sculpture and painting, to go along with the ceramics offerings.

Speaking of the national juried exhibition in Philadelphia, Rexrode said, “We are extremely proud that Edinboro has four students in this elite 17!”

The MBK Graduate Student Exhibition highlights the best work of students or recent graduates “from the best graduate programs in ceramics from across the United States,” according to the exhibition’s website. “This exhibition identifies emerging artists whose work is deserving of attention,” the website statement added. “It provides them with a forum for the exhibition of their work, and introduces our ceramics community to this next generation of talented makers.”

Three individuals’ work within the exhibition will be singled out and awarded cash prizes in recognition of exceptional work.