Showcase Winners announced at MFA Exhibition Open House!


The weather may have delayed the opening a few days but we still had a lot of fun at 2018 Showcase + Thesis Exhibition + Student Publication Release Open House on 1/18.

At 6 pm the Texas State University J.C. Mitte Art Gallery doors opened and guests could view the MFA Communication Design student work chosen by Showcase jurors, designers Chris Wooster and Alyson Beaton.


After careful review of the work submitted, Chris and Alyson decided three MFA students, Leslie Harris, Sara Mitschke, and Thi Nguyen, should equally share the scholarship award for best of show. Thank you, Chris and Alyson, for taking time out to visit San Marcos to judge Showcase entries.
IMG_3834Scholarship Winner Leslie Harris and Juror Chris Wooster

We are grateful for the continued support of Dr. John Fleming, Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication. He helps fund the MFA student scholarship and is always ready to help celebrate MFA student achievements. He is an important part of the award show and students love visiting with him during the event.

IMG_3843Dean John Fleming and Scholarship Winner Sara Mitschke

We are also fortunate to have the support of Michael Niblett, Director of the School of Art & Design. He donates to the scholarship fund and is always ready to talk design with our students.

IMG_3851Scholarship Winner Thi Nguyen with Director Michael Niblett

A big thank you to MFA faculty who guide our students and help them achieve outstanding design work.

IMG_3863Assistant Professor Molly Sherman and Student Thi Nguyen

Our Open House also included a new student publication. Thanks to Instructor Shelley Jackson and students in the Issues and Criticism course for their hard work in producing the publication and the installation in the gallery.

IMG_3884Student Publication Installation

MFA students, Cameo Chattin and Hector Marroquin, took time out from writing their final thesis to share their research.

Cameo’s research focuses on assisting the visually impaired and how they dress through a mobile application.

IMG_3891Student Cameo Chattin Thesis Installation

Hector’s research is contesting the anti-immigrant meta-narrative through storytelling artifact.

IMG_3890Student Hector Marroquin Thesis Installation

A big thank you to all of our students who work so hard in the MFA program!

IMG_3924Students Palak Modi and Mikaela Buck

IMG_3902Students Stephanie Long, Erin Yu-Chuan, Margot Shields, Flor Barajas, Leslie Harris, and Sara Mitschke

IMG_3865Alumni Andrea Weissenbuehler and Student Cameo Chattin

Thanks to Associate Professor Claudia Roeschmann, who mentored students, Palak Modi and Flor Barajas, in designing the environmental graphic design installation (post-it note craziness!) for the exhibition. Claudia is the power house behind the success of our MFA Communication Design program!




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