UM Graduate Students Present Thesis Exhibition

March 01, 2016

Detail of Kate Lund’s “build up.” Photo credit: Sarah Moore

MISSOULA – Thesis exhibitions by University of Montana Master of Fine Arts graduate students Tressa Jones, Kate Lund and Aja Mujinga Sherrard will be displayed March 10-24 in UM’s Gallery of Visual Arts.

An opening reception for the exhibits will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the same space. The event and exhibitions are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the first floor of UM’s Social Science Building.

Jones’ exhibit of printed and sculptural works, “cold lapse,” offers an awareness of the present moment and passing time reinforced by human gestures. Jones notes her personal experiences with loss and witnessing family members’ illnesses as a source of her interest in the human body, family connections and well-being. Expressing this in a minimal but tactile way, “cold lapse” offers an environment of quietude and contemplation through two-dimensional works, created with various printmaking processes and sculpture.

The intricate graphite drawings and large-scale sculptures in Lund’s exhibition, “build-up,” examine her relationship to the natural environment. As a wildland firefighter in the West for the past seven summers, her art was influenced by turmoil and struggle amidst the beauty found in nature. This can be seen in the reconfiguration and distressing of outdoor materials such as tents, wire fencing and flannel fabrics, exhibited in relation to her exquisitely rendered drawings.                                    

In the wake of two deaths, conceptual artist Sherrard has given form to the multiple faces of loss in her exhibition “, is repair.” Installations of various media articulate the problem of inheritances that have been rendered meaningless by difference and distance, and the crisis of being left behind with unresolved wounds. The artist also will perform daily in the gallery, further emphasizing the quiet gestures of healing, repair and surprising generosity characterized with grieving.

For more information call gallery Director Cathryn Mallory at 406-243-2813 or email Information about UM’s Gallery of Visual Arts is available at  

Contact: Cathryn Mallory, director, UM Gallery of Visual Arts, 406-243-2813,