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School of Visual Art and Design

TRANSCENDENCE: MFA Thesis Exhibition by Marcella Kuykendall

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, April 28, 2017 - 4:30pm

Exhibition Dates: April 24, 2017 – April 28, 2017 Reception: April 27, 2017, 5 pm – 7 pm; Artist Talk at 6 pm


Transcendence explores issues of personal identity through mixed media figures. The works embody the feelings of frustration and hopes of the artist, as small, clay characters struggle to separate themselves from self-perceptions of triviality. Larger figures made of paper featuring self-portraits of Kuykendall personify these perceptions as the clay characters attempt to tear down, ignore and overpower them.

Kuykendall is a Master of Fine Arts and Museum Management Certificate candidate at the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design. The artist has worked within the broader arts community as Shop Manager at SCRAP Bin, a creative reuse center, as Gallery Assistant at the Douglasville Cultural Arts Council and recently as Visual Arts Coordinator at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. Kuykendall will be concurrently exhibiting artwork in this year’s ArtFields Juried Exhibition and in the 51st Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show hosted by Del Mar College.