Graduate students debut final art exhibits at UofL


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The art of the body is the underlying theme of three University of Louisville fine arts students’ thesis exhibitions.

    The Hite Art Institute at UofL presents the 2015 Master of Arts Thesis Exhibitions, “Trace of a Body” curated by master’s candidate Bailey Mazik, “Traces of the Hand” by master’s candidate Molly Passafiume and “Body Image” curated by master’s candidate Emma Sharps.

    The exhibits will be on display March 12-April 5 at the Schneider Hall Galleries on UofL’s Belknap Campus.

    For “Trace of a Body,” Mazik features the work of contemporary artist Chris Radtke. The exhibit examines the relationship of the artist’s sense of personal space to the materials used. Mazik, a graduate student in critical and curatorial studies, received her bachelor’s in art history from The Ohio State University and is currently co-curating an exhibit at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

    In “Traces of the Hand,” Passafiume presents works in ceramics and handmade paper focusing on patterns in nature including the flow of water, the grain of wood, and the swirls of finger prints. Passafiume, a graduate student in studio art, received her bachelor’s of fine arts in studio art and a master’s in art education from UofL.

    Sharps curates photography, sculpture and glass works of four women artists – Jen Davis, Lauren Greenfield, Leslie Lyons and Licia Priest – for “Body Image.” The exhibit critiques the negative effects art and pop culture have on perceptions of the female body, particularly women’s perceptions of their own bodies. Sharps received a bachelor’s in history from American University and has interned at the Smithsonian Folkways in Washington D.C. and the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

    The opening reception for the exhibit is 5:30 p.m., March 12, at the Schneider Hall Galleries. Additionally, four public gallery talks will be held during the exhibit’s run. Sharps will host interactive walkthroughs of “Body Image” at 4:30 p.m., March 12 and 12:30 p.m., March 24 while Mazik will lead walkthroughs at 2 p.m., March 23 and 25.

    All exhibits and gallery talks are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

    Erica Walsh
    Erica Walsh is the marketing director for the Office of Communications and Marketing. Her job lets her share UofL’s good news in all avenues of communications including UofL Magazine, advertising, content marketing and branding. Walsh joined UofL in 2014 after previously serving as the public relations specialist at Indiana University Southeast. Prior to her career in higher education communications she was an award-winning newspaper reporter. Red is one of her favorite colors and it’s a good thing, too, because she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University and her master’s in communication from UofL.