Hite Art Institute holds exhibition for first graduates of Master of Fine Arts program


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Hite Art Institute will present the 2017 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition April 25-May 27 in the Cressman Center for Visual Arts. Held in conjunction with Hite’s 70th anniversary, the exhibition celebrates the first class of MFA program graduates.

    The show features work by Miranda Becht, Tom LeGoff and Marie-Elena Ottman. Becht’s sculptural installations explore the relationship between our real and ideal selves and the various confrontations of reconciling memory and fact.

    LeGoff’s photographic cabinet cards recreate traces of a destroyed town that exists somewhere between historical recuperation and artistic fabrication. That split identity reflects the photographic medium’s capacity for both documentation and deception.

    Ottman’s organic and botanical forms emulate the natural world. Her work is particularly invested in the experience of immigration, migrant labor and translation.

    The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. April 28 at the Cressman Center, 100 E. Main St.

    Hite has two other student exhibitions opening this spring, running May 11-Aug. 4 in Schneider Hall Galleries on UofL’s Belknap Campus:


    • “In Between: Time and Transition,” a collection curated by students in the critical and curatorial studies graduate seminar.  
    • “Pursuing the Uncanny: Ralph Eugene Meatyard,” photos by Ralph Eugene Meatyard curated by Hunter Kissel, master’s candidate in the critical and curatorial studies program.

    For more information, contact Hite Galleries Director Chris Reitz, chris.reitz@louisville.edu.        



    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.