University of Saskatchewan Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Class of 2023

Image details, clockwise left to right: Narges Porsandekhiel, Brody Burns, Sahar Soheilisadigh, Shelby Lund, all 2023.

The Studio Art Program at the University of Saskatchewan proudly presents five thesis exhibitions by MFA candidates: Narges Porsandekhiel, Sahar Soheilisadigh, Brody Burns, and Shelby Lund, and MA candidate, Qihang Liang, Liang will be our first MA in Interdisciplinary Studies to install their thesis exhibition at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery. This year, all solo exhibitions are being held at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery.

We will also present a group exhibition of the graduating class, AIRING, which will examine their research paths in relation and give public presence to the cohort as a whole at The Gallery at Frances Morrison Central Library.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Narges Porsandekhiel: An underlying perplexity
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery
July 31 – August 11, 2023
Instagram @narges_porsande

MFA Group Exhibition: AIRING
The Gallery at Frances Morrison Library
August 8 – September 8, 2023

Sahar Soheilisadigh: Fragments
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery
August 14 – 25, 2023
Reception: August 25, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Brody Burns: No Words Necessary
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery
August 28 – September 8, 2023
Reception: September 8, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Instagram @b_c_burns

Shelby Lund: Transcending the Surface
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery
September 11 – 22, 2023
Instagram: @shelbylundart

Past Exhibitions

Qihang Liang: Inter-Play
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery
June 19 – 30, 2023
Reception: June 30, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Qihang Liang, Inter-Play (Still from video), 2023, video game, interactive, animation.

Gordon Snelgrove Gallery
3 Campus Dr, #191, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4
Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery is located in the Murray Building with the Department of Art and Art History and is both a teaching facility and a public gallery. It provides a venue for new work, public talks, residencies and short-term studio space for artists, curators and collectives within the department, across campus and the broader arts community. The gallery is managed through the University of Saskatchewan Art Galleries and Collection and is a significant player in the local arts ecology. The Snelgrove’s intensive and diverse program of events positions it as a major site of direct exchange for artists and public. The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery is a crucial venue for new work by artists and curators both within the Department of Art and Art History and the wider community. Frequent public presentations by visiting artists, panels and screenings position it as an important hub in the arts ecology of Saskatoon.

The Gallery at Frances Morrison Library
311 – 23rd St E, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0J6
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm, Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm

Situated on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis on the Canadian Prairies, the University of Saskatchewan Department of Art and Art History seeks to share the cultural richness, history and contemporary artwork of this unique location.

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Department of Art and Art History
Murray Building, University of Saskatchewan, 3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A4, Canada
1 (306) 966-4608

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While all galleries are accessible with either first-floor entrance or elevator, accessible washrooms, wide unobstructed paths and elevator access. If you require accessibility support to visit the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, we ask that you contact us at 306-966-4208 to make arrangements in advance. Accessible access is possible through the Murray Library.

Image descriptions:
1. A collage of 4 images, all surrounded by a white border. The photo in the top left is of a large, messy pile of brown chains. The image in the bottom left is a painting with various blue hued circles and abstract shapes on a red background. The image in the top right is mostly black, with a small horizontal patch of light across the bottom. The photo in the bottom right is of a large white scroll hanging from the wall, half of this scroll is splattered in various shades of blue.
2. Still image of an interactive video game, featuring two stick figures with lightbulbs for heads as they attempt to manipulate their body parts in order to fit in the shaped wall before them. In each wall opening there are 3 gold coins for the players to win. Behind the wall is a small black tv reading 01:52. The colours are of very muted blues and greys. In the top right and left corners, points are tallied for each player; currently each corner reads “Points: 10”.