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MFA Exhibitions

In the third year of study, graduate students focus on production of their MFA exhibition and thesis. MFA candidates are required to present a substantial and professional-quality gallery installation of their final body of work that demonstrates professional competence in studio art or design. Candidates are also required to present a public gallery talk about their work during their exhibition, and, at the end of their degree program, defend their exhibition and thesis in an oral examination conducted by their graduate committee.


Most MFA candidates install their MFA exhibitions in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries. In order to secure exhibition space in the Rueff Galleries, graduate students must complete the MFA Graduate Exhibition Agreement Form. This form must be complete and signed by the student and graduate committee chair and then submitted to the Purdue Galleries exhibition team (Pao 1190H). Requests will be processed in the order they are received. Submit this form early for the best chance of getting your preferred gallery and exhibition dates.

Download the MFA Agreement Form: MFA AGREEMENT FORM

For further MFA guidelines and information, visit the A&D Graduate information page.