MISSOULA – University of Montana Master of Fine Arts graduate students Sarah Moore, Reanna Schultz and Karl Schwiesow will present their thesis exhibitions March 2-16 in the Gallery of Visual Arts, located in UM’s Social Science Building.

An opening reception for the exhibitions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2. The event is free and open to the public and includes refreshments.

Reanna Schultz, EVERYTHINGSFINE, neon and mixed media. (UM Photo)

Large sculptural installations made from a variety of construction and household materials are featured in Schultz’s exhibition titled EVERYTHINGSFINE. Her use of mundane materials is an effort to normalize discussion of anxiety and depression. Using weather as a manifestation of psychological states, she strives to undermine the perceived control we have over our emotions through irony and absurdity.

Moore’s video installation – ’Perhaps,’ she said, ‘looking itself could be an antidote.’ – presents viewers the opportunities to both look and to be looked at. By creating her own films and appropriating segments from mainstream cinema, Moore is investigating how female authorship can be cut and collaged to form nonlinear psychological stories. At once deeply personal, completely fictitious and persistently confrontational, Moore wishes to allow looking to be an antidote to the inexplicable.

Karl Schwiesow, Untitled, ceramic and found objects. (UM Photo)

Schwiesow is a multimedia artist currently working in ceramic, found objects and latex paint. He creates immersive, surreal installations and sculptures that contemplate psychology and physical experience through a colorful and sometimes humorous juxtaposition of textures and forms.

The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the Social Science Building and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, and Monday hours are available by appointment.