Trifecta is a yearly exhibition that highlights work by Master of Fine Arts candidates from Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia. Each year, the exhibition rotates between universities allowing students new avenues for exposure in locations such as the Trio Gallery in Athens, the Center for Contemporary Art and Theatre in Statesboro, and the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery in Atlanta. The ultimate goal of Trifecta is to create a sense of community, as well as an expanded network across the M.F.A. programs in the state of Georgia. Although sometimes juried by students, professional working artists, gallerists, and curators alike, the primary goal of Trifecta is not competition, but instead camaraderie. Each university varies in a number of dynamic ways, not only in the student body size within each respective art department, but in ways that can benefit the collective M.F.A. as a whole if the experiences can be shared through exhibition and conversation. By continually evolving a new group exhibition of M.F.A. candidate work relevant to today’s contemporary art world, universities and communities achieve new heights as studio artists work towards obtaining their degree. In the end, the Master of Fine Arts degree is the collective string that ties students from each university together.


Originally created and curated by Jessamy McManus and Courtney N. Ryan of Georgia Southern University, Trifecta 2016 could not have became a reality without the generosity and friendship of Scott Thorp, Chair of the Art Department at Augusta University who graciously is providing the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art for the exhibition and Robert Farber, Department Chair of Georgia Southern University.

The exhibition will be on display in the Mary S. Bryd Gallery of Art at Augusta University from June 5 through July 30, 2016.

Participating Artists Include: Rachel Ballard, Reid Brechner, Amelia Carley, Kelli Couch, Ellie Dent, Cyndy Epps, Larkin Ford, Michelle Laxalt, Ben B. Lee, Nuni Lee, Jessamy McManus, Atena Masoudi, Katherine Miller, Usman Oladeinde, Trevor Reese, Courtney Ryan, and Dan Smith.

Trifecta 2.0

Trifecta 2.0 is the second annual, juried exhibition featuring a selection of current MFA candidates from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro; Georgia State University, Atlanta; and University of Georgia, Athens. 

The upcoming Trifecta 2.0 was organized by a group of current MFA and MA students in Studio Art and Art History and was juried by Ridley Howard. The exhibition will be on view at Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Galleries on May 12 through September 22, 2017.

Ridley Howard was born in 1973 in Atlanta. He received his BA and BFA from the University of Georgia, Athens, and his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Recently, Howard’s paintings were on view in the Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary and Intimisms at James Cohan Gallery, NY. He is also co-founder of gallery 106 Green in Brooklyn. He will have a solo show with Marinaro Gallery, NY in May 2017.

Participating Artists Include:
Aaron Artrip, Rachel Ballard, Thomas Bosse, Shawn Campbell, Amelia Carley, Katelyn Chapman, Ally Christmas, Tyler Cieplowski, DEAD ART STAR, Kelli Couch, Arron Foster, Shanequa Gay, Kyle Hooten, Mohammad Javad Jahangir, Yeonsoo Kim, Michelle Laxalt, Nuni Lee, Travis Lindquist, Jessamy McManus, Tyler Mann, Esther Mech, Ana Meza, Guadelupe Navarro, Lauren O’connor-Korb, Usman Oladeinde, Maryam Palizgir, John Prince, Aaron Putt, Katlin Shae Rothacher, Paula Runyon, Kelsey Scharf, Kaleena Stasiak, and Dan Vu.

Trifecta 2018

Juried by Tatiana Veneruso and Laulea Taylor, the 2018 Trifecta Exhibition is open to all disciplines and media.

Trifecta 2018 is set to take place March 9 through 31, 2018 in the Trio Contemporary Art Gallery in Athens, Georgia.

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