2022 MFA Exhibition Opening Reception

Event Date: 

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 5:30pm

The UC Santa Barbara MFA Thesis Exhibition, It Appears to Be a Circle, features the work of three graduating artists: Marisa de la Peña, Tom Dunn, and Chad Ress.

Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, May 20th, 5:30–7:30 PM with a live cake cutting at 6 PM.


Marissa de la Peña art, green jello mold with four cartoon-like figures encased inside, with a cherry on top. Plated on a white plate with plate resting on green grass.

Marisa de la Peña, Homies en gelatina, 2022.
Lime gelatin with cherries and homies. Courtesy of the artist.


Tom Dunn, abstract art with white brushstrokes on top of black painted paper.

Tom Dunn, Lunula 77, 2021. Acrylic on paper, 11 x 14 inches.
Courtesy of the artist.


Chad Ress, multimedia art of writing with words in white on black background contained in a floating circle, next to white writing on a dark wall, the shadow of the circle visible.

Chad Ress, State of Night, 2021-22.
Three-channel projection (still + moving image), acrylic discs, motors, audio.
Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.