Guntren and Lee accepted into MFA Programs


Pictured, Lee with wall piece, Gros Grain, bronze and mahogany wood.

The benefits of receiving a master's degree in art at Adams State University include salary raises for teachers, increasing a freelance artist's chance of professional success, and better opportunities for acceptance into a Master of Fine Art Program - which happened to Anthony Guntren and Tiffany Lee, who received their MAs from Adams State in '11 and '09, respectively.

Guntren will start the MFA program at Colorado State University next fall, in studio art- sculpture. "I am looking forward to the ability to further develop my work and push my creative boundaries to the next level. I am especially excited for prolonged material investigation, with particular focus on casting and stonework."

Lee will also start in the fall, at the Cranbrook Academy of Art concentrating on metalsmithing/jewelry. The Cranbrook Academy of Art, a two-year program, offers only MFA Programs in the visual arts, where the faculty-in-residence are professional artists recognized in their field. Lee describes the European jewelry maker, who will be her professor, as contemporary and cutting edge. "My professor's studio is right next to the graduate studios." She said students are expected to work at least 30 hours a week in their studio. "I am very excited."

Pictured, Guntren, with his sculpture, "Threshold," of cast and found metal.

After finishing his three-year program, Guntren plans to pursue projects involving public art, and look for a place to begin a career on the professorial track. He started the ASU master's program in sculpture in the fall 2009. He said the Art Department cultivated his writing and "focus on creative endeavors from concept to completion." He complimented the department's access to resources and equipment.

His sculpture mentor, Dana Provence, professor of art, provided a "continual stream of high expectations as well as a wide array of technical expertise especially in the casting process." He also credited Gene Schilling, professor of art, for his support.

Lee also received her master's degree in sculpture. She said the Master in Art in art at Adams State helped her to create a cohesive body of work and improved her writing and verbal skills when discussing her concepts and art. She said Provence's expertise includes casting, welding, carving, and metalsmithing. "Many sculptors know one technique well, but Dana knows it all. He likes to learn and then teach what he learns."

She received her bachelor's degree from Adams State in 1996. "When Tony and I applied to MFA Programs, the art professors were supportive, offered advice and wrote letters of recommendation."

Guntren works primarily with the human form in his sculptures. "The human form allows viewers an immediate connection with themselves; after all, the ability to walk around a sculpture and to contemplate a work of art is uniquely human."

He received his BFA from Western State College in 2000. Lee plans to continue express her creativity through jewelry and wearable art. She currently has pieces available at All Good Things Gallery, visit All Good Things for more information.