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Senior project

In the past two years, the Hi-Temp Fabrication building at 79 Perry St. has become a hive of artistic activity. During Beyond/In Western New York in 2010, it housed installations of work by Michael Bosworth, Bill Sack and JT Rinker. Its fourth-floor warehouse space played host to a popular exhibition of paintings by Sarah Myers last September. Various exhibitions by students in the University at Buffalo's MFA program will have solo exhibitions there in May.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, "Hungry," a show featuring work by UB seniors that doubles as their collective thesis exhibition, opens. The sprawling space, punctuated by huge concrete pillars, will serve as the backdrop for a range of media, from painting, photography and mixed-media work to sculpture and video. In a statement, UB professor Ben Van Dyke praised Hi-Temp's John McKendry, who owns the Perry Street building.

"He has loaned our senior thesis students over 5,000 square feet of exhibition space and has made all of the necessary accommodations for the sake of young up-and-coming artists and designers," Van Dyke wrote. "Creating a bridge between our students and the downtown community is incredibly important to our curriculum. It is also important that we continue to make lasting connections with local businesses and expand our department's [and the university] footprint beyond North Campus and deep into the city of Buffalo."

-- Colin Dabkowski