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March 11, 2016

2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

California College of the Arts (CCA)
CCA’s 2015 MFA thesis exhibition. Courtesy of California College of The Arts.

Debuting a progressive new format for the school’s annualMFA in Fine Arts graduate show,California College of the Arts will present its 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition as a four-part series of showcases to be hosted at off-campus art venues and launched over the course of four weeks between March 15 and April 23. The exhibition and related events are all free and open to the public.

The presentation series, formerly conceived as a single exhibition installed on CCA’s San Francisco campus, breaks with previous iterations by offering this year’s 39 graduate students the experience of mounting work in public, professional gallery settings and in focused exhibitions with fewer artists.

The three off-site venues are all located in the burgeoning Potrero Hill/Dogpatch arts district surrounding CCA’s main campus.

The exhibition features work in diverse media—painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, performance, and social practice—and addresses a range of topics, styles, and methods in contemporary art practice.

 

Open house/open studios
Art lovers can explore each show as it unfolds or make a day of it with a full immersion on Sunday, April 3, when CCA will host simultaneous open houses at all three venues. These special viewing hours coincide with CCA’s annual Open Studios day.

 

Part 1
March 15–April 3
Opening reception: Thursday, March 17, 5:30–8pm
Exhibiting artists: Angela Berry, John Boychuk, Garth Fry, Rebecca Hall, Kathryn Ian, Sarah Lee, Gilda Posada, and Ying Zou

Perry Family Event Center
350 Kansas Street, San Francisco
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm
special viewing Sunday, April 3, 1–6pm, following Open Studios

 

Part 2
March 18–April 3
Closing reception: Saturday, April 2, 4–6pm
Exhibiting artists: Nicole Lian Aponte, Paulina Berczynski, Lorenzo Cardim, An-An Chen, Benjamin Cirgin, Poppy Coles, Sarah Farahat, Tomahawk Greyeyes, Evan O’Neal Kirkman, Kristin Landowski, Brian McLaughlin, Mary Mocas, Kimberlie Moutoux, Kolbe Roper, Lauren A. Ross, Jennifer Shada, Utah Snyder, Latosha Stimage

Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm
special viewing on Sunday, April 3, 1–6pm, following Open Studios

 

Part 3
March 23–April 5
Opening reception: Thursday, March 31, 5:30–8pm
Exhibiting artists: Jamee Crusan, Nicole Lavelle, Carolina Magis Weinberg, Ben Quinn, Elizabeth Russell, Lindsay Tunkl

Fused Space
1401 16th Street, San Francisco
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm
special viewing on Sunday, April 3, 1–6pm, following Open Studios

 

Part 4
April 12–23
Opening reception: Thursday, April 21, 5:30–8pm
Exhibiting artists: Iesha Anglin, Abraham Chan, Benjamin De Kosnik, Mars Jupiter, Amanda Walters, Kay Whitchurch, Nuola Zeng

Perry Family Event Center
350 Kansas Street, San Francisco
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm

 

About CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts
Central to CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts is the idea that developing a sustained critical practice is essential to creating a dynamic career as a professional artist. The program helps students gain a deeper understanding of their own ideas and practices, increase their awareness of the global context of contemporary art, and develop the presentation skills needed to pursue a career in the visual arts.

About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

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