March 11, 2014

2014 UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions

University of Illinois at Chicago
David Bodhi Boylan (MFA 2014), Table, 2013. Wood, 50 x 28 x 7 inches. Photo by the artist.

The 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibitions offer a rare opportunity to view works by up-and-coming artists completing their degrees in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Gallery 400 hosts the series of five unique group exhibitions as well as engaging artist talks, screenings, and performances related to the shows.

Twenty MFA Candidates will be completing their degrees this spring in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts. UIC’s School of Art & Art History welcomes you to attend the premieres of their thesis work and the related programs, all planned by the exhibiting students and free and open to the public.

Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach
March 11–15
Matt Brett, Houston Cofield, Colleen Keihm, Melissa Myser
Reception: Friday, March 14, 5–8pm
Artist gallery talks and performance: Wednesday, March 12, 5–7pm
Screening: The Home Terms Still Apply, Thursday, March 13, 7pm

Yell Me About Myself: What do We/Us sound like now that We have
How you forget this, Protect Me from what I want what I can’t have
Straight on until morning (A Ritual in Self-Seduction)
Grasp the Vacuum Again And Already it Might Be Nice
This should all be read allowed
March 18–22
Chris Little, Hanna M. Owens, Nicholas Rigger, Matt Shaw
Reception: Friday, March 21, 5–8pm
Artist gallery talks and performance: Wednesday, March 19, 5–7pm

April 1–5
Alejandro T. Acierto, Erik Allen, Timothy P. McMullen, Courtney Prokopas
Reception and performance: Friday, April 4, 5–8pm
Artist gallery talks: Wednesday, April 2, 5–7pm

That’s the First Place They’ll Look
April 8–12
Jordan Anderson, David Bodhi Boylan, Kyle Schlie, Jenyu Wang
Reception: Friday, April 11, 5–8pm
Artist gallery talks: Wednesday, April 9, 5–7pm

This Is Where It Felt Like
April 15–19
Elena Feijoo, Jesse Malmed, Julie Potratz, Jonathan Loïc Rogers
Reception and performances: Friday, April 18, 5–8pm
Literal opening: Tuesday, April 15, 10–11am
Paratextual tours: Wednesday, April 16, 5–7pm
Literal closing: Saturday, April 19, 5:30–6pm


About The School of Art & Art History at UIC
We are committed to educating the next generation of artists, visionary scholars, creative thinkers, and innovators at one of the world’s most distinctive places to study art and art history. As part of a public urban research university, we foster the creation of knowledge that makes an impact on and transforms the world. Our School is the intellectual and creative home to some of the world’s most renowned artists and scholars. MacArthur geniuses, Guggenheim fellows, Whitney Biennial artists and curators, and distinguished, internationally acclaimed art historians have all taught here. We cultivate a place where art and art history can be studied intensively, with a one-on-one relationship between student and teacher and as part of a supportive creative community. We believe in the importance of interdisciplinary thinking and work and blur the boundaries of theory and practice, critical thought, and engagement. The work emanating from UIC has changed the way people experience, see, and understand the world.

About Gallery 400
As the Gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary, we continue to pursue our mission of presenting and supporting the leading edge of contemporary art, architecture, and design through compelling exhibitions, dynamic programs, and multifaceted support for arts practitioners. An integral part of both the University of Illinois at Chicago’s and the City of Chicago’s vibrant contemporary arts scene, Gallery 400 is uniquely poised to offer innovative programming that connects the art of today to scholarship and debate.


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