June 10, 2019

2019 Low-Residency MFA summer programming

San Francisco Art Institute

Left: view of Suzanne Russell, Untitled and other works, MFA exhibition 2019. Photo: Claudine Gossett. Right: view of Dissent Flag on Bowery in New York City, 2018. Photo: Suzanne Russell. Courtesy of Suzanne Russell. 

SFAI’s three-year Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts (LMFA) program is designed for students who reside outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, and who wish to advance their creative work within a dynamic interdisciplinary context while maintaining a career or major personal commitments outside of school.

During the summer semester, students study on campus with SFAI faculty. LMFA students have access to all facilities on campus, including private individual studio space at SFAI’s Fort Mason Campus. The intensive eight-week summer session combines critiques, individualized tutorials, art history and critical studies seminars, as well as visiting artists and professional practices workshops to create a comprehensive studio and research-based academic experience. Specifically, the program focuses on the theoretical, sociopolitical, and creative concerns of the contemporary moment.

During the fall and spring semesters, students study independently with an artist/mentor of their choice in the area where they live through mentored, off-site, one-on-one Guided Studies.

The culmination of the MFA degree is the MFA Exhibition in San Francisco—a prestigious show, annually acclaimed for its raw, cutting-edge creative output.

Summer 2019 Low-Residency MFA public programs & exhibitions
San Francisco Art Institute is pleased to announce the following highlights from our summer 2019 Low-Residency MFA program public events!

Summer Graduate Lecture Series
The Summer Graduate Lecture Series gives students the opportunity to attend public lectures by acclaimed artists and then further their own practices through individual studio visits. This Summer’s lecture series includes the following public events:

Lordy Rodriguez: Lie Lines: June 17, 7–9pm
Scully Gray Box, SFAI—Fort Mason Campus
Joyce Burstein: The Epitaph Project: SFAI: July 1, 7–9pm
Scully Gray Box, SFAI—Fort Mason Campus
Sadie Barnette: From Here: July 15, 7–9pm
Scully Gray Box, SFAI—Fort Mason Campus
Juan Carlos Alom: Fotografía: Una Experiencia Personal: August 8, 7–9pm
Osher Lecture Hall, SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus

Summer Symposium
Monday, July 22, 2–6pm
Scully Gray Box, SFAI—Fort Mason Campus

"Critical Art Making Methodologies: Drawing the Continuums Between Art, International Exchange, and Emerging Media" is a symposium comprised of lectures, question and answer sessions, listening exercises, and diplomacy-based participatory dialogues led by Postcommodity artist Cristóbal Martínez. Participants will include SFAI low-residency MFA students, as well as artists from abroad who are participating the American Arts Incubator Initiative supported by ZERO1 and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The goal of this symposium is to provide a 4-hour critical research methodologies workshop for positioning an ethical, thoughtful, and productive art that has community organizing potential within international political contexts. The symposium will complicate the continuums between art-driven international exchange and emerging media as a globalizing force, prompting an important critical literacies question: how do artists position emergent media in ways that benefit the local cultural self-determination of people throughout the world?

Schafer Gallery Low-Residency MFA exhbitions
The Schafer Gallery is located on the first floor of SFAI’s Fort Mason Campus at 2 Marina Blvd. All exhibitions are curated by students and are free and open to the public.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–7pm

Returning Low-Residency MFA Students
Show dates: June 11–18
Opening: Friday, June 14, 5–7pm

Mutually Assured, curated by Eve Werner
Show dates: June 21–July 1
Opening: Friday, June 21, 5–7pm

Sages & Pinnacles, curated by Imani Maryahm Harrington
Show dates: July 5–16
Closing reception: Friday, July 12, 5–7pm

Cartography of Becoming, curated by Iris Slade
Show dates: July 19–July 31
Opening: Friday, July 19, 5–7pm

Program Director: J. John Priola, Low-Residency MFA Director: jpriola [​at​]

Admissions Information: Cait Petersen, cpetersen [​at​] / T +1 415 351 3530

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