September 30, 2022

Passing Through: Artists from DoVA 2012–2021

University of Chicago Arts

Shanna Zentner, To Live Within a Projection (detail), 2020–22. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Logan Center Exhibitions celebrates the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ 10-year anniversary with its fall 2022 exhibition Passing Through: Artists from DOVA 2012–2021. This broad survey features recent work by 37 alumni of the graduate and undergraduate programs at UChicago’s Department of Visual Arts (DoVA).

The exhibition is organized by guest curator Scott Wolniak and includes work from Carris Adams, Anthony Adcock, Anton Auth, Nick Bastis, Andrew Bearnot, Lauren Beck, Alice Bucknell, Nicki Cherry, Autumn Elizabeth Clark, Maggie Crowley, Alana Ferguson, Madeline Gallucci, Sara Grose, Hunter Harvey, Holden Head, Elisabeth Hogeman, Jazmine., Maggie Jensen, Anna Elise Johnson, Breanne Johnson, Clare Koury, Frances Lee, Jinn Bronwen Lee, Franny M. Levitin, David Lloyd, Devin T Mays, Gabriel Moreno, David Nasca, Nick Raffel, D Rosen, Daisy Schultz, Takashi Shallow, Brett Swenson, Ramyar Vala, Shane Ward, Shanna Zentner, and Ang Ziqi Zhang.

Opening: Friday, October 7
5:30pm, screening of One Inch Leather by Lauren Beck (MFA ‘12) in the Screening Room (Logan 201).
6–8pm, opening reception in the Logan Center Gallery. 6:30pm, welcome remarks by curator.

Screening by Lauren Beck: November 10, 4–6pm
Screening One Inch Leather by Lauren Beck (MFA ‘12), every 1/2 hour on the 1/2 hour. ​
Logan Center Screening Room (201)

DoVA alumni discuss artist-run spaces & curation: November 14, 6–7:30pm
Panel moderated by Scott Wolniak, presented with DoVA's Open Practice Committee.
Logan Center Performance Penthouse (901)

Curator walkthrough: December 3, 2022, time TBD
Logan Center Gallery

“The process of reflecting on and catching up with DoVA alumni from the past decade has been a pleasure. There is an incredible abundance of interesting work being made by this community, far more than could be represented in a single show. I am not aiming to provide a clear summation of DoVA or its sensibilities, although some may emerge when all the work comes together. The main rule was that the work had to be produced since completing the program.

An art department can feel like a revolving door— students enter, they push and are pushed, they expand and contract, and get spit out the other side. For this exhibition, I am interested in the question, ‘And then what?’.”
—Scott Wolniak, Exhibition Curator

Presented by Logan Center Exhibitions with the support of UChicago's Department of Visual Arts, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, and friends of the Logan Center.

About Scott Wolniak, DoVA faculty and guest curator
Scott Wolniak (b. 1971) is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and occasional curator, who has been teaching in DoVA since 2007. While primarily focused on his studio and exhibitions, curation has played a casual but significant role in Wolniak’s practice over the past two decades. He ran Suitable Gallery, an influential alternative space in his Humboldt Park garage between 1999 and 2005, as well as the tangential video platform, Suitable Video, which curated screening programs and DVD editions between 2005 and 2011. He ran Screen Share gallery for student-made video and animation at the Logan Center, and recently organized Wheel of Life, an exhibition of artist-made zoetropes, at the Hyde Park Art Center. Wolniak received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002.

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