July 2020

First-Year MFA Exhibition

Columbia University School of the Arts

Rasel Ahmed, Who Killed Taniya, 2020. HD video, 46 seconds.

Lindsey Brittain Collins, Nannie’s Grave 2019, 2019. Oil and cement on canvas, 54 x 44”. Photo: Lee Stalsworth.

Ivana Carman, Outside the Birds Were Singing, 2019. Oil on canvas, 42 x 92”. Photo: Karen Mauch.

Kaela Mei-Chee Chambers, Worksheet No. 63 (Diptych), 2020. Inkjet and gouache on paper, staples, two pages, each 8.5 x 11”. Photo: Zack Schiller.

Kevin Claiborne, BEFORE I DIED I WAS INVISIBLE, 2020. Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 20 x 24”.

Noga Cohen, Untitled, 2020. Video, 1 minute 18 seconds.

Avishag Cohen Rodrigues, Light in Window, 2020. Stop motion animation, 4 minutes 16 seconds.

Ian Decker, Golden Hour, 2020. Acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 14”.

Danielle Gottesman, Icon Head and Shadow, 2020. Video accompaniment of Icon Fragments sculptures, 1 minute 31 seconds.

Juan Hernández, Desvío a medio camino, 2018. Used wooden doors, 42 x 110 x 127”. Photo: Juan Hernández.

Erin Holland, Mother Daughter, 2019. Video compilation from Instagram series, 6 minutes 16 seconds.

Priscilla Jeong, Simulated Weekend and Ignored Rice, 2020. Charcoal, LED, illuminated crystal, epoxy resin, clay, and stone, 12 x 12 x 3”.

Bicheng Liang, Standing Trees, Weeds, Streams and Uplifted Rocks, 2018. Pine and silkscreen, 7 x 8.5 x 6’. Photo: Bicheng Liang.

Joseph Liatela, Untitled (molecular prosthesis), 2020. VCT tile, masonite, steel, singlets used by performers, resin, marble powder, silicone, powdered Viibryd, Vyvance, and synthetic hormones, 108 x 120 x 84”.

Keli Safia Maksud, Anthems, 2020. Embroidery on paper, 9 x 12”. Photo: Keli Safia Maksud.

Raphaela Melsohn, Nevertheless, curved sweet, bitter soft, 2019. Metal, wood, foam, and rubber, 9 x 7.5 x 11.5’. Photo: Linga Acácio.

Sergio Miguel, Coyote Castizo, 2019. Oil on wood in found Mexican tin frame, 7 x 12”. Photo: Sergio Miguel.

Farah Mohammad, Zainab Market, 2019. Monotype, 34 x 22”. Photo: Farah Mohammad.

Keika Okamoto, Breathe, 2018. Projectors, flashlights, crystals, stones, ceramics, lunaria leaves, agapanthus, bullet shells, tractor seat, ladder, glass jars, water, plastic, and faux fur, with sounds of water and evening cicada, dimensions variable.

Diana Palermo, Web, 2019. Gelatin silver print collage, 20 x 16”. Photo: Diana Palermo.

Júlia Pontés, Mineral Veins | Transitory Landscapes #200. Film positive showingNiobium Tailings’ Dam in Araxá, Brazil, 2019, 4 x 5”.

Ava Ravich, Here's a Toast to Our House, 2019. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36”. Photo: Will Laird.

Denisse Griselda Reyes, Audition #4/39 for ‘Griselda: The Movie,’ 2019–20. Video, 15 minutes 55 seconds.

Yixuan Shao, (Brute), 2020. Aluminum wool, foil, ink, flour, fire, and plywood, 8  x 7 x  2.5’.

Christen Shea, Clownie, 2019. 3D animation installation.

Khari Turner, Lighting the candle at both ends, 2020. Acrylic, oil, ink, and charcoal on paper, 18 x 24”.

Raelis Vasquez, Si Dios Quiere, 2019. Oil, acrylic, paper transfer, and oil stick on canvas, 36 x 48”. Photo: Raelis Vasquez.

Yuri Yuan, Terminal, 2020. Oil on canvas, 36 x 48”. Photo: Yuri Yuan.

Annually, Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Program presents an exhibition of work from our first-year MFA cohort at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in the Lenfest Center for the Arts. For many students this may be the first opportunity to make their work public. Sadly, the moment for doing this in-person has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the meantime, our students, faculty, and staff invite you to view artworks from the Columbia MFA class of 2021. New dates to view their work and meet them will be announced on our website.

Matthew Buckingham
Chair, Visual Arts Program

Participating Artists

Sound Art
Avishag Cohen Rodrigues
Timothy Kwasny
Yixuan Shao

Visual Arts
Rasel Ahmed
Lindsey Brittain Collins
Ivana Carman
Kaela Mei-Chee Chambers
Kevin Claiborne
Noga Cohen
Ian Decker
Danielle Gottesman
Juan Hernández
Erin Holland
Priscilla Jeong
Bicheng Liang
Joseph Liatela
Keli Maksud
Raphaela Melsohn
Sergio Miguel
Farah Mohammad
Keika Okamoto
Diana Palermo
Júlia Pontés
Ava Ravich
Denisse Griselda Reyes
John Rivas
Christen Shea
Khari Turner
Raelis Vasquez
Yuri Yuan

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