UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions 3/16-3/24 and 4/6-4/14

The University of Illinois at Chicago's MFA program in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts presents two thesis exhibitions at Gallery 400. Ain't Easy to Love and Harder to Hold features works that consider relationships to the body, queer narratives, and sculptural space by artists Shir Ende, Betsy Johnson, Marlo Koch, Caitlin Ryan, and Nick Van Zanten. As We Recompose includes works concerned with naming and identities, disruption, and actions for healing by artists Daniel Haddad Troconis, Sarah O'Neil, Jennifer Webster, and Emme Williamson. Each spring UIC's School of Art & Art History supports the presentation of MFA thesis work that explores the social, conceptual, and aesthetic possibilities of art practice in this interdisciplinary program. More»

Voices: Julia Christensen, 3/20 at 6pm

Julia Christensen is an artist whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and memory. Her artist talk, Julia Christensen: Upgrade Available and Other Projects, will spotlight her most recent projects including Upgrade Available, which explores how memory, identity, and legacy are changing as we become more dependent upon our electronic devices, and Waiting for a Break, her current public art piece for Cleveland which is currently transmitting live feeds of the lake’s winter ice as it forms, shifts, and eventually breaks in real time. Christensen will also will present new work that investigates how long-standing institutions like museums and colleges are shifting as information becomes increasingly decentralized.  More»

Voices: Sky Hopinka, 4/3 at 6pm

Sky Hopinka presents an an artist talk about his work that centers around personal positions of homeland and landscape, designs of language and facets of culture contained within, and the known and the unknowable. Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. He was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent several years in Southern California, and Portland, Oregon. In Portland, he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. Hopinka is currently an adjunct faculty member at UIC. More»