Spring 2022 | February
Liftoff – SJSU MFA Thesis Exhibition 2022
Hosted by the San José Institute of Contemporary Art
Opening Reception: Thur April 7 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: April 7 - August 14, 2022
As a component of their degree, MFA Candidates at San Jose State University mount two exhibits housed within one of six University Galleries; one exhibition in their second year of study and a culminating Thesis Exhibition at the end of their third year. In addition to the Solo Thesis Exhibitions installed on campus, MFA Candidates have the option of participating in a group exhibition called LiftOff hosted off-site & pairing with an MA Candidate in Art History and Visual Culture to create an entry in the annual, Lift-off Catalogue. Past exhibitions have been installed at Root Division (SF), Incline Gallery (SF), Pro Arts (Oakland), and the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art. Recent Curatorial advisors for the exhibition include Chris Gurnder & Cléa Massiani (Co-Directors of Bass & Rainer, SF), Kevin Chen (Independent Curator), Marcella Faustini (co-Director of CLOACA Projects, SF).
Students combine their in-class experiences, faculty mentorship, independent research, and individual studio practices to produce these exhibitions.
Zoe Latzer, Curatorial and Public Programs Associate, San José Institute of Contemporary Art
Marc Mayer, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, San José Institute of Contemporary Art
Rhonda Holberton, Assistant Professor, Digital Media Arts & Art Graduate Program Coordinator
Alena Sauzade, Director of the Thompson Gallery, San José State University
Chelsea Thompto, Assistant Professor, Digital Media Arts
Futurefarmers in a month long artist-residency at San Jose State University - hosted together by the Dept. of Art and Art History and the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery.
Students and the faculty in the Ceramics and the Pictorial Program in the Department of Art and Art History will be collaborating with Amy Franceschini and Futurefarmers, in the Spring of 22, to produce new work to be presented in their upcoming exhibition at the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery titled Bones, Tones and Phones.
Highlights from the Archive
BFA Pictorial Art Alumnus, Titus Kaphar paints cover image for June 2020 cover of Time Magazine.