The MFA Show is the culminating presentation of MFA candidates and an opportunity for new and ambitious work to be presented to the public. For more than four months, graduating MFA candidates work with a team of three distinguished Guest Curators and seven Graduate Curatorial Assistants to envision the exhibition. This invested approach allows for dialogue, process, and collaborative decision-making to guide the curatorial teams as they work together with more than 100 participating artists to bring the MFA Show to fruition over time.
This year’s Guest Curators are Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center; Lucía Sanromán, an independent curator and writer; and Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. They have worked in collaboration with a team of Graduate Curatorial Assistants: Margaret Carrigan (MA 2015), Annie Cottrell Tron (MFA 2015), Tally de Orellana (Dual MA 2016), Ariel Gentalen (MA 2015), Yiquing Li (Dual MA 2016), Elizabeth Metcalfe (MA 2015), and Nicky Ni (BA 2015).
The exhibition overseen by Kate Zeller, Director of Exhibitions, with Denise Bennett, Curatorial Assistant, and lead staff Christina Cosío, Managing Director; Bob Grassel, Michael Hall, and Collin Pressler, Exhibition Managers; as well as Site Managers Anna Mattson-Hofmann and Kyle Schlie.
The exhibition is on view from Saturday, April 25 through Wednesday, May 13.