MFA Exhibition 2020

Join SFAI’s Graduate Programs for its 2020 MFA Exhibition–a virtual show honoring the graduating class.

On view starting May 15, 2020

A singular generation of SFAI MFA artists come together here for the 2020 MFA Exhibition, documenting works across media including: painting, photography, printmaking, digital technologies, sculpture, installation, video, film, and performance.

Artistic and conceptual inquiries range widely—from addressing the immediacies of this contemporary moment in its traumas of the Coronavirus, the collapse of global economies, and their impact on mobility and climate change, to new possibilities. For these students, these are not abstractions but are firmly grounded in the worlds they have inherited and which they are now entering as professional artists. Their inquiries address these concerns through fluent movements across multiple mediums that build upon and extend their histories, reflecting how art may function as a tool for depicting one’s place in the world, as much as for problem-solving and for social engagement.

We invite you to view this exhibition showcasing their works by delving into the three rooms below. These three rooms, named after SFAI’s school colors* (Gray and Clear) and mascot (Fog), are organized alphabetically by the artists’ last names per the lists below. Explore the artist’s cards and each room’s collective image gallery, discover more of the artists’ work by clicking through to their individual websites and social media, and build new connections with this new generation of unparalleled artists. And join us in congratulating the graduating class of 2020!

GRAY ROOM
Taylor Ann Berry, Cyd Bown, Lexygius Sanchez Calip, Becca Chacon, Henry Chambers, Mónica Coelho, Karl Daum, Samuel De Lemos, Colleen Donovan, Luis Flores, Giuliana Funkhouser, Christa Grenawalt, Katherine Hanover, Imani Maryahm Harrington, John James Hartford V, Whitney Humphreys, Jesse Yunho Kim, Ryan Golden Kirkpatrick, Sae Yong Lee, Jiazhen Li

CLEAR ROOM
Sang Chi Liu, Chen Lyu, Sera Mac, Katrina Magowan, Kyle Martin, Jeff Maylath, Shara Mays, Zhang Mengjiao, Mareiwa Miller, Laura Pacchini, James X Patterson, evan pettiglio, Collin Pollard, Eleanor Schnarr, Sequinette, Rebecca Sexton, Yan Shao, T Shell, Anna Sidana, Iris Slade

FOG ROOM
Collin McEachran Smith, Miles Stemp, Mimi Vitetta, Angela Gilbert Weber, Eve Werner, Christopher Williams, Lena T Wright, Jiaxing Wu, Yeting Xiong, Hansen Yang, Leyi Yang, Jane Yuan, Zahra Zare Mehrjerdi, Yourong Zhao, Yawen Zheng

 

 

* For those curious about the history of SFAI’s school colors, see the recollections below from Jeff Gunderson, SFAI’s Librarian and Archivist:
The story of the School Colors, is fairly folkloric--- a lot of truth….plenty of folk humor….and the desire for a good yarn----I do believe that the SFAI Board of Trustees did indeed approve the School Colors---Gray & Clear…. at some point in the late 1970s or early 1980s.The Board KNEW a good idea when they heard one….and they had a sense of humor……I am pretty sure that the instigators of the idea of the School Colors came from two staff members (probably in cahoots with students),  Sharon Chickanzeff who was the librarian, and her good friend and sidekick, Marcia Smith who was the Humanities Department Manager.  Both were cool cats.  Sharon from SoCal---well versed in the 1960s 1970s Cool School of LA Finish Fetish art….and all knowing of everything from Siennese Painting to Happenings, Russian Constructivism to the Situationists… Sharon is bright. She left the School to be the librarian at Parson's and then the librarian at NYU's prestigious Institute of Fine Art. Her co-culprit in the School Colors was probably Marcia Smith---Sharon’s and Marcia’s ideas were spot on …from art to the art scene, and this was one of their very Duchampian California dada-esque escapades…..inventing a palette for the SFAI’s Letter Jackets and pom-poms......and I think almost all of this is true.

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Friday, Nov 15, 2019 -
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Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision
Friday, Jun 17, 2022 - Thursday, Nov 24, 2022
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Past Events

SFAI 150 | A Spirit of Disruption
Friday, Mar 19, 2021 - Saturday, Jul 3, 2021
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Leonard Peltier Statue
Friday, Oct 9, 2020 - Sunday, Mar 28, 2021
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From the Tower: Transmission
Friday, Sep 4, 2020 - Friday, Oct 23, 2020
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PhotoAlliance
Friday, Mar 15, 2019
7:30PM
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Nicholas Gamso: Strategies for Political Critique in the Arts
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022
12:00PM
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Orit Ben Shitrit: Echoes in my mouth
Monday, Jun 27, 2022
12:00PM
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BFA Exhibition 2022: Why Should We Call It Anything?
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - Friday, Jun 3, 2022
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Commencement Ceremony 2022
Saturday, May 21, 2022
2:00PM
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MFA Vernissage 2022: THRESHOLDS
Friday, May 20, 2022 - Friday, Jun 3, 2022
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Student Awards
Friday, May 13, 2022
12:00PM
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Alison Gass: Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco
Thursday, Apr 28, 2022
12:00PM - 1:30PM
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Dor Guez: Catastrophe 
Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022
12:00PM - 1:30PM
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An Alien Show
Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022 - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
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Open Studios
Friday, Apr 22, 2022 - Saturday, Apr 23, 2022
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Thin Places
Friday, Apr 15, 2022 - Monday, Apr 25, 2022
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/Un/Structure
Friday, Apr 1, 2022 - Monday, Apr 11, 2022
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Wayne Koestenbaum: Film Screening + Artist Talk
Friday, Mar 25, 2022
7:00PM
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The Wilding
Friday, Mar 18, 2022 - Monday, Mar 28, 2022
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Between Artists: Alumni and Students Intersect
Friday, Mar 11, 2022 - Friday, May 13, 2022
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Morgan Bassichis: Artist Talk
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2022
12:00PM
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Work of Art
Friday, Mar 4, 2022 - Monday, Mar 14, 2022
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Sergio De La Torre: Art and Social Justice
Thursday, Mar 3, 2022
12:00PM
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Crying on a Tuesday
Friday, Feb 18, 2022 - Monday, Feb 28, 2022
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YOU ARE HERE
Friday, Feb 4, 2022 - Friday, Feb 11, 2022
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BFA EXHIBITION 2021
Thursday, Dec 9, 2021 - Saturday, Dec 18, 2021
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Jordan Stein - Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo’s Estocada & Other Pieces
Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021
6:30PM
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Dust Specks on the Sea: Contemporary Sculpture from the French Caribbean & Haiti
Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 - Saturday, Apr 2, 2022
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LEILA WEEFUR: ARTIST TALK
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021
12:00PM
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FRAGILE ESTATE
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021 - Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021
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Edouard Duval-Carrié: Curating the Global Caribbean
Thursday, Nov 11, 2021
12:00PM
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It’s About Time: Various Media
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021 - Friday, Nov 12, 2021
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The Future Is . . .
Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 - Friday, Nov 26, 2021
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Encoding a future setting with Atomic Culture
Thursday, Oct 28, 2021
12:00PM
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Grace Rosario Perkins: Artist Talk
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021
12:00PM
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Harbinger: 12 Graduates
Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 - Friday, Sep 24, 2021
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Invasion of the Lunar Sexpots: Summer MFA Film
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
7:30PM
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OPENING: MFA Summer Exhibition
Tuesday, Jul 20, 2021 - Friday, Sep 24, 2021
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Katherine Sherwood: How a Cerebral Hemorrhage Altered My Art
Friday, Jul 9, 2021
12:00PM
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Dannielle Bowman: Artist’s Talk
Friday, Jun 25, 2021
12:00PM
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Nayland Blake: What Have I Done?
Friday, Jun 18, 2021
12:00PM
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here, and yet–
Saturday, May 22, 2021 - Friday, Jun 25, 2021
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Wave Tossed but Never Sunk
Saturday, May 22, 2021 - Friday, Jun 25, 2021
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2021 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 22, 2021
2:00PM
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2021 MA Symposium
Thursday, May 20, 2021
12:00PM
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Ezra Wube: Practice
Thursday, Apr 29, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM
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Meredith Tromble: Art World Evolving: Notes on Evolutionary Metaphors of Change and the Art System
Thursday, Apr 22, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM
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Christina Della Giustina: You Are Variations: A Preliminary Résumé
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM
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Three Turns
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 - Sunday, Jan 24, 2021
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8%
Monday, Dec 14, 2020 - Monday, Jan 11, 2021
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Alexandre Arrechea: Order of Thinking and Order of Acting
Friday, Dec 11, 2020
4:30PM
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Virtual Salon
Thursday, Dec 10, 2020
5:00PM - 6:30PM
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Elections 2020
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020
7:00PM
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Helina Metaferia: Embodied Gestures
Friday, Oct 30, 2020
4:30PM
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Online Exhibition and Unveiling Ceremony
Friday, Oct 9, 2020
3:00PM - 4:00PM
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FIGURE 8
Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 - Friday, Jul 31, 2020
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Commencement Ceremony 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
2:00PM
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BA + MA Symposium
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
10:00AM - 5:30PM
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POSTPONED: Yoshua Okón: In the Land of Ownership
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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POSTPONED: Media Art: Defining a Field
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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VIRTUAL Graduate Open House + Open Studios
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020
11:00AM - 2:00PM
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April Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Apr 11, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
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April Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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VIRTUAL Undergraduate Welcome Day
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020
10:00AM - 2:00PM
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CANCELED: Ana Teresa Fernández + Creativity Explored at SFAI
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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POSTPONED: Then & Now: A Legacy of Filmmaking at SFAI (Panel Discussion)
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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POSTPONED: Spring Student + Alumni Film Festival
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 - Sunday, Mar 29, 2020
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POSTPONED: Whitney Lynn: Hole in Your Hand
Friday, Mar 27, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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CANCELED: Closing Reception: Soiled Matter
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
4:30PM
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Jefferson Pinder and Conrad Meyers in Conversation (Virtual Experience)
Friday, Mar 13, 2020
6:00PM - 7:30PM
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CANCELED: Soiled Matter
Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 - Thursday, Mar 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: Living in Memory
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Living in Memory
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 - Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
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CANCELED: Opening Reception: Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá
Friday, Mar 6, 2020
6:00PM - 9:00PM
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CLOSED: Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá
Friday, Mar 6, 2020 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: WHAT LIES BETWEEN
Friday, Feb 28, 2020
4:30PM
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Closing Reception: The Sistine Barn
Friday, Feb 28, 2020
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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WHAT LIES BETWEEN
Friday, Feb 28, 2020 - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020
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Opening Reception: Poetry as Critical Form
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Poetry as Critical Form
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 29, 2020
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February Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
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Lawrence Weschler: The Fraught Crossroads
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Opening Reception: Amalgamation
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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The Sistine Barn
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 - Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020
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February Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Amalgamation
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
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Opening Reception: Photography Without Camera - Machine Gaze
Friday, Feb 14, 2020
4:30PM - 7:30PM
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Opening Reception: D-ARK: Tower, Black Boxes
Friday, Feb 14, 2020
4:30PM
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Alumni Mixer in Chicago
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Photography Without Camera - Machine Gaze
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
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D-ARK: Tower, Black Boxes
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: Side of ranch
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Side of ranch
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 - Sunday, Feb 16, 2020
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Opening Reception: Confrontation/Submission/Resistance
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
6:30PM - 8:30PM
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Thomas Chung: Death Threats, Indigenous Knowledge + Cheetos
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Opening Reception: Essence
Monday, Feb 3, 2020 - Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
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Essence
Monday, Feb 3, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 8, 2020
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Heavy Breathing: Trans Boxing Lecture + Workshop
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
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Confrontation / Submission / Resistance
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 - Sunday, Feb 16, 2020
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Opening Reception: Eden, all the Butterflies Cried a Thousand Times
Friday, Jan 31, 2020
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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