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 six months, graduating MFA candidates work with a team of three distinguished Guest Curators and twelve Graduate Curatorial Fellows 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 Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Daniel Fuller, Curator at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator of DePaul Art Museum. They have worked in collaboration with a team of Graduate Curatorial Fellows: Yana Andriesh (MA 2017), Kat Buckley (MA 2017), Baiqi Chen (MA 2017), Courtney Cintron (MA 2017), Christian Gion (MA 2017), Adela Goldbard (MFA 2017), Rachel Haber (Dual MA 2017), Jared Packard (MFA 2017), Jameson Paige (Dual MA 2018), Hannah Pivo (MA 2017), Elliot Reichert (Dual MA 2018), Pia Singh (MA 2017).
The exhibition is overseen by Kate Zeller, Director of Exhibitions, with Gabe Wilson, Curatorial Assistant, and lead staff: Michael Hall, Senior Exhibitions Manager and Serena B. Washington, Exhibitions Coordinator with Exhibitions Managers Curt Miller and Josh Fairbanks, in collaboration with Site Managers and student crew.