MFA Open Studios 2018

Friday, November 02, 4:00 p.m.Saturday, November 03, 9:30 p.m.
United States
Graduate Open Studios 2018

Tour the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) graduate studios. See works in progress and finished pieces in the studios plus special curatorial collaborations from more than 350 current graduate students over the course of this two-day event.

Each building is open to the public at the time designated below. Please follow signs from the lobby. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should visit


Friday November 2nd

4:30-6:00 pm
Columbus Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., Basement and mezzanine

5:30-7:30 pm
Maclean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., floors 10, 12, 15, 16, & 17
Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., floor 7

6:30-8:00 pm
Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave., floor 11
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., floors 2 & 12

7:30-9:30 pm
Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., floors 3 & 14
*Refreshments in SU-385*


Saturday, November 3

*You are invited to attend a brief guided tour of the curated spaces at the start times where noted below. Spaces will all be open to walk through at the times listed as well.

2:00-4:00 pm
Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., floor 3 & 14
* 2:00 pm SU-318 - A Bringing Across

4:00-5:00 pm
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., floors 2 & 12

4:30-7:00 pm
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., floors 10, 12, 15, 16, & 17
Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave., floor 11
* 4:30 pm MC-1703 - "Some Compendium of Mania"

6:30-9:30 p.m.
Columbus Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., basement & mezzanine
* 6:30 pm Base Space (B1-19)  - They could be free
* 8:00 pm Performance Space Event (B-12)  - Sub.Omni.Verse


See below for descriptions of the curated spaces that will be on view throughout the two-day event, by building in alphabetical order:

Columbus Building Basement (280 S.  Columbus Dr.):

Title: They could be free
Space: Base Space, B1-19
Curated by Cain Baum

Intuition is mighty, unknown, relative and it cannot be underestimated.  The 12 participating artists deliberate on this mode through sculpture, drawing, film, and sound.  They could be free responds to questions on why we make, creating a conversation on how we operate when we do.

Participating artists include:
Jamilah Abu Bakare, Alex Keller, Jina Park, Jonathan Korotko, Itzel Basualdo, Hannah Hirsekorn, Cain Baum, Phil Mulliken, Gibran Mevlana, Nick Bamford, Gloria Han, Matan Golan and Rohan Ayinde

Title: Sub.Omni.Verse
Space: Performance Space, B1-12
Curated by Lariel Joy

Parties have historically functioned as a subversive time and space, thus reclaiming public spaces where people of color, queers, femme identifying people, and people with mental and physical disabilities can become visible and have voices. The invitation is to think of strategies for resistance, bringing together diversities, hospitality, and the interplay between kitsch/pop and the sublime in the representations of marginalized people. Some clues are disco parties of the 80s and 90s, raves, drag performances, elevation of the bodies with disabilities in processions and parties, roles of shamans in village festivities, glamorous bodies, witches and their festivities, fortune tellers at festive occasions, and the list goes on. Let's also remember that some of the roles played by these people included saving the nation!

Participating artists include:
Kate O'Neil, Aram Atamian, Tara Asgar, and more.


Maclean Center Floors 12th, 15th, 16th and 17th  (112 S. Michigan Ave.):

Title: Group Exhibition representing MACLEAN PHOTO, PRINT MEDIA, FIBER & SCULPTURE grads
Space: Crit Space 12th floor (MC-1215)
Curated by Evan Fusco

Description & Participating Artists:
Through a gathering of artists from four different majors, all of which have diverse practices, new connections will arise, conflicts will manifest, and growth will proliferate.


Title: 24 Hour News Cycle
Space: 15th Floor, MC-1505
Curated by Alex Keller

Artists have a variety of ways of internalizing and digesting the social ills that keep them up at night.  Through a range of practices these ills are not answered but transformed into moments of poetic reflection for both artist and viewer, providing the stimulus for creative production and new possibilities.

Participating artists include:
Josh McCormick, Efrat Hakimi, Garrett Fees, Danny Bredar, Benjamin Cabral, Evan Fusco, Caroline Jacobson, Sahand Heshmati, Nathan Engle, and B'rael Thunder


Title: In Conversation With
Space: 16th Floor, MC-1603
Organized by Griffin Goodman and Alex Keller

Bringing together graduate students from across the Painting and Drawing department, In Conversation With highlights the importance of artists visual dialectics through a group of collaborative projects engaged in dialogue.

Participating artists include:
Yae Jee Min with WooJin Shin, Cecilia Beaven Gallegos, Griffin Goodman with artists across the PTDW department


Title: "Some Compendium of Mania"
Space: 17th Floor, MC-1703
Curated by Alex Keller

This quote from Chicago art critic, Jim Yood's essay “The Chicago Attitude” describes the surreal, wonderful and often deranged treatment of the figure under stress depicted in the Chicago painting style.  A stylistic attitude that has continued from the legacy of Ivan Albright and the Imagists through today.

Participating artists include:
Liza Eilers, Cain Baum, Yoohee Chang, Michael Kozlowski, Wei Shen, Skye Taniai, Xujun Han, and Ricardo Partida


Sullivan Center, 3rd & 14th floors (36 S. Wabash):

Title: 14th Floor is a myth
Space: 03-C8
Organized by A. Faysal Altunbozar

If you're ready for me boy
You'd better push the button and let me know
Before I get the wrong idea and go
You're gonna miss the freak that I control*

The Sullivan Center sits on a huge block; a 943,944-square-foot beast, rising 15 stories high. How do we communicate and exist within its walls? The AIADO MFA students, a small cohort residing eleven floors above the majority cohort on level 3, exist in relatively anonymity. Ghostly in their presence. 14th Floor is a Myth exhibits works from this group whose otherwise hidden studios are brought to visibility at the entrance of the 3rd floor in an attempt to start a dialogue between two spaces.

*Sugababes - Push the button

Participating artists include:
A. Faysal Altunbozar, Matthew Briggs, Yuting Chang, Tim Karoleff, Seonhee Park, Martha Poggioli, Alberto Ortega Trejo, Saebom Yang


Title: A Bringing Across
Space:  Crit Space SU-318
Curated by Evan Fusco

An examination of the possibilities and problematics of Translation as a tool in contemporary art. Translation can be a kind of treason, and we cannot assume that total clarity occurs in the process, what then does it mean to engage with the possibility that change will happen?

Participating artists include:
Gloria Han, Rohan Smith, Maria Jose Murillo, Elise Parisian, Jairo Banuelos, Emily Beanblossom, Jonathan Korotko, Andy Hunt, Leila Khoury and Evan Fusco


Title: Group Exhibition representing PHOTO, PRINT MEDIA & FIBER grads
Space: Crit Space SU-385 Curated by Evan Fusco & Jonathan Korotko

Description & Participating Artists:
Through a gathering of artists from three different majors, all of which have diverse practices, new connections will arise, conflicts will manifest, and growth will proliferate.