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overhead view of a table setting made of earth, seeds, and other natural materials

The MFA in Visual Art program’s winter 2022 residency will be held January 27 through February 4. This residency will be a platform to discuss environmental issues in relation to cultural workers, artists, sustainability, and artists’ materials. The program has invited a diverse group of artists, scholars, and researchers to share their ideas and work, hoping they will provoke and inspire participants to question the narrative of everyday life and enter the discussions on the intricacies of our time. The residency’s key words are environment, sustainability, intersectional ecology, and artist materials.

Residency guests include Artist-in-Residence Michael Rakowitz (watch this clip on Art21), Visiting Scholar T. J. Demos (author of a featured residency text, Beyond the World’s End: Arts of Living at the Crossing), and guest critiquers Michel Droge, Calista Lyon, Charisse Pearlina Weston, Toleen Toug, and Alvin Luong.

Six students will graduate with their MFA at this residency: Nell Daniel, Syed Hosain, Tori Jackson, Nicholas Lima, Maiyan Linane, and Nadia Martinez. All six will present public artist-talks on February 2. Learn more at the event pages linked below, and RSVP in advance!

You can view the New & Returning Student Virtual Exhibitions in 3D on Kunstmatrix.



Artist-in-Residence presentation: Michael Rakowitz
Thursday, January 27, 4:30–6 pm ET
(open to all VCFA students, faculty, alumnx, and staff)

Visiting Scholar presentation: T. J. Demos
Tuesday, February 1, 7–9:30 pm ET
(open to all VCFA students, faculty, alumnx, and staff)

Graduating Student Artist-Talks session 1
Wednesday, February 2
7–8:30 pm ET: Nell Daniel, Syed Hosain, Tori Jackson
(open to the public)

Graduating Student Artist-Talks session 2
Wednesday, February 2
9–10:30 pm ET: Nicholas Lima, Maiyan Linane, Nadia Martinez
(open to the public)


(featured work by Nicholas Lima, VA ’22)



January 27, 2022
February 4, 2022
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