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UIC’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions

If you feel like checking some art outside the school, which is a very healthy practice, I suggest going to Gallery 400 to see any of the 4 MFA exhibits they are showing until April 17th.

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If you feel like checking some art outside the school, which is a very healthy practice, I suggest going to Gallery 400 to see any of the 5 MFA exhibits by the graduating students of the University of Illinois at Chicago that they are showing until April 17th.


Erin Leland, Michael Morris, Michael Sirianni, Jeremy Tubbs

March 16 – 20
Opening reception: Wednesday, March 17, 5-8 pm

Erin Leland makes performative photographs and writings reflecting the struggle between wanting to be seen and wanting not to be seen.

In his single channel videos Mike Morris explores how the various ways of interpreting mediated experiences relate to belief and doubt.

Inspired by markers of transition—a cinematic matte, an exit sign—Michael Sirianni’s videos and objects investigate the lure of longing.

Jeremy Tubbs’ work reveals the happy hopelessness of our media saturated world.


Alejandro Borsani, Maria Jšnsson, Orson Panetti, Raychael Stine

March 30 – April 3
Opening reception: Wednesday, March 31, 5-8 pm

Alejandro Borsani uses video, computation, sound and physical phenomena to create spaces for rational reflection, bodily experimentation and emotional contemplation.

In her interdisciplinary exploration of violence, sexuality and female criminality Maria Jönsson approaches serious subject matter with deadpan humor and poetic matter-of-factness.

Orson Panetti works with new and found footage to craft video pieces that approach the cinematic environment as a meditative space, utilizing imagery that suggests an alternate collective unconscious of re-contextualized pop culture experiences.

Raychael Stine’s paintings often depict dogs and a kind of implied violence in a highly literate painterly language. However, the works are not necessarily about dogs, violence or even painting.


Olivia Ciummo, Julio Obelleiro, Nicholas Wylie, Allison Yasukawa

April 6 – 10
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 7, 5-8 pm

Olivia Ciummo works primarily with moving images in which she uses the poetics and the languages of cinema to define experiences.

Julio Obelleiro creates interactive video installations and site-specific projections utilizing light to initiate shifts and illusions in the viewers’ perception of space.

Nicholas Wylie is an arts administrator and artist who works in a variety of media with one instinct: that it feels conservative to posit the way forward through the past, and yet knowing that we dropped something important back there.

Allison Yasukawa questions the ways in which culture is imprinted on the body and the strange things that happen when one’s conventional context shifts.

Joe Baldwin, Heejoo Kim, Tesia Kosmalski, Andrew Oleksiuk, Arunan Rabindran

(special location: Great Space, Art and Design Hall, 5th floor)

April 6 – 13
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 7, 5-8 pm

Joe Baldwin asks that the audience bring, in the form of paper to be shredded, any barrier that impeded your dreams and desires.

Heejoo Kim: constructs 3D images of paramnesia (a distortion of memory in which fact and fantasy are confused), envisioning eidetic scenes populated by maternity wear and floating bodies.

Tesia Kosmalski offers ‘Echo Coats’, a narrative series of speaker-equipped, wearable garments. Through experience, the wearer is encouraged to celebrate and challenge the sonic traversal of public space.

Andrew Oleksiuk presents a new piece that investigates transmodernism and virtual worlds.
Arunan Rabindran creates a sensorial space that combines olfactory, visual and auditory elements and is modeled after his memory of the scent of monsoonal rain hitting fresh dry earth.


Rebecca Mir, Nick Harvey, Erik Peterson, Benjamin Thorp

April 13 – 17
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 14, 5-8 pm

Nick Harvey creates moving image works that question conviction, sexuality, and spectacle through documentation of public events and personal studies.

Rebecca Mir is an artist/explorer whose work constantly navigates through landscapes: physical, political, and romantic.

Turning viewers and objects into performative agents, Erik Peterson transforms the sites of social interaction (the body, the city, the gallery) into arenas for play and subversive monumentality.

Benjamin Joel Thorp is a multidisciplinary artist whose recent works use sound to create public and site specific, sensory installations to challenge our understanding, and further our appreciation of our surroundings.

Gallery 400 is a not-for-profit arts exhibition space at the University of Illinois at Chicago, founded in 1983 to exhibit and support art, design and architecture.

Main Location
Art and Design Hall, First Floor
400 S. Peoria Street (at Van Buren Street)
Chicago IL, 60607

312-996-6114 (p)
312-355-3444 (f)
[email protected]

Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 6pm
Saturday 12-6pm
And by appointment

Admission to the gallery is FREE

– Casilda Sánchez

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