While We’re At It: 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition

While We’re At It: 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Art, Theory, Practice at Northwestern University

Left: Anya Smolnikova, Upon Your Joyful Shores, 2020. Gouache, acrylic, and watercolor on paper, 12 x 9”. Right: Anya Smolnikova, Watching the Sunrise / emotional landscapes / the feeling of the tears going down into your ear when you’re laying on your back, 2020. Gouache, acrylic and watercolor on paper, 12 x 9”. Photo: Nathan Keay.

February 18, 2021
While We’re At It: 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition
February 27–April 25, 2021
6018 N Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
United States
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Art, Theory, Practice, (A,T,P,) at Northwestern University is honored to share this body of work from our graduating MFA class of 2020. These brave, inventive, and committed artists worked undeterred through this most difficult and unprecedented of eras to present their work in both virtual and spatial contexts. Their visions, their voices, are vital.

“While We’re At It” is on view at 6018North, Chicago’s home for experimental arts and culture, February 27–April 25, 2021. A digital version of the 2020 thesis catalogue is available on the A,T,P, website.

The 2020 thesis exhibition was organized by Michael Rakowitz, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Art, Theory, Practice (A,T,P,), and Tricia Van Eck, Artistic Director at 6018North.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Jane & Francis Purtell Endowed Fund, the Jerrold Loebl Fund for the Arts, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, The Graduate School, and 6018North for making this exhibition possible.

Participating Artists

Kayla Anderson
Jurrell Lewis
Cindy Phenix
Anya Smolnikova
Lauren Wy

Art, Theory, Practice, (A,T,P,) is the department of art at Northwestern University. Our acclaimed faculty of practicing artists and critics work closely with students at undergraduate and graduate levels. We are committed to helping students develop into active, independent, and critical contributors to their chosen fields.

Our two-year graduate program is an intense critique-based experience that is fully funded for every student. The program’s size, averaging ten students in residence, ensures a rigorous critical atmosphere that supports a range of theoretical perspectives and diverse ways of making.

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