“I Love to Hate You”: an exhibition by Damon Arhos (MFAST ’17) at IA&A at Hillyer, Washington DC

Damon Arhos’ installation I Love To Hate You seeks to expose the destructive nature of prejudice using the artist’s identity as a gay American as its frame. What does it mean to concurrently love and hate something? To experience physical and emotional attraction and repulsion at the same time? How is it confusing to be affirmed and reviled? This disorienting state of affairs embodies the three artworks that comprise his installation: The Antidote, Yesterday’s 30, and Trapped.

This exhibition is on view from August 3 – September 2, 2018 with an opening reception from 6 -9 pm on Friday, August 3. An artist talk will take place from 6:30 – 8pm on Wednesday, August 8.

IA&A at Hillyer is located at 9 Hillyer Court NW in Washington, DC.

MFAST ’18 Thesis Exhibitions on view through July 6, 2018

This summer’s MFAST thesis shows feature the work of Caitlin Albritton, Sasha Backhaus, Katie Morris, Naomi Natale, Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu, Angelina Prestel, Rebecca Rivas Rogers, Anna Skarbek, and Mary Wemple.


In the Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies, 131 W. North Ave., Baltimore MD

Leidy Gallery: Caitlin Albritton

Riggs Gallery: Chinedu Osuchukwu, Anna Skarbek and Mary Wemple


In the Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore MD

Meyerhoff Gallery: Naomi Natale, Katie Morris

Decker Gallery: Sasha Backhaus, Angelina Prestel, Rebecca Rivas Rogers


“Leftovers”, a solo exhibition by Suzy Kopf (MFAST ’16) at The Baltimore Streetcar Museum

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum is pleased to present “Leftovers”, a solo show by Suzy Kopf, on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 1-4pm. This event is free and open to the public as part of a day of programming at the museum.

The series of thirty-nine watercolor collages chronicle the remaining locations in Baltimore and beyond related to the once expansive streetcar system. Kopf says that her work is an effort “to engage the younger generations with this piece of history before it disappears completely.”

To learn more, click here.

Sarabel Santos (MFAST ’19) featured in “Puerto Rico Under Water” at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University

“Puerto Rico Under Water” features the work of five Puerto Rican artists reflecting on the island’s debt crisis and its consequences, including mass migration, vulnerable infrastructure, and increased levels of personal insecurity. At the same time, the work serves as site of memory, humor, and hope as Puerto Ricans rebuild not only homes but a collective future.

The exhibition is on view through September 15, 2018 at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity.

For more information on Sarabel Santos, click here.

Michelle Herman (MFAST ‘20) featured in exhibition “Interact + Integrate” at Kaplan Gallery in Rockville, MD

“Interact + Integrate” features four artists whose art practices are concerned with the interaction and/or integration of the audience in their work.

Michelle Herman’s new media works are often inspired by moments of communication that occur on the smallest of scales. Some examples include quorum sensing (the way in which bacteria are thought to communicate) and “contagious” gestures such as yawning and smiling. She is interested in how these processes seem to highlight our intrinsic need to connect with one other as well as how modern culture and technology has mediated these experiences.

“Interact + Integrate” is on view now through May 13, 2018 at the Kaplan Gallery in Rockville, MD. For more information, click here.

“By the Rivers of Babylon”: a solo exhibition by Jacqueline Bishop (MFAST ’16) at SRO Gallery, Brooklyn

From March 30 through April 22, 2018, SRO Gallery will host “By the Rivers of Babylon”, an exhibition of paintings by Jacqueline Bishop with selections from three separate but overlapping series: “Dudus”; “Landscapes: Jamaica,” and “Babylon & Zion.”

In these three bodies of work, Bishop navigates to find meaning in the conflicted experiences of her birth-land. Bishop states: “As someone who has lived longer outside of my birthplace of Jamaica than I have lived on the island, I am acutely aware of what it means to be simultaneously an insider and an outsider.”

SRO Gallery is located at 1144 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY 11216. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 30 from 6 – 9 pm.

For more information and the full press release, click here.

Tobin Rothlein’s (MFAST ‘13) “Lightlines” to be exhibited at the 21st Biennale of Sydney

“Lightlines”, a performance, intervention and HD video piece, was created in 2011 in Phnom Penh Cambodia by Tobin Rothlein in conjunction with Sa Sa Art Projects. Sa Sa Art Projects is a is a not-for-profit organization started by the Cambodian arts collective Stiev Selapak.

Rothlein says:

For “Lightlines” I created an installation of found mirrors in Phnom Penh’s “white building”. For this work I directed a group of residents to slowly manipulate handheld mirrors from their own homes, reflecting sunlight inward from open stairwells at the ends of a perpetually dark hallway. The event, lasting about 4 hours, invited all residents to “draw” with reflected natural light, resulting in a space momentarily activated and transformed.

Sa Sa Art Projects is taking part in the 21st Biennale of Sydney, from March 16 to June 11, 2018, and have chosen “Lightlines” among the works they will display in the Biennale at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Brett Wallace’s (MFAST ’19) “AMAZING INDUSTRIES” at Spring/Break Art Show in New York

From March 6 – 12, 2018, Brett Wallace’s AMAZING INDUSTRIES takes form as an
immersive installation at the Spring/Break Art Show in New York.

Wallace’s ongoing research into new forms of labor, such as the hidden human workforce that powers machine intelligence, uncovers the alienation and inequality of late capitalism.

Click here to read Joel Kuennen’s interview with Wallace for ARTslant.