What does it mean for an artist to pursue a PhD, MFA, BA, or for an artist to develop their practice through alternative critique based programs outside of higher education? How do those opportunities shape and support artists’ careers? Chicago-based artists share insights about their experiences and formative paths. Moderated by Curatorial Fellow, Gervais Marsh, the conversation will include thoughts from panelists Rashayla Marie Brown (PhD, NU), Frances Lee (MFA, U of C; Ground Floor 2018), Vidushi Lohia (BFA, SAIC) and Marcelo Eli (Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Program).
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This program is a part of our Ground Floor Exhibition.
Chicago is home to five innovative MFA programs that attract hundreds of artists to the city each year. In addition to its excellent opportunities for higher education, Chicago’s alternative contemporary art spaces provide countless opportunities for informal education and professional development for artists working at any stage. Even more informally, art practices in Chicago often grow and thrive within a network of generosity and intergenerational mentorship among artists. This symposium will explore the many paths available to emerging artists to push their practice in Chicago as well as context and histories that make Chicago a great city for artists to live and work.