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Exploring the concept of “Life on an Island,” the MFA Fine Arts-hosted exhibitions will engage the diverse body of SVA’s alumni, current students, faculty, invited artists and partner arts organizations to exhibit work relating to the theme through a series of short residencies. The work will be presented in three cycles, in Building 405B on Colonels Row. The first, “Castaways,” curated by faculty member Mark Ramos, is a group exhibition of existing work by alumni of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media; MFA Computer Art and MFA Fine Arts Departments. The second two cycles, “Archipelagos,” and “S.O.S.,” will focus on artist projects created during the summer residencies. All work relates in some way to the “Life on an Island” theme. “Islands exist as multitudes,” states MFA Fine Arts faculty member Mark Ramos, co-curator of the series. “We are interested in engaging artists with the conceptual idea of ‘Life on an Island’ with its multiplicity of meanings. We are equally as interested in physical geography as we are in the conceptual and metaphoric associations: islands as isolated, islands as tropical paradise, rugged survivalism of castaways, colonialism, rising sea levels, island gigantism, etc. But perhaps, we are most interested in islands as metaphors for contemporary art world(s).

The third of three cycles of SVA programming on the island will be “S.O.S.,” a group exhibition featuring work by eight MFA Fine Arts alumni and one artist collective, curated by MFA Fine Arts faculty member, staff member and alumnus Alison Kuo. The exhibition is free and open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Featured artists: Kaja Andersen (2016), BombPop!Up, Zoë Frederick (2017), Owen Keogh (2019), Georgia Lale (2016), DS LEE (2013), Hee Sun Shin (2015), Roberto Vega (2018) and Regina Viqueira (2018).

Friday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm