Graduate Fine Arts

Still from Shawky's video work

Wael Shawky
Cabaret Crusades II: The Path to Cairo, 2012
High-definition video, color, and sound, with English subtitles; 1 hour, 57 seconds
© Wael Shawky, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

The Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth will be hosting this event. Please visit The Modern's website for more information and to register for this virtual event happening on Tuesday, March 30 2021.
Patricia Renee Thomas works on a neon-palette landscape painting mounted to the wall.
Philadelphia-born and raised, artist Patricia Renee' Thomas has been drawing and painting since she was a child, focused on what she calls the “investigation of skin.” Thomas worked for the nonprofit Art Sanctuary after graduating from Temple, followed by an artistic residency in West Philadelphia, which led her to apply to Penn for her MFA.
Amrita Stützle in her studio
Combining her Austrian roots with her Upstate New York upbringing and her appreciation for family land in eastern Washington, artist Amrita Stützle, one of the 14 second-year students now in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Weitzman School, says her international outlook makes its way into her photography and video as she tries to examine aspects of identity.
Woman painting on canvas in orange hoodie and blue jeans
Graduate student artists at Weitzman are not only adapting to this year’s challenges, but discovering new inspiration as they continue to paint, draw, sculpt, perform, photograph, and film during the pandemic.
The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artist Ernesto Pujol the Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2020–2021 Academic Year.
Web page from showing Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, VA
In the latest issue of The New Yorker, Hua Hsu reports on the beginnings of Monument Lab, the public art and history project led by Ken Lum, Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, and Paul Farber, senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space.
Potted cactuses next to a road with powerlines in the distance
At the end of this month, New York’s Museum of Modern Art will open Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, which includes 10 newly-commissioned works by architects, designers, and artists that are proposals for an intervention in one of 10 cities. Reconstructions is MoMA’s first exhibition to address the work of Black architects and designers. In addition to the commissioned projects, the curators, Mabel O. Wilson and Sean Anderson, asked David Hartt, Carrafiell Assistant Professor in Fine Arts, to create a photo essay for the catalog and a film for the exhibition that would explore the idea of Black space. 
The artist working on a painting in her studio while wearing a mask
It was not only the chance, but the encouragement, to experiment with new art forms that brought artist Kay (Seohyung) Lee to Penn to pursue her Master of Fine Arts. She was also drawn by the diversity of the faculty, she says. Particularly supportive, she says, are artists Michelle Lopez, an assistant professor of fine arts, and Ken Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of the Fine Arts Department.
Wilson sitting cross-legged on a city street, staring directly at camera with vintage TV in their lap
Alum Wilmer Wilson IV (MFA’15) has received an International Artist Residency from The Pew Center for Arts & Heri
The exterior installation of a work by Ken Lum on a white wall along a street
Ken Lum had his first solo exhibition in 1990, at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. In conjunction with the exhibition, the art center installed a work by Lum. It was a photograph of a young woman seated at a desk in an office, smiling at the camera, accompanied by the phrase MELLY SHUM HATES HER JOB. Thirty years later, Lum’s work has traveled the world, and Melly Shum has become an iconic Rotterdam landmark. And as of this month, the Witte de With Center has been renamed Kunstinstituut Melly, in honor of the piece.
A black tarp covers a pedestal surrounded by CAUTION tape
From the statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia, to those of Albert Pike in DC and Frank Rizzo in Philadelphia, memorials are coming down.
A V-shaped array of rainbow colored dots on black griddle with a red robotic arm above
What might foods look and taste like—and what might they do to our microbiomes, bodies, and environments—in different futures? How will changing climates around the globe affect methods of food production and consumption?  These are among the questions raised in ‘Designs for Different Futures,’ a major exhibition co-curated by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Orkan Telhan, which is on view this fall at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.