The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts opens its doors for a showcase of graduate student scholarship and artistic practice. Approximately 40 artists will open their studios on March 7, from 3:00 - 7:00 pm to share their process and artwork with the public. In addition to viewing diverse practices of graduates student artists, Open Studios also features exhibitions, screenings, and publications produced in the Department of Visual Arts.

The Visual Art Facility Gallery will feature a group exhibition titled #inthedesertwithanya. It is comprised of works created in response to sites in the Mojave Desert as part of a seminar class led by Professor Anya Gallaccio. Showcasing the second incarnation of each artist's work, the pieces play with notion of site as it pertains to both the gallery and original environment where the work was created. #inthedesertwithanya will be open March 4-6 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm and on March 7 from 3 - 7 pm. Participating artists are: Melinda Barnadas, Bill Basquin, Tanya Brodsky, Lucas Coffin, Shana Demassi, Angela Jennings, Kara Joslyn, J Noland and Erika Ostrander.

In the Visual Arts Gallery, at the SME building, Ph.D. student Melinda Guillen curated No Longer Extant: Cayetano Ferrer and Adela Goldbard. This exhibition is produced by the Discursive and Curatorial Productions Initiative and will be open from 3:00 - 5:00 pm on Saturday March 7. No Longer Extant focuses on artistic engagement with processes of structural demolition. The exhibit will include an installation for a speculative proposal for a Las Vegas casino and the construction and deconstruction of a Ford Lobo pick-up truck.

A collective screening program of time-based works will also be presented in the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space titled Ambient Lexicon. The screening program will begin at 5:00 pm on March 7 and feature films by Michael Ano, Bill Basquin, Lyndsay Bloom, Lucas Coffin, Erick Msumanje, Amy Reid, Kyle Thompson, and Angela Washko.

This year Open Studios artists have also designated a space to congregate in Visual Arts Facility, room 452 for the duration of the event. A selection of publications created by initiatives of the Department of Visual Arts will be available alongside publications created by individual MFA and Ph.D. students.


Sheena Ghanbari

Image courtesy of Artist Erika Ostrander.

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