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Troy Chewphoto of the artist looking at the camera

Remote Guest Lecture

April 9, 2021
12:00 p.m. PDT
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Troy Lamarr Chew II (b. 1992 in Los Angeles, CA, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) explores the legacy of the African Diaspora and its reverberations throughout American culture. His work looks methodically at systems of coded communication and how this is translated and mistranslated both within the Diaspora and the mainstream.

Garrett Bradleyblack and white photo of the artist wresting her head on her hands with eyes almost closed

Adam D. Kamil Guest Lecture

April 16, 2021
5:00 p.m. PDT
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Garrett Bradley was born and raised in New York City. She works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United States.

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2021 Graduating MFA Exhibition

April 24 - May 30, 2021
San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park
1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Open for in-person visits by appointment!

Through a fusion of historical knowledge with contemporary analysis, artists both reflect on current challenges and envision a hopeful, speculative future. The last year has delivered unparalleled challenges, as well as, inspiration to respond to them. The graduating students from the University of California, San Diego Department of Visual Arts graduate program have endured a time of video conferencing, stay-at-home orders, and limited access to campus facilities. In terms of making art, this is not ideal. However, they have overcome these obstacles to produce an outstanding selection of works that will be displayed at the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) this April and May.

Joel Slaytonblack and white photo of Joel Slayton smiling at the camera

Computing in the Arts Lecture Series

April 29, 2021

5:00 p.m. PDT

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Joel Slayton is a pioneering artists, researcher, and curator with over 35 years of experience involving art and technology. His work engages a wide range of practice including media, installation and performance. Joel is Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University where he was Founding Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media (1984).

Dr. Jillian Hernandezphoto of Dr. Jillian Hernandez looking at the camera and leaning against a wall covered with Lotto tickets

Remote Guest Lecture

April 30, 2021
12:00 p.m. PDT
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Dr. Jillian Hernandez is a scholar, community arts educator, curator, and creative. Her work is inspired by Black and Latinx life and imagination, and is invested in challenging how working-class bodies, sexualities, and cultural practices are policed through gendered tropes of deviancy and respectability.

Angela Washkophoto of Angela Washko smiling at the camera

Computing in the Arts Lecture Series

May 13, 2021
5:00 p.m. PDT
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As a feminist media artist working in a variety of forms, Angela Washko is committed to telling complex and unconventional stories about the media we consume from unusual perspectives. She is the founder of The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, a long-term intervention inside the popular online video game.

Patrick Martinezphoto of the artist leaning against a colorfully painted wall

Remote Guest Lecture

May 28, 2021
12:00 p.m. PDT
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Patrick Martinez maintains a diverse practice that includes mixed media landscape paintings, neon sign pieces, cake paintings, and his Pee Chee series of appropriative works. These various formats evoke place and socio-economic position, memorialize leaders and activists, and document the threats posed to black and brown youth by law enforcement.


Paul Mpagi SepuyaSepuya book cover

Published by Aperture

Paul Mpagi Sepuya presents the work of one of the most prominent, up-and-coming photographers working today. Sepuya (Associate Professor) primarily makes studio photographs of friends, artists, collaborators, and himself, inviting viewers to consider the construction of subjectivity.

Field Journal #16Field Journal logo

Founded & Edited by Professor Grant Kester

This issue includes contributions from Professor Ricardo Dominguez, and PhD alumni Noni Brynjolson and Paloma Checa-Gismero, among others.


The 2021 OPEN STUDIOS is hosted on the Grad Exhibitions site! Past exhibitions include the Spring 2020 graduating MFA exhibition, as well as, MFA First Year Reviews, and special seminar projects.

MFA Exhibition


The Adam D. Kamil Gallery has moved online. This gallery is a site for undergraduate art shows and hosts the annual reception and exhibition for students that participate in the Adam D. Kamil Media Awards. Visual Arts majors and minors at the junior or senior level are eligible to submit a proposal to show in the Kamil Gallery for one week during the academic school year. Past online exhibitions remain viewable with the artists' permission.

Kamil Gallery