MFA Students Get Hands-On Curatorial Training at SHAFT Open-Air Galleries

'The SHAFT: Intensive Six-Week Curatorial Training School for Artists' runs through August 6 in front of Hamilton Hall

"The SHAFT" open-air galleries in front of Hamilton Hall. Photo: Copyright © 2012 theshaftspace.

July 13, 2012

The MFA in Studio Art program at the University of the Arts, in collaboration with the Shaft Space, presents "The SHAFT: Intensive Six-Week Curatorial Training School for Artists" through August 6 in front of Hamilton Hall (320 South Broad Street).

Yes, that's a gorilla painting in front of Hamilton Hall.

"The SHAFT" features two open-air galleries that the grad students have erected and will curate throughout the summer as part of a hands-on curatorial curriculum taught by Shaft Space co-founders Maiza Hixson and Lauren Ruth. Students will learn to apply curatorial methods to artmaking, to conceptualize and critique exhibitions, and to write press releases and curatorial statements. The galleries are designed without walls and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

First Friday events:
July 13, 5 - 9 p.m.
The Sandbox Project
The evidence of the human footprint is all around us from the noise of the modern world to the physical remnants we leave behind. This project is an ephemeral art experiment, activated by people passing through the sand-covered galleries.

July 20, 5 - 9 p.m.
Shafting Student Loans
Forget Occupy Wall Street. Come to the SHAFT at UArts where Hermes the messenger of the gods will deliver a message to free all those burdened by student loans to find a future free of debt.

July 27, 5 - 9 p.m.
One artist will be chosen from the community to create a site-specific artwork in the SHAFT. Audience participation is encouraged.

August 3, 5 - 9 p.m.
Come to the SHAFT to create your own pizza as performance art. Participation is open to all and donations may be made to the local mission to help feed the hungry in our community.

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