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Master of Fine Arts: Curatorial Practice Track

Catalog


Introduction

by Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel

Miami has world-class museums, private collections, not-for-profit art spaces and commercial galleries. Florida International University’s curatorial practice track of our already established MFA in Visual Arts aims to fill a gap, though, in Miami’s otherwise robust art scene: a graduate-level MFA program in curatorial practice. The program considers curating as an artistic practice: much like painters must paint, curators must shape space (broadly construed) to create knowledge that perhaps language alone cannot accomplish. Therefore, students often begin working on exhibitions from the first semester. Students are frequently in classes with studio artists, many of whose practices often include curating as well. As you will read the profiles of our inaugural cohort of students on the pages that follow, you will notice many have a background in studio practice, too: indeed, there is a blurring of once fixed designations like curator, critic, art historian, and artist. At the same time, a background in studio is not a requirement for entry into the program. Some of our students have a background in business and even the culinary arts. The curatorial practice track of the Master in Fine Arts in Visual Arts is a 60-credit program that is typically completed over 3 years as a full-time student. Students generally take three courses each term: an art history, an independent tutorial, and a graduate seminar. Students can enroll part-time but are encouraged to take at least 6 credits a term to benefit the most from our program. For more detailed information about course requirements, please visit art.fiu.edu/academics/graduate/student-handbook/; and for more information regarding artists, critics, and curators who have recently visited us, visit art.fiu.edu/academics/visiting-artists.

Alpesh Kantilal Patel Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art and Theory and Director of the MFA Program in Visual Arts alkpate@fiu.edu

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FIU MFA CATALOG Colette Alhabahbeh-Mello Program: MFA in Visual Artists: Curatorial Practice Expected date of graduation: 2017 Prior Education: BS in Business Management (FIU); Cannonball: Radical Art Discussions (Art in the Anthropocene), Summer Intensive 2015 “I was attending Nova Southeastern University for a MBA when I found out about the new curatorial practice program at FIU. I decided to transfer into the program, because I want to work in a field for which I have a passion.I look forward to working with creative people and hope that my business background partnered with a MFA will help me find an opportunity in the arts. EXHIBITIONS CURATED Main Gallery, Miami Beach Urban Studios 1. World Cities; Live Paintings: Aleksejs Naumovs and Kristaps Zarin, curated in collaboration with Brittni Winkler and Jacek Kolasinki, November 10, 2014 – November 21, 2014 Fellows Gallery, Miami Beach Urban Studios 1. Diana Margarita: Depictions of Identity & Memory, curated in collaboration with Meg Kaplan-Noach, July 24, 2015 – October 16, 2015, 2. Roma Ingrid James: Memories From Then & Now, curated in collaboration with Meg Kaplan-Noach, April 28, 2015–July 17, 2015 3. Erika Anna Schumacher: Beautiful Backstreets, curated in collaboration with Brittni Winkler and Brigitte Krieger, February 27, 2015– March 26, 2015 4. Yasmin Khalaf, Amorphous, curated in collaboration with Brittni Winkler, November 24, 2014–February 20, 2015 5. Gardner Cole Miller, Illuminations: Fenet, curated in collaboration with Brittni Winkler, October 20, 2014 –November 14, 2014

Paradigm Shift: Blue Tarp on Light Box, 2014 by Gardner Cole Miller Blue tarp foundation pieced over found quilt squares, block finished with bleached muslin. Mounted inside a fluorescent light fixture.

Amorphous: Rise, 2014 byYasmin Khalaf Charcoal briquettes on canvas

Depictions of Identity & Memory: Mounds of Memories, 2015 by Diana Garcia Colored pencil on paper

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FIU MFA CATALOG Danielle Damas Program: MFA in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Expected date of graduation: 2017 Prior Education: BS in Psychology and BA in Studio Art (Florida State University) Media: Oil painting, graphite, and photography “I decided to pursue a degree in the Visual Arts because it has always been my dream to make a difference in the art community. This is an unavoidable passion of mine: to create and learn as much technique as possible in order to become a knowledgeable, competent professional.”

Earth Split

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FIU MFA CATALOG Isis Ellis Program: MFA in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Expected date of graduation: 2017 Prior education: BFA in Graphic Design (The Art Institute of Atlanta) “Studying in Miami broadens my perspective on this very unique city.”

Art + Movement

“Head over Heels” by Ernie Barnes, oil on canvas, date unknown

“Head On” by Cai Guo-Qiang, 2006, sculpture of various materials

“Untitled” by Victor Golden, photographic print, date unknown

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FIU MFA CATALOG Carlos Jordao Program: MFA in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Expected date of graduation: 2018 (part-time) Prior education: MFA (Miami International University of Art & Design) Medium: digital photography

“Despite the great interest I have always had in the visual arts, my career path took the business world direction first. But, in 2011, after a successful 19-year career as a corporate executive, the call of art made me leave my job and devote myself full-time to fine art photography. At the end of the same year, I enrolled as a regular student in the MFA program at the Miami International University of Art & Design. During my MFA studies, I had the opportunity to increase my artistic skills and perception and to improve my critical sense, but I also became aware of the importance of the curatorial work. I recognize that curatorial practice is playing an important role in my work as an artist as well as art entrepreneur....I believe that this MFA [at FIU] will not only refine my perception but also help me to explore new possibilities and dimensions of the art world, improving my critical sense. I also have high expectations about the network the course offers to the students.”

Hidden Images

“Concave and Convex”

“The Force”

“Zephyrus”

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FIU MFA CATALOG Meg Kaplan-Noach Program: MFA in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Expected date of graduation: 2016 Prior education: BFA and BA (FIU); Graduate Certificate In Museum Studies (FIU); Associate of Culinary Sciences (New England Culinary Institute) Media: acrylic primed Arches paper with oil pastels

“For me, the MFA as an academic milestone – or goal– has always meant many things, perhaps idealistically: the seeming entrée to many artistic opportunities; the proof of talent realized; the legitimized studio time nourishing an adult body of work; the attendant bonding and networking privileging the MFA candidate for post-graduation; and on and on. Yet, for a variety of reasons, this accomplishment had remained an aspiration. So when FIU offered the Museum Studies Certificate it was my intention to take the course while simultaneously preparing my MFA application.... [M]y academic aspirations have come full-circle with FIU launching the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice program. This is the ideal synthesis between my BFA/Painting, BA/Art History, Museum Studies Certificate, plus my talents and interests; which will open many more curatorial or adjunct career paths. Combining my invaluable museum experience with my Museum Studies Certificate, I am eager to expand my knowledge and credentials with this exciting new MFA.”

Shared Gazes: The Viewed and the Viewer

By Victor Golden

By Javier Cuarezma

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FIU MFA CATALOG Christopher Rodriguez Barake Program: MFA in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Expected date of graduation: 2016 Prior Education: BFA (FIU), Graduate Certificate In Museum Studies (FIU) Media: sculpture; painting; digital fabrication “Because of the growing trends in Curatorial Practice, I felt that a MFA in this field would not only compliment my education in both Visual Arts and Museum Studies, but it would also challenge me to grow in new directions professionally as an artist, a curator and arts administrator....Miami as a growing art center is wonderful place for learning: it lends itself to innovation within a Curatorial Practice. Miami continues to attract artists and thinkers from around the world, and for someone like myself, with an interest in Latin American Contemporary Art (emphasis on Brazil), it’s a great environment for invention and experimentation. FIU, as a university embedded within Miami, presents a student with a wide-range of opportunities for collaborations and research.” EXHIBITIONS CURATED 1. Saravanan Parasuraman, solo exhibition, curated in collaboration with Alpesh Kantilal Patel and Brittni Winkler, February 7 to March 27, 2014 (including catalog). Catalog 2. Digital Oculus, group exhibition, curated in collaboration with Jacek Kolasinski, April 9 to June 1, 2014. Catalog 3. Projeto Suzano: Arte Faz a Diferença (Project Suzano: Art Makes the Difference), group exhibition, October 14 to November 2, 2014. For more information on the exchanges with Brazil including the dance/musical performances and community workshops, please see projetosuzano.tumblr.com.

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FIU MFA CATALOG Brittni Winkler Program: MFA in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Expected date of graduation: 2015 (part-time) Prior education: BA in English and Minor in Art History (FIU) EXHIBITIONS CURATED Main Gallery, Miami Beach Urban Studios 1.“World Cities, Live Paintings: Aleksejs NaumovsandKristaps Zarins,curated in collaboration with Colette Allababeh-Mello and Jacek Kolasinski, November 10- 22, 2014 2.Strange Bedfellows, group exhibition, curated in collaboration with Michael Namkung, September 5 to October 17, 2014. Originally conceptualized and curated by Amy Cancelmo 3.Saravanan Parasuraman, solo exhibition, curated in collaboration with Alpesh Kantilal Patel and Christopher Rodriguez, February 7 to March 27, 2014.Catalog 4.WOMEN, group exhibition, curated in collaboration with Alpesh Kantilal Patel,November 15to December, 2013 (including catalog). Originally conceptualized and curated by Abby Chen at Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco and at EMK Gallery, Shanghai 5.Processing Identity: MFA Lab,group exhibition, curated in collaboration with Jacek Kolasinski, November 1-12, 2013

 Fellows Gallery, Miami Beach Urban Studios 1. Erika Anna-Schumacher, solo exhibition curated in collaboration with Brigitte Krueger,February 27, 2015- March 26, 2015 2. Yasmin Khalaf, curated in collaboration with Colette Allababeh-Mello, November 23, 2014February 20, 2015 3.Gardner Cole Miller, solo exhibition, curatedin collaboration with Colette Allababeh-Mello, October 20, 2014- November 20, 2014

Bend at Frost Art Museum May 2014

Strange Bedfellows at MBUS September 2014

 Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami 1.Bend,group exhibition, curated in collaboration with FIU's LGBTQA Initiatives and Counseling/Psychological Services, May 22, 2014- June 11, 2014

Women at MBUS Nov 2013

Processing Identity: MFA Lab at MBUS October 2013

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Master of Fine Arts: Curatorial Practice Track Catalog, Spring 2015  
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