The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts invites you to the Ph.D.

Symposium and Open Studios on March 3 and 4, 2017. This display of graduate student scholarship and artistic practices is the Department’s largest annual public event.


This year’s programming showcases the synergy and collaboration between M.F.A. and Ph.D. students in the Department of Visual Arts. The events will begin with a Ph.D. workshop at the University Art Gallery on Friday, March 3, 3:30 – 5:30 pm, and immediately followed by the opening reception for Making Communities: Art and the Border from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the University Art Gallery. The evening will conclude with exhibition openings and screenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm throughout the Visual Arts Facility with presentations from guest curators.

On Saturday March 4, 9:00 – 4:00 pm enjoy a full day of art history scholarship beginning with Rethinking Art History: Center and Periphery, the 10th annual Ph.D. Symposium. The symposium will question how art historical research can engage with the contemporary world, and provide a platform for global and socio-political ideas that challenge the Western canon. The symposium will culminate with a keynote by UC Berkeley Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art, Anneka Lenssen titled Two Headed

Passport: An Art History of Arab Mobility.

From 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturday March 4 explore the diversity of practices from Visual Arts M.F.A. and Ph.D. Art Practice students. Artists will be in their studios to contextualize their pieces and create a dialogue with both campus and community visitors. In addition to open individual studios UC San Diego artists have organized collective exhibitions and screenings throughout the afternoon. The evening will conclude with a screening of Visual Arts faculty films.




3:30 – 5:30 pm         Ph.D. workshop, University Art Gallery


5:30 – 8:00 pm         Making Communities: Art and the Border opening,

University Art Gallery

7:00 – 9:00 pm         Exhibition opening at:

Main Visual Arts Facility Gallery, curated by Anthony Graham

Commons Gallery, curated by M.F.A alumna Brianna Rigg

Film Screening – work by current M.F.A.


Visual Arts Facility, Performance Space




9:00 am – 4:00 pm    Ph.D. Symposium, Rethinking Art History: Center and


Keynote speaker: Anneka Lenssen

Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149 Click here for a detailed Ph.D. Symposium Schedule


2:00 – 4:00 pm          Making Communities Art and the Border, SME Visual

Arts Gallery


4:00 – 7:00 pm          Open Graduate Student Studios, Visual Arts Facility

Coinciding exhibitions and film screenings


6:30 pm                   Screening of Visual Arts faculty video work

Visual Arts Facility, second floor



For more information about the events and participating artists please visit

This event is possible with support from the Graduate Student Association.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Free Saturday Parking at UC San Diego



Sheena Ghanbari



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