Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Swell Gallery

13 for 13: The Portland State University and SFAI MFA Exchange Exhibition
Thursday, March 22 - Friday, March 30, 2012
Swell Gallery
Hours: Mon. through Sat., 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
SFAI Graduate Center
2565 Third Street
San Francisco,

This pair of exhibitions shines a spotlight on the work of Master of Fine Arts students from the San Francisco Art Institute and Portland State University in midstream. MFA programs provide a span of time and a place for students to peel back to ground level or, at least, take things apart and put them back together in new ways. Itʼs not always pretty. Typically, the results of intensive research, exploration and experimentation are presented at the end of two or three years with little to mark the distance that has been traveled.

In contrast, these exhibitions, encompassing a range of media, concepts, and formal concerns, feature work-in-progress by students at various stages of their programs. Organized by professors Keith Boadwee and Tim Sullivan (SFAI ), and Pat Boas, Brenden Clenaghen, Julie Perini, Sean Regan, and Patrick Rock (PSU), and the gallery directors of the Swell Gallery (SFAI) and the Portland State Art Department Galleries (PSU), these exhibitions provide a larger context and widen the circle, putting students at each institution in dialogue with each other – indirectly through the work exhibited and directly through visits and discussion.

San Francisco Art Institute Participating Artists

Murat Adash, Miles Ake, Chris Corrente, Lacy Davis, Omer Gal, Christopher Füllemann, James Galloway, Charlotte Herzig, Pete Hickok, Laura Kim, Jennie Lennick, Mie Mogensen, Spencer Rabin

Portland State University Participating Artists

Rene Allen, Leif Anderson, Steve Brown, Will Bryant, Will Bruno, Sam Guerrero, Jessica Hickey, Evan La Londe, Heath McClain, Rochelle Nielsen, Mami Takahashi, Sean Schumacher, Ashley Sloan

Associated Exhibition: SFAI @ PSU

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, March 1, 2012 – Friday, March 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 5 – 7 pm

Autzen Gallery (Neuberger Hall, Second Floor, Rm. 205) 
724 SW Harrison, Portland, Oregon 97201

AB Lobby Gallery (PSU Art Department Lobby)
2000 SW 5th, Portland, Oregon 97201

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 – 5 pm


The Swell Gallery is a graduate student-run art space dedicated to the examination of the role of the gallery in an educational sphere. The mission of the Swell Gallery is to provide a venue for the exploration and discussion of varying artistic perspectives from the student body, operating as a platform for exhibition, events, and dialogue.