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

Public Special Events


MA Thesis Symposium
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Graduating students in SFAI’s Master’s of Art programs in Exhibition and Museum Studies, History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Urban Studies, and the MA/MFA Dual Degree will present selections of their completed Master’s theses in a day-long public event. Engaging a diverse range of topics across global contemporary art practices, the MA Thesis Symposium represents the capstone of a two-year long process of research, critical inquiry, and writing. 

MA Thesis Symposium Schedule

9:45-10:00 Coffee/Light Breakfast

10:00-10:30 Opening Remarks and Introductions – Claire Daigle, MA Program Director

10:30-12:00 Presentations

  • Nadia Khismatulina, Crude Politics: Post-Soviet Sites of Aesthetic Radicalism
  • Sheeka Arbuthnot, WHERE? THERE. ANA MENDIETA. Citing Performance/Performing Citation Across Contemporary Cuban Conceptual Art
  • Hadass Mor Gerson, Re-illumiNATIONS: Political Imagination in Contemporary Visual Art at the 54th Venice Biennale

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Presentations

  • Emily Shallman, Reaching for the Arts: Unequal Access in Contemporary Arts Education
  • Candace Cui, Bridging the GAP: Audience Interaction in the Digital Age and the Google Art Project
  • Alicia Soja, Raiders, Erasures, and Crusaders: The Collection, Re-Collection, and Constitution of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Presentations

  • Rebecca D. Ahrens, Hotel Stationary: Hospitality and Contemporary Art
  • Cole M. Robbins, Volatile Traversal: Explorations of Home and Body Bound by Recollection

4:00-5:30 Reception in the Café Courtyard



Marianela Orozco
38 x 57.5 inches
Image courtesy of the artist

From the thesis of Sheeka Arbuthnot