MFA Group Show: “The Thing Seen”

Queens College CUNY announces their annual MFA Group Exhibition: The Thing Seen, curated by Stamatina Gregory. This show displays a diverse body of artworks by students enrolled in the CUNY Queens College Masters in Fine Arts program (QCMFA).

Their works reflect an array of contemporary personal and professional experiences, expressed through a variety of media including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, performance, and social practice. Gregory writes:

“Through explorations of identity, place, ecology, social equality, mental health, media, communication, and global politics The Thing Seen demonstrates a set of pertinent questions, often challenging mainstream perceptions of intimacy and community, asked throughout the emerging artists’ work.”

Featured artists include Cody Herrmann, Naomi Kuo, Marlon Lainez, Melissa Misla, Ash Morgan, Adam Nadel, Deja Patterson, Kathryn Sullivan, Ryan Wilde, Alex Wong, and Xiaoting Wu.

In her catalogue essay for the show, Gregory expresses a central theme for academic art programs, noting:

“Visibility, at any given moment, in any given space, is made so by ‘forms of luminosity which are created by the light itself.’ In the light of neoliberal capitalism and digital culture, certain objects are seen, and others unseen; some bodies visible, others overlooked; some ideas amplified, others dismissed. Working within a contemporary culture focused around the capitalization of attention— an economy of clicks and likes—artists have the formidable and critical task of shifting what and how we see.”

The Thing Seen introduces the new visual culture produced by this intimate, interdisciplinary MFA program, sharing new work that questions our society, the place of the academy, and the role of the emerging artist.

Join the artists for refreshments at the opening reception of The Thing Seen on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM. The show will remain on view through April 28th, 2019.

MFA Thesis Show: Melissa Misla, “Apt. 9D”

Please join artist Melissa Misla in celebrating the opening of her thesis show APT. 9D
Apt. 9D finds connections between New York and Puerto Rico through the apartment interior. Showing how the home maintains cultural traditions of any diaspora, the works utilize iconography of the Nuyorican community in collaboration with Puerto Rican and Taíno themes. Using mixed media techniques and interactive approaches, the installation extends the personal home with its viewers and reminds us warmly of home, as well as the connection with those on the island.
Opening Reception: 
Tuesday April 9th 7:00 – 10:00pm 
Closing Reception:
Saturday, April 13th 4:00-8:00 
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday 2:00 – 5:00pm
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367
Klapper Hall Gallery 4th floor

MFA Thesis Show: Kathryn Sullivan, “Forecast: Dark Clouds”

Queens College invites you to the exhibition and reception for graduating MFA candidate Kathryn Sullivan! The show will be up in the Klapper Student Gallery from Tuesday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 6th. An opening reception will take place on April 2nd beginning at 7pm.

Community Event: 9th Queens World Film Festival

The 9th annual Queens World Film Festival will be taking place from March 21st-31st at the Museum of the Moving Image and the Kaufman Astoria Studios, in Astoria, Queens! The festival features film works by QC students as well as artists around the world. QWFF includes an annual multi day/multi venue festival, youth-oriented educational initiatives and year round screening opportunities for QWFF filmmakers, past and present. The festival is programmed in thematic blocks with evocative titles, and each program is followed by a post-screening dialogue to engage audiences from the demographically diverse communities that comprise the borough of Queens.

For more information about this year’s featured works and the filmmakers behind them, visit

BFA Reviews on March 20th

BFA Reviews will be held on Wednesday, March 20th by appointment in Klapper hall room 672. All BA students who wish to switch to a BFA major must attend a portfolio review for admission. Students can sign up for a portfolio review by visiting the sign-up sheet posted at the Art Department. (If it is impossible to meet at this time, e-mail professor Debra Priestly.)

  • Sign up for an appointment by 4:30pm on the previous day. The list is on the door of the Art Department office, Klapper room 172
  • Sign up for the earliest possible appointment
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to set up your presentation.
  • Bring up to 3 works from each of your studio classes along with samples of outside work. You may include a sketchbook.
  • Bring whatever materials you need to hang your work (tape, pushpins, etc.)

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