The air that inhabits: 2023 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition

April 8, 2023 - July 24, 2023
Garen Gallery

I would like to be the air 

that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed 

& that necessary. 

-- Margaret Atwood

The air that inhabits features thesis projects by the MFA in Visual Art candidates in the 2023 graduating class of the Sam Fox School’s Graduate School of Art. The exhibition title is taken from the poem "Variation on the Word Sleep" by Margaret Atwood, chosen by the candidates for its evocation of both the physical and the poetic.

MFA candidates explore a range of artistic practices and mediums, including painting, sculpture, sound, installation, video, and performance. Through their respective works individual MFA candidates explore a variety of themes such as race, class, feminism, environmentalism, and consumerism, among others.

The 2023 MFA in Visual Art candidates are Alex Braden, Allena Marie Brazier, Alex Rosborough Davis, Jamie Harris, Megan Kenyon, Sharlene Lee, Jorge Rios, Anna Schenker, Seulki Seo, Samantha Slone, and Karen L. Yung.

The air that inhabits: 2023 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition is organized by Leslie Markle, curator for public art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. 

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Support is provided by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the William T. Kemper Foundation.


To request a tour of the exhibition for your class or group, please email kempereducation@wustl.edu.