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The graduate programs are pleased to present the first on-campus graduate student curatorial project of the 22/23 academic year: From Darkness to Light... and back again, on view at the Patricia Doran Graduate Gallery from August 22 - October 5, 2022


Are we living an enlightened existence, or aimlessly wandering in the dark? This exhibition considers these concepts, not as binary opposites, but as symbolic places we move into and out of continuously in the course of our lives. What does a transition from one place to another look or feel like? Is it a stark epiphany or is it a slow, colorful burn? Or something else? This exhibition explores the liminal place of metaphoric darkness and light: transitional spaces relating to spiritual, personal or cultural transformation and meaning. These works translate the ineffable into implications of relief, renewal and resistance. 


From Darkness to Light... and back again is curated by Tracy Leavitt (MFA ’23 Fine Arts Low Residency). 




  • Heather Binder (MFA ‘22 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Serena Buschi (MFA ‘23 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Yukai Chen (MFA ‘23 Photography)
  • Eileen de Rosas (MFA ‘22 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Ted Hinman (MFA ‘22 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Tracy Leavitt (MFA ‘23 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Roneld Lores (MFA ‘22 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Vincent Mainetti (MFA ‘23 Dynamic Media Institute)
  • Christina Marcantonio (MFA ‘22 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Lucie March (MFA ‘23 Photography)
  • Tammy Maxson (MFA ‘22 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Yana Nosenko (MFA ‘23 Photography)
  • Jenny Olsen (MFA ‘22 2D Fine Arts)
  • Katalina Simon (MFA ‘23 Photography)
  • Aida Tejada (MFA ‘24 Fine Arts Low Residency)
  • Hadis Tourikarami (MFA ‘23 3D Fine Arts)
  • Tiffany Wang (MFA ‘23 3D Fine Arts)
  • Mu Yuxiao (MFA ‘23 Photography)


Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, September 8, from 4-7pm

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Image: Christina Marcantonio (MFA'22 Fine Arts Low Residency) video still from Aberration, 2022

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