Assemblage: The MFA Show

The Olympia Project

Online Exclusive

April 22 – May 22, 2020

18 Stumps, 2020
Oil on canvas
50x60 inches

Press Release

THE OLYMPIA PROJECT is pleased to present Assemblage, a virtual group exhibition of works by current MFA students in their final year. Aware that most graduating students have had their thesis shows affected by the pandemic, we put out an open call across the country to individuals whose final presentations have been postponed or canceled. We were impressed and excited by the submissions, and from this group selected the works we found to be the most aesthetically complex, conceptually rigorous, and especially poignant in this time. We are delighted to present this selection of exceptional artists and their works.

Assemblage puts forth a virtual curated survey of this year's MFA class. We hope this beyond-the-studio platform can provide insight to the field of emerging artists, and create dialogues across artworks and practices that perhaps would not have occurred otherwise. While these students are graduating during an unprecedented crisis, we are inspired by the art they are creating. We look forward to following these talented artists' careers and to the physical and virtual assemblages to come. Thank you to all of the artists who submitted, and for the opportunity to experience your art during this time.

The exhibition will open with a preview on Artsy on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The full exhibition will open on on Sunday, April 25, 2020.

Included artists:
Merrick Adams RISD
Collyn Ahrens Parsons
Alexander Bustamante CUNY Hunter
Olivia DiVecchia CUNY Hunter
E. Winslow Funaki RISD
Caroline Garcia Parsons
Kathleen Granados CUNY Hunter
Kyoko Hamaguchi CUNY Hunter
Matt Jones CUNY Hunter
Cleo Mack Wilson College
Josh Meillier Pratt
S.K. O’Brien RISD
Miguel Angel Payano Jr. CUNY Hunter
Kate Pincus-Whitney RISD
Tongji Philip Qian RISD
Julia Edith Rigby UC Davis
Sophia Ruppert U. Nebraska - Lincoln
Jess Saldaña Parsons
Han Seok You RISD
Mack Sikora BU
Jackie Slanley Pratt
Emily Somoskey Michigan State
Johanna Strobel CUNY Hunter
Alyssa Thornton Pratt
McKinzie Trotta RISD
Hana Yilma Godine BU

The exhibition is co-curated by gallerist Julia Speed of Luhring Augustine, New York, and Sophie Olympia Riese, founder of The Olympia Project.

5% of all sales from this exhibition will go to support No Kid Hungry.