Calendar of Events


Mar 3, 2017–Mar 4, 2017

UC San Diego Visual Arts Symposium and Open Studios


The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts invites you to the Ph.D. Symposium and Open Studios on March 3 and 4, 2017. This display of graduate student scholarship and artistic practices is the Department’s largest annual public event.

This year’s programming showcases the synergy and collaboration between M.F.A. and Ph.D. students in the Department of Visual Arts. The events will begin with a Ph.D. workshop at the University Art Gallery on Friday, March 3, 3:30 -–5:30 pm, and immediately followed by the opening reception for Making Communities: Art and the Border from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the University Art Gallery. The evening will conclude with exhibition openings and screenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm throughout the Visual Arts Facility with presentations from guest curators.

On Saturday March 4, 9:00 – 4:00 pm enjoy a full day of art history scholarship beginning with Rethinking Art History: Center and Periphery, the 10th annual Ph.D. Symposium. The symposium will question how art historical research can engage with the contemporary world, and provide a platform for global and socio-political ideas that challenge the Western canon. The symposium will culminate with a keynote by UC Berkeley Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art, Anneka Lennssen titled Two Headed Passport: An Art History of Arab Mobility.

From 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturday March 4 explore the diversity of practices from Visual Arts M.F.A. and Ph.D. Art Practice students. Artists will be in their studios to contextualize their pieces and create a dialogue with both campus and community visitors. In addition to open individual studios UC San Diego artists have organized collective exhibitions and screenings throughout the afternoon. The evening will conclude with a screening of Visual Arts faculty films.


3:30 – 5:30 pm Ph.D. workshop, University Art Gallery

5:30 – 8:00 pm Making Communities: Art and the Border opening, University Art Gallery

7:00 – 9:00 pm Exhibition opening at:

Main Visual Arts Facility Gallery, curated by Anthony Graham

Commons Gallery, curated by M.F.A alumna Brianna Rigg

Film Screening - work by current M.F.A. students

Visual Arts Facility, Performance Space


9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ph.D. Symposium, Rethinking Art History: Center and Periphery

Keynote speaker: Anneka Lenssen

Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149

Click here for a detailed Ph.D. Symposium Schedule

2:00 – 4:00 pm Making Communities Art and the Border, SME Visual Arts Gallery

4:00 – 7:00 pm Open Graduate Student Studios, Visual Arts Facility

Coinciding exhibitions and film screenings

6:30 pm Screening of Visual Arts faculty video work

Event Website

Date and Time

Mar 3, 2017–Mar 4, 2017


Visual Arts Facility, University Art Gallery, and Strucutural and Materials Engineering Building

Event Registration

Registration is not required for this event.

Event Fee



Sheena Ghanbari    858-822-7755


Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

Event Host

Department of Visual Arts with support from the Graduate Student Association

Event Category

Concerts, Performances and Exhibitions