2023 Art and Art History MFA Thesis Exhibition

May 6–20, 2023  
Reception: Thursday, May 11, 6–9 p.m. with Performance by Young Kim at 7:30 p.m. 

The 2023 Art and Art History MFA Thesis Exhibition presents the graduate thesis exhibitions of Young Kim, Ryan Lucas, and Melanie Miller-Silver in Columbia College Chicago’s Art and Art History Department. 
Young Kim presents Shall We Go to The Happy Land? is an immersive installation and  performance that materializes a sanctuary where audiences experience comfort, serenity, transcendence, hope, or a moment of respite.  
Ryan Lucas examines the ideas and perspectives of popular societal views of masculinity in Our Sins and Where They Take Us, through a sculpture and a series of paintings. 
Melanie Miller-Silver exhibits Women and the Invisible Labors of Ritual, a series of ritual regalia incorporating beadwork designs common to many cultures around the world.
The 2023 Art and Art History MFA Thesis Exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Department of Exhibitions, Performance, and Student Spaces (DEPS), the Department of Art and Art History, and Paul Catanese, Director of Graduate Studies for Art and Art History.  


All visitors must check in at the front desk for entry to the opening and on May 12. 
All visitors must RSVP via Eventbrite for entry to the exhibition during other open hours: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-art-and-art-history-and-photography-mfa-thesis-exhibitionsopen-hours-tickets-626407651147 

Columbia College Chicago Student Center, Fifth Floor 
754 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 
Gallery hours: MondaySaturday 9 a.m.5 p.m


DEPS is proud to present the DEPS Artist Profile Series featuring Young Kim, Ryan Lucas, and Melanie Miller-Silver. The DEPS Artist Profile Series is managed by DEPS Exhibitions Assistant Rachel Manlubatan and Sierra Delamarter. To view this interactive document featuring an artist interview click on the image below

               Young profile image           Melanie profile image          Ryan profile image