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Master of fine arts (M.F.A.) candidates in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) will present the thesis exhibition “Plans Are Cancelled” at three Syracuse University exhibition spaces that are part of the Coalition of Museums and Art Centers.

The exhibition features the work of 24 M.F.A. candidates from VPA’s School of Art and Department of Transmedia and is curated by Scott Campbell, a Detroit-based visual artist and curator.

The exhibition schedule is as follows. All events are free and open to the public.

April 1-May 10
Point of Contact Gallery, the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 West Fayette St., Syracuse
Reception: Friday, April 5, 6-8 p.m.
Artists: Rene Gortat, Jeremy Tarr, Candice Corgan, Taylor Clock, Megan King, Jie Wang
Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. or by appointment.
Contact: 315-443-2169 or pointofcontactgallery@gmail.com  

April 4-May 12
Syracuse University Art Galleries, Shaffer Art Building
Reception: Thursday, April 11, 5-7 p.m.
Artists: Hollie Lyko, E. Garrett Bryant, Perry Burlingame, Jestinia Sutherland, Rebecca Forstater, Sylvie Prendergast-Corvo, Samantha Corbett, Louise Thompson, Jason Cheney, Mark Zbikowski, Jialun Deng
Gallery hours: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thurs. until 8 p.m.; closed Mon.
Contact: 315-443-4097 or suart@syr.edu

April 9-May 11
Community Folk Art Center, 805 East Genesee St., Syracuse
Reception: Thursday, April 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artists: Haotian Wu, Leticia Hernandez, Adam Hutchinson, Salome Kokoladze, Seok Wun Au Yong, Hlumela Matika, Yilu Yang
Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contact: 315-442-2230 or cfac@syr.edu

Artists’ Statement

“’Plans Are Cancelled’ celebrates re-examination. People might think that the phrase itself hints towards the negative or conjures thoughts of disappointment and cynicism. But there is a certain agency in defining something for yourself, whether it be a night’s plans or a worldview. There’s power in shaping your reality based on what makes sense to you, on your sober examination of the facts, and not abiding by ones given to you by society and its various actors, however well-intentioned. Cancelled plans are opportunities for new ones to be made—ones that better fit the situation we currently find ourselves in. And let’s face it, as we get older we learn that sometimes cancelled plans are the best ones.”

About the Curator

Working primarily in drawing, collage, and mixed-media sculpture, Scott Campbell’s studio practice examines the social and cultural constructs that inform our identity, motivate our behavior and ultimately shape our societies. Visually inspired by semiotics and African-American material culture, his work takes the form of serial projects, each created around a set of aesthetic guidelines which dictate the form, materiality and imagery in a given body of work. Campbell has exhibited widely in New York and throughout the Midwest and in 2017 was the inaugural Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. In addition to his studio and curatorial practice, Campbell is also the artist liaison at Red Bull Arts Detroit, an artist residency and experimental, non-commercial exhibition space in Detroit’s Eastern Market neighborhood.