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Master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree candidates in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) will present “Plans Are Cancelled,” an exhibition of thesis work, March 8-9 at 321 Canal St., New York, N.Y.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 8, from 6-10 p.m. Additional hours are Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Curated by Scott Campbell, a visual artist and curator born in New York and based in Detroit, “Plans Are Cancelled” features the work of 19 M.F.A. candidates from VPA’s School of Art and Department of Transmedia, including Garrett Bryant, Perry Burlingame, Taylor Clock, Samantha Corbett, Candice Corgan, Rebecca Forstater, Rene Gortat, Leticia Hernandez, Adam Hutchinson, Megan King, Salome Kokoladze, Hollie Lyko, Hlumela Matika, Jeremy Tarr, Louise Thompson, Jie Wang, Haotian Wu, Yilu Yang and Mark Zbikowski.

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.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Professor Juan Juarez,