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Untitled 15: SooVAC’s 15th Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 2019, 6-9PM

Show Runs: February 8 - March 15, 2019

Join us Sunday, March 10 from 2-3:30pm for a conversation with with some of our Untitled 15 artists. Artists will be in conversation with each other about their work and then a Q and A with the audience.

Participating artists include Conor Dowdle, Elizabeth Garvey, Daniel Kerkhoff, Meagan Marsh and
Suyao Tian.

Participating Artists: Michelle Alvarez, Zachary Betts, Conor Dowdle, Elizabeth Garvey, Marcia Haffmans, Sarah Hewitt, Stacy Isenberger, Jaclyn Jacunski, Daniel Kerkhoff, Meagan Marsh, Carlos Rene Pacheco, Andrea Petrini, Kyleah Rusch, Suyao Tian, Aaron Tinder, and Emma Tomb.

Untitled 15 marks the fifteenth year of SooVAC’s flagship juried exhibition series. Untitled provides opportunities for artists working in any medium and at any stage of their career, resulting in a survey of varied perspectives and provocative work.

These artists were selected from 170 submissions by our juror, Mia Lopez. Thank you to all of the artists that submitted and to Mia! “Untitled 15 includes an array of voices and perspectives as expressed by artists selected from a national open call. Despite working from dissimilar backgrounds they engage with similar themes of archive and memory, nostalgia and reflection, identity and family, and environment and space. Several artists incorporate found objects or photographs into works that attempt to revisit the past or move beyond a chapter in life. Others search for home in their own memories, bodies, or environments, questioning identity, heritage, and the means through which we define ourselves. The exhibition also includes works that utilize an empathetic, personal approach to addressing political issues, upending preconceived beliefs and suggesting unexpected intersections.  Untitled 15 is representative of a movement in contemporary art wherein artists are looking to the past with hope for the future.” –Mia Lopez

Mia Lopez is a curator, writer, and art historian with over ten years of experience in museums and non-profit art spaces. In August of 2016 Lopez joined the DePaul Art Museum as Assistant Curator, and am currently working on projects with Chicago, national, and international artists. As the 2013—2015 Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis she collaborated on exhibitions, programs, and catalogs including 9 Artists (October 2013), Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections (October 2014) and International Pop (April 2015). In 2013 she completed dual Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy; her graduate thesis examined anthropology, museology, and performance in work by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco. Lopez also has a BA in Art History from Rice University. She has lectured and participated in juries and panels at the Smithsonian Latino Center, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of Illinois at Chicago, ArtPrize, and the Rochester Art Center. She has written for the Walker Art Center, Hyperallergic, Augsburg College, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, as well as other publications. Her interests include identity politics, social justice, institutional critique, social practice, experimental and alternative spaces, and performance.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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