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In addition to the completion of required coursework, each MFA degree is awarded on the basis of the quality of the student's work as demonstrated in the Thesis Exhibition and as elaborated in the Thesis publication.  As a part of final thesis examination, each MFA candidate presents a public defense of her work. The Thesis Exhibition, and the associated events and publications are co-organized by A,T,P, and the Block Museum at Northwestern University.

2018 Thesis Exhibition

2017 Thesis Exhibition

2016 Thesis Exhibition

2015 Thesis Exhibition



Chris Smith, James Britt, Joe Cassan, Kandis Friesen, Jessica Martin, Hyun Jung Jun, Hamilton Poe, Alex Cohen, Shai-Lee Horodi,


A,T,P, organizes a graduate student study trip biannually. In 2015, students took part in a five week program working with the artists and curators of the 14th Istanbul Biennial.  The grads provided hands-on assistance to the exhibition project as a whole. During the Biennial,  A,T,P, co-hosted a seminar, discussing fundamental aspects and patterns of creative activity in both the arts and sciences through the study of waves, links, and knots in their aesthetic, mathematic, and political manifestations.

In 2013, the students and faculty Jeanne Dunning and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle explored the social and artistic engagements between contemporary artists, art institutions, and Mexico City. The trip included a visits with artists Pedro Ortiz Antoranz and Jota Izquierdo about their collaborative work on Piracy and Informal Economies. The students also toured the sites of artistic, sociological and political endeavors: Museo Tamayo, Casa Luis Baragan, Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Casa Vecina, SOMA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca Cathedral and the Jardín Botánico Borda.


A private workspace is given to each graduate student during their residency. Currently located in Locy Hall, the studios are accompanied by storage spaces, a lounge, and various equipment. Each year A,T,P, hosts an MFA Graduate Studio Open House allowing the public to experience the atmosphere within our graduate program, meet our current MFA candidates, and see their work while in the process of making.