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Do-it-Yourself MFA: Alternatives in Higher Arts Education


In this light, Black Cube and ArtPlant are collaborating to host a four-day symposium, Alternatives in Higher Arts Education in Denver focused on the topic of higher educational models generated by artists. Representatives from artist-founded and operated schools including SOMA (Mexico City), The Mountain School (Los Angeles) and Bruce High Quality Foundation University (New York City) will all be present as presenters, participants, and catalysts for engagement in a series of discussions and events surrounding strategies for alternative pedagogy. The series will begin with a formal panel discussion at RedLine on Wednesday, January 11th from (6-8pm) featuring the institutional representatives and continue with community engagements including regular “office hours”, held at a local bar during happy hour from 4-6pm on Thursday January 12th, and Friday January 13th open to anyone interested in informal and vital dialog. The symposium will close with a participatory gathering and performance event on January 14th from 7-10pm at a Dateline Gallery looking at possible artist-led educational strategies within the context of the Front Range.



 Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 11, 6:30pm - 8pm
(casual pizza and conversation post-lecture)
@ RedLine Denver

Office Hours
Thursday, January 12, 4-6pm
@ The House or Sputnik

Office Hours
Friday, January 13, 4-6pm
@ Sputnik

Open Mic
Saturday, January 14, 7-10pm
@ Dateline



Andrew Berardini. Born in California. Lives and works in Los Angeles. Father of Stella. Writer of quasi-essayistic prose poems about art and other sensual subjects, occasional editor, reluctant curator with past exhibitions at MOCA - Los Angeles, Palais de Tokyo - Paris, and Castello Di Rivoli - Turin. Formerly held curatorial appointments at LAXART and the Armory Center for the Arts and the editorial staff of Semiotext(e). Recent author of Danh Vo: Relics (Mousse, 2015) and currently finishing another book about color. Regular contributor to Artforum, Spike, and ArtReview and an editor at Mousse, Art-Agenda, Momus, and the Art Book Review. Warhol/Creative Capital and 221a Curatorial Grantee. Faculty at the Mountain School of Arts since 2008 and the last three years at the Banff Centre.

Sean J Patrick Carney (b. 1982, Michigan) is an artist, comedian, and writer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of Bruce High Quality Foundation University. In 2009, Carney founded Social Malpractice Publishing, an independent artist book label that has published more over 50 different artist books and editions. He is a regular contributor to Art in America and VICE. His works and performances have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Marlborough Gallery, New York; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles; Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Printed Matter, Inc, New York City; the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; and the 2009 Amsterdam Biennale. Carney's practice has received attention in print and online from Art:21; Artribune Italy;; Bad at Sports; the Oregonian; Higher Arc; Oyster Magazine, and more. He has taught courses at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR; Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA; New York University's Department of Art and Art Professions; and the Bruce High Quality Foundation University.  

Seth Cameron is a painter, writer and educator. As a founding member of The Bruce High Quality Foundation, he has used installation, video, painting, sculpture and musical theater to call into crisis the role of art in the world. The Foundation has exhibited in The Whitney Biennial, the Venice Bienniale, the Lyon Bienniale, as well as museums, galleries, sidewalks and waterways the world over. As President of BHQFU, Cameron has overseen the growth of the Foundation’s alternative education initiative, realizing hundreds of free classes, exhibitions and programs including the MFU: NYC, their year-long studio and teaching residency, and the MFU: Miami, a twelve week residency beginning in March. He also teaches the Interdisciplinary Seminar at the Cooper Union School of Art. Cameron’s recent solo exhibitions have focused on manifesting dialectical space through color and composition in modest scale paintings.


Carla Herrera-Prats is a practicing artist, exhibiting her work internationally both individually and as a member of Camel Collective, which she co-founded in 2005. She is also currently the director of SOMA summer in Mexico City. She was previously the co-director of the gallery Acceso A in Mexico City. Herrera-Prats has recently taught at the Cooper Union, the California Institute of the Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She received her BFA at "La Esmeralda," in Mexico City, and her MFA in Photography at CalArts, Los Angeles. She has been a participant at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.