Thesis Exhibition

The Master’s Project culminates during the student’s last summer in residence with a presentation for the greater community. Students may either present their work as part of the annual Thesis Exhibition, or they may perform or screen pieces in a separate evening presentation. The exhibition takes place in our off-campus gallery in nearby Red Hook, while presentations occur in various on-campus facilities. 

MFA Class of 2022 Thesis Exhibition: close alternative


Opening day: Saturday, July 17, 2021, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm 
Bard College Exhibition Center/UBS Gallery
7401 S Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571

Because of Covid-19 protocols, this will be a reservations only, timed entry open day.  Light refreshments will be available through the day. 
To make a reservation, please register here:

Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm.

The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (Bard MFA) presents the Class of 2022 thesis presentation titled close alternative. Bringing together works by candidates in the disciplines film/video, music/sound, painting, photography, sculpture, and writing, close alternative will be on view from July 17 through July 25 at the Bard College Exhibition Center/UBS Gallery in Red Hook, New York. 

Evening presentations of time-based works including performances, readings, and screenings will be held at several locations on the Bard College campus during the week of July 19. All presentations are free and open to the public.

An online companion of Bard MFA’s Class of 2022 thesis exhibition found here introduces the graduating artists through their works in process.
Visual descriptions of select works in the exhibition will be made available in audio form soon.

Live performances will be live-streamed.

Below please find the guidelines set by the college for indoor performances.
  • Masks are required.
  • Performers may remove their face covering during performance.
  • The audience must be spaced at least 6 feet from the stage.
  • Since we are not using spaces at full capacity, please spread out.
In addition, we will need to adhere to the space capacities below:
*Performances are limited capacity with of the perfomer’s guests
  • Bito: 75
  • MPR: 85
  • Old Gym: 75
  • Olin: 100
  • Ottoway: 75
  • Weiss: 60
Performance schedule:
Saturday, July 17, 2021, Opening day 
Performs at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm: Edythe Woolley, UBS Exhibition Space
Monday, July 19, 2021
6:30 pm: Aristilde KirbyBito Theater      LIVE STREAM LINK
     John Pike, Ottaway Theater      LIVE STREAM LINK
     Valerie Hsiung, Bito Theater     LIVE STREAM LINK
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
6:30 pm: Wibke TiarksOlin Hall     LIVE STREAM LINK    
     Ben BennettOld Gym     LIVE STREAM LINK
     Andrew LeeOttaway Theater
Wednesday, July 21 
      Shaheen Qureshi, Ottaway Theater      LIVE STREAM LINK    
      Andrea Sisson, Ottaway Theater       LIVE STREAM LINK
Thursday, July 22, 2021
 6:30 pm: Sarah Passino, Fisher Studio Arts Courtyard      LIVE STREAM LINK
                Rahul Nair, Multi-Purpose Room, Bertelsmann Campus Center     LIVE STREAM LINK

This year’s thesis exhibition was conceived with the graduating class’ shared hopes, desires, vulnerabilities, and anxieties in mind. The hope to share space with one another again; the desire to prioritize accessibility, vulnerability, and compromise; and the eagerness to unlearn and redefine what (un)productivity for an artist can mean, look, or sound like. In this way, close alternative points to the various adaptive shifts artists must often (un)make in their practice. 

Thesis Exhibition Coordinator: Shehab Awad (MA '17, CCS Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College) is a writer and curator from Cairo living in New York City. He/she operates as Executive Care*, an all-encompassing self-as-agency at the service of artists.

For the opening reception, a shuttle service will be offered from Rhinecliff Amtrak station. Schedules and more information are available below. Parking is available in the lot at 7401 South Broadway and on Garden Street.

Shuttle Service for ARRIVALS to Rhinecliff Amtrak Station
12:05 pm from Rhinecliff Station to UBS Exhibition Center (meets 11:56 train)
1:05 pm from Rhinecliff Station to UBS Exhibition Center (meets 12:58 train)
3:05 pm from Rhinecliff Station to UBS Exhibition Center (meets 2:58 train)

Shuttle Service for DEPARTURES from Rhinecliff Amtrak Station
2:20 pm UBS Exhibition Center to Rhinecliff Station (meets 2:54 train)
4:20 pm UBS Exhibition Center to Rhinecliff Station (meets 5:14 train)

Accessibility: Bard College Exhibition Center/UBS Gallery is located by an unpaved gravel road, and the building is accessible by a 19-foot-wide roll gate entrance positioned at the west side of the building. There are three accessible parking spots adjacent to the entrance. We encourage guests who do not require accessible parking to park at the Saint Christopher's Church lot, located at 7411 South Broadway, or on Garden Road. Please note that the shuttle return service from Rhinecliff station is not wheelchair accessible. The building has a wheelchair-accessible, all-gender restroom. We provide scent-free soaps and encourage guests to consider attending our events scent-free. Please contact the MFA Administrative Office at T 845-758-7481 or for any questions or requests regarding accessibility, including audio or film descriptions. We can best accommodate requests received by July 13, 2021.

MFA Candidates 2022

Lorenzo Bueno film/video
Edythe Woolley  film/video
Ben Bennett music/sound
William Bradley music/sound
Andrew Lee music/sound
Rahul Nair music/sound 
Geneva Skeen music/sound
Wibke Tiarks music/sound
Harry Davies painting 
Corbin Ferguson painting 
Samuel Hindolo painting 
Beaux Mendes painting 
Christopher Baliwas photography
Sophie Tusler Byerley photography
Dani Lessnau photography
John Pike photography
Andrea Sisson photography
Cecilia Bjartmar Hylta sculpture
MJ Daines sculpture
Claudette Gacuti sculpture
Mindy Solis sculpture
Katz Tepper sculpture
Riel Bellow-Jackson writing 
Samuel Breslin writing 
Valerie Hsiung writing 
Aristilde Kirby writing 
Sarah Passino writing 
Shaheen Qureshi writing 

MFA 2021 Candidates

Philip Birch, Film/Video
Marit Liang, Film/Video

MFA 2020 Candidates

Luis Arnias, Jobi Bicos, Lauren Burrow, Gwenan Davies, Omari Douglin, Carolina Fandiño Salcedo, Carolyn Ferrucci, Marco Gomez, Colleen Hargaden, Evie K. Horton, Christiane Huber, Rachel James, Jamie Krasner, Nawahineokala'i Lanzilotti, Dani Leder, Isabel Mallet, Carla Jean Mayer, Lee Nachum, Brandon Ndife, Diane Severin Nguyen, Miko Revereza, Alicia Salvadeo, Robert Sandler, Jaxyn Randall, Josephine Shokrian, Estelle Srivijittakar, Jordan Strafer, Daniel Sullivan, Christopher Van Ginhoven Rey, Jessica Wilson, and Alex Zandi.

+ Directions to the UBS-Bard Exhibition Center