Spring 2024 - CA 361 D100

Studio in Visual Art IV (4)

Class Number: 6348

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Thu, 9:30 a.m.–4:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 360 and 366. Corequisite: CA 367.



An open critical studio course. It will continue and extend work done in CA (or FPA) 360. Students are required to have a program of work prepared at the beginning of the term. This program will form the basis of the student's work in the course, and will be the subject of continuing critical discussion. This discussion will be integrated with theoretical studies in the parallel seminar course, CA 367. A course materials fee is required. Students with credit for FPA 361 may not take this course for further credit.


CA 361 is a unique studio class that focuses on and engages with a specific theme in contemporary art practice and is augmented by the involvement of the Audain Artist-in- Residence. Through a process of working in collaboration with the visiting artist, working in collaboration with each other, and also working individually, students will produce a series of projects and develop an exhibition.

Iman Issa is the Spring 2024 Audain Visual Artist in Residence. Iman Issa is an artist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Issa works primarily in sculpture and also recently curated a group exhibition at KW Berlin, "Understudies: I Myself Will Exhibit Nothing". Solo and group exhibitions include Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, MoMA, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 21er Haus, Vienna, MACBA, Barcelona, the Perez Art Museum, Miami, the Whitney Biennial 2019, the 12th Sharjah biennial, the 8th Berlin Biennial, MuHKA, Antwerp, Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, New Museum, New York, and KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin. Books include Book of Facts: A Proposition (2017), Common Elements (2015) and Thirty-three Stories about Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places (2011). She was named a 2017 DAAD artist in residence, and is a recipient of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise (2017), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2015), HNF-MACBA Award (2012), and the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2013).

 The work we do together with Iman will help to provide the conceptual framework and grounding for the annual third year project exhibition in the Audain Gallery. Students will be actively participating in the planning, mounting, and carrying out of this exhibition. 

CA 361 is a critical studio course that continues from CA 360 and is taken in conjunction with the seminar class CA 367. Students should be prepared for each class by having their materials gathered and theoretical research at hand or completed for each day they come into the studio to work. Attendance during class times is compulsory, and active participation in class and critiques is essential.



Grading is based on class preparation and participation, attendance, research and reading presentations, and a final paper. Grading details to be finalized in first week of class. 



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