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Apr 29 – May 14, 2023


This year’s 2023 Masters of Fine Arts thesis candidates hail from multiple countries. With their varied backgrounds, they mine personal histories, question norms, and through their collective work demonstrate possibilities for a better tomorrow.

Yukai Chen’s candy-colored, hyper-saturated photographs of costumed and masked protagonists, consumer culture, and evocatively-staged scenes propel the viewer into a world of fluid possibilities. Here identities transform, realities evolve, and surreal experiences become universal. 

Awareness and advocacy underlie Catherine LeComte’s powerful mixed media installation. Collateral Damage reveals the ongoing negation of women’s reproductive rights, with references to personal and shared narratives of miscarriage, the loss of appropriate medical care, and inconceivable gynecological training.  

Dara Morgenstern reacts to, creates, and envisions pictorial and psychological spaces in her canvases. Her images are literal, conceptual, and ethereal. As a body they form a conversation between place and memory, with unspecified monuments evoking an ungrounded sense of the familiar.  

Paradoxes abound in Yana Nosenko’s photographs. Documentation or propaganda? Immigrant or citizen? Truth or misdirection? A mix of family archives and the artist’s own contemporary shots comprise a somber grid. On the monitor, five vignettes exploring Russian idioms around “brainwashing” are simultaneously irreverent and worrisome.  

Intuition, play, and humor are three words that Ashley Pelletier uses to describe her paintings. The colorful shapes and forms interact and interconnect while referencing cartoons and games. Each painting is a physical exploration of verve and process, validated by a cheeky title. 

Katalina Simon’s photographs could have been taken last week or generations ago. Raised by Hungarian immigrants who escaped the Cold War, Simon sees history repeating itself. Past nightmares of menacing authoritarianism may become true. Through her work the artist seeks to wake us all to the risks.


–Lisa Tung, April 2023


View recording of 2023 MFA Thesis Artist Talks here.

Exhibition Images

Exhibition Archive

2023 Design Biennial

Oct 21 – Nov 19, 2023

MassArt x SoWa // 2023 MFA Summer Thesis Exhibition


Jul 22 – Aug 13, 2023

MassArt x SoWa | In This Body of Mine 2023 | Stephanie

In this body of mine

Jun 10 – Jul 16, 2023

MassArt x SoWa | 2023 MFA Spring Thesis Part II | Installation view | Photo by Rebecca Morrison | Work from Hadis Karami + Kierra LoRayne


May 20 – Jun 4, 2023

2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition (Part I) | MassArt x SoWa


Apr 29 – May 14, 2023

Speculative Futurisms | MassArt x SoWa | Dennis Svoronos

Speculative Futurisms

Mar 11 – Apr 23, 2023

The Hour of Lead | MassArt x SoWa

The Hour of Lead

Jan 14 – Mar 5, 2023

2022 Design Biennial | MassArt x SoWa | Installation View | Meyer + Smillie

2022 Design Biennial

Nov 19 – Jan 8, 2023

The New Drawing Room | MassArt x SoWa | Karmimadeebora McMillan

The New Drawing Room

Aug 20 – Sep 25, 2022

Material Agency | MassArt SoWa | Stephanie Cardon


May 28 – Jul 17, 2022


Apr 23 – May 22, 2022

SOURCE at MassArt x SoWa 2022


Mar 12 – Apr 17, 2022

Triple Oscillation // MassArt x SoWa

Triple Oscillation

Jan 15 – Mar 6, 2022

The Nature of Your Departure

Dec 3 – Jan 9, 2022

Yeah, I'm Doing Great | MassArt x SoWa | Installation Shot

Yeah, I'm Doing Great

Oct 30 – Nov 28, 2021

Zaire Love | MassArt x SoWa Protest and Power

Protest and Power

Sep 24 – Oct 24, 2021

2021 MFA Spring Thesis

May 3 – Jun 6, 2021