MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery
A space for students to exhibit their artistic endeavors, both academic and co-curricular
The 2021 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts
Featuring work by the 2021 award recipients: Po-Hao Chi, ACT; Chucho Ocampo, ACT: Carolyn Tam, Architecture; and Nina Lutz, Media Lab.
Each year, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize recognizes excellent student work in the visual arts at MIT. Portfolios span almost every imaginable medium and theme; many, if not most student artists bridge diverse disciplines and departments, drawing on MIT’s broad knowledge base and its culture of collaboration.
Past Exhibitions + Happenings
Work by Elaheh Ahmadi ‘20, MEng ‘21
Elaheh Ahmadi is a visual and performance artist and computer engineer from Tehran, Iran, currently based in Boston. She utilizes photography, performance, and writing to raise awareness of contemporary social issues, particularly problems of women’s rights, voices and identities around the world. She is currently studying in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, while independently developing her artistic practice and finding her creative voice.
In 2020, Ahmadi received a Bachelor of Science from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a concentration in Photography and Visual Arts. Her research area is mainly focused on robotics and autonomous vehicles.
Ahmadi’s mission is to provide a space in which everyone, especially women, feel comfortable expressing different dimensions of their personality.
Work by Nancy Valladares, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology ’20
Botanical Ghosts traces the transatlantic voyage of the ackee tree (Blighia Sapida), and its encounter with British botanist Dorothy Popenoe in Honduras. This project stages a fictional exchange between Dorothy, the ackee fruit and the artist, as they pull on a thread that unravels the history of Lancetilla Botanical Experimental Station. This website collects a film, fictions, letters, photographs, and documents into a speculative archive that reanimates the specters behind Lancetilla and the worlds that emerged from this site.
The Loss of Green: Imaging Vegetal Worlds
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
A cross-disciplinary conversation where botanical exchanges, medicinal practices and culinary history intersect to unearth the legacies of our ecological present.
Featuring Nancy Valladares, ACT ‘20 and Wiesner Exhibiting Artist; Shireen Hamza, PHD student in History of Science at Harvard and a filmmaker; and Semine Long Callesen, MIT HTC ‘20 and part of the MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative.
Work by Dalma Földesi, M.Arch 2020 and Jung In Seo, M.Arch 2020
Misalignments resists the urge to optimize, orthogonalize, mathematize, and discipline matter. Instead, the hybrid ceramic fabrication processes explored in the galleries apply precision to the design of tools and actions. The artifacts emerge from this new approach to shaping clay. Here, the material is the performer; its qualities result from a balancing act between geometric specification and physical behavior. Controlled moments of instability play from an open score that allows different manifestations. Hands and machines equally involved, this process reintroduces authorship and foregrounds labor in an increasingly automated process. It is a risky endeavor.
2020 Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts Exhibition
May 27 – June 30, 2020
Featuring work by the 2020 award recipients: Nicole L’Huillier, Media Lab; Rae Yuping Hsu, ACT; Jonathan Zong, CSAIL; Elaheh Ahmadi ’20, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Siranush Babakhanova ’20, Physics
Each year, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize highlights student work in the visual arts at MIT. Portfolios span almost every imaginable medium and theme; many, if not most student artists bridge diverse disciplines and departments, drawing on MIT’s broad knowledge base and its culture of collaboration.
January 15 – February 27, 2020
Featuring work by Jonathan Zong, Ph.D. Computer Science, MIT
BODY TEXT is reading as gazing as reading as writing; is a contest of control; is an imperfect way of rendering people and systems legible to each other.
Additional Past Exhibitions
The Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Gallery was established as a gift from the MIT Class of 1983 to honor the former president of MIT, Jerome Wiesner, for his support of the arts at the Institute. Since then, the gallery space located on the second floor of the MIT Stratton Student Center has exhibited a wide range of both academic and co-curricular artwork by MIT students.
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All current MIT students, both undergraduate and graduate, are eligible to apply for an exhibition in the MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery. Applications are accepted annually in the spring for the following academic year.
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Established as a gift from the MIT Class of 1983, the Wiesner Gallery honors the former president of MIT, Jerome Wiesner, for his support of the arts at the Institute. The gallery was fully renovated in fall 2016, thanks in part to the generosity of Harold (’44) and Arlene Schnitzer and the Council for the Arts at MIT, and now also serves as a central meeting space for MIT Student Arts Programming including the START Studio, Creative Arts Competition, Student Arts Advisory Board, and Arts Scholars.
Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT)