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Conversations in Contemporary Art

Lecture series

Conversations in Contemporary Art (CICA) is a visiting artist lecture series and graduate-level course where artists, designers, critics, writers, educators, and curators share their practice(s) and perspectives. CICA talks are free and open to the general public.

Our next speaker

Nico Williams and maya rae oppenheimer

Coming Soon!

Our current season has now concluded but we will return in Fall 2023.

Most CiCA events are recorded, you can find past talks on our Youtube channel.

See our video archive

Upcoming schedule

Please watch this space for news about our upcoming schedule.


Please contact maya rae oppenheimer, CiCA convenor and Assistant Professor, Department of Studio Arts + Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts.

Grants and projects

During the pandemic, we invited students to think about "radical hospitality". What is hospitality in a period of emergencies, and how can such a frame be explored by an art school tied to a university? Placing the adjective ‘radical’ before ‘hospitality’ introduced what seemed to be the right amount of emotional and intellectual tension to structure a critical series of engagements between cultural workers and their community.

The result was our CiCA in Your Studio series on Instagram, a video collection where MFA students shared their workspaces and pandemic lives.

See the recipients' work
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