UIC launches third year of trans-disciplinary consortium Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide

The UIC School of Art and Art History is happy to participate for a third year in Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide a trans-disciplinary consortium of Fellows from The University of Chicago (UChicago), The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and Northwestern University. 
The program builds an interdisciplinary community that engages Chicago's vibrant urban environment, providing a unique platform for exchange and connect across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

The consortium provides an open framework for graduate students and recent alumni to explore and digest their local environment as a collective body, while outlining the unique perspectives and methodologies of their disciplinary studies—whether that be art, architecture, art history, the humanities, social science, or science. The consortium intends to augment the institutional support offered to MFA alumni and PhD candidates as they pursue their research “in the field,” asking that they consider sharing, communicating, and formulating their work within the context of an interdisciplinary community.

UIC 2015/2016 Fellows

Kera MacKenzie (MFA'13 in Moving Image, UIC) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, and programmer. Her work explores the space between moving images, photography, sets, and performance. She uses her individual and collaborative practice to investigate corporeal knowledge of the immaterial, notions of timespace, and the tricks and trades of media construction. She has screened and exhibited at spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago Underground Film Festival, High Concept Laboratories, Links Hall, Gallery 400, and the MassArt Film Society. MacKenzie has been an artist-in-residence at High Desert Test Sites (New Mexico), ACRE (Wisconsin), and Culturia (Berlin). She studied at Bennington College, the Art Institute of Boston, and Transart Institute and received her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013.

Nicoletta Rousseva’s (PhD student, Department of Art History, UIC) research considers the ways in which post-socialist art in Eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia addresses the region’s transition from socialism to capitalism. In addition to art in Eastern Europe, Nicoletta’s interests include critical theory, the histories of socialism and totalitarianism, and film and media art.

UIC 2016/2017 Fellows

Sherwin Ovid (MFA candidate) was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in 1978. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received a Lincoln Fellowship in 2013. His work explores the limits of social boundaries and their perpetual transformation. As an interdisciplinary artist his practice is rooted primarily in video, painting, and drawing. Ovid has exhibited with Gallery 400 (UIC), Iceberg Projects, University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and Cleve Carney Gallery.

Javairia Shahid (PhD student, Art History) is an architect and historian based between Chicago and Islamabad. She has a graduate degree in architectural history and theory from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. Graduating with gold medals from her undergraduate institution in Pakistan, Shahid has been the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, the William Kinne Award, in addition to numerous research grants. Her research considers the relationship between development and the environment in South Asia, with particular regard to epistemological disjunction of two entangled projects: the present-day production of global heritage, and the historic-colonial-Modernist “other”ing of nature and ecology.

UIC 2017/2018 Fellows

Robyn Mericle (PhD candidate, art history) is an artist and art historian based in Chicago. She received an MFA in Electronic Intermedia from the University of Florida, where her thesis show investigated the relationship between animals, visual culture, and the nature of scientific knowledge. Her current research interests explore how issues of gender, race, and ecology are presented and distilled in early twentieth century cinema and photography. Underlying all these activities is a deep concern with how humans view other animals and the natural world, and how these views have led to current ecological crises, including climate change. Mericle is an Instructor of Art History in the Fine and Performing Arts department at Loyola University, and she is also the co-founder of a local artisanal pickling company, Central Pickling.

Liz McCarthy (MFA '17) combines photography, sculpture, and performance to explore themes around the materiality of human bodies and their complicated physical and psychological relationship to a material world. Through research and studio intervention, she explores how different materials develop meaning through use and origin, and how physical performance can be used as an agent to re-inscribe meaning. Her work has been included various group and solo exhibitions nationally at galleries such as ACRE Projects, Heaven Gallery, Calvin College Gallery, Roots and Culture, Mana Contemporary, Gallery 400, and Threewalls. She has visited as a resident artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts, ACRE, High Concept Laboratories, and Banff Centre.

Nellie Kluz (MFA, Moving Image ’17) Working in video and using curiosity, observation and analysis, Kluz records and interprets various locations and communities—focusing on social interactions and aesthetics, belief systems and material realities. Her movies have screened at places like the Full Frame Film Festival, Festival de Popoli, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, the Maryland Film Festival and Rooftop Films. Originally from upstate New York, she graduated with a BA from Boston University and just completed an MFA degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago.