thresh – First Year MFA Exhibition Opens 4-7pm January 24th


The 2018 First Year MFA Exhibition

Chrystia Cabral
Won Cha
Ricki Dwyer
Gabriella Willenz
Heesoo Kwon
Connie Zheng

Wednesday, January 24th – Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Opening Reception: 4 – 7pm, Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

 Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 12 – 5 pm
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

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The Worth Ryder Art Gallery and the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice are excited to present thresh, an exhibition of works by our six first-year graduate students.

The MFA program encourages experimentation with new methods, media, and modes of artmaking, and the artists have each built on their existing practices to create an exciting new body of work while immersing themselves in contemporary theory, seeking out new interdisciplinary influences, and responding to intense critical feedback by peers and mentors. The result is an exhibition that is fresh, vital, and immediate.

Chrystia Cabral, The grace they could imagine, 2018. Video Projection, 12:32min. Made in collaboration with Gabriel Christian and Summer Mason


Chrystia Cabral is an artist from Sacramento, California. Her current work searches the possible dimensions of spiritual connection.

Won Cha, What is at risk?, 2018. Video projection, 5:04 min.


Won Cha is an artist currently living and working in California.


Ricki Dwyer, Gentle Clasp, 2017. cloth, chain, plaster heads, cleat, key rings, hooks, 16″ x 14″.


Ricki is an artist from the Bay Area currently living in San Francisco.

Gabriella Willenz, This time everything you do is from me, 2018. Two-channel video projection, 14:46min. Made in collaboration with Jen Coluccio.


Gabriella Willenz’s videos, performances, sculptures and photographs explore the liminal space in-between self and other on an individual as well as national level, and the dynamic interplay between reality, its construction and its representation. She moved from Israel to pursue her MFA in Art Practice at UC Berkeley.

Heesoo Kwon, Bodurinao’s Shrine (detail), 2018. Mixed media installation including a metal shed, clay, fabric, printed photographs, tables and found objects, 8′ x 10′ x 9′.


Heesoo Kwon is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. By running a business of sanitary pads for women, Heesoo took interest in the violences in our society which we experience but are unaware of. Heesoo received BA in Business Administration at Ewha Woman’s University and currently attends University of California, Berkeley to pursue MFA in Art Practice.

Connie Zheng, A bug like any other, 2018. Digitally manipulated gouache paintings, 9” x 12”.


Connie Zheng is an artist, writer and researcher whose work investigates questions around cultural hybridity and the dynamics between subject, object and environment within a diasporic context. She received her BA in English and Economics from Brown University.


Please join us for an Opening Reception from 4 – 7pm on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018!

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