Events and Info Sessions

Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from St. Louis

April 2 - June 14, 2020
Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University

Artist Talk: April 2, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: April 2, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from St. Louis is a group exhibition of works by Dominic Chambers, Damon Davis, Jen Everett, De Nichols, and Katherine Simóne Reynolds, five black Saint Louis, MO-based artists. Saint Louis is a U.S. city so often publicly marked by racially restrictive covenants, redlining, urban renewal/black removal, and 21st century anti-black regimes. What are black aesthetic practices (within and) beyond these structures? Through meditations on quietness, the sonic and the mundane, beauty and care, and the urban and quotidian, these artists sit with, imagine, and abstract possibilities for being, belonging, and togetherness. The show will open April 2, 2020 at Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University. The show is curated by Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, Assistant Professor in Arts Leadership at Seattle University.

MFA Summary Project Presentations

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pigott Building 102 & 103

Through applied research methods, each project is a culmination of a student’s inquiry into an arts field of practice. This includes projects rooted in cultural equity, creative placemaking, teaching artist pedagogy, audience and field analysis, strategic business plans, resistance activism, youth engagement and education, community storytelling and journalism, digital design and influence, and formation of new artistic works and spaces. This event is free and open to the public. 

Read the 2019 Summary Project Presentation descriptions and presentation bios here!

The MFA Class of 2019 in their graduation regalia.
The MFA Class of 2019 and faculty at graduation on June 16, 2019. 

MFA Arts Leadership Information Sessions

Come learn about Seattle U's MFA in Arts Leadership Program! You will hear where many of our alumni have gone on to work after earning their degree from this program, as well as what you'll be studying in your two years in the program, particularly with regard to the graduate management practicum experience. You'll also have an opportunity to ask questions of the program director.

We have both in person and virtual information sessions.  In person sessions are from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and take place in the Arts Leadership office at 1401 E Jefferson Street.  Virtual info sessions are conducted with a free video conference tool called Zoom. Times are noted in Pacific Time. Please join us by RSVPing through the links below.

In Person Info Sessions:
Virtual Info Sessions:

Here's a link to our Campus Map to help you find your way. If you would like to meet the Program Director, sit in on a class, or get a campus tour from a current student, please contact us.

Arts Leadership Book Club

The Arts Leadership community is invited to participate in our second annual book club series, supported by the Center for Jesuit Education Jesuit Endowed Mission Fund. The series will provide space to dive deeper into one's process and positionality as an intersectional art leader. Learn more about the Arts Leadership book club by visiting the Lemieux Library Arts Leadership Book Club Library Guide.

Upcoming Book Club EventsPoster of 2020 Book Club, to include three events: Headcase on January 30, 6pm at the Stuart T Rolfe Room in the Seattle University Alumni and Advancement building; Ensemble-Made Chicago on February 23rd, 5-9pm in the Stuart T Rolfe Room, and Emergent Strategy on May 4, 6pm, location to be announced. Sponsored by Arts Leadership at Seattle University and the Endowed Mission Fund.

Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness edited by authors Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano
January 30, 2020

Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater by Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg
February 23, 2020

Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown
May 4, 2020

View Past Book Clubs

RSVP to a Book Club event by contacting Graduate Assistant Linnea Ingalls.

Nina Yarbrough, MFA alumna
Nina Yarbrough, MFA '16

Business Development Manager
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

Charly McCreary, MFA alumna
Charly McCreary, MFA '15

Founding Member
The Cabiri

Contact Us

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
JEFF 401
206-296-5370
maifeldk@seattleu.edu 

Rachel Betron, MEd
Program Coordinator
JEFF 401
206-296-8244
betronr@seattleu.edu

Graduate Admissions
206.220.8010
grad-admissions@seattleu.edu

Student Financial Services
206.220.8020
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