The SHAFT: Intensive Six-Week Curatorial Training School for Artists


The Shaft Space announces the grand opening of two new galleries in collaboration with the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Co-founders Maiza Hixson and Lauren Ruth will teach curatorial practice to UArts MFA students out of two open-air galleries that students will erect and curate throughout the summer as part of a hands-on curatorial curriculum. The Shaft galleries at UArts are designed without walls and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Students will learn to apply curatorial methods to art making, to conceptualize and critique exhibitions, and to write press releases and curatorial statements. “The Shaft will encourage students to produce critically-engaged, participatory exhibitions that place a strong emphasis on safety, affordability, accessibility, portability, and hours of opening pleasure,” Hixson and Ruth said.

The Shaft built a free, open-air curatorial school for artists which included a free white cube gallery startup kit and curriculum.


A collaboration between The Shaft and MFA Curatorial Students: Corrina Mehiel (lead curator), Marc Boyson, Amy Brand, David Butler, Catherine D'Arpa, Deborah Decker, Nathan Goddard, Keith Grabowsky, Todd Molinari Beth Scher, Jaclyn Seufert, Jeremy Siedt, Daniel Westfield, and Ziyou Zhu.


Signing up visitors for the "Six-Week Intensive Curatorial Training School for Artists", which included a limited-edition white cube gallery startup kit.

During the opening Maiza Hixson taught a lesson on curating to visitors and passersby. 

The curatorial classroom prompted discussions on collaborative exhibition making and exhibition suggestions for the new public gallery location.

MFA students interacted with visitors and passersby, explaining the project and the Shaft's upcoming program of student-curated events.

A curatorial manifesto written by Maiza Hixson is delivered to visitors.

MFA students developed an exhibition schedule entitled "F5: Five First Fridays."


Curatorial Team: Marc Boyson, Amy Brand, David Butler, Catherine D'Arpa, Deborah Decker, Nathan Goddard, Keith Grabowsky, Corrina Mehiel, Todd Molinari, Beth Scher, Jaclyn Seufert, Jeremy Siedt, Daniel Westfield, and Ziyou Zhu, in collaboration with The Shaft

Students as Greek philosophers from The School of Athens in the Shafting Student Loans exhibition.