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MFU: Miami

26 February - 31 May, 2017

The MFU: MIAMI is the pilot semester of ArtCenter/South Florida’s Fellowship Program, which brings distinguished faculty, alternative education initiatives, and cultural practitioners together in Miami to foster the exchange of knowledge. The program provides residents interested in working outside traditional disciplinary boundaries with the resources, time, and feedback to develop programs and courses that will be taught in future iterations of ArtCenter’s Program for Applied Artistic Research. For this pilot semester, which runs from February-May 2017, selected fellows will take part in BHQFU's MFU: Miami Seminar. Led by BHQFU faculty and visiting guests, this seminar will examine contemporary art and art education.

Five selected residents receive a stipend of $3750, travel expenses, and live/work housing at ArtCenter/Downtown Miami. We received 265 applications for this program, 125 of which were from international applicants representing every continent except Antarctica. 

The MFU: Miami is proudly unaccredited and offers no degree.


Meet The Residents

Zain Alam

Zain Alam is a storyteller and musician whose work explores South Asian artistic traditions, transnational movements in the Islamic world, and diasporic identity in the U.S. Raised in Kennesaw, GA, he graduated from Wesleyan University where he wrote a thesis on the makings of an Indian Muslim and muhajir diaspora after Partition. He returned to India on the AIF Clinton fellowship as a story scholar for the 1947 Partition Archive. During this time, he wrote the songs that grew into the NYC-based band and recording project, Humeysha. He is presently a graduate student of Islamic studies at Harvard University, seeking to enrich the aesthetic and conceptual processes behind his creative endeavors.


Kayla Delacerda

Kayla Delacerda was born in Miami in 1992. Her photography, sculpture, and video work has been shown throughout Miami since 2008. She is a founding member of Midnight Thrift, a nightlife thrift store established in 2015.


Amir George

Amir George is a practicing alchemist working as a motion picture artist and film programmer. Amir creates work for the cinema, installation, and live performance. Born and bred in Chicago, his motion picture work and curated programs have been screened in festivals and galleries nationally, and internationally. In addition to founding Cinema Culture, a grassroots film programming organization, George is the co-curator of Black Radical Imagination, a touring experimental film series.


Juan Ledesma

Juan Ledesma (b. 1988) lives and works in Miami, FL. His practice mines discourse rooted in the historic avant-garde and the way it has informed more current colloquial musical traditions. Ledesma is the co-founder of Goin’ Ghost, a platform for recording and releasing musical projects.


Rachael Rakes

Rachael Rakes is curator, critic, and teacher from New York, currently working as an editor for the Brooklyn Rail, programmer at large for Film Society of Lincoln Center, and an editor at large for Verso Books. Rakes has recently contributed criticism to Art-Agenda, Artforum, and Ocula, and organized exhibitions for ISCP, Malmö Konsthall, and the Hessel Museum of Art. From 2010-2013, Rakes was Assistant Curator at the Museum of the Moving Image. With Leo Goldsmith, she teaches a course at Harvard Summer School called Documentary Aesthetics in Contemporary Art, and and is at work on a book on radical filmmaker Peter Watkins, which received a 2014 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.