I Contain Multitudes: The 20th Thacher Art + Architecture Annual

May 3 – June 30, 2019
Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco

Drawing its name from Walt Whitman’s poem Song of Myself, the University of San Francisco (USF) 20th Thacher Art + Architecture Annual exhibition I Contain Multitudes celebrates the diverse points of view and artistic approaches of the exhibition’s 29 featured artists. Themes including mental health, identity, and sustainability reflect the unique experiences, backgrounds and interests of USF students. Presenting 54 works by junior and senior majors and minors from USF’s Department of Art + Architecture, the exhibition invites visitors to contemplate their own multitudes.

Among the featured works are Kendall McCarthy’s series Imprinted and Arantza Aramburu’s When It Was Okay, both of which explore identity and self-reflection. Joshua Oakley’s interactive website Lipstick On A Pig questions the ways that we impact and alter the environment, while Lena Heller’s Quilt uses unconventional materials to make a statement about the feminine condition. Mackenzie Miller’s Mug applies mathematical concepts to transform an everyday object into an intricate ceramic sculpture. This exhibition is presented by Thacher Gallery and USF’s Art History/Arts Management undergraduate Thacher Practicum class, led by Nell Herbert.


  • Arantza Aramburu
  • Lena Heller, Quilt
  • Kendall McCarthy
  • Mackenzie Miller
  • Albert Nessia
  • Joshua Oakley
  • Fang Chi Su