Unmuted: The 22nd Thacher Art + Architecture Annual

May 7 – July 30, 2021

Online exhibition and programs
Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco

Following a year during which our collective interactions have primarily occurred virtually, the 22nd Thacher Annual playfully responds to the now ubiquitous phrase, “You’re on mute!” While the impacts of the pandemic have left many feeling disconnected and stifled, Unmuted provides a platform for University of San Francisco student artists to speak out, express themselves, and let their creative voices be heard.

The exhibition presents 64 works by junior and senior majors and minors from USF’s Department of Art + Architecture. With themes ranging from isolation to our dependence on the natural environment, the featured works represent an honest vocalization of emotions, experiences, and discoveries made during the silence of the pandemic. Through these artworks, viewers are invited to reflect on their own experiences during the past year.

Digital collage of artist work for the Unmuted exhibition

View the Virtual Exhibition

Enter the Unmuted 3D exhibition and explore it on your own, or take a guided tour.


Take a tour

Unmuted is presented by USF’s Thacher Gallery and Art History & Museum Studies Thacher Practicum class led by Nell Herbert. Student curators include Evan Carlson, Shannon Foley, Christina Gazi, Maria Ivanyuk, Julia Kea, Catherine Pluimer, Nora Robbins, Zoe Sun, and Quinna Xia. Exhibited artworks were selected by jurors Jenna Marie Blair, Eddie Herena, Cynthia Hooper, and Weston Teruya.

Featured Artists


The Thacher Practicum class would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the Unmuted exhibition project:

Jenna Marie Blair, Kevin B. Chen, Eddie Herena, Cynthia Hooper, Weston Teruya, Rio Yañez, USF’s Department of Web Services, and the Thacher Gallery team: Victoria Farlow, Andrea Gonzales (designer), Nell Herbert, Ariane Corinne Reyes, Glori Simmons, and Somer Taylor.