Apr 23, 2023, 2PM–4PM

Extra Credit: Objects of Ritual


Guided by MFA candidates and ICA docents, Rain Gideon and Lin Li, participants will explore how ritual and personal relationships are central to their and Terence Nance’s artmaking practices through guided conversation and hands-on artmaking. Participants will create their own totems or ritual objects using found materials that draw inspiration from Terence Nance’s practice of honoring his ancestors through altarmaking as seen in Swarm.


Register to attend this workshop here. 

If you require any accessibility accommodations such as audio description or ASL interpretation, or have any questions about the program, please contact Brittany Clottey at bclottey@ica.upenn.edu.

About this series

Extra Credit is a programming series for anyone interested in learning about the ideas, terms, practices, and history of contemporary art in an informal setting. Led by local artists and graduate students from the Penn’s Weitzman School of Design, eash session is designed to provide audiences a peek into the facilitator’s practice, get inspired to try a related artmaking technique, and/or enrich their understanding of complex ideas around contemporary art.

About the artists

Rain Gideon (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator who is a second year MSW/MFA at the University of Pennsylvania. In her research and practice, she explores altered states of consciousness, the expanded field of photography & imaging, memory, and caregiving as an essential form of labor. Rain is a trained birth doula and a social work student who is currently training to become a psychedelic-assisted therapist. 

Lin Li (she/her) is a first-generation immigrant and interdisciplinary artist. Her work explores her own experience as it relates to diaspora culture and identity formation. She works in sculpture, installation, painting, and performance and is pursuing an MFA at the University of Pennsylvania. Through her art, Lin invites viewers to reflect on their own identities and the challenges of migration and home-making.


Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.