MASS Alexandria launched its Pilot Studio Program in October 2010. The four-month program was extended for an additional three months, in response to the Jan25 Revolution in Egypt.
The program culminated in a 3-day exhibition in May 2011. The Pilot Studio Program included 12 students selected through an application and interview process in September 2010.
During the Pilot Studio Program, MASS Alexandria hosted lectures, talks, conversations, workshops, seminars, studio visits, critique sessions and discussions with a roster of local and international artists, curators and educators including: Adriano Pedrosa, Curator of 12th Istanbul Biennial; Alex Freedman, Curator, NYC; Amal Khalaf, Curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; Angela Harutunyan, Curator, Art Historian, American University Cairo (AUC); Alexandra Stock, Assistant Director, Townhouse, Cairo; Bruce Ferguson, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, AUC; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director, documenta 13, Kassel; Devon Youngblood, Graduate Student, Harvard, Research Fellow, Townhouse, Cairo; Janna Graham, Curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; Judith Wielander, Curator of 2nd Bordeaux Biennale; Klaus vom Bruch, Artist, Professor at Academy of Fine Arts Munich; Lindsay Lawson, Video Artist, Berlin; Luigi Coppola, Artist, Curator of 2nd Bordeaux Biennale; Mai Eldib, Client Developer, Sotheby’s, NYC; Mai Elwakil, Cultural Editor, Al Masry Al Youm (English Online); Malak Helmy, Artist, Writer, Cairo and San Francisco; N’Goné Fall, Independent Curator, Art Critic, Paris/Dakar; Ryan Inouye, Assistant Curator, New Museum, NYC; Sarah Rifky, Curator, Adjunct Professor, AUC; Soren Thilo-Funder, Artist, Copenhagen; Susanne Pfeffer, Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Wael Shawky, Artist, Founding Director of MASS Alexandria and William Wells, Founding Director of Townhouse, Cairo.