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3/14/14: Congressman John Lewis to Speak at School of Visual Arts 2014 Commencement Exercises

Congressman John Lewis to Speak at School of Visual Arts 2014 Commencement Exercises

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:00pm
The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Private event; Press seats available at 212.592.2010 or proffice@sva.edu

School of Visual Arts announced today that 14-term Georgia Congressman John Lewis, often described as "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” has accepted the College’s invitation to speak at this year’s commencement exercises. The event takes place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York City. The ceremony is a ticketed event and open to students and invited guests only. It will be streamed live via a webcast at www.sva.edu/commencement.

Admired by many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress, John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building what he calls "The Beloved Community” in America. He is the co-author, with SVA alumnus Nate Powell (BFA 2000 Cartooning) and writer Andrew Aydin, of March: Book One (Top Shelf Productions, 2013), the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel. He is also the author of Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change (Hyperion, 2012), winner of the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Best Literary Work-Biography.

John Lewis helped spearhead one of the most seminal moments of the Civil Rights Movement: the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. What began as a peaceful, orderly protest, organized to draw attention to the need for voting rights in the state, became a brutal attack by Alabama state troopers.

News broadcasts and photographs of “Bloody Sunday” revealed the senseless cruelty of the segregated South, helping to hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Born the son of sharecroppers in Alabama in 1940, John Lewis grew up on his family's farm and attended segregated public schools. He was inspired as a young boy by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States ever since.

As a university student, Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville. He risked his life as a Freedom Rider in 1961 to challenge segregation at bus terminals across the South. As a young man he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. At age 23 he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in 1963.

Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He continued his commitment to the Civil Rights Movement as a leader in the Voter Education Project, transforming the nation's political climate by adding nearly four million minority voters to the rolls.

In 1977, Lewis was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to direct more than 250,000 volunteers of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency. He was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1981, advocating for ethics in government and neighborhood preservation. In 1986 he was elected to Congress, where he continues to serve as U.S. Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District. He is Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party, a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, a member of its Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support and Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Oversight.

John Lewis holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Fisk University, and he is a graduate of the American Baptist Theological Seminary. His numerous awards include the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, granted by President Barack Obama; the Lincoln Medal from the historic Ford’s Theatre; the National Education Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize; and honors from the Academy of Excellence, Georgetown University and the NAACP. He is the only recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for Lifetime Achievement.

John Lewis’s biography is entitled Walking With The Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. He is also the subject of two other books: Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement, by Ann Bausum; and John Lewis in the Lead, by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson, with illustrations by famous Georgia artist, Bennie Andrews.

John Lewis will join a distinguished group of leaders in the arts, humanities and public service who have spoken at SVA’s commencement exercises in past years, including cultural critic Greil Marcus, multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner, historian Robert A. Caro, Governor Mario Cuomo, biologist Dr. Gerald Edelman, opera singer Ronan Tynan and actor B.D. Wong as well as New York Times columnists Maureen Dowd, Nicholas Kristof and Frank Rich.

SVA President David Rhodes will confer BFA, MA, MAT, MFA and MPS degrees on more than 1,100 degree candidates in SVA’s 2014 graduation class at the commencement exercises.

School of Visual Arts is a comprehensive college of art and design offering the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in advertising; animation; cartooning; computer art, computer animation and visual effects; film and video; fine arts; design; illustration; interior design; photography; and visual and critical studies; Master of Fine Arts in art criticism and writing; art practice; computer art; design; design for social innovation; fine arts; illustration; interaction design; photography, products of design, social documentary; and visual narrative; the degree of Master of Professional Studies in art therapy; branding; digital photography; fashion photography; and live action short film; the degree of Master of Arts in critical theory and the arts; curatorial practice; and design research, writing and criticism; and the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching in art education.

SVA alumni include: fine artists Inka Essenhigh, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Keith Haring, Suzanne McClelland, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Kenny Scharf, Gary Simmons and Sarah Sze; photographers Guy Aroch, Renée Cox, Justine Kurland and Lorna Simpson. Others include Paul Davis, principal, Paul Davis Studio; Sal DeVito, creative director, DeVito/Verdi; Pete Hamill, author and journalist; Patrick McDonnell, creator, Mutts comic strip; Bill Plympton, Academy-Award nominee, Guard Dog; Bryan Singer, director, X-Men, Usual Suspects; Carlos Saldanha, director, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio; Harris Savides, cinematographer, Zodiac and Milk.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu.

Media Contact: Lisa Batchelder, 212.592.2164, lbatchelder@sva.edu

10/8/13: “Primary Sources: Documenting SVA and the New York Art World, 1966 - 1985”

“Primary Sources: Documenting SVA and the New York Art World, 1966 - 1985”
November 19 – December 18, 2013
Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm

School of Visual Arts presents “Primary Sources: Documenting SVA and the New York Art World, 1966 – 1985,” a survey of the myriad new ways of making and experiencing art that found a home at the College over two decades. The exhibition brings together publications, posters and press materials, artist correspondence, installation plans and photographs, and other rarely seen documents, along with works in various media by 21 artists who exhibited at SVA: Vito Acconci, Stephen Antonakos, Jared Bark, Rosemarie Castoro, William Conlon, Donna Dennis, Cris Gianakos, Carol Haerer, Nicholas Hondrogen, Alfred Jensen, Joan Jonas, Donald Kaufman, Sol LeWitt, Charles Luce, Dennis Oppenheim, Lucio Pozzi, Michael Singer, Eve Sonneman, John Torreano, Stan Vanderbeek and Lawrence Weiner. Organized by Beth Kleber, archivist, and Zachary Sachs, coordinator, “Primary Sources” will be on view November 19 – December 18, 2013 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, New York City.

There were many factors that brought SVA and emerging artists together in the late 20th century. Beginning in the 1970s, student exhibitions were held at SVA-operated galleries in Tribeca and then SoHo; these shows stand today as some of the earliest instances of a college presenting student work within a thriving gallery scene. At the same time, the College's policy of hiring practicing artists led to a faculty that included Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard and Brice Marden, while SVA-organized lectures, performances and screenings brought attention to such figures as Laurie Anderson, Allan Kaprow and Lawrence Weiner. The proximity of the College's campus to downtown Manhattan further strengthened the connection between SVA students and the city's art community.

Exhibition highlights include the conceptual-art milestone “Working drawings and other visible things on paper not necessarily meant to be viewed as art” (1966), for which artist Mel Bochner solicited sketches, notes, receipts and other ephemera from Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold and others, then photocopied and displayed them in four identical binders; “Line” (1976), in which neon sculpture by Stephen Antonakos shared space with a Cy Twombly drawing and a Gordon Matta-Clark photographic collage; “Performance Spaces” (1972), in which Bill Beckley was seen singing while doing push-ups and, in a separate video, Dennis Oppenheim munched on a gingerbread man; and “Sculptural Density” (1981), featuring work by Carl Andre, Nicholas Hondrogen, Martin Puryear, Joel Shapiro, Mia Westerlund, Tim Whiten and Jackie Windsor. “The abundance of material testifies to both the range and the concentration of energies present in New York and the emphasis the College and its faculty put on participating in a living dialogue with contemporary art,” says Kleber.

The School of Visual Arts Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of School of Visual Arts. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the College and to provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other members of the SVA community, as well as scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of the College’s activities on the history of American artistic, social, and cultural development. Materials in the Archives collections include posters, announcements, departmental and student publications, and other printed ephemera and artifacts, dating back to SVA’s founding in 1947. The Archives also collects administrative and departmental records, photographs, and the papers of important individuals associated with the College. For more information, visit www.svaarchives.org.

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26 Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, is open 10:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For further information call 212.592.2145.

Media Contact: Michael Grant, mgrant@sva.edu, 212.592.2011.

7/23/13: School of Visual Arts Launches a New MA Program in Curatorial Practice, Chaired by Steven Henry Madoff

School of Visual Arts Launches a New MA Program in Curatorial Practice, Chaired by Steven Henry Madoff

School of Visual Arts President David Rhodes announced today the creation of a new MA in Curatorial Practice, a two-year degree focused on professional training grounded in hands-on work with experts in curation, art history and theory. The new department is chaired by internationally-renowned curator, critic and author Steven Henry Madoff, who has taught in the MFA Art Practice Department at SVA since 2011. SVA will begin accepting applications for the program in September.

“As someone who has had an impact on how art is seen and understood around the world, Steven is uniquely well-suited to lead New York City’s first graduate program for curatorial professionals,” said President Rhodes in an email to the SVA community. “I have no doubt the city, and SVA, will offer a fertile environment for this important work.”

The new department will emphasize studies with professionals from New York’s vast resource of world-class arts institutions. In addition, it will serve as a hub for curators and other arts experts in New York and from around the world, creating new strategic partnerships that will give students access to international curation opportunities. The MA in Curatorial Practice will address a variety of platforms, considering art and design as components within a larger interdisciplinary field.

 “The exponential growth of the global arts enterprise—museums, galleries, alternative spaces, biennials, art fairs, expositions, online art sites and the sheer number of publicly and privately supported art venues—has greatly increased the need for curatorial knowledge and production,” Madoff said. “The Master’s in Curatorial Practice at SVA will take full advantage of the opportunities for study, mentorship and professional development right on our doorstep in New York City, and will offer international colleagues a connection point as well.”

Among those slated to teach in the program are Matthew Higgs, director and chief curator, White Columns, New York; Hou Hanru, internationally renowned independent curator; Richard Flood, director of special projects and curator at large, the New Museum, New York; Claire Gilman, curator, the Drawing Center, New York; David A. Ross, former director of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and chair of MFA Art Practice at SVA; David Frankel, editorial director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Charles Renfro, partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Manon Slome, former curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and president and chief curator, No Longer Empty, New York; Daniel Kunitz, editor in chief, Modern Painters; and Jovana Stokic, former curator of performance, Location One, New York and deputy chair, MA in Curatorial Practice, SVA; among many others.

The advisory council for the new MA Curatorial Practice department comprises Marina Abramovic, artist, New York; Defne Ayas, director, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Daniel Birnbaum, director, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Okwui Enwezor, director, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Thelma Golden, director, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Madeleine Grynsztejn, director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hou Hanru,, artistic director, Maxxi, National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome; Udo Kittelmann, director, National Gallery, Berlin; Suzanne Landau, director and chief curator, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Ivo Mesquita, Director, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo; Lars Nittve, executive director, M+, Hong Kong; Lisa Phillips, director, The New Museum, New York; Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, director, Osmos, New York; Paul Schimmel, partner, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles; Olga Viso, executive director, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Sheena Wagstaff, chairman, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
 
Steven Henry Madoff has curated internationally and published widely over the last quarter of a century. Formerly president and editorial director of the AltaCultura division of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and senior critic at the Yale University School of Art, he lectures on contemporary art throughout the world. He has served as a curator the Venice Biennale, and most recently he directed “Host & Guest,” a multi-platform program of exhibitions and events at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Madoff has served as executive editor of ARTnews and is a contributing editor at Modern Painters and ARTnews, His criticism and journalism have appeared regularly in such publications as The New York Times, Time, Artforum, Art in America, Art + Auction and Tate Etc. His books include Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) (MIT Press, 2009), Pop Art: A Critical History (University of California Press, 1997) and Christopher Wilmarth: Light and Gravity (Princeton University Press, 2004), among others. He has published monographic essays on such artists as Marina Abramovic, Rebecca Horn, Kimsooja and Ann Hamilton, among many others.

Madoff is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets. He holds his B.A. from Columbia University, where he was the Butler Scholar in the Humanities, and did his graduate work in English and Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford University.

School of Visual Arts is a comprehensive college of art and design offering the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in advertising; animation; cartooning; computer art, computer animation and visual effects; design; film and video; fine arts; illustration; interior design; photography; and visual and critical studies; the degree of Master of Arts in critical theory and the arts; and curatorial practice beginning in the fall of 2014); the degree of Master of Fine Arts in art criticism and writing; art practice; computer art; design; design criticism; design for social innovation; fine arts; illustration as visual essay; interaction design; photography, video and related media; products of design; social documentary film; and visual narrative; the degree of Master of Professional Studies in art therapy; branding; digital photography; fashion photography; and live action short film; and the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching in art education.

School of Visual Arts is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. SVA is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the International Association of Independent Schools for Art and Design (AIAS) and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades.  With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu.

Media Contact: Lisa Batchelder, 212.592.2164 or lbatchelder@sva.edu.
 

6/24/13: Mark Tribe Named Chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department at School of Visual Arts

Mark Tribe Named Chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department at School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts President David Rhodes announced today the appointment of Mark Tribe as chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department. Tribe is an artist, educator and the founder of Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. He has been on the faculty of the MFA Art Practice Department at SVA since 2011 and served as a thesis advisor in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department in 2001 and 2003. Tribe has also taught at Brown University, Columbia University School of the Arts and Williams College. His new appointment at SVA begins July 1.

“Mark has proven himself an innovator in the truest sense of the term,” said President Rhodes in an email to the SVA community. “As an artist, writer and frequent lecturer on art, politics and technology, he has also distinguished himself as an essential guide to our culture. I’m confident he will bring the same passion and critical acumen to his new role at SVA.”

 “My main goals as chair of this department will be to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary culture and to encourage students to take risks,” Tribe said. “What excites me most about this position is the opportunity to participate in a conversation.”

Tribe’s art explores the aesthetics of political performances such as protest speeches, street protests and militia training exercises. His photographs, installations, videos and performances are exhibited widely, including recent solo projects at Momenta Art, New York; G-MK, Zagreb; LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), the San Diego Museum of Art; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio. Tribe is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010) and New Media Art (Taschen, 2006) and numerous articles. His work has been discussed in Artforum, Art in America, Art Papers, Artscope, Bomblog, Brooklyn Rail, Daily Beast, Flash Art Italia, Framework, Freize, Hyperallergic, Killscreen, Newsweek, New York, October, The New York Times, Village Voice, Wired, X-tra, and Zing, among others. He has taught courses on radical media, the art of curating, open-source culture, digital art and techniques of surveillance. Tribe’s Posse Comitatus, a collaboration with Chelsea Knight that employs dance and video to examine the activities of American paramilitary groups, is on view at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, through September 9.

The MFA Fine Arts Department reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. While some students may remain committed to a single medium for the duration of their study, most experiment with multiple modes of production. In addition to drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students may explore animation, digital art, installation, performance, photography, public projects, social practice, video, and numerous other disciplines. This two-year, 60-credit program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support.

School of Visual Arts is a comprehensive college of art and design offering the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in advertising; animation; cartooning; computer art, computer animation and visual effects; film and video; fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interior design; photography; and visual and critical studies; the degree of Master of Fine Arts in art criticism and writing; art practice; computer art; design; design criticism; design for social innovation; fine arts; illustration as visual essay; interaction design; photography, video and related media; products of design; social documentary film; and Visual Narrative; the degree of Master of Professional Studies in art therapy; branding; digital photography; fashion photography; and live action short film; and the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching in art education.

School of Visual Arts is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. SVA is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the International Association of Independent Schools for Art and Design (AIAS) and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades.  With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu.

Media Contact: Michael Grant, 212.592.2011, mgrant@sva.edu.
 

3/28/13: Cultural Critic Greil Marcus to Speak at School of Visual Arts 2013 Commencement Exercises

Cultural Critic Greil Marcus to Speak at School of Visual Arts 2013 Commencement Exercises

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 1pm
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas
Private event; Press seats available at 212.592.2010 or proffice@sva.edu

School of Visual Arts announced today that distinguished journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus has accepted the College’s invitation to speak at this year’s commencement exercises. The event takes place on Thursday, May 9, 2013, 1pm, at Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. The ceremony is a ticketed event and open to students and invited guests only. It will be streamed live via a webcast at www.sva.edu/commencement.

Greil Marcus, author of the highly acclaimed book Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ’n’ Roll Music (1975), first began writing criticism in 1968 at Rolling Stone, where he remains a contributing editor. He has since written as a music, film, television, and literary columnist for City (San Francisco), Politicks, Artforum, Creem, The Village Voice, Salon, New West/California, Interview, The New York Times, Esquire, City Pages (Minneapolis) and The Believer, where his “Real Life Rock Top 10” column appears regularly. His work has also appeared in Die Zeit, The London Review of Books, The Sunday Times of London, Another Room, and other publications.

Mr. Marcus’ 1989 book Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century—a study of the hidden voices of counterculture in 1970s London, 1950s Paris, and Zurich and Berlin in the nineteen-teens—inspired a soundtrack album by Rough Trade and a theatrical adaptation by the Rude Mechanicals of Austin, Texas. His many other publications include Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession (1991), The Dustbin of History (1995), The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes (1997), Double Trouble: Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in a Land of No Alternatives (2000), The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice (2006), and most recently The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years (2011). He co-edited A New Literary History of America (2009) with Werner Sollors and The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad (2004) with Sean Wilentz.

Since 2000, Mr. Marcus has taught at Princeton, University of Minnesota, New York University, and most frequently at the New School and the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, California.

Greil Marcus will join a distinguished group of leaders in the arts, humanities and public service who have spoken at SVA’s commencement exercises in past years, including multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner, historian Robert A. Caro, Governor Mario Cuomo, biologist Dr. Gerald Edelman, opera singer Ronan Tynan and actor B.D. Wong as well as New York Times columnists Maureen Dowd, Nicholas Kristof and Frank Rich.

SVA President David Rhodes will confer BFA, MAT, MFA and MPS degrees on more than 1,100 degree candidates in SVA’s 2013 graduation class at the commencement exercises.


School of Visual Arts is a comprehensive college of art and design offering the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in advertising; animation; cartooning; computer art, computer animation and visual effects; film and video; fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interior design; photography; and visual and critical studies; the degree of Master of Fine Arts in art criticism and writing; art practice; computer art; design; design criticism; design for social innovation; fine arts; illustration as visual essay; interaction design; photography, video and related media; products of design; social documentary film; and visual narrative (beginning summer 2013); the degree of Master of Professional Studies in art therapy; branding; digital photography; fashion photography; and live action short film; the degree of Master of Arts in critical theory and the arts; and the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching in art education.


With over 6,000 students and 1,100 faculty members, SVA represents one of the largest and most influential creative communities in the world. SVA counts some of the world's most acclaimed artists among its more than 27,000 alumni. Many thousands of them constitute the core of the cultural capital of the world, New York City, while thousands of others can be found throughout the U.S. and in over thirty countries. Some notable alumni include: fine artists Inka Essenhigh, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Keith Haring, Suzanne McClelland, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Kenny Scharf, Gary Simmons and Sarah Sze; photographers Guy Aroch, Renée Cox, Justine Kurland and Lorna Simpson. Others include Paul Davis, principal, Paul Davis Studio; Sal DeVito, creative director, DeVito/Verdi; Pete Hamill, author and journalist; Patrick McDonnell, creator, Mutts comic strip; Bill Plympton, Academy-Award nominee, Guard Dog; Bryan Singer, director, X-Men, Usual Suspects; Carlos Saldanha, director, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio; Harris Savides, cinematographer, Zodiac and Milk.


School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades.  With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu.

Media Contact: Lisa Batchelder, 212.592.2164, lbatchelder@sva.edu.
 

6/23/12: School of Visual Arts Announces a New Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Narrative

School of Visual Arts Announces a New Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Narrative

New York, NY, June 23, 2012—Beginning in the summer of 2013, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) will offer an MFA in Visual Narrative. The MFA is built on an innovative approach to storytelling: the education of the “artist as author,” which puts equal emphasis on creative writing and visual expression. This flexible, low-residency 60-credit program is designed for working professionals and recent graduates from all creative disciplines who are interested in incorporating visual narrative into their art practice.

The program will be chaired by editorial illustrator and comic book artist Nathan Fox, who graduated from SVA in 2002 with an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay. Fox announced the program’s launch during his presentation at this year’s Heroes Convention (HeroesCon 2012) in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Great visual storytellers challenge our notions of self and truth, engaging an audience to its core,” Fox said beforehand. “That level of visual narrative becomes an experience, a moment not soon forgotten, a memory forever cherished. These works have withstood the test of time, becoming part of our history and cultural identities.”

Students in the program will be on campus in Manhattan for three intensive eight-week summer residencies. During the fall and spring semesters, they will work online, synthesizing the skills and crafts presented in the summer sessions. During the summer, students will attend classes and seminars and work in the studios for eight to ten hours per day, six days a week. The summer sessions will concentrate on advanced writing, digital media and the process and craft of visual storytelling.

Courses include “History of Visual Storytelling: The Picture Book,” “Form, Empathy and Character Play” and “Web and Digital Media.” In the third year, each student will produce, curate and/or publish a narrative thesis in both analog and digital form that will be exhibited in a group show in one of the SVA galleries.  “Since visual communication technologies are advancing rapidly in such areas as e-books, interactive websites, podcasts, social media outlets and mobile devices,” said Fox, “the program is geared toward preparing students for the challenges and opportunities in this digital marketplace.”

Applicants with a figurative art background in any medium are welcome. Fox said that there is a growing demand for talented and original content creators in all forms of advertising, fine arts, game design, picture books, graphic novels, film, illustration and animation. He continued, “The MFA Visual Narrative Department at SVA will enable students to become creative, responsible arbiters of visual storytelling, able to shape their own identities, artistic voices and narrative art, regardless of medium.”    

Faculty members include Jennifer Daniel, illustrator and graphics director; Edward Hemingway, feature reporter, comic writer and children’s book author; Ross MacDonald, author, illustrator and designer; Matt Madden, writer and artist; Leonard Marcus, children’s book illustration expert; Benjamin Marra, comic book writer and artist, founder and publisher of Traditional Comics; Dan Nadel, author and owner of PictureBox, Inc.; Matt Rota, illustrator; and Ben Zackheim, senior product manager and director for AOL Games. 

Additional information about the MFA Visual Narrative Department at SVA can be found at http://sva.edu/mfavisualnarrative.

Nathan Fox is an editorial illustrator and comic book artist. His work has appeared in the The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, Interview, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Spin, Mad Magazine, Image Comics, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics and Marvel. In addition, his art has been featured in projects for MTV, the Burton US Open 2009, the Nike House of Hoops, the 1800 Tequila 2012 Essential Artist Series Bottles, Instant Winner, REAL Skateboards and many others.

School of Visual Arts is a comprehensive college of art and design which has been authorized by the New York State Education Department to confer the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in advertising; animation; cartooning; computer art, animation and visual effects; film and video; fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interior design; photography; and visual and critical studies; and to confer the degree of Master of Fine Arts in art criticism and writing; art practice; computer art; design; design criticism; design for social innovation; fine arts; illustration as visual essay; interaction design; photography, video and related media; products of design; social documentary film; and visual narrative. SVA also offers the degree of Master of Arts in critical theory and the arts; and the degree of Master of Professional Studies in art therapy; branding; digital photography; fashion photography; and live action short film; and the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching in art education.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

Media Contact: For further information or to arrange interviews with Nathan Fox, please contact the Office of Communication at 212.592.2010 or proffice@sva.edu.

3/8/12 : New School of Visual Arts Website Highlights Visual and Social Media Content Created by the SVA Community

New School of Visual Arts Website Highlights Visual and Social Media Content Created by the SVA Community

New York, March 8, 2012 – School of Visual Arts launched a redesigned website today, with a dynamic and visually rich online presence that aggregates media feeds of various types – social, video, image, text – to reflect the breadth of the SVA community and bring its collective artistic output to the forefront. The site can be viewed at sva.edu.

“The new SVA site isn’t just an online brochure,” says SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes. “It’s more like a family portrait that changes every day. With over 1,100 faculty members, 6,000 students and 27,000 alumni, SVA is a pretty big family. From the homepage to every other page on the site, we’re showing off the best work made by our students, faculty and alumni – their words, images, blogs, tweets and more.”

Built on contemporary open-source architecture, the new site provides an easy-to-navigate framework for finding information and discovering new content created by students, faculty and alumni in SVA’s thirty academic and studio departments. The landing webpage is curated daily, reflecting SVA’s ever-growing pool of talent in the fine arts, design, advertising, film and photography communities. The rich visual content also enables users to tap into SVA’s exhibitions and public programming, which appeal to the New York arts community at large. The website’s redesign was led by SVA Director of Design and Digital Media Michael Walsh and implemented by the New York-based interactive agency Funny Garbage.

School of Visual Arts is a comprehensive college of art and design offering the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in advertising; animation; cartooning; computer art, computer animation and visual effects; film and video; fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interior design; photography; and visual and critical studies; the degree of Master of Fine Arts in art criticism and writing; art practice; computer art; design; design criticism; design for social innovation; fine arts; illustration as visual essay; interaction design; photography, video and related media; products of design; social documentary film; and visual narrative (beginning summer 2013); the degree of Master of Professional Studies in art therapy; branding; digital photography; fashion photography; and live action short film; the degree of Master of Arts in Critical Theory and the Arts; and the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching in art education.

With over 6000 students and 1100 faculty members, SVA represents one of the largest and most influential creative communities in the world. SVA counts some of the world's most acclaimed artists among its more than 27,000 alumni. Many thousands of them constitute the core of the cultural capital of the world, New York City, while thousands of others can be found throughout the U.S. and in over thirty countries. Some notable alumni include: fine artists Inka Essenhigh, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Keith Haring, Suzanne McClelland, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Kenny Scharf, Gary Simmons and Sarah Sze; photographers Guy Aroch, Renée Cox, Justine Kurland and Lorna Simpson. Others include Paul Davis, principal, Paul Davis Studio; Sal DeVito, creative director, DeVito/Verdi; Pete Hamill, author and journalist; Patrick McDonnell, creator, Mutts comic strip; Bill Plympton, Academy-Award nominee, Guard Dog; Bryan Singer, director, X-Men, Usual Suspects; Carlos Saldanha, director, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio; Harris Savides, cinematographer, Zodiac and Milk.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

Media contact:  For images or additional information, contact Gayle Snible at 212.592.2209 or proffice@sva.edu.

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