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7/24/17: Marshall Arisman: An Artist’s Journey From Dark to Light, 1972-2017

“Marshall Arisman: An Artist’s Journey From Dark to Light, 1972-2017,” a retrospective spanning 45 years of the legendary artist's career  

SVA Chelsea Gallery

601 West 26th Street, 15th floor

 

August 19 – September 16, 2017

Reception: Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 – 8:00pm

 

New York, New York - School of Visual Arts presents “Marshall Arisman: An Artist’s Journey From Dark to Light, 1972-2017,” an exhibition spanning the legendary artist's 45-year career. The multi-media retrospective, featuring paintings, sculptures, etchings, editorial illustrations and short films, is on view from August 19 through September 16 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.

The works in “An Artist’s Journey from Dark to Light” reflect  Arisman’s embrace of both good and evil, a perspective shaped early on by his grandmother, a psychic and medium who advised him to live his life “in the space between angels and demons.” Included are pen-and-ink drawings of firing-squad executions, suicides and portraits of villains both real (Adolf Hitler, for U.S. News & World Report) and fictional (Darth Vader, for TIME, and Hannibal Lecter, for numerous outlets), as well as examples of Arisman’s fine art, which gravitated toward more enlightened themes, particularly in recent years. Paintings of sacred animals including monkeys, cats and aura-bearing buffalo will be on display, as well as SVA's subway posters based upon his series of Angels and Demons. The 2014 posters were released as part of the College’s long-running SVA Subway Series.

Marshall Arisman's paintings are in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Print Collection, the New-York Historical Society, the National  Gallery of Art, The Guandong Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Arisman's work has appeared regularly in such publications as Esquire, Harper's, Omni, Playboy, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and The Nation, creating an enduring iconoclastic presence in contemporary visual communications. As the chair of SVA’s MFA program Illustration as Visual Essay, Arisman continues to inspire future generations of artists to use mysticism as a tool to make sense of the world around them and create impactful stories in the process.

A reception for Arisman will take place at the gallery on Tuesday, August 22, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. For more information about the exhibition, please visit: http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/marshall-arisman-an-artists-journey-from-dark-to-light-1972-2017

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For more information, call 212.592.2145.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven 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. Comprising 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.

 

 

6.7.17: Women In Animation Partners With School of Visual Arts To Give Students Early Access To Support

WOMEN IN ANIMATION REACHING INTO THE FUTURE

WITH STUDENT MEMBERSHIP AND

ACADEMIC SPONSORSHIP DRIVES

 

WIA Partners with Schools to Give Students Early Access to Support

 

Los Angeles, CA – Women in Animation (WIA) is pleased to announce the first round of academic partnerships to encourage student participation in the WIA network of support. The School of Visual Arts (SVA) has aligned as both a corporate sponsor as well as a membership sponsor, and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has agreed to be a membership sponsor so that more of its students can become active in the WIA organization. “We’ve discovered that although the female population accounts for approximately 65% of the student body in animation schools, only 23% of those women are being placed in creative leadership roles within the industry,” explains WIA co-president Marge Dean. “Connecting with women during their academic training is a way for us to support their professional development and effort from the start, and to work together towards our goal of making the creative leadership in the industry 50-50 by 2025,” add Brendan Burch, WIA treasurer and member of the organization’s student committee.

“We at SVA are thrilled to offer our students access to the premier organization for women’s advocacy, gender equality and leadership training. Students are the future of our industry and the support they will gain by joining WIA will be a very positive influence on their education and their careers. We encourage our peers, educators and students to sign the pledge (50/50 by 2025!) - we did!” says John McIntosh, Chair of SVA Computer Art, Animation and Visual Effects.”

"CalArts treasures its long relationship with WIA and deeply appreciates its support for our students and graduates—whether they are still in school, first-time professionals or advanced in their careers. WIA creates an all-important community that encourages women to take creative leadership in the industry and is an essential resource for female professionals in the field of animation," said Leighton Pierce, Dean of CalArts School of Film/Video.

ABOUT WOMEN IN ANIMATION

Women in Animation (WIA) envisions a world in which women share fully in the creation, production and rewards of animation, resulting in richer and more diverse entertainment and media that move our culture forward. The mission of WIA is to bring together a global community of animation professionals to empower and support women in the art, science and business of animation by increasing access to resources, creating opportunities for education, encouraging strong connections between individuals, and inspiring excellence. For more information or to join WIA, please visit http://www.womeninanimation.org.

ABOUT SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven 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. Comprising 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.

ABOUT CALARTS

Ranked as America’s top college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.

 

 

5/4/17: School of Visual Arts’ Makers Market Showcases the Best of SVA Product Innovation with 50 Vendors

School of Visual Arts’ Makers Market

Showcases the Best of SVA Product Innovation with 50 Vendors

 

June 10, 2017, 11:00 – 6:00pm

 

Metropolitan Pavilion

123 W 18th Street, 2nd floor

New York City

 

The School of Visual Arts is pleased to announce Makers Market will be returning to the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street, on Saturday, June 10, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Admission is free.

Building on the entrepreneurial, do-it-yourself spirit of SVA, Makers Market serves as the exclusive one-stop shop for all things designed and created by its vast and innovative artistic community. Now you can find the best of SVA’s innovative products and handmade crafts under one roof. With the curated mix of over 50 vendors selling a range of apparel, accessories and jewelry; furniture, decorative objects and housewares; and stationery and self-published books, magazines and comics, there will be something for everyone at the market.

Notable products include Critter Bitters, the first cocktail bitters made from toasted crickets; Rocio Salceda’s hand-crafted, personalized clothing; Dwarf Star Design’s laser cut technology inspired by nature; Even Keel’s all-natural bath and body line; and innovative products from designer Richard Clarkson including Cloud, an interactive lamp and speaker system that has received press coverage in outlets from BuzzFeed to Fast Company to Wired.

In addition to offering unique goods, the market has a philanthropic purpose, as well: it helps to fund the next generation of SVA designers by donating 100 percent of the booth fees to the College’s Alumni Society student scholarships. The market also includes cause-driven vendors like Take a Stand, an organization that donates proceeds from the sale of their four custom designed silk scarves to Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, National Organization For Women and The International Refugee Assistance Project in support of celebrating diversity and the rights of  women, LGBTQ  and immigrant community.

For more information about the Makers Market, including a complete list of vendors, visit http://www.sva.edu/makers-market.

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. Comprising 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.ed

5/1/17: SVA Premieres Returns to Hollywood Introducing Next Wave of Animators, Artists and Filmmakers to Watch

 “SVA Premieres” Returns to Hollywood

Introducing Next Wave of Animators, Artists and Filmmakers to Watch 

Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study

1313 Vine Street

Hollywood, CA 90028

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reception: 6:30PM

Animation focus: 7:00PM

Film Screening: 8:00PM, followed by cocktails and dessert

 

New York - School of Visual Arts will return to Hollywood June 1 to present SVA Premieres, the art and design college’s annual film and animation showcase, at The Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Los Angeles. SVA Premieres will feature a curated selection of works by talented, recently graduated filmmakers from SVA’s film, animation and visual effects programs who represent a diverse and global range of viewpoints and artistry. The selected group of artists will be present to meet the event’s audience of industry professionals.

SVA Premieres will kick off with a 30-minute spotlight on animation starting at 7pm. The main program, starting at 8pm, will feature the best film and animation projects from nine different programs from the famed art college. This 90-minute presentation will highlight exemplary, emerging talent in directing, screenwriting, cinematography and editing through work that runs the gamut of cinematic storytelling forms including live-action narrative and documentary films to traditional hand-drawn and stop-motion animation, computer-generated 3D and visual effects.

During the program, audience members will be able to experience two distinct exploratory games as VR experiences from computer art students in the theater’s lobby.

To further the mission of introducing the next wave of artists and filmmakers to the industry, the newly minted graduates will visit local studios, including Disney TV, Titmouse, 6 Point Harness, NBC Universal, Buzzfeed, and Deutsch to connect with professionals and fellow SVA alumni who work at the forefront of the film and animation industries.

SVA alumni have been featured in film festivals across the globe, steering their own projects and making integral contributions to blockbuster releases. They have won Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes and awards at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW and Venice.  Filmmakers and artists as diverse as Craig Gillespie, Yvette Kaplan, Lynn Shelton and Tom Sito, as well as Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers), and Ti West (The House of the Devil) have all studied at SVA.

For information or to RSVP, please visit svapremieres2017.eventbrite.com.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven 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. Comprising 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.

 

 

4/15/17: Writer, Activist and Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem to Speak at 2017 School of Visual Arts Commencement Exercises

 

Writer, Activist and Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem to Speak at

2017 School of Visual Arts Commencement Exercises

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 1:00pm

 

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City

Private event; press seats available: 212.592.2010 or [email protected]

 

New York, March 1, 2017— School of Visual Arts is pleased to announce that writer, activist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem will be the keynote speaker at the College’s 42nd annual commencement exercises, to be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the landmark Radio City Music Hall, located at 1260 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. SVA President David Rhodes will confer BFA, MA, MAT, MFA and MPS degrees on some 1,170 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates enrolled in the College’s 32 academic programs. The event is ticketed and open to degree candidates and invited guests only; the exercises will stream live at sva.edu/commencement.

Gloria Steinem is known throughout the world for her groundbreaking work as a writer, lecturer and political activist and organizer focused on issues of equality, gender roles, child abuse, nonviolent conflict resolution and indigenous peoples and cultures. A champion of women’s and children’s rights, Steinem co-founded Take Our Daughters to Work Day as well as numerous national and international organizations centered around self esteem, race, education, voting, reproduction, including the Women's Action Alliance, National Women's Political Caucus, Voters for Choice, Choice USA (now URGE) and the Ms. Foundation for Women. International organizations she has co-founded include Equality Now, Donor Direct Action and Direct Impact Africa.  

Steinem’s contributions to the publishing world started in the 1970s, when she reported widely read and influential pieces on feminism, culture and politics and co-founded two iconic magazines, Ms. and New York. Her books include the bestsellers My Life on the RoadRevolution from Within: A Book of Self-EsteemOutrageous Acts and Everyday RebellionsMoving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean. Her writing appears in many anthologies and textbooks, and she was an editor of Houghton Mifflin's The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, the James Weldon Johnson Award for Journalism, the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Women's Sports Journalism Award and the 2015 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. 

Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956, and she is currently working with the college’s Sophia Smith Collection to document the grassroots origins of the U.S. women's movement. Among her honors for her advocacy work are the first Doctorate of Human Justice awarded by Simmons College, the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Liberty Award of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations and a number of honorary degrees. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. In 2014, she received The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award and in 2013, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.’s highest civilian honor. Rutgers University is now creating the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies. 

Gloria Steinem 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 United States Congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis, cultural critic Greil Marcus, multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner, historian Robert A. Caro, former New York 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.

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, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography and Video, and Visual and Critical Studies; the degree of Master of Arts in Critical Theory and the Arts, Curatorial Practice, and Design Research, Writing and Criticism; the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education; the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Art Writing, Art Practice, Computer Art, Design, 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; and the degree of Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy, Branding, Digital Photography, Directing, and Fashion Photography.

SVA alumni include Guy Aroch, Renée Cox, Paul Davis, Sal DeVito, Michael Giacchino, Genevieve Gorder, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Pete Hamill, Keith Haring, Julia Hoffmann, Justine Kurland, Suzanne McClelland, Patrick McDonnell, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Carlos Saldanha, Harris Savides, Kenny Scharf, Yuko Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson and Sarah Sze.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven 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. Comprising 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: Folake Ologunja, [email protected], 212.592.2164.

4/12/17: School of Visual Arts Announces 28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival

School of Visual Arts Announces 28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival

Friday, May 5 - Monday, May 8 

SVA Alumni Shannon and Chris Prynoski and Academy Award-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino to Receive Dusty Outstanding Alumni Awards

SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

 

(April 12, 2017)—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEReeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA Film and BFA Animation programs at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), announced today that the 28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival will take place at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, NYC, on Friday, May 5 through Monday, May 8. The festival culminates with the Dusty Awards, honoring the achievements of outstanding film and animation thesis students and SVA alumni, on the evening of Monday, May 8. Award-winning producer Annie Flocco is the producer/director of the festival.

Named after SVA Founder Silas “Dusty” H. Rhodes, the four-day festival will screen over 100 film and animation projects to fulfill its mission of providing a leading platform to showcase SVA’s stellar emerging film and animation talent from its BFA Film and BFA Animation programs. Each year, outstanding projects are recognized during the Dusty Awards. Voted on by a jury of industry professionals, 15 awards will be handed out in categories ranging from Outstanding Film, Documentary and Animation, as well as special awards from New York Women in Film & Television and IFP. For the first time, two student virtual reality projects will be exhibited during the animation screenings on Sunday, May 7.   

In conjunction with the event, SVA will present Dusty Outstanding Alumni Awards to Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (BFA 1990 Film and Video)-Up, Lost, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; producer and founder of Titmouse, Shannon Prynoski (BFA 1994 Film and Video)-The Venture Bros., Niko and the Sword of Light (Amazon Original) and Nerdland; and director/producer and founder of Titmouse, Chris Prynoski (BFA 1994 Animation)-Motorcity, Nerdland, and Metalocalypse.

SVA continues to attract top talent and was recently named the #1 animation college on the east coast and #5 nationally among the top two percent of schools by Animation Career Review, one of the top animation school rankers in the country. Achievements of its alumni this year include Gillian Robespierre (BFA 2005 Film and Video), writer and director of the feature Landline, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2017 and was acquired by Amazon; Randall Emmett (BFA 1994 Film and Video), producer of the Oscar-nominated 2016 feature Silence; and BFA Film senior Ameer Kazmi, winner of the 2016 Coca-Cola and Regal Films national competition with his 30-second spot, Blindfold, which was shown in Regal Cinemas nationwide.

The Dusty Festival’s headlining sponsors include AbelCine, ARC-Adorama Rental Co, Animation Magazine, B&H Photo, Bryan Singer-Bad Hat Harry, Carlos Saldanha-BottleCap Productions, Foto Care, Gotham Sound, IFP, KitSplit, New York Women in Film & Television, Nice Shoes, Nickelodeon, Radical Media, Randall Emmett-Emmet/Furla/Oasis Films, Rota6, SCS Agency, Inc., SVA Campus Store, Technicolor PostWorks New York and Toon Boom Animation. 100% of the sponsors’ donations directly benefit the film and animation thesis students through grants and in-kind awards.

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To interview Reeves Lehmann, Annie Flocco, Michael Giacchino, Shannon Prynoski and/or Chris Prynoski please contact Justin Loeber at 212-260-7576 or [email protected].

3/31/17: Gail Anderson Named Creative Director of SVA’s Visual Arts Press

Gail Anderson Named Creative Director of SVA’s Visual Arts Press

 

NEW YORK, March 31, 2017— School of Visual Arts has promoted Gail Anderson to Creative Director of the Visual Arts Press (VAP), SVA’s in-house design studio. Anderson, an award-winning designer, writer and educator, was formerly Director of Design and Digital Media at the VAP since September 2016, working under SVA’s Executive Vice President Anthony Rhodes, who had been the VAP’s creative director since 2010. In her new role, Anderson will lead the creative strategy for the College, working within traditional and new media to promote the diversity and creativity of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, students and alumni.

“Anderson's promotion recognizes her thoughtful leadership and the instantaneous impact of her signature designs executed during her first year at SVA,” says Rhodes, who will now assume the role of Executive Creative Director. “As a longtime member of the SVA community, Gail is the perfect choice to lead the VAP ​and she's a lot of fun to work with.” 

In her first year, Anderson produced a new video series highlighting prominent design figures honored by SVA, pioneered Spots, an insider-guide to eateries, retail stores, musical venues and other places recommended by in-the-know SVA students, and art-directed two new dynamic SVA subway poster campaigns as part of SVA’s longest-running series displayed in New York City subway stations.

Believing in a holistic approach to design, she has also begun designing the graphics for the new admission and financial aid offices, redesigned the uniforms for campus security officers and the exteriors of the College’s shuttle buses, which are now effectively moving billboards for the College, utilizing SVA’s annually renewed branding as they make the loop between the College’s Gramercy and Chelsea campus buildings.

 “The SVA experience is about making a difference—leaving your mark on the world,” says Anderson, who graduated from the BFA Media Arts program in 1984 and has taught BFA and MFA Design and Pre-College courses since 1991. “There’s an incredibly high standard of excellence that runs through the institution and I want to help the College celebrate that through design that engages SVA’s community at large.”

Over the course of her 30-plus year career, Anderson has established herself as a leading figure in graphic design and typography. Her high-profile projects include a bestselling stamp for the United States Postal Service honoring the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; book jackets for musician Ahmir Khalib Thompson (aka Questlove) and playwright Glen Berger; and a 14-year tenure as senior art director for Rolling Stone magazine. She has crafted the look and direction of Broadway campaigns for Avenue Q and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, as well as several seasons of productions at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre. A leading expert on typography, Anderson has authored and co-authored over a dozen books on type, design and illustration; recent titles include Type Tells Tales (Yale University Press, 2017), co-authored with Steven Heller, co-chair of SVA’s MFA Design Department.

Anderson has received numerous honors for her work, including an AIGA Medal, one of the design industry’s most distinguished awards; and the Society of Illustrators’ Richard Gangel Art Director Award in 2009. She chairs the design subcommittee for the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee for U.S. Postal and has lectured about design at organizations and conferences around the world.

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. Comprising 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

 

 

3/30/17: School of Visual Arts Honors Illustration Legend Christoph Niemann with 29th Annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition

The Masters Series: Christoph Niemann

September 30 – November 4, 2017

Artist Talk: Monday, October 2, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Reception: Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 – 8:00pm

New York, March 1, 2017— School of Visual Arts will honor acclaimed illustrator, artist and author Christoph Niemann with the 29th annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition. “The Masters Series: Christoph Niemann” will showcase the designer’s unique sensibility and tireless inventiveness, featuring the illustrations, magazine covers, animations and digital works that have built his reputation as one of the most renowned creative talents in the field today. The exhibition will be on view from September 30 through November 4 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.

Niemann’s strength as an illustrator lies in his vivid and restless visual imagination, and a well-honed ability to communicate the essence of daily life, in all of its profundity and humor, with just a few concise strokes. Design writer and SVA MFA Design Co-Chair Steven Heller has praised Niemann’s work for its ability to “trigger everything from laughter to tears, while effortlessly illuminating difficult political and social issues.” In recent years, Niemann’s art has pushed beyond the boundaries of the page, as evidenced by his interactive apps, Chomp and Petting Zoo; his “augmented reality” covers for The New Yorker’s digital editions; and a recent 360-degree illustrated essay, for The New York Times, on the illustrator’s visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Niemann is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale. His clients have included Google, St. Moritz, LAMY and The Museum of Modern Art, among many others. As a contributor to The New York Times, he has filed illustrated reports from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil; in 2011, he illustrated the New York City Marathon for the paper, while also running in the race. His many books include Sunday Sketching (Abrams 2016) and Words, (GreenWillow 2016) a visual dictionary for children. In 2010 he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame. Earlier this year, his work was the subject of an episode of Abstract, an original Netflix documentary series on prominent creative professionals.

Christoph Niemann was born and raised in Waiblingen, Germany, and studied under noted illustrator and designer (and 2005 Masters Series honoree) Heinz Edelmann and the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. After graduating, he moved to New York City to begin his illustration career. He now lives and works in Berlin.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Niemann will share his musings, insights and process during a talk on Monday, October 2, 7:00pm, at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. A reception in honor of the exhibition will take place on October 3, from 6:00-8:00pm at the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

In 1988, SVA founder Silas H. Rhodes instituted the College’s Masters Series, an award and exhibition honoring great visual communicators of our time. Although the achievements of many groundbreaking designers, illustrators, art directors and photographers are known to and lauded by their colleagues, their names often go unrecognized by the general public. The Masters Series brings greater exposure to those whose influence has been felt strongly and by many, yet without widespread recognition. As a Masters Series laureate, Niemann will join previous honorees Marshall Arisman, Saul Bass,  Michael Bierut, R. O. Blechman, Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, Paul Davis, Lou Dorfsman, Heinz Edelmann, Jules Feiffer, Louise Fili, Shigeo Fukuda, Tom Geismar, Milton Glaser, April Greiman, Steven Heller, George Lois, Mary Ellen Mark, Ed McCabe, James McMullan, Duane Michals, Tony Palladino, Paula Scher, Edward Sorel, Deborah Sussman, George Tscherny, Paul Rand and Massimo Vignelli.

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For more information, call 212.592.2145.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven 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. Comprising 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: Folake [email protected]

1/10/17: MFA Design for Social Innovation to Host Design Summit Centered Around Health

 MFA Design for Social Innovation to Host Design Summit

Welcomes Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as sponsor for symposium on social design and health

January 24 – 25, 2017

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011


MFA Design for Social Innovation (DSI) at the School of Visual Arts in New York will host Measured Summit, a two-day gathering in January 2017, to mark its fifth anniversary as the only master of fine arts degree in Social Innovation Design.

Although the field of social design is gaining popularity among funders, designers and social sector practitioners as a practical way to solve complex social problems, there has never been a collaborative approach to measure its benefits. To celebrate the five-year milestone as well as gather leaders to examine the process of measuring the impact of social design, DSI is hosting its inaugural Measured Summit. More than 150 leaders and practitioners from the business, philanthropy, technology and design sectors are anticipated to attend.

On the second day of the summit, DSI—in partnership with Worldstudio Foundation—will host the Measured Symposium, called Design+Health, which will examine how social design impacts and improves our health. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will be the lead sponsor for this January 24 event.

"We're thrilled to welcome RWJF as a sponsor for our first symposium. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to health, we're looking forward to learning more from RWJF about the ways design can support a Culture of Health," said Cheryl Heller, founding chair of DSI.

At the January 24 Design+Health symposium, leading funders, designers and social innovators—working both in the United States and internationally—will deliver short presentations as well as guide participant discussions around key questions: 

(1)    Does human centered design lead to better health outcomes? 

(2)    Does it make patients smarter and more informed?

(3)    Can it encourage healthcare companies to be more innovative and successful and improve the delivery of products and services?

This is the first of an ongoing platform to be organized by DSI to help evaluate and scale the field of social design. To attend on January 24 and to read more about the program, please visit http://measured.design.

About the MFA Design for Social Innovation 
MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York is the first MFA program at the intersection of design, social innovation and enterprise. Our two-year program is for people who want to become leaders of change in business, the non-profit world, communities or government. To read more about the power of design to tackle pressing social problems and to apply, please visit http://dsi.sva.edu.

1/5/17: SVA Honorees Included in Forbes’ 2017 “30 Under 30” list

SVA Honorees Included in Forbes’ 2017 “30 Under 30” list

SVA BFA Design alumnus and faculty member Pablo Declan (2012) was included in Forbes' "30 Under 30" Art & Style list in its January 24, 2017 issue.

Declan came to SVA to study design via Spain, where his passion for graphic design, animation and illustration blossomed. In spring 2014 he founded Declan & Company with a focus on animation and graphic design to create distinctive visuals, tell stories and create experiences. 

Over the course of his career, Declan’s work has been awarded and recognized by the Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club and The New York Times.

SVA MPS Digital Photography alumnus Tahir Carl Karmali (2015) was also named one to watch on Forbes' "30 Under 30" Art & Style list.

Karmali originally hails from Kenya and came to SVA to explore his interest in photography. At SVA Karmali honed his artistic practice of incorporating digital photography and portraiture with papermaking. His focus on portraiture depicting "outlier communities" affected by global economic political and social systems helps to highlight narratives from silenced communities.

Karmali has had exhibits throughout Africa, Europe, South America and in New York. He is also the creative director at limeSHIFT, a Brooklyn startup that helps companies boost their creative output working with employees to make office art installations. 

​The sixth annual list features 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation. The list includes 30 honorees in 20 categories. The honorees, all under 30 years old, were vetted by a panel of judges in their respective fields.​

1/3/17: Terrence Masson Named Chair of MFA Computer Art Department

Terrence Masson Named Chair of MFA Computer Art Department at School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts President David Rhodes has announced the appointment of Terrence Masson as chair of the College’s MFA Computer Art Department, effective January 1, 2017. Masson will succeed Bruce Wands, who, after serving 22 years as department chair and more than 32 years as an SVA faculty member, will assume the title of department chair emeritus.

Terrence Masson brings over 25 years of education and production leadership experience to his new role. As executive professor of animation and founding director of Creative Industries at Northeastern University, he led creation of the undergraduate Game Design and Interactive Media programs in the university’s College of Arts, Media and Design. His book CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference  (New Riders Press, 1999) is a standard text worldwide for studio executives and students alike. He holds an MFA from William Patterson University and a BFA in graphic design with an art history minor from University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

As an animation and visual effects artist and producer, Masson has worked across the film, broadcast, video game and interactive media industries. He has earned credits on more than 20 feature films, including Hook (1991), True Lies (1994), Interview with the Vampire (1994) and three Star Wars movies. He has supervised numerous interactive projects, such as SimCity4, (2003), Bruce Lee:  Quest of the Dragon (2002), Batman Dark Tomorrow (2003) and Alter Echo  (2003)Masson also developed the original CG pipeline for the hit animated series South Park, in 1996, and his short film Bunkie & Booboo won first place in the World Animation Celebration in 1998. His latest startup, Building Conversation, provides augmented reality visualization services for the architecture and real estate industries.

Masson’s interests are reflected in his involvement with various industry organizations, including SIGGRAPH. A member since 1988, Masson has served as 2006 Computer Animation Festival chair and SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference chair and is currently the ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Awards chair. He is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Visual Effects Society, serves as an ACM Distinguished Lecturer, and has been involved with the FMX conference since 1999.  As chair, Masson will lead SVA’s MFA Computer Art Department, which includes approximately 85 students and 40 faculty. The MFA Computer Art Department, established in 1986, was the first graduate program in the U.S. to focus on computer art with a multidisciplinary approach computers and emerging technologies and have a network of one thousand alumni who have created a tradition of excellence. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year, 60-credit MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with eight Student Academy Awards. 

"I’m incredibly excited to join MFA Computer Art as Chair at the celebration of its 30th anniversary,” says Masson. “SVA puts students first above all else. One hundred percent of SVA’s world-class faculty are working professionals and artists helping to keep SVA’s curriculum and instruction innovative, adaptable and relevant.” 

The MFA Computer Art Department, established in 1986, was the first graduate program in the U.S. to focus on computer art with a multidisciplinary approach using computers and emerging technologies.  The program now boasts a network of one thousand alumni who have created a tradition of excellence throughout its thirty year history. 

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than seven 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: Folake Ologunja, [email protected], 212.592.2164.

12/8/16: "SVA x Skowhegan" at SVA Chelsea Gallery

SVA x Skowhegan

November 28, 2016 – February 4, 2017

Reception: Thursday, December 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm

SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York City

The School of Visual Arts presents “SVA x Skowhegan,” an interdisciplinary exhibition that explores the effects an increasingly global society has on contemporary artistic practice. The show, curated by Lauren Haynes, curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, brings together Negar Ahkami, Sharona Eliassaf, Alejandro Guzman, Ulrike Heydenreich, Saskia Jorda, Gregg Louis, Dave McKenzie, Miryana Todorova, Marvin Touré and Fred Wilson, 10 artists who have never been shown together and whose work touches on identity and the mapping of various geographies and landscapes, both real and imagined.

On view at SVA Chelsea Gallery from November 28, 2016, through February 4, 2017, the exhibition’s title reflects the dual relationship the featured artists have with each institution. All are either SVA alumni or faculty who have equally benefitted from the prestigious summer residency program at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Madison, Maine.

The artists in “SVA x Skowhegan” work in a wide variety of media, including video, painting, drawing, performance and multimedia installation to present different perspectives on the relationship between place, experience and artistic process. Saskia Jordá uses craft materials to weave symbolic paths between constructed borders, while Negar Ahkami and Ulrike Heydenreich create real and fictional landscapes via painting and drawing. In his site specific installation, bruh where ya mind at (2016), Marvin Touré maps the psychological effects of the American condition on the minds of young black men, while Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt employs aluminum, garland and glitter to illustrate how a blended neighborhood and traditional Catholic church affected the movements of an adolescent gay kid in 1950’s New Jersey.

Waving visitors into the gallery are four works from Fred Wilson’s series of painted flags from African diasporan nations that, stripped of all color, celebrate and ponder their symbolism and glory. Along with Sharona Eliassaf, Alejandro Guzman, Gregg Louis, Dave McKenzie and Miryana Todorova, these artists create works that evidence their past, present, future, actual, devised and fabricated migratory movements, offering up poignant representations of global citizenship. 

“SVA x Skowhegan” will also include a fully illustrated publication, with entries on each artist and an essay by the curator, to be released on January 17, 2017.  Visit sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/sva-x-skowhegan for more information. 

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

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: Folake Ologunja, [email protected], 212.592.2164.

10/13/16: School of Visual Arts Honors Design Legend Louise Fili with 28th Annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition

School of Visual Arts Honors Design Legend Louise Fili with

28th Annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition

“The Masters Series: Louise Fili”

October 10 – December 10, 2016

SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City

Reception: Thursday, October 13, 6:00 – 8:00pm

School of Visual Arts will honor designer and educator Louise Fili with the 28th annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition. “The Masters Series: Louise Fili” will be the first comprehensive retrospective of the designer’s influential career and include her book jacket, branding, food packaging and restaurant identity work. The exhibition will be on view from October 10 through December 10 at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, located at 209 East 23rd Street.

Louise Fili is probably best known for the food and hospitality branding and packaging work she has done through her eponymous design studio, founded in 1989. Her wine bottle and jam jar labels, cookie and cracker boxes and coffee bags can be found in countless pantries and shops, and her visual-identity work has defined the look of dozens of popular bakeries, cafés and restaurants.

But her design career, begun in the 1970s, encompasses much more. For 11 years, Fili was art director at Pantheon Books, where she designed more than 2,000 book covers. Logos that she has created include redesigned marks for the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and Paperless Post. Her past and present clients include Hyperion Books, Rizzoli, Sarabeth’s, Tate’s Bake Shop, Tiffany & Co., Williams-Sonoma and the U.S. Postal Service. She has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on design and typography is a longtime faculty member of SVA’s BFA and MFA Design departments.

Much of Fili’s work reflects her deep respect for Italian culture, a passion ignited at the age of 16 during a trip to the country, her family’s ancestral home. Fili has continued to fuel her passion for all things Italian with annual trips taken ever since. During a stay in 1990, while researching Italian Art Deco, Fili fostered her penchant for Italian 1930s poster design and discovered a collection of pasticceria papers that would foreshadow a switch in her career from book design to food packaging.

Fili‘s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Her many honors include medals for life time achievement from the AIGA and Type Directors Club, gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club, the Premio Grafico from the Bologna Book Fair and three James Beard Award nominations.

In 1988, SVA founder Silas H. Rhodes instituted the College’s Masters Series, an award and exhibition honoring great visual communicators of our time. Although the achievements of many groundbreaking designers, illustrators, art directors and photographers are known to and lauded by their colleagues, their names often go unrecognized by the general public. The Masters Series brings greater exposure to those whose influence has been felt strongly and by many, yet without widespread recognition.

Masters Series laureates are Marshall Arisman, Saul Bass, Michael Bierut, R. O. Blechman, Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, Paul Davis, Lou Dorfsman, Heinz Edelmann, Jules Feiffer, Shigeo Fukuda, Tom Geismar, Milton Glaser, April Greiman, Steven Heller, George Lois, Mary Ellen Mark, Ed McCabe, James McMullan, Duane Michals, Tony Palladino, Paula Scher, Edward Sorel, Deborah Sussman, George Tscherny, Paul Rand and Massimo Vignelli.

The SVA Gramercy Gallery, located at 209 East 23rd Street, is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 7:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For more information, call 212.592.2145.

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: Folake Ologunja, [email protected], 212.592.2164.

9/8/16: "The Beat Goes On" featuring Elia Alba, Kevin Beasley, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) and Tameka Norris (a.k.a Meka Jean), Curated by Derrick Adams Celebrating the Intersection Between Art and Music at SVA Chelsea Gallery

The Beat Goes On

An Exhibition featuring Elia Alba, Kevin Beasley, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) and Tameka Norris (a.k.a Meka Jean), Curated by Derrick Adams
Celebrating the Intersection Between Art and Music

SVA Chelsea Gallery

601 West 26th Street, 15th floor 

August 20 – September 17, 2016
Artist Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6:00-8:00pm

SVA’s fall 2016 art programming launches with “The Beat Goes On,” an exhibition featuring work by Elia Alba, Kevin Beasley, Paul D. Miller and Tameka Norris and curated by visual artist Derrick Adams. For “The Beat Goes On,” the SVA Chelsea Gallery has been transformed into four distinct listening rooms, each presenting a solo show by one of the featured artists. Encompassing photography, sculpture, installation, performance and video works, each room takes music and the history of recorded and transmitted sound as its inspiration. On view August 20 – September 17, “The Beat Goes On” is the first exhibition mounted in the gallery’s newly renovated space. A reception with performances will take place Thursday, September 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Adams’ aim in curating “The Beat Goes On” was to “celebrate the cross section of contemporary culture where visual arts meet and merge with music.”   Adams adds “each artist acts as a predecessor in the development of the turntable and its [relationship] to the cultural hubs and the alternative languages it forms in relation to current technologies, counterculture happenings, experimentation, the avant­-garde and the mainstream.” In this way, each artist explores the idea of the turntable as a facilitator of myth as well as sound.

Elia Alba’s listening room is set up as a homage to legendary DJ Larry Levan, the late “musical shaman” of the Paradise Garage disco in New York City. Renowned for fusing different genres of music together and garnering a diverse audience, Levan’s sessions were dubbed “Saturday Mass,” a name that reflects the importance of club going as a weekly ritual.  The room recalls the church-like and spiritual experience of Levan’s events, with a dimly lit atmosphere, DJ setup, photographic works, sculptural masks, disco ball, checkered dance floor and video projection.  In keeping with Levan’s spirit of inclusivity, visitors are encouraged to stay and dance. For more on Elia Alba, visit eliaalba.net.

"Listening Room,” by Kevin Beasley, is an ongoing sound-based project by the artist. In its iteration for “The Beat Goes On,” it features a series of presenters sharing music and/or sound recordings from their own personal collections. Beasley, a multimedia artist working in sculpture, performance, video and sound, will present various recordings as a singular, uninterrupted experience, via mixing, layering and sequencing audio from multiple sources.  For more on Kevin Beasley, visit caseykaplangallery.com/cat/artists/Beasley

"Voyager Remix," the listening room created by Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. D.J. Spooky, was inspired by the golden Voyager records, launched into space by NASA in 1977 as a possible communication with any extraterrestrial life. Miller’s interactive installation, incorporating stationed iPads and various audiovisual materials, reimagines the Voyager records as a limited-edition mixtape. For more information on Miller, visit djspooky.com.

Tameka Norris, a multimedia artist working in sculpture, painting, performance, video and sound, has made her listening room the headquarters for her alter-ego, the college-educated, street-savvy rap/pop star Meka Jean. Jean’s complex narrative is revealed through her "Ivy League Ratchet" EP, completed in 2016. The comfortable lounge space will feature video and sculpture that will give viewers an intimate look into the makings and ruminations of a rap star. For more information, visit mekajean.com

A series of performances will highlight the exhibition including opening night performances, Thursday evening and Saturday sessions.  For a full schedule, please visit: http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/the-beat-goes-on

Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary, New York-based artist working in performance, video, sound and 2D and 3D realms. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection. His exhibition and performance highlights include “Greater New York,” MoMA PS1 (2005); “Open House: Working In Brooklyn,” Brooklyn Museum of Art (2004); “PERFORMA” (2005, 2013, 2015); “Radical Presence & The Shadows Took Shape,” Studio Museum in Harlem; and “The Channel,” Brooklyn Academy of Music. His work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Birmingham Museum of Art. His work can be seen at the Tilton Gallery, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Gallerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; and Vigo Gallery, London.

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For more information, call 212.592.2145.

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: Folake Ologunja, [email protected], 212.592.2164.

5/5/16: Academy Award-Winning Production Sound Mixer, Mark Ulano, and World-Renowned Animator and Historian, Tom Sito Will Be Honored with the Dusty Outstanding Alumni Award During SVA’s 27th Dusty Awards Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight), Will Be One of the Presenters Who Will Give Out Awards to the Outstanding Student Films and Animations of 2016

Reeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA Film and BFA Animation programs at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), and Annie Flocco, producer/director of SVA’s 27th Dusty Awards, announced that this year’s Dusty Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented to animator/historian and winner of the June Foray Award Tom Sito (BFA 1977 Animation) and Academy Award-winning production sound mixer Mark Ulano (1975 Film and Video). Sito’s many credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King; Ulano’s include The Hateful Eight, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Iron Man 1&2, The Judge, Titanic and Inglourious Basterds. The awards will be handed out during the 27th Dusty Awards, to be held at the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street in New York City on Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 pm EST. (Red carpet event begins at 5:30pm). The ceremony will be streamed live at dusty.sva.edu.  

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Fifth Estate, The West Wing), will lead a wealth of bold-faced names from the world of film and animation who will serve as award presenters for the ceremony; other presenters include  actress/producer/director Trudie Styler (American Honey (Official Selection - Festival de Cannes 2016), Freak Show, Seagull), animator/director/producer Mark Osborne (The Little Prince, Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), Academy Award-winning production sound mixer Chris Newman (The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus), Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Laurens Grant (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Riders), writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil, Wayward Pines, VHS), editor Aaron Yanes (Tyson, You Don’t Know Jack, Europa Report), director of photography Michael Simmonds (Nerve, White Girl, Vice Principals), animator Howard Beckerman (Boop-Beep), producer and New York Women in Film & Television president Alexis Alexanian, and producer and IFP Program Manager Zach Mandinach. Media personality Valerie Smaldone returns to emcee the ceremony.

In addition to presenting the Dusty Outstanding Alumni Award to Sito and Ulano, the other awards presented will go to students who are graduating this spring from SVA’s BFA Film and BFA Animation programs, and whose work will be included in the more than 100 student films and animations shown during the Dusty Film & Animation Festival; which runs Saturday May 7 – Monday, May 9, and is free and open to the public. The Outstanding Achievement awards will recognize  excellence in directing, screenwriting, editing, cinematography, documentary, animated film,,character animation,and animation production design. Other honors to be bestowed include the Human Spirit Award, the Gotham Sound Honorary Grants, the IFP Award and the New York Women in Film & Television Award.

This year’s Headlining Sponsors include AbelCine, Adorama Rental Co, Animation Magazine, B&H Photo, Bryan  Singer - Bad Hat Harry, Carlos Saldanha - BottleCap Productions, Dig It Audio, Randall Emmett - Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Foto Care, Gotham Sound, IFP, New York Women in Film & Television, Nice Shoes Creative Studio, Nickelodeon, Rota6, SCS Agency, the SVA Campus Store, Technicolor PostWorks New York and Toon Boom Animation. One hundred percent of the sponsors’ donations will benefit thesis film and animation students in the form of grants and in-kind awards.

“The Dustys has become one of the top student film festivals in the country,” Reeves Lehmann says.  Annie Flocco adds, “Year after year, the festival brings attention to remarkable work by SVA students and proves to be a launching pad for so many professional careers.” SVA’s BFA Film and BFA Animation programs offer immersive, hands-on education, with coursework in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, documentary—and sound, one of the few undergraduate programs to support this specialty. The BFA Animation program at SVA is one of the most competitive in the country, with Disney, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, and nearly every other major studio recruiting its graduates.

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.     

Dusty Film & Animation Festival website: dusty.sva.edu      

Facebook:  facebook.com/DustyFestival  

Twitter:  twitter.com/DustyFestival

For more information on the 27th Dusty Film & Animation Festival or to cover the red carpet event, please contact Justin Loeber @ Mouth Public Relations at 212-260-7576; [email protected]

4/11/16: SVA Launches Inaugural Film Showcase, “SVA Premieres,” in Hollywood

SVA Launches Inaugural Film Showcase, “SVA Premieres,” in Hollywood
Introducing Next Wave of Animation and Filmmakers to Industry Audience 

Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028 

June 1 – June 2, 2016
Receptions: 7:00pm
Screenings: 8:00pm, followed by dessert 

New York - School of Visual Arts is thrilled to announce it is going Hollywood. On June 1 and June 2, 2016, the famed art and design college will launch SVA Premieres, its film and animation showcase, at Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles. SVA Premieres will feature the works of talented, recently graduated filmmakers to an audience of industry professionals.

During the two evenings of screenings, the film and animation communities will discover the next generation of up-and-coming filmmakers—poised to make their mark on the industry—through a curated selection of works by alumni from a number of SVA’s 32 undergraduate and graduate programs.

On Wednesday, June 1, SVA Premieres will kick off with a 90-minute animation and visual effects program, which will include work ranging from traditional hand-drawn and stop-motion animation to computer-generated 3D and visual effects.

On Thursday, June 2, SVA Premieres continues with a selection of live-action narrative and documentary films.  The two-hour presentation will feature works that run the gamut of cinematic storytelling forms and showcase exemplary, emerging talent in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, and editing.

To further the showcase’s mission of introducing the next wave of artists and filmmakers to the industry, the 8:00pm screenings will be preceded by 7:00pm welcoming receptions and followed by dessert receptions to give industry members an opportunity to meet the artists featured in the program.

SVA Premieres is championed by an honorary committee of industry professionals including Andrew Dayton (co-founder, Steel Wool Games), Zackary Drucker (co-producer, Transparent), Randall Emmett (executive producer, End of Watch), Geoffrey Fletcher (Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Precious), Craig Gillespie (director, Lars and the Real Girl), Yvette Kaplan (co-director, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America), Alex Kupershmidt (animator, The Lion King), Christopher Newman (Academy Award-winning sound mixer, The Exorcist),  Bill Plympton (Academy Award-nominated animator, Your Face), Chris and Shannon Prynoski (founders, Titmouse, Inc.), Gillian Robespierre (director/writer, Obvious Child), Mike Roth (supervising producer/writer, Cartoon Network), Phil Rynda (VP of artist development, Nickelodeon), Carlos Saldanha (co-director, Ice Age), Lynn Shelton (director/writer, Humpday), Michael Simmonds (cinematographer, Big Fan), Tom Sito (animator, Aladdin), Mark Ulano (Academy Award-winning sound mixer, Titanic) and Kara Vallow (executive producer, Family Guy).

Companies on the honorary committee in support of SVA Premieres include Cartoon Network, Disney Television Animation, EFO Films, Hydraulx Visual Effects, Indiegogo, the International Documentary Association, The Molecule, Plymptoons, Steel Wool Games, Titmouse, Inc., Tribeca Film Institute, Visual Effects Society and Women Make Movies.

SVA alumni have been featured in film festivals across the globe, steering their own projects and making integral contributions to blockbuster releases. They have won Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes and awards at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW and Venice.  Filmmakers and artists as diverse as Craig Gillespie, Yvette Kaplan, Lynn Shelton and Tom Sito, as well as Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers), and Ti West (The House of the Devil) have all studied at SVA.

For festival updates, including a full schedule, visit svapremieres2016.eventbrite.com.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven 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.

3/23/16: MacArthur Fellow, Visionary Photographer Carrie Mae Weems to Speak at School of Visual Arts 2016 Commencement Exercises

MacArthur Fellow, Visionary Photographer Carrie Mae Weems to Speak at

School of Visual Arts 2016 Commencement Exercises

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 10:00am

 

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City

Private event; Press seats available at 212.592.2010 or [email protected]

 

New York, March 23, 2016—School of Visual Arts is thrilled to announce that visionary photographer and MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems has accepted the College’s invitation to speak at this year’s commencement exercises. The ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate degree candidates will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:00am at Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. The events are ticketed and open to candidates and invited guests only; they will be streamed live at www.sva.edu/commencement.

Carrie Mae Weems has spent the last three decades using her lens to reveal universal experiences that unite us.  Weems’ complex body of work includes documentary and autobiographical style photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video that transcends race, class and gender to reflect the depths of humanity.  Using her gaze to investigate polarizing systems, relationships and power structures, Weems is committed to gaining and offering a better understanding of the present by closely examining the past.  She is a faculty member in SVA's MFA Art Practice program. 

Weems has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. Most recently her work was on view at the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London.

Weems has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships including the prestigious Prix de Roma, The National Endowment of the Arts, the Alpert,The BET Honors Visual Artist award, the Lucie Award for Fine Art photography, and the International Center of Photography  Spotlights Award, the Anonymous was a Woman and the Tiffany Awards. In 2012, Weems was presented with one of the first US Department of State’s Medals of Arts in recognition for her commitment to the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. In 2013 Weems was not only the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” grant, but she also received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Weems has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2008.

Carrie Mae Weems 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 United States Congressman John Lewis, 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 2016 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; design; film; fine arts; illustration; interior design; photography and film; and visual and critical studies; Master of Fine Arts in art writing; art practice; computer art; design; 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; directing; and fashion photography; 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 Guy Aroch, Renée Cox, Paul Davis, Sal DeVito, Michael Giacchino, Genevieve Gorder, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Pete Hamill, Keith Haring, Julia Hoffmann, Justine Kurland, Suzanne McClelland, Patrick McDonnell, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Carlos Saldanha, Harris Savides, Kenny Scharf, Yuko Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson and Sarah Sze.

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.

 

10/20/15: "Intimacy in Discourse: Reasonable Sized and Unreasonable Sized Paintings"

Intimacy in Discourse: Reasonable Sized and Unreasonable Sized Paintings

Mana Contemporary Galley, October 18 – December 22, 2015
Reception: Sunday, October 18, 1 – 6 pm 

School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery, November 21 – December 22, 2015
Reception: Saturday, November 21, 5 – 7 pm

 

School of Visual Arts’ Chelsea Gallery and Mana Contemporary, in collaboration with the Rail Curatorial Projects, co-present a two-part exhibition, “Intimacy in Discourse: Reasonable Sized and Unreasonable Sized Paintings,” curated by Phong Bui. Both are proposed experiments to explore the conditions that lead to the production of small paintings: how paintings’ sizes are determined by different artists’ conscious or unconscious intentions, and how those sizes, in turn, affect their relation to viewers in the various spaces that the artworks quietly occupy in contemporary visual culture.

According to Bui, both curatorial ideas were inspired by Jackson Pollock’s admiration for Albert Pinkham Ryder, whose modestly sized paintings—such as “Moonlight Marine” (1870 - 90), which measures 11 ½ x 12"—evoke monumental scale and immensity of space, while Pollock’s larger canvases attain a sense of intimacy. Such a subtle perception of how scale mediates our responses to images like these subsequently prompted Thomas Nozkowski’s term “reasonable-size paintings,” which describes his two standard sizes, 16 x 20" and 22 x 28", within which he has consistently worked since the early 1970s. The following two selections of painters were assembled to expand the dialogue surrounding this topic.

“Unreasonable Sized Paintings” (a term neither limited to unorthodox variations in canvas shape nor monumentally sized paintings), showing at SVA Chelsea Gallery, refers to the work of painters who, during occasional unpremeditated episodes, feel compelled to make paintings that are neither specific studies of larger or smaller paintings nor parts of particular ongoing series, but rather the byproduct of pure pleasure or the release of spontaneous thoughts that need to be concretized without limitations. This category is the most commonly practiced among painters. Participating artists include Michael Berryhill, Sebastian Black, Katherine Bradford, Lois Dodd, Louise Fishman, Ron Gorchov, Joanne Greenbaum, Nora Griffin, EJ Hauser, Sanya Kantarovsky, Alex Katz, James English Leary, Matvey Levenstein, Dean Levin, Margrit Lewczuk, Chris Martin (BFA 1992 Fine Arts), Loren Munk, Catherine Murphy, Aliza Nisenbaum, Ellen Phelan, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Tal R, Neo Rauch, Julia Rommel, Cordy Ryman (BFA 1997 Fine Arts), Julia Schmidt, Juan Uslé, Don Voisine, Merrill Wagner, Roger White, Terry Winters and Lisa Yuskavage.

“Reasonable Sized Paintings,” showing at Mana Contemporary, is focused solely on works by artists who have been consistently making paintings approximately within Nozkowski’s proposed, modest scale. This half of the exhibition features works from Joshua Abelow, Peter Acheson, Etel Adnan, Ellen Altfest, Tom Burckhardt, Rackstraw Downes, Helmut Federle, Robert Feintuch, Mark Greenwold, Josephine Halvorson, Merlin James, Bill Jensen, Katy Moran, Thomas Nozkowski, Ann Pibal, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, James Siena and Robert Storr.

In conjunction with the exhibition, poetry reading, dance performances and panel discussions will be organized at both venues (TBA). Admission to all events is free to the public. A free color catalogue of the exhibition will also be available.

Phong Bui is an artist and the co-founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Brooklyn Rail and Rail Editions, as well as the host/producer of Off the Rail on Art International Radio. From 2007 – 2009 he was a curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1, and he is currently a board member of the Artists Advisory Committee of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, AICA (the International Association of Art Critics, United States Section), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The Miami Rail and The Third Rail. As a visual artist, his numerous installations have won the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Eric Isenburger Annual Prize for Installation from the National Academy Museum (2003).

SVA Chelsea Gallery is located at 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For more information, call 212.592.2145.

Mana Contemporary is located at 888 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, NJ.  Gallery hours are 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. For more information, visit manacontemporary.com.

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: Folake Ologunja, [email protected], 212.592.2164.

9/25/15: School of Visual Arts Honors Design Legend Michael Bierut with 27th Annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition

School of Visual Arts is honoring designer, critic and educator Michael Bierut with the 27th annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition. “The Masters Series: Michael Bierut” will be the first comprehensive retrospective of the designer’s work, and will feature groundbreaking logos, graphics and exhibition designs as well as personal works from his own collection. The exhibition will be on view from October 6 through November 7 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a reception and a launch party for Bierut’s latest book, How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world (Thames & Hudson and Harper Design, 2015), will take place at the SVA Chelsea Gallery on Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm. Bierut will also give a talk on his work on Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm, at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street.  Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

“The Masters Series: Michael Bierut” and its related events are held in celebration of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s National Design Week, taking place October 10 – 18.

Michael Bierut is widely admired in the creative world and beyond for his intelligent contributions to the design field, his expertise as a cultural critic and his tireless role as a mentor and educator. He has been a partner in the acclaimed design firm Pentagram since 1990. Prior to joining Pentagram, he worked for 10 years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as vice president of graphic design. His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, the New York City Department of Transportation, MIT Media Lab, Yale School of Architecture, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Penguin Random House, the New York Jets, the Robin Hood Foundation and Nuts.com.

Bierut has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He served as president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1988 to 1990 and is president emeritus of AIGA National. He was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1989 and to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003, and was awarded the profession's highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in 2006. In 2008 he received a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, in the Design Mind category.

A frequent guest lecturer at SVA, Bierut is also a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale University School of Art. He is co-editor of the anthology series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design (Allworth Press, 1994) and author of Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design (Princeton University Press, 2007). In 1998 he co-edited and designed the monograph Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). He is a co-founder of the online publication Design Observer and a contributor to such publications as The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal.

In 1988, SVA founder Silas H. Rhodes instituted the College’s Masters Series, an award and exhibition honoring great visual communicators of our time. Although the achievements of many groundbreaking designers, illustrators, art directors and photographers are known to and lauded by their colleagues, their names often go unrecognized by the general public. The Masters Series brings greater exposure to those whose influence has been felt strongly and by many, yet without widespread recognition.

The Masters Series laureates are Marshall Arisman, Saul Bass, R. O. Blechman, Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, Paul Davis, Lou Dorfsman, Heinz Edelmann, Jules Feiffer, Shigeo Fukuda, Tom Geismar, Milton Glaser, April Greiman, Steven Heller, George Lois, Mary Ellen Mark, Ed McCabe, James McMullan, Duane Michals, Tony Palladino, Paula Scher, Edward Sorel, Deborah Sussman, George Tscherny, Paul Rand and Massimo Vignelli.

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For more information, call 212.592.2145.

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: Folake Ologunja, [email protected], 212.592.2164.

9/21/15: Gail Anderson Named Director of Design at SVA's Visual Arts Press

SVA announces the appointment of Gail Anderson, New York-based designer, writer and educator, as the director of design and digital media at the Visual Arts Press, SVA’s in-house design studio. The Visual Arts Press maintains a cohesive visual identity for the College while also promoting the diversity and creativity of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, students and alumni through a variety of traditional and new media. The studio also produces the long-running series of SVA posters that are displayed in New York City subway stations three times a year. These subway posters have featured the work of legendary artists like Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and George Tscherny, and have become inseparable from the city.

“When I became creative director of the VAP, Gail was the first artist I asked to create a subway poster,” says Anthony Rhodes, executive vice president of SVA and creative director of the Visual Arts Press. “Coincidentally, I asked Gail to design the next set of subway posters before I asked her to come home and take over the creative direction of the VAP. I just saw the new poster designs! Always elegant. Always thoughtful. Always wow!”

Over the course of her 30-plus year career, Anderson has established herself as a designer of rare wit and imagination. As a partner of Anderson Newton Design, she has worked on a number of high-profile projects in recent years, including a bestselling stamp for the United States Postal Service, honoring the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; book jackets for releases by musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and playwright Glen Berger; and covers for ESPN,FortuneMoney and Time magazines.

“The SVA experience is about making a difference—leaving your mark on the world,” says Anderson, who is both an SVA alumnus and a longtime faculty member of the College’s BFA Design Department, as well as its Pre-College Program. “There’s a sensibility that runs through the institution, an incredibly high standard of excellence, and I want to help the College celebrate that.”

From 2002 to 2010, Anderson was creative director of design at SpotCo, an advertising agency specializing in entertainment and the arts. While there, she helped to craft the look and direction of campaigns for such Broadway productions as Avenue Q, a 2009 revival of Ragtime and The Year of Magical Thinking. From 1987 to 2002, she worked in various creative roles at Rolling Stone, ultimately as the magazine’s senior art director. Prior to that, she was a designer at The Boston Globe Magazine and at Vintage Books, a division of Random House. A leading expert on typography, she has authored or co-authored several books on the field; recent titles include Outside the Box (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015) and The Typographic Universe (Thames & Hudson, 2014), one of 10 books she has co-authored with Steven Heller, co-chair of SVA’s MFA Design Department.

In 2008, Anderson received an AIGA Medal, one of the design industry’s most distinguished awards. Her other honors include the Society of Illustrators’ 2009 Richard Gangel Art Director Award and a 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award from SVA. She serves on the board for the Type Directors Club, is a member of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the U.S. Postal Service and has lectured about design (and her bottle cap collection) at organizations and conferences around the world.

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: Folake Ologunja, [email protected], 212.592.2164.

5/7/15: “The Sports Show” Celebrates the Art of Sports Through the Lens of Top Artists and Designers

The Sports Show
August 22 – September 19, 2015
Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00 – 8:00pm
SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City

NEW YORK, May 7, 2015 – The School of Visual Arts Alumni Society presents "The Sports Show," a survey of creative work in various media that brings fans closer to the action—before, after and during the game. The exhibition brings together more than 30 leading artists and designers who graduated from SVA in commercial design and advertising, film and video, illustration and cartooning, motion graphics, painting and photography. These artists are behind some of the most iconic imagery and creative direction in the world of sports. The show will be on view at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, August 22 – September 19, 2015.

From team uniforms to championship trophies, TV commercials to magazine covers, America’s love affair with sports is fueled by men and women whose skill and passion match that of the players. According to a 2014 report published by John Carroll University, in 2011 over 15 million people attended National Football League (NFL) games, more than 65 million fans attended Major League Baseball (MLB) games within the United States, and over 14 million Americans attended National Hockey League (NHL) matches. "The Sports Show" shines a light on the creative work dedicated to those pastimes, along with basketball, boxing, golf, roller skating, skateboarding, soccer and surfing.

"'The Sports Show' taps into the universal appeal of competition and aesthetics," says Todd Radom (BFA 1986 Media Arts), the designer behind the official logos for Super Bowl XXXVIII and the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, among other pro events and franchises. "At its best, sports transcends time and rises above politics."

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

The exhibition is curated by Todd Radom with Jane Nuzzo, director, SVA Alumni Affairs and Development, and designed by SVA Galleries Director Francis Di Tommaso.

The SVA Alumni Society is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which exists to serve the needs of promising SVA students through scholarships and awards. The Alumni Society hosts programs and events to connect SVA's 35,000+ alumni with one another and the College.

Participating artists and designers:

Rafael Alvarez
Jayson Atienza
Elizabeth Baddeley
Elisa Bates
James Bennett
Katherine Biese
Andrew Christou
Mickey Duzyj
Amy Elkins
Charles Fazzino
Brian Finke
Latoya Flowers
Nathan Fox
Sarah A. Friedman
Naoki Ga
Bill Gallo
Michael Halsband
Kelly King
Graig Kreindler
David Levinson
Clay Patrick McBride
Tal Midyan
Frank W. Ockenfels 3
Alfred Pereira
Hanoch Piven
Tim Purus
Todd Radom
Kevin Reece
Yuko Shimizu
Linda Shirar
Denise Vargas
Jason Vogel

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.

4/17/15: School of Visual Arts Holds Groundbreaking for New Residence Hall at 407 First Avenue

School of Visual Arts Holds Groundbreaking for New Residence Hall at 407 First Avenue

On Friday officials of the School of Visual Arts (SVA), one of the country’s leading colleges of art and design, gathered with representatives of state and local government to officially break ground on a new residence hall for SVA students to be located at 407 First Avenue (at 24th Street) in Manhattan.

“Aspiring artists come to SVA to learn from industry leaders and be part of a community,” said SVA President David Rhodes. “We owe it to them to provide accommodations to match the world-class education they receive.”

SVA President David Rhodes and SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes were joined by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12); New York State Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright; New York City Councilman Dan Garodnick; and Ahsia Badi, Health & Education Committee chair, Manhattan Community Board Six.

"The School of Visual Arts has a long history of fostering the talents of brilliant young artists," said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12). "I am proud to represent such a wonderful institution, and was thrilled to be able to join the school's leaders at their groundbreaking this afternoon for a new state-of-the-art dormitory for 500 students."

New York State Senator Liz Krueger said of the occasion, "I’m delighted to congratulate the School of Visual Arts for breaking ground on their new residence hall at 407 First Avenue. SVA makes an important contribution to the creative community, not just here in New York City, but nationally and worldwide. This new space will provide vital housing and resources to some of the more than 6,000 SVA students who come to New York to live, learn and work."

"I am elated by this sign of growth and success for the School of Visual Arts, a tremendous asset to our City. SVA acts as an incubator for creative thinking, artistry and academia and their contribution has been ground-breaking. The new student residence will only further facilitate this creative community, and I extend sincere congratulations to SVA's distinguished leadership, faculty, student body and alumni on today's announcement," said Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright.

New York City Councilman Dan Garodnick remarked: "New York is known for its artists, and the School of Visual Arts is where they are frequently getting their start. The students who live here will go on to join the artistic community that has made New York a cultural leader, and I'm glad to know they will have a great new space the neighborhood."

“I would like to congratulate the School of Visual Arts for their new residence hall for students. I look forward to a continued relationship with the School of Visual Arts," said New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.

Designed by Ismael Leyva Architects, the 146,827 square-foot building will house 500 students, incorporating interior architecture and technology to meet the needs of aspiring artists. The design features rotating exhibit spaces, indoors and out, which will complement the college’s existing array of studio and screening facilities. 407 First Avenue is a block away from 209 East 23rd Street, which houses many of the college’s administrative offices and serves as SVA’s official address.

Other attendees included Ismael Leyva, principal, Ismael Leyva Architects; Ben Shaoul, president, Magnum Real Estate; and Leonard Vidrak, project architect, Ismael Leyva Architects. Also representing SVA were Richard Riccio, executive director of Faciliites; Gary Shillet, chief financial officer; Jane Smith, partner, Spacesmith, and chair of BFA Interior Design; Cosmin Tomescu, chief information officer; and Javier Vega, executive director of Admissions and Student Affairs.

The new residence hall is scheduled to open in August of 2016.

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: Michael Grant, [email protected], 212.592.2011.

3/26/15: Opera, Theater and Festival Director Peter Sellars to Speak at School of Visual Arts 2015 Commencement Exercises

Opera, Theater and Festival Director Peter Sellars to Speak at School of Visual Arts 2015 Commencement Exercises

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 10:00am and 2:00pm
The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Private event; Press seats available at 212.592.2010 or [email protected]

School of Visual Arts announced today that visionary opera, theater and festival director Peter Sellars has accepted the College’s invitation to speak at this year’s commencement exercises. The ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate degree candidates will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:00am and 1:00pm, respectively, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York City. The events are ticketed and open to students and invited guests only; they will be streamed live at www.sva.edu/commencement.

Peter Sellars has gained renown worldwide for his groundbreaking and transformative interpretations of artistic masterpieces and for his collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative artists across three decades. Whether it is Bach, Mozart, Handel, Shakespeare, Sophocles or the 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, Peter Sellars strikes a universal chord with audiences, engaging and illuminating contemporary social and political issues.Sellars has staged operas at the Glyndebourne Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Netherlands Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera and Teatro Real, among others, establishing a reputation for bringing 20th-century and contemporary operas to the stage including works by Olivier Messiaen, Paul Hindemith and György Ligeti. Inspired by the compositions of Kaija Saariaho, Osvaldo Golijov and Tan Dun, he has guided the creation of productions of their work that have expanded the repertoire of modern opera. Sellars has been a driving force in the creation of many new works with longtime collaborator, composer John Adams, including Nixon in ChinaThe Death of KlinghofferEl NiñoDoctor Atomic and A Flowering Tree. A staging of their latest work, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, was seen in the United States and in Europe in 2013 and 2014.

Sellars’ projects in recent years have included critically acclaimed concert stagings of J.S. Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion and Saint John Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, performed in Berlin, Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Lucerne, London and New York; a staging of Nixon in China for the Metropolitan Opera; and new productions of Handel’s Hercules in Chicago and Toronto, and Vivaldi’s Griselda in Santa Fe. Desdemona, a collaboration with the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Malian composer and singer Rokia Traore, was performed in several major cities in Europe and the United States and presented in London as part of the Cultural Olympiad. In 2012, Sellars directed a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Stravinsky’s Persephone for Teatro Real in Madrid. For the 2013 Manchester International Festival, he staged “Michelangelo Sonnets,” a program of Shostakovich and Bach. A recent production of The Indian Queen, combining Purcell’s music with text and dance, had its premiere at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in 2013 and was presented subsequently by Teatro Real and the English National Opera.

Sellars has led several major arts festivals including the 1990 and 1993 Los Angeles Festivals; the 2002 Adelaide Arts Festival in Australia; and the 2003 Venice Biennale International Festival of Theater in Italy. In 2006 he was artistic director of New Crowned Hope, a month-long festival in Vienna for which he invited international artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to create new work in the fields of music, theater, dance, film, the visual arts and architecture for the city’s celebration of Mozart’s 250th birth anniversary. Sellars is a professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Erasmus Prize, the Polar Music Prize, the Sundance Institute Risk-Takers Award and the Gish Prize, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been honored by the American Academy in Rome and Opera News magazine.

Peter Sellars 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 United States Congressman John Lewis, 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 2015 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; design; film and video; fine arts; 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 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; directing; and fashion photography; 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 Guy Aroch, Renée Cox, Paul Davis, Sal DeVito, Michael Giacchino, Genevieve Gorder, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Pete Hamill, Keith Haring, Julia Hoffmann, Justine Kurland, Suzanne McClelland, Patrick McDonnell, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Carlos Saldanha, Harris Savides, Kenny Scharf, Yuko Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson and Sarah Sze.

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: Michael Grant, [email protected], 212.592.2011.

7/31/14: Introducing IT’S NOT WARMING, IT’S DYING. For People Who Care about the Environment, Change Starts with a Button

Introducing IT'S NOT WARMING, IT'S DYING. For People Who Care about the Environment, Change Starts with a Button

A new campaign launching today aims to add urgency to the movement to reverse global warming before it’s too late. The campaign’s message is simple: it’s time to put away euphemisms like 'global warming' or 'climate change' since they make the current situation sound benign and even positive.

The campaign’s slogan is “It’s not warming, it’s dying.” and the centerpiece of the campaign is a 1-inch button whose design suggests a view of planet Earth from space, with only a narrow band of visible life. Buttons are available for purchase from itsnotwarming.com at $5.00 for 5. Buttons are sold in sets of 5 to minimize the cost and encourage people to give them away to friends, family members and coworkers.
In an effort to appeal to people of all ages, supporters are invited to spread the word on social media with the hashtag #itsnotwarming and post selfies wearing the button. The project Twitter page offers a way for supporters to connect and provides easy access to scientific data and news reports on the topic.

A billboard that reads “It’s not warming, it’s dying.” will be installed on the Western exterior wall of SVA’s 209 East 23rd Street building on August 1. In addition, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) will distribute free buttons on college campuses nationwide through its network of institutions in the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).
The campaign was designed by Milton Glaser, faculty member and acting chairman of the Board at SVA.

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: Michael Grant, [email protected], 212.592.2011.

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 [email protected]

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-MenUsual 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, [email protected]

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, [email protected], 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 TimesTimeArtforumArt in AmericaArt + 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 [email protected].
 

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 ArtforumArt in AmericaArt PapersArtscopeBomblogBrooklyn RailDaily BeastFlash Art ItaliaFrameworkFreizeHyperallergicKillscreenNewsweekNew YorkOctoberThe New York Times, Village VoiceWiredX-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, [email protected].
 

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 [email protected]

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, [email protected].
 

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 2013the 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 MagazineInterviewThe New YorkerRolling StoneWiredESPN The MagazineEntertainment WeeklyMother JonesSpin, 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 [email protected]

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-MenUsual 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 [email protected].

5/9/17: Writer, Activist and Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem to Speak at 2017 School of Visual Arts Commencement Exercises

Writer, Activist and Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem to Speak at

2017 School of Visual Arts Commencement Exercises

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 1:00pm

 

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City

Private event; press seats available: 212.592.2010 or [email protected]

 

New York, March 1, 2017— School of Visual Arts is pleased to announce that writer, activist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem will be the keynote speaker at the College’s 41st annual commencement exercises, to be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the landmark Radio City Music Hall, located at 1260 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. SVA President David Rhodes will confer BFA, MA, MAT, MFA and MPS degrees on some 1,170 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates enrolled in the College’s 32 academic programs. The event is ticketed and open to degree candidates and invited guests only; the exercises will stream live at sva.edu/commencement.

Gloria Steinem is known throughout the world for her groundbreaking work as a writer, lecturer and political activist and organizer focused on issues of equality, gender roles, child abuse, nonviolent conflict resolution and indigenous peoples and cultures. A champion of women’s and children’s rights, Steinem co-founded Take Our Daughters to Work Day as well as numerous national and international organizations centered around self esteem, race, education, voting, reproduction, including the Women's Action Alliance, National Women's Political Caucus, Voters for Choice, Choice USA (now URGE) and the Ms. Foundation for Women. International organizations she has co-founded include Equality Now, Donor Direct Action and Direct Impact Africa.  

Steinem’s contributions to the publishing world started in the 1970s, when she reported widely read and influential pieces on feminism, culture and politics and co-founded two iconic magazines, Ms. and New York. Her books include the bestsellers My Life on the RoadRevolution from Within: A Book of Self-EsteemOutrageous Acts and Everyday RebellionsMoving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean. Her writing appears in many anthologies and textbooks, and she was an editor of Houghton Mifflin's The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, the James Weldon Johnson Award for Journalism, the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Women's Sports Journalism Award and the 2015 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. 

Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956, and she is currently working with the college’s Sophia Smith Collection to document the grassroots origins of the U.S. women's movement. Among her honors for her advocacy work are the first Doctorate of Human Justice awarded by Simmons College, the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Liberty Award of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations and a number of honorary degrees. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. In 2014, she received The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award and in 2013, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.’s highest civilian honor. Rutgers University is now creating the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies. 

Gloria Steinem 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 United States Congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis, cultural critic Greil Marcus, multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner, historian Robert A. Caro, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, biologist Dr. Gerald Edelman, actor B.D. Wong, as well as New York Times columnists Maureen Dowd, Nicholas Kristof and Frank Rich.

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, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography and Video, and Visual and Critical Studies; the degree of Master of Arts in Critical Theory and the Arts, Curatorial Practice, and Design Research, Writing and Criticism; the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education; the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Art Writing, Art Practice, Computer Art, Design, 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; and the degree of Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy, Branding, Digital Photography, Directing, and Fashion Photography.

 

SVA alumni include Guy Aroch, Renée Cox, Paul Davis, Sal DeVito, Michael Giacchino, Genevieve Gorder, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Pete Hamill, Keith Haring, Julia Hoffmann, Justine Kurland, Suzanne McClelland, Patrick McDonnell, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Carlos Saldanha, Harris Savides, Kenny Scharf, Yuko Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson and Sarah Sze.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven 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. Comprising 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.

 

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