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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.     

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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; Media@MouthPublicRelations.com

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 proffice@sva.edu

 

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, fologunja@sva.edu, 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, fologunja@sva.edu, 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, fologunja@sva.edu, 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, mgrant@sva.edu, 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 proffice@sva.edu

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, mgrant@sva.edu, 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, mgrant@sva.edu, 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 proffice@sva.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SVA alumni include: fine artists Inka Essenhigh, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Keith Haring, Suzanne McClelland, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Kenny Scharf, Gary Simmons and Sarah Sze; photographers Guy Aroch, Renée Cox, Justine Kurland and Lorna Simpson. Others include Paul Davis, principal, Paul Davis Studio; Sal DeVito, creative director, DeVito/Verdi; Pete Hamill, author and journalist; Patrick McDonnell, creator, Mutts comic strip; Bill Plympton, Academy-Award nominee, Guard Dog; Bryan Singer, director, X-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, lbatchelder@sva.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madoff has served as executive editor of ARTnews and is a contributing editor at Modern Painters and ARTnews, His criticism and journalism have appeared regularly in such publications as The New York 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 lbatchelder@sva.edu.
 

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

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

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

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

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

Tribe’s art explores the aesthetics of political performances such as protest speeches, street protests and militia training exercises. His photographs, installations, videos and performances are exhibited widely, including recent solo projects at Momenta Art, New York; G-MK, Zagreb; LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), the San Diego Museum of Art; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio. Tribe is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010) and New Media Art (Taschen, 2006) and numerous articles. His work has been discussed in 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, mgrant@sva.edu.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

New York, NY, June 23, 2012—Beginning in the summer of 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 proffice@sva.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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