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SVA Alumni Society, Inc. is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation which works to provide support for SVA’s most promising students.The Society works in conjunction with the Alumni Affairs and Development office at the School of Visual Arts serving as the vehicle for granting student scholarships and soliciting donations to fund the scholarships. Due to support from the School of Visual Arts, 100% of all donations to the Alumni Society go directly to the education and financial needs of current SVA students.

Donate to the Alumni Society

To make a donation to the SVA Alumni Society please visit our donation page.

Scholarships and Awards

SVA Alumni Society provides a wide variety of scholarships and awards to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in all majors offered by the College. Since 2001 over 900 scholarships were distributed to deserving SVA students. The Society manages 26 annual scholarships that provide merit-based support earmarked for specific academic programs and need-based support. The assortment of scholarships allows the Society to provide assistance across majors, programs and class years -- touching more students lives every year. The Society’s flagship scholarship program is the annual Alumni Scholarship Awards program.

Board of Directors
Todd Radom (BFA1986 Media Arts), Chairman of the Board, is a graphic designer responsible for many logos used by American sports teams, including the Washington Nationals and the Anaheim Angels. His distinctive use of typography and inclusion of classic visual elements can also be seen in his designs for the logos of Super Bowl XXXVIII and the NBA All-Star Game. He has established a scholarship fund earmarked for graphic design majors with a group of fellow SVA alumni.

Chris Growney is a director, advisor and investor in a broad range of start up and growth companies. In addition to his current role at a private investment company, he's a founder of investment analytics software and bond management firms and founding investor/board member of a public bank.  Chris also served on the treasury investment team at Cisco Systems.  He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a CFA charterholder.  Chris has a lifelong passion and deep appreciation for the arts and education.

Michael Halsband (BFA 1980 Photography), fine art photographer, has made portraits of many high-profile artists, actors, musicians and celebrities. He is also known for his surfing photographs. His work has been published in numerous books and periodicals, including Gotham magazine and Surf Book. His photographs have been exhibited around the world and can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Many SVA students have interned at his studio.

Lyn Hughes (BFA 1981 Photography) is a New York City-based photographer specializing in lifestyle, food and event photography. She has done work for Cosmopolitan, NBC, 20th Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company.

David Kuhn has extensive experience in documentary film production, television, journalism, photography and law. In addition to producing filmmaker Eugene Jarecki’s various projects including Promised Land on the state of the American dream (in production), he is currently producing Life After Hate which examines the root causes and conditions that foster racism and xenophobia among the radicalized Alt Right (in production), and Raoul’s: Gentrification & Family in Soho (in production). He recently produced a documentary short in Cuba The Cyclist (Una Cyclista) for “The New Yorker Presents... “ series on Amazon (2016). He has served as legal counsel and/or consulting producer for documentaries such as: The Age of Consequences (2016), Denial (2016), (T)error (2015), Requiem for the American Dream (2015), The House I Live In (2012), Beyond the Boardroom(2006), and Capturing the Friedmans (2003). In prior work, he was a public defender litigating in Manhattan criminal courts for nearly a decade, embedded with US troops in northern Afghanistan, and was published in Vogue, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and other publications for writing and photography. David lives and works in New York City.

Lisa Rettig-Falcone (BFA 1986 Media Arts) is an Executive Creative Director, copywriter and optimist who has been fortunate enough to have worked at some of advertising’s most legendary agencies. Her career includes time spent at FCB; Havas Worldwide; DDB New York; Ammirati, Puris, Lintas; and TBWA. She began her career at the legendary Scali, McCabe, Sloves. Lisa has always felt that her greatest strength as a writer is her ability to humanize the big and complex, which she has practiced across categories. In addition to being an alumnus of SVA, she was a Continuing Education Faculty member for more than 20 years. Awards/Recognitions: The One Show, Creativity Magazine, Archive Magazine, Communication Arts, Graphis, London International Awards, Art Directors Club (ADC), Print Magazine, Athena, Obie, Addy, Clio, Investor Relations, Effie, Financial Communications Society. 

Corporate Partners for the Arts Program
The SVA Alumni Society Gratefully Acknowledges Our Corporate Partners

Our members' annual contributions go to the Alumni Society's Housing Scholarship Award, which provides on-campus housing for promising students faced with limited financial resources and difficult home situations. With the support of our Corporate Partners, students with the vision and drive to create transformative work are able to take full advantage of living on campus and of the tremendous resources SVA offers, regardless of their financial means or home circumstances.

Click here to see photos from the annual Housing Scholarship Benefit and Corporate Partners for the Arts Appreciation Event.

Corporate Partner benefits include:
Acknowledgment in the Visual Arts Journal (circulation of over 37,500)
Acknowledgment on the SVA website
Acknowledgment at select SVA events
An annual Corporate Partners for the Arts recognition event
Special invitations to exhibitions and events at SVA

For more information please contact the Director of Alumni Affairs and Development, Jane Nuzzo: or 212.592.2302.

2019 Corporate Partners for the Arts

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