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SVA Alumni Affairs offers a variety of educational programming, networking, and special events. 

Let's Talk: Visual Art and Activism | Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street

Space is limited. Please RSVP: sva.edu/lets-talk-rsvp

Five SVA alumni will discuss their experiences creating work with the intention of inspiring social or political change and the role visual art and design play in solving some of the world's toughest problems.

A reception for SVA alumni and students will follow the discussion. Drinks and hor d'oeuvres will be served.

Panelists include:

Marlena Buczek Smith (BFA 2002 Graphic Design) moved to the US from Poland in the early 1990’s to study graphic design at SVA. Her body of work includes posters, commercial graphic design, and paintings. Her posters have been printed in various publications including No Words Posters by Armando Milani, Design for Obama by Taschen (Steven Heller, Aaron Perry-Zucker and Spike Lee), Graphis and Print. Marlena’s posters have been exhibited globally in countries which include the US, Germany, China, Poland and Russia.

Cat Del Buono (MFA 2008 Photography, Video and Related Media) creates video installations and public happenings that focus on social issues. Her works have shown in the US and abroad, including Bronx Museum, Vetlanda Museum Sweden, Fonlad Digtial Arts Festival Portugal, Fountain Art Fair, Chashama NYC, and MoCA Miami. Awards include the Bronx Museum AIM Program, ISE Cultural Foundation Grant, Baang & Burne New Works Grant, Awesome Foundation Grant, NYFA Strategic Stipend, and an SVA Alumni Association award. She has lectured on the topic of women in the media and has been a mentor and advisor for art students. She was also an artist in residence at ArtCenter/South Florida and Gallery La Pan in Barcelona

Delano Dunn (MFA 2016 Fine Arts) was born in Los Angeles, California, and currently lives and works in New York. Through painting, mixed media and collage, Dunn explores the questions of racial identity and perception through various contexts, ranging from the personal to the political, and drawing from his experience growing up in South Central LA. He has had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, and Buffalo, and most recently at The 2016 Affordable Art Fair in New York City. Group exhibitions include "I Like The Sound of That," at Artspace in New Haven, "Liberty and (in)Justice for All," at Project for Empty Space in Newark, NJ, PULSE New York, PULSE Miami with Project for Empty Space and The Long Gallery Harlem, The Delaware Contemporary and more. His work has been featured in VICE Media’s The Creators Project, PrintbyPrint, Artbean, and Black Artist News. He was the recipient of the College Art Association’s prestigious Visual Arts Graduate Fellowship in 2016, the Delaware Contemporary’s Curator’s Choice Award, and SVA’s Edward Zutrau Memorial Award and Alumni Thesis Scholarship Award. He is currently an invited Artist in Residence at Project for Empty Space in Newark, NJ. A solo exhibition of his new work will open at Long Gallery Harlem in New York in February.

Bruno Silva (BFA 2007 Graphic Design and MFA 2016 Design for Social Innovation) is a Lead Experience and Product Designer at the Arnold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai Health System where he researches user needs, design services and product innovations that are user-centric for the improvement of population health and health systems design. Silva is passionate about technology and the role it can play to affect social change. His goal is to ensure that innovation benefits the entire society, not only a privileged few

Katie Yamasaki (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay) is a muralist, children’s book author/illustrator and teaching artist. Yamasaki’s mural work has enabled her to travel widely, creating visual dialogues among diverse communities. From schools to prisons, housing occupations to hospitals, Yamasaki sees her art as a vehicle for dialogue, a tool for building platforms for expression and communication. Yamasaki has painted over 80 murals around the world. She is currently working on her fifth published book for children. Yamasaki is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 

Jamie Keesling, moderator (MA 2013 Critical Theory and the Arts) is operations manager for SVA Galleries and a faculty member in Art History and the Honors Program at SVA. She is politically active as a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society and has lectured in New York and elsewhere on Marxism, feminism, the history of Left politics, and the arts. 

The discussion is open to SVA alumni, students, faculty, staff and the public. Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

SVA in San Francisco | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
7:00 – 9:00pm
Lucky Strike
200 King Street
San Francisco, CA

Spare the excuses! Join us for some bites, booze, and bowling at Lucky Strike San Francisco. Enjoy an evening of recreation as you mix and mingle with your fellow alumni in a private bowling suite and lounge, hosted by SVA Alumni Affairs.

RSVP at sva.edu/alumni-sf

Questions? Contact SVA Alumni Affairs at 212.592.2300 or [email protected].

Makers Market | Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10
11am - 6pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor (Metropolitan Suite) 

SVA Makers Market is a DIY product fair showcasing exclusively alumni-made items such as apparel and accessories, furniture, jewelry, housewares, stationery and self-published books, magazines and comics, plus more.

SVA alumni are encouraged to apply to participate! For more information about Makers Market and how to apply, visit sva.edu/makers-market.

Career Development Events

Click here for the full schedule of Career Development events happening in the 2017 Spring semester.

Alumni Model Drawing
During the Fall 2016 semester, the weekly alumni model drawing sessions were relocated to SVA’s new 24th Street residence, following the closure of the George Washington residence where the sessions previously met. The new space at the 24th Street residence posed several significant challenges that we did not anticipate. Therefore, we have decided to put the alumni model drawing program on hiatus for the Spring 2017 semester, as we reevaluate the program and consider alternative locations available on campus. We will make another announcement about the next steps for the program by the end of this coming summer.

Korean Alumni Association

South Korea is home to one of the College's largest international alumni populations. Nearly 2,000 Korean students have graduated from SVA. In an effort to support this growing group of alumni, SVA recently opened an office in the Hyewa-dong neighborhood in Seoul, known for its university art centers, schools, theaters and museums. The office hosts monthly alumni exhibitions, is home to the Korean Alumni Association, and serves as a place where alumni can gather to catch up and pursue their career goals.

Learn more about the Korean Alumni Association in ENGLISH.

Learn more about the Korean Alumni Association in KOREAN.

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