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Faculty Updates: Steve Brodner, Sarah Grass, Valerie Smaldone, Caroline Woolard, Mark Sposato


What’s new with SVA Continuing Education faculty? How about exhibitions, interviews, films, and more? We have major updates from Steve Brodner, Sarah Grass, Valerie Smaldone, Caroline Woolard, and Mark Sposato.

Steve Brodner will be the focus of SVA’s 31st Masters Series Award and Exhibition. This milestone honor will include a retrospective exhibition of his work, which has tenaciously taken on political issues and figures — especially during this Trump era.

From SVA: "Over a career spanning five decades to date, Brodner's caricatures, art, visual essays and original reporting have appeared in innumerable publications, including Esquire, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, and he is a regular contributor to Columbia Journalism Review, Harper's Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation and The Washington Post. He has published numerous books featuring his writing or illustrations, and in 2011 served as editor of Artists Against the War, a collection of graphic work protesting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Among his many honors, in 2008 he became the first living illustrator to receive a career retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.”

What’s in store for Brodner’s Masters exhibition? Perhaps this lecture from our Art & Activism 2017 event can offer us a taste of things to come.

See Steve Brodner’s upcoming courses here.

Sarah Grass opened a solo exhibition, “Unmanned,” at Doppelgänger Projects in Queens. The show features Grass’ signature ink drawings, which combine surreal images from classical art, animals, and machines. From the press release: “'Unmanned' is a multi-layered reckoning, inspired by earlier female surrealists, whose folding of the artist’s gaze unto themselves created a pleating of emotions.”

Time Out New York writes, "After a series of roving pop-up exhibitions...Doppelgänger Projects has put down anchor in a multifamily building in Ridgewood. Often featuring an immersive, conceptual bent, the installations occupy the first two rooms of the second-floor apartment, but lucky visitors have also been invited into the back living space for tea and conversation. In March, the gallery will host a selection of ink drawings and ceramic sculptures with a surrealistic twist from interdisciplinary artist Sarah Grass. "

See Sarah Grass’ upcoming Drawing courses here.

Valerie Smaldone investigates what happens when your fiancee turns out to be a total fraud, when she interviews Abby Ellin, author of DUPED: Double Lives, False Identities and the Con Man I Almost Married. This live interview takes place at 92Y on April 3, 2019. Bring a date?

Read about Valerie Smaldone’s upcoming courses and boot camps.

Caroline Woolard has earned the honor of the Jane and David Walentas Endowed Fellowship at the Moore College of Art & Design. The first recipient of this new award, Woolard will collaborate with key organizations to produce a series of sculptures and public events, including public talks, workshops, special exhibitions, and a culminating publication. Learn more about Woolard’s work and this award at Art & Education.

Read about Caroline Woolard’s upcoming course here.

Mark Sposato will screen his short film, I’ve Been Compromised, at the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park, NJ on March 30th. The film’s plot: "Kevin realizes there’s no easy way out of the dreamlike hotel he finds himself trapped in as the fabric of reality unravels to reveal a difficult truth.” The film recently premiered at The Big Apple Film Festival the SVA Theater. And as a man of many talents, Sposato also designed the film’s poster!

Mark Sposato’s upcoming Design course begins in June.

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