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BFA Photography and Video Students Show Off Their 'Mentors' Exhibition

From Socrates to Plato, Paul Gaughin to Vincent Van Gogh, Ray Charles to Quincy Jones, Andy Warhol to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nora Ephron to Lena Dunham, behind every great artist usually lies a wise mentor. Everyone needs an Obi-Wan Kenobi to light their Luke Skywalker-like path.

SVA's BFA Photography and Video is keenly aware of the value of the mentor/mentee relationship and since the program began in 1992, they've been presenting “Mentors,” an exhibition of work by the department’s students inspired by their working relationships with leading members of the New York arts community. Each spring, the student takes a photograph inspired by their trusted adviser and the 2018 edition of "Mentors," curated by department chair Stephen Frailey, is currently on view now until March 27th at the SVA Chelsea Gallery.

Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Diane Choi. Mentor: artist Tanyth Berkeley.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Diane Choi. Mentor: artist Tanyth Berkeley.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Ana Espinal. Mentor: senior curator of photography at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Jennifer Blessing.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Ana Espinal. Mentor: senior curator of photography at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Jennifer Blessing.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Casanova Cabrera. Mentor: Wall Street Journal photography director Jennifer Pastore.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Casanova Cabrera. Mentor: Wall Street Journal photography director Jennifer Pastore.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Valentina Vidusin. Mentor: photographer and BFA Photography and Video faculty Keren Moscovitch.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Valentina Vidusin. Mentor: photographer and BFA Photography and Video faculty Keren Moscovitch.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Trevor Munch. Mentor: artist and Pioneer Works founder Dustin Yellin.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Trevor Munch. Mentor: artist and Pioneer Works founder Dustin Yellin.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Takeru Thile. Mentor: film critic Amy Taubin.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Takeru Thile. Mentor: film critic Amy Taubin.

Drawn from the ranks of the city’s best-known photographers, curators, art directors, publishers, art dealers, critics and writers, the mentors are paired with students based on their field of expertise and the student’s area of concentration. The 2017 – 2018 mentors include noted photographer Olivia Bee, Senior Curator of Photography at the Guggenheim Museum Jennifer Blessing, Editorial Director of Paper Mickey Boardman, photographer Roe Ethridge, Deputy Director of Photography at TIME Paul Moakley, The New York Times Magazine Director of Photography Kathy Ryan and artist and Founder of Pioneer Works Dustin Yellin, among many others.

Established in 1992, the Mentors program at SVA is designed to cultivate relationships between established and emerging artists and to introduce new talent to the New York arts community. “The Mentors project fulfills our commitment to the students that, in addition to encouraging the development of each of their sensibilities, they are informed and engaged in the professional community," Frailey said. "Working with the mentors gives them objective and professional insight into their work and helps to make their transition as artists after graduation a bit less daunting.”

Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Ken Castaneda. Mentor: photography collector, curator and consultant W.M. Hunt.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Ken Castaneda. Mentor: photography collector, curator and consultant W.M. Hunt.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Alejandro Cabezut. Mentor: photographer New York Magazine photography director Jody Quon.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Alejandro Cabezut. Mentor: photographer New York Magazine photography director Jody Quon.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Massimiliano Amato. Mentor: photographer Simen Johan.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Massimiliano Amato. Mentor: photographer Simen Johan.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Lauren Frentz. Mentor: photographer Doug Dubois.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Lauren Frentz. Mentor: photographer Doug Dubois.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Rosie Brock. Mentor: TIME Deputy Director of Photography Paul Moakley.
Photo by BFA Photography and Video student Rosie Brock. Mentor: TIME Deputy Director of Photography Paul Moakley.

BFA Photography and Video students at SVA immerse themselves in all aspects of commercial and fine art photography, gaining a better understanding of various genres, ideas and vocabularies. With access to cutting-edge facilities—as well as a 100-plus faculty of photographers, museum directors, critics, art directors, photo editors and photography collectors—they can hone their craft and cultivate their own sensibility and visual style.

This year’s “Mentors” show is on view now through Tuesday, March 27, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City. Additional details can be found here.

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