School of Visual Arts (SVA)
MFA Fine Arts Department Open Studios at SVA
April 26–28, 2012
Reception: Thursday, April 26, 5 – 9pm
Friday, April 27, 12–8pm
Saturday, April 28, 12–6pm
133/141 West 21 Street, Floors 8 and 9
Chelsea, one of the most engaging arenas of art in New York City, is, from April 26–28, illuminated with the prismatic brilliance of artworks by 63 artists. They are all students in the MFA Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts.
Dedicated to the discovery and exploration of new visual expressions, these adventurous young artists of international origins will afford you the rare opportunity to view in the artists’ studios a representation of some of the most exciting work on the contemporary art scene. It will also afford you the special chance to discuss the works with the artists who created them.
The MFA Fine Arts Department at SVA offers a specialization in painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, new media or mixed media, while fostering an ideology of stylistic pluralism. The two-year, 60-credit degree program encourages artists to follow a personal course of intellectual and expressive evolution as they experiment with diverse artistic persuasions, discover new aspects of their creative abilities and develop greater technical mastery.
Led by Department Chair David L. Shirey, the program features a roster of internationally renowned artists as faculty members, including Polly Apfelbaum, Jake Berthot, Petah Coyne, Kenji Fujita, Suzanne McClelland, Marilyn Minter, Amy Smith-Stewart, Gary Stephan, Jackie Winsor and Fred Wilson, among others.
Graduates from the program include: Katherine Bernhardt, Luca Buvoli, Andy Collins, Steve DeFrank, Inka Essenhigh, Kate Gilmore, Johan Grimonprez, Michelle Lopez, Gary Peterson, Brian Rutenberg, Sarah Sze and Phoebe Washburn, among others.
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.