"School Of Visual Arts" trained more than 35,000 student, since 1947.
The “School Of Visual Arts” trained more than 35,000 student, since the school’s inception in 1947.
SVA prime address 209 East 23rd Street.
SVA prime address, 209 East 23rd Street.

School Of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, NYC 10010-3994  (main building).

Tel: 1 (212) 592-2000   FAX: 1 (212) 725-3587

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“The School of Visual Arts”, located in the heart of New York City, has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for almost seven decades. With a faculty of more than 1,000 distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, the “School of Visual Arts” is a living catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students on its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries. “The School of Visual Arts” also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.


SVA was established by co-founders Silas H. Rhodes and Burne Hogarth in 1947, as “The Cartoonists and Illustrators School”.  

1947 "Cartoonists and Illustrators School".
1947 “Cartoonists and Illustrators School”.

… The college was renamed the “School of Visual Arts” in 1956 and it offered its first degrees, in 1972.  

“SVA” offers ‘11′ undergraduate and 22′ graduate degree programs.  Its continuing ‘mission’ remains, to provide undergraduate degree programs in art and design that prepare students for entry into an array of professional fields related to the visual arts, while accruing skills, needed to earn a living. Rigorous and practice-based graduate programs are offered in the visual arts and its allied fields.  The “School Of Visual Arts”  continuing education program is specifically designed to meet the diverse needs of New York City’s professional art and design community and the larger community within which the college is situated, in addition the “SVA” has commitmented to serving the greater good, through community service.

When the School of Arts was founded in 1947—the collective effort of David’s father, Silas H. Rhodes, and “Tarzan” illustrator Burne Hogarth  The “SVA” was known as the “Cartoonists’ and Illustrators’ School”

SVA proudly trains US veterans. veterans

SVA proudly trains US veterans.GI friendly school, Rhodes explained.  In 1947 “Most of the students were returning veterans.” In all the years that followed, the school evolved rapidly in both size and the diversity of courses offered. “The greatest challenge of my career,” added Rhodes, “has been seeing our transformation from an ‘art school’ with three year courses, to an ‘art college’ with graduate programs.” The school changed its name in 1956 and began to offer BFA (‘Bachelor Of Fine Arts’) degrees in 1972. The first MFA (‘Mastor Of Fine Arts’) programs were accredited a decade later. Now the school offers undergraduate programs in advertising and graphic design, fine arts, illustration and cartooning, interior design, photography, computer art, film video and animation. The graduate school menu includes programs in fine arts, illustration as visual essay, computer arts, photography and related media, and design. In addition to the BFA and MFA degrees, the School of Visual Arts also awards a “Masters of Professional Studies” in art therapy and has recently established a MAT program for future teachers. “We’ve become an important member of the arts community and the art education community,” noted Rhodes. “And it has all occurred rapidly over the past two decades.”

1947 “Cartoonists and Illustrators School”  In 2016, David Rhodes President of “The School of Visual Arts” commented on the composition of the current student body saying…  

David Rhodes Named President in 1978.
David Rhodes Named President in 1978.   “Our undergraduates are very much like college kids everywhere.” Demographically, geographically and ethnically diverse: 50% come from outside the New York Metropolitan Area, more than 30% are racial minorities and 15% are foreign. At the SVA graduate level, nearly half the students are from abroad.  Rhodes pointed out that one third of the school’s 3000 undergraduates now live on campus. Yet, there is something ‘distinctive’ about students at the “School Of Visual Arts” in that they tend to be much more focused than the typical undergraduate at an average liberal arts college.”


Students at the “School Of Visual Arts” are

d-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-t:  :-P

Because… “SVA” students often know their long-term career goals, from the start!  These might include a position in industry, possibly with a title like ‘art director’, package designer, clothing designer, illustrator, ‘editor’ or to go on to graduate school.  Many “School of Visual Arts” students continue graduate studies at the “SVA”, while others choose to continue at schools, like Yale, Rutgers, UC-Davis and Columbia.  Celebrated graduates include the artists behind Mad Magazine and the illustrator Paul Davis.

Noteworthy Alumni list includes some of the College’s prominent graduates in a broad range of creative disciplines. 

SVA provides state of the arts learning facilities.
SVA provides students ‘exciting’ state of the art learning facilities.



Beats Digging DitchesFor graphic designers “It used to be that everything was done on a ‘flat’ page.

Before computer graphics (not so long ago), designers created on drawing boards. We don’t need them,  for designers today everything is faster, better and abundantly easier.

Now, ‘anything’ may be conceived on a screen and most often the finished product will not be ‘static’. “The School Of Visual Arts” offers a whole series of courses that for lack of a better term are ‘digital’ and on ‘moving’ pages.” As a result, boundaries between various disciplines are becoming more and more blurred.  As the world becomes more and more digitally powerful, creativity has suddenly become abundantly and amazingly easier!

Designing with technology.
Designing with technology.

If you’re a photography major at “SVA” sliding from still to video will become second nature for you.  For “SVA” designers it has become easy to produce interactive creativity on the web and opportunities for study at “SVA” is now truly phenominal at “SVA”, where rapid and amazing developments pose magical challenges to both students and educators. All this makes life interesting at “SVA”.  David Rhodes, President Of “School Of Visual Arts” said. “So, we’re constantly changing the curriculum.”

School of Visual Arts offers 30 + Art Programs.

Address: 209 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010  In addition, classes and workshops are held in additional nearby buildings and in the “SVA Theatre”.

School Of Visu al Arts, theatre.
School Of Visual Arts, theatre.


Interior, School of Visual Arts theatre.
Interior, School of Visual Arts theatre.

“The School Of Visual Arts” is known for its unparalleled faculty and innovative curriculum – offers BFA, MFA, MA, MAT and MPS degrees.

"School Of Visual Arts" diploma.
“School Of Visual Arts” diploma.  When I attended “SVA” 1968~1970 an SVA Certificate was awarded to me, after I attended for two years.  I already had a BFA from “Pratt Institute”, however if I wanted another diploma I could have taken additional courses at “New York University”.

When I attended “The School Of Visual Arts” the “GI Bill” paid every cent of my tuition.  I received a certificate after two years and then continued to take additional courses to learn more, but not to collect more ‘paper’.  Then, but not now, to the best of recollection the degrees listed above could only be attained through additional study at “New York University”.

Undergraduate tuition and fees are about $35,000 (2015) 

Acceptance rate:  77% (2014)                                       

SVA Squidley.
SVA Squidley.

Enrollment: about 6,000 (2016)

Phone: 1(212) 592-2000    

&    1(212) 592-2005

FAX: 1(212)592-2060

Colors: Crimso & Gold


You can learn exactly how to design killer ads.
You can learn exactly how to design killer ads.

You can be taught exactly how to come up with great ideas and execute them.

The object of “SVA” Advertising instruction is to strengthen your ability to develop relevant ideas, while building your art direction skills, using photography, typography and illustration.   


Bring life to stories.

Its second nature for SVA students to use computers to create 'art'
Its second nature for SVA students to use computers to create ‘animation art’.

Meet others with a passion for animation.

Computer Art:

"Entrepreneur Pro", 10-needle -"Brother" embroidery machine.
“Entrepreneur Pro”, 10-needle -“Brother” embroidery machine.  You supply the picture and this machine will enable you to embroider it on the garment or fabric of choice / amazing!




Computer skills for creatives and artists.


Use type, color and form to communicate.

Attain visual literacy, to think like a designer.

Yugo telephone.
Yugo telephone.

Skilled designers are in demand from traditional outlets such as branding and packaging to web, app design and more.

Designers are in demand in fields such as branding, advertising and marketing, web and app design, packaging and product design and more. “The School Of Visual Arts” boasts a faculty of leading graphic designers, art directors, creative directors and other creative professionals who can impart their expertise to you—whether you’re a design professional looking to sharpen your skills or are just starting to explore design.

For beginners, the “SVA” offers many courses to train your brain to start thinking like a designer. Design involves both creativity and logic and is ultimately about communication. “SVA” can improve your visual literacy and teachea you about shape, color, contrast, perspective and typography.

For working designers, the “SVA” offers advanced courses to provide a valuable chance to experiment and grow. Perhaps you want to workshop some new ideas, get feedback on your portfolio, or explore a new area of design, such as web or UX.  “SVA” also gives you a perfect chance to network with other designers.

The “SVA” offer courses in ‘client management and communication’, because the best designers can ‘listen’  to what their clients want and be able to articulate their solutions to the client, and then execute those ideas.

The “SVA” also offers courses ‘online’, as well as a part-time BFA in Design.

Film and Video:

Learn by doing video production workshop.
Learn by doing video production workshop.

Work on your filmmaking skills and make valuable career connections. Courses include directing and screenwriting.

Fine Arts:

Studio Instruction.
Studio Instruction.


Time, space and support, enable SVA students to readily learn as they create ‘real’ art.

Successful studio practice takes skill, knowledge and discipline.

‘The Fine Arts Program’ at the “School Of Visual Arts” reflects the full gamut of the greater art world… drawing, painting, sculpture, multimedia, installation, performance art and beyond. “SWA” offers courses in all these areas, using both traditional materials, such as pastel, oil, clay and watercolor—3D printing, bio-materials, light and sound.

Art Print Workshop.
Art Print Workshop.

SVA offers access to a great sculpture center, printmaking facilities, a blacksmithing studio and even a bio lab. Come create among other artists, get feedback and make connections.

SVA fine arts open studios.
SVA fine arts open studios.

“SVA” offers instruction in drawing, painting, plus three dimensional hybrid art… plus essential time and space needed to develop skills and great talent. In addition every student at “The School Of Visual Arts” is aided by and valuable FEEDBACK, from noted ‘instructor artists’, plus peers / very important.  Each “School Of Visual Arts” program is carefully designed to teach and enhance an array of skills. SVA students are welcome to study whether they start as new-bees, to the arts, or are seasoned artists. All receive time and space to develop individual talents and unique abilities, while gaining valuable one-on-one feedback from teachers and contemporaries. 

School Of Visual Arts Gallery Reception.
School Of Visual Arts Gallery Reception.
Sculpture workshop.
Sculpture workshop.

Students hone inherent talents, learn new skills and experiment with recently developed media.

Illustration and Cartooning:

Visually interpret ideas – or tell your own story.

Using art and images to enhance meaning for text.

Interior Design:

The architecture of interior spaces.


SVA Photography.
SVA Photography.

SVA’s, Photography ‘Teaching’ Philosophy.

The objective of SVA’s photographic classes, is to uncover and improve each student’s personal vision, in order to create photographic statements.

When I was a student at “SVA” my teacher was the legendary writer, photographer, philosopher and teacher, Ralph Hatersly.  Look him up online.  After class, many of us would reassemble in a coffee shop on 3rd Avenue, where Norman Rothshield“ would join us.  Both Ralph Hatersly and Norman Rothschield wrote for “Popular Photography”.  Norman Rothschield  was “Popular Photography’s” amazing equipment expert whom without effort and totally by heart was always able to ‘diagram’ ‘ANY’ lens. Ralph wrote “Popular Photography’s” teacher column.

Although Ralph was technically competent and very well practiced (he said that to be good you need to take lots of pictures), he noticed that ‘far too many’ photographers emphasize and talk incessantly about technical matters, while the only thing that matters finally, is the image!  I miss him. 

Leica, 1960s

Film and Video:

Directing a Scene

Students often submit screenplays for their directing projects, to help develop their individual ideas.

The film industry is booming in New York City.   

Each year, more and more television and movie productions are being shot in New York, and that means more and more job opportunities.

In addition to the entertainment industry, talented filmmakers are in demand in fields such as journalism, advertising and education.

So, if you’ve ever been interested in working in this field, now is a great time to start learning some new skills and build up your resume.

“SVA” courses are taught by a faculty of directors, agents, producers, directors of photography, screenwriters and actors. They will all tell you that getting a ‘break’ or moving up in the film industry is often about networking. Where better to start building a network, than by signing up for a course at “SVA” and meeting like-minded people.

SVA Gallery.
SVA Gallery.



Noteworthy Alumni

SVA has graduated more than 35,000 artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers and other creative professionals. Among them are Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, Grammy winners, MacArthur Fellows and Guggenheim Fellows. Designed as an introduction to this ever-growing community, the Noteworthy Alumni list includes some of the College’s prominent graduates in a broad range of creative disciplines. 

Kenny Scharf was born in 1958, in Hollywood, California. The artist received his BFA in 1980 at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City. LOKGLOB Year: 1998 Medium: Silkscreen Size: 36 x 46 inches.

KENNY SCHARF (BFA 1981 Fine Arts)
Pop artist, painter (friend of Haring); represented by Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NYC

Kenny Scharf

Kenny Scharf was born in 1958, in Hollywood, California. The artist received his BFA in 1981 at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.  

2D Animation

GARY “DOODLES” DI RAFFAELE (Web Archive) (BFA 2005 Animation)
Co-creator and executive producer of Breadwinders, picked up by Nickelodeon (2014); animator and actor, Space Babies voice on the TV movie Strange Transmissions and animator for TV short All-Star American Destiny Trek (2006); animated a MADtvshort MAD’s Guide to Video Game Cheats (2010); creator of MADtv’s Metalocalypse.

DEREK DRYMON (BFA 1992 Cartooning)

Sponge Bob Square Pants
Sponge Bob Square Pants

Head of story, The Penguins of Madagascar (2015); Story artist, Turbo (2013), Puss in Boots (2011), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011); Executive producer, Adventure Time with Finn and Jake (2010); Story artist, Shrek Forever After (2010), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Kung Fu Panda (2008);Writer, executive producer, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004);Writer, creative director, supervising producer, SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-2004); Emmy Award nomination for “Doggone” (1998)

YVETTE KAPLAN (BFA 1976 Animation)

Beavis & Butt-Head.
Beavis & Butt-Head.

Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Zack and Quack (premiering on Nick Jr. 2014); Head of story, Ice Age (20th Century Fox 2002); Co-Director, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (Paramount/MTV 1996); Supervising Director, Beavis & Butt-Head  TV series (MTV 1993-99/2010); Director, King of the Hill (Fox TV 2005-2006); Director, Doug (Nickelodeon 1991-1994)


3D Computer Animation and Imaging by Isaac Victor Kerlow.
3D Computer Animation and Imaging by Isaac Victor Kerlow.

Artist-in-residence, Earth Observatory of Singapore; founding dean and professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore; formerly founding chairman, Department of Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, Pratt Institute; formerly vice president, Disney Interactive; formerly director of digital productions, The Walt Disney Company; author of The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects, 4Ed (Wiley, 2009)



Animator, Walt Disney Feature Animation; animator, The Princess and the Frog (2009), Bolt (2008), Chicken Little (2005); supervising animator, Brother Bear (2003), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Mulan (1998), The Lion King(1994); animator, Aladdin (1993), Beauty & the Beast (1991)

BILL PLYMPTON (1969 Cartooning)

Bill Plympton Animates “The Simpsons”.
Bill Plympton Animates “The Simpsons”.

Director, Animator, Horn Dog (2009), Idiots and Angels (2008), Mutant Aliens (2002), I Married a Strange Person (1998), The Tune (1992); 2005 Academy Award nominee, Guard Dog (2004); 1988 Academy Award nominee, Your Face (1987); Illustrator and cartoonist, New York Times, The Village Voice, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse

CHRIS PRYNOSKI (BFA 1994 Animation)

Titmouse President, Chris Prynoski, hard at work on one of their many projects.
Titmouse President, Chris Prynoski, hard at work on one of their many projects.

Worked on Beavis and Butthead and Daria for MTV in the early 90s. MTV Downtown earned him an Emmy nomination. In 2004, Prynoski founded the animation studio, Titmouse, Inc, where he has continued his string of hits with projects like Metalocalypse, China, IL, Black Dynamite, Superjail!, The Venture Bros., Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja and his own creation, Motorcity for Disney XD.  Executive Producer, Turbo: F.A.S.T. for DreamWorks

TOM SITO (BFA 1977 Animation)
Professor of Animation, USC George Lucas School of Cinematic Arts; author, Moving Innovation, A History of Computer Animation (MIT Press, 2013), Timing for Animation 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2007), Jews in American Popular Culture (anthology Praeger/Greenwood 2007, Chap 7 Animation),

Tom Sito, Professor of Animation, USC George Lucas School of Cinematic Arts.
Tom Sito, Professor of Animation, USC George Lucas School of Cinematic Arts.

Drawing the Line (Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2006) ; Animation director, Osmosis Jones (2001 Warner Bros); animator, Walt Disney,Aladdin (1992), Beauty & the Beast (1991), Little Mermaid (1989), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Lion King (1994). Director, Storyboard. Filmation Studios HeMan and the Masters of the Universe ( 1983), SheRa Princess of Power(1985);President Emeritus of the Animation Guild Local# 839 Hollywood

REBECCA SUGAR (BFA 2009 Animation)

Creator, writer and director of Steven Universe, a television show on Cartoon Network, making her the first female cartoon creator in the network’s history; Emmy Award winner for Adventure Time (2013); Emmy Award nomination in the category of Short-format Animated Program for Simon & Marcy (2013); Annie Award nomination for Best Storyboarding in a Television Production for Adventure Time (2011); named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 (2013); recognized in “Rising Animators Spring Into Motion,” The New York Times (2013).


ANDREW CHRISTOU (BFA 1993 Advertising)
Executive vice president and chief creative officer, Publicis Seattle; formerly creative director, Toyota Motor Sports, Prius, Saatchi & Saatchi, LA; formerly film/video director, Moxie Pictures; formerly creative director, Berlin Cameron & Partners; formerly art director, Wieden + Kennedy; awards, The One Show Bronze Pencil (2011), Clio Award (2010)

SAL DEVITO (1970 Advertising)  

Legal Sea Foods, Sal Devito.

Executive creative director and co-founder, DeVito/Verdi; clients include BMW, Canon, Grey Goose Vodka,New York, People, Sony and Time Out New York; awards include the Gold Cannes Lions (2009), Clio Award (2010) 

Pete Favat:
North American Chief Creative Officer, “Deutsch Advertising”.

PETER FAVAT (BFA 1983 Advertising)
Chief creative officer, Deutsch; formerly chief creative officer and managing partner, Arnold Worldwide Partners; launched and received an Emmy award for the Truth campaign, one of the most successful national anti-tobacco programs in history; other awards include the International ANDY (2011), CLIO Bronze (2011) and numerous Gold Cannes Lions

Founder, executive director of Content, Let There Be Dragons Studio; director of broadcast for Lenscrafters’ “See What You Love” commercial (2009); agency producer for Levi’s “Helium Jeans” and “Onion Peel” commercials (2008)

STEVE LANDSBERG (BFA 1980 Advertising)

Steve Landesberg, Grok Marlketing’s Founding Partner.Grok Marketing’s Founding Partner.

Founding Partner & Chief Creative Officer of Grok, an independent agency named one of America’s fastest growing companies cited by Inc. Magazine, three years in a row.

Grok was the brand integrator playing a key role in everything from logo design, menu design, architecture and Public Relations. “We even did some ads.”

Prior to Grok, held global executive creative positions at Ogilvy, NY; Saatchi & Saatchi, NY and McCann Erickson, NY.  Also Co-Chief Creative Officer of DDB NY, and Creative Head of Ogilvy, Toronto. Brand experience includes American Express, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Hershey, IBM, i-Health, Jaguar, Kraft, P&G, Sheraton, Timex, UPS, VMware, Westin, and Zicam. Awards include Addy, Andy, CA, Cannes, Clio, D&AD, Effie, Marketing (Canada), and NY Art Directors.

Quotation:  “Honesty Is The Best Policy. But insanity Is A Better Defense!”

TOD SEISSER (BFA 1987 Advertising)
Founding Partner & Chief Creative Officer of independent agency Grok; formerly Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi New York, Co-Creative Director JWT, Group Creative Director Ammirati & Puris. Brand experience includes UPS, VMware, Citizen Watch, Maidenform, Burger King, Zicam, P&G and Johnson & Johnson. Serves on the Creative Review Board of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America; former Vice President of The One Club. Awards include One Show, Clio, Cannes, Andy, Addy and Effie.

JON SOTO (BFA 1979 Advertising)
Partner/Creatve Director, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Oakland CA; formerly senior vice president and executive creative director, BBDO/WEST; formerly associate creative director, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; formerly creative director, TBWA Chiat/Day; clients include Nike, Levis, Comcast Sports Network, Emerald Nuts, Chrysler. Awards include Cannes Lions Grand Prix, Clio hall of fame.

Art Education

Curator of Education, Coleccion Cisneros; formerly coordinator of international school programs, higher education and special U.S. projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

TIMOTHY MILLER (BFA 1994 Cartooning, MAT 2004 Art Education)
Manager of Family and Afterschool Programs, Queens Museum of Art

Timothy Miller, Timothy “Tim” Miller is an American film director and visual effects artist. He made his feature film directing debut with Deadpool (2016). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film …
Nationality‎: ‎American Known for‎: ‎Deadpool.

MYOUNGDUCK SEO (MFA 1992 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Formerly president, Sangmyung University, Seoul, South Korea


STEVE DITKO (1953 Cartooning)
Co-creator, The Amazing Spider-Man

“Basement Bertha”

Basement Bertha, the most renowned baseball character, EVER devised !!! Basement Bertha, the most renowned baseball character, EVER devised !!!
Basement Bertha, the most renowned baseball character, EVER devised !!!

BILL GALLO (1953 Cartooning, deceased)
Sports cartoonist, NY Daily News; formerly president, National Cartoonists Society; Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, National Cartoonists Society (1998)

PATRICK MCDONNEL (BFA 1978 Cartooning)
Creator of the internationally syndicated comic strip, MUTTS; author of over 20 books in print, including four New York Times bestsellers; Me … Jane, a biography of the childhood of Dr. Jane Goodall, received a Caldecott Honor; member of the national Boards of Directors for HSUS, The Fund for Animals and Charles. M. Schulz Museum
NICK MEGLIN (BFA 1976 Illustration)
Editor, Mad Magazine (1984-2004); author The Art of Humorous Illustration (1981) and Drawing from Within(with Diane Meglin, 2008); wrote the lyrics and book for Tim and Scrooge; instructor at SVA. 

Patrick McDonnel’ animal characters.
Patrick McDonnel
Patrick McDonnel, Jungle Swings.






Dog Kisses 5¢.

MARK NEWGARDEN (BFA 1982 Cartooning)
Cartoonist, writer, animator; Creator of 80’s fad, Garbage Pail Kids for Topps;

"Garbage Pail Kids"
“Garbage Pail Kids”Online series B. Happy (1999-2000) for Cartoon Network; SOI Gold Medal children’s author (Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug, 2007); Books include Cheap Laffs, We All Die Alone, How To Read Nancy, Bow-Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors; Exhibits include ICA, Smithsonian Institute, Cooper-Hewitt and Picasso museum

JOE QUESADA (BFA 1984 Illustration)
Chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment; formerly editor in chief, Marvel Comics 

RAINA TELGEMEIER (BFA 2002 Illustration)
Author, illustrator and founder Take-Out Comics; graphic novels Smile (2010) and Drama (2012). both No. 1 New York Times best sellers; co-authored with her husband X-Men: Misfits (2009); illustrator for four graphic novel adaptations of the Baby-sitters Club series for Scholastic (2007); short story in DC Comics’ Bizarro World anthology; Eisner Award nomination for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition (2005); Ignatz Award nomination in the categories of Promising New Talent and Outstanding Mini-comic; Friends of Lulu’s Kimberly Yale award for Best New Talent (2003); Web Cartoonists’ Choice Award nominations for Outstanding Slice-of-Life webcomic; Boston Globe Horn Book Award and New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice forSmile (2010).

Computer Animation and Visual Effects

BEN AGUILLON (MFA 2004 Computer Art)
Technical director and sequence lead for look development on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2013), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2013), Oz: The Great and Powerful (2011), Arthur Christmas (2011), Alice in Wonderland (2010), G-Force (2009), andBeowulf (2006); color and lighting director on Sony Pictures’ Monster House (2006)

DOUG BLOOM (BFA 2001 Computer Art)
CG supervisor, Method Studios; formerly senior technical director, Rhythm & Hues; formerly special projects and CG supervisor, SONY ImageWorks; CG supervisor, Iron Man 3 (2013), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011); effects supervisor, Spider Man 3 (2007); effects animator, Elf (2003); effects lead, XMen 2 (2003); CG effects, Solaris (2002)

JOHN BRENNICK (BFA 2004 Computer Art)
Senior compositor Weta Digital; formerly Walt Disney Company; formerly Lion’s Gate Films; formerly Sony Pictures’ Imageworks; digital compositor Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (2013), The Hunger Games(2013) and

"House Of Cards"
“House Of Cards”

House of Cards (2012);

cinematographer A Woman’s Worth short film; Oscar Award nomination in the Best Visual Effects category for Real Steel

YE WON CHO (MFA 2002 Computer Art)
Lighting Technical Director, Pixar Animation Studios (2004-Present): Monster University (2013), The Blue Umbrella (2013), Brave (2012), Cars 2 (2011), Toy Story 3 (2010), Up (2009), Wall-E (2008), Ratatouille (2007),Cars (2006); Lighting Technical Director, DreamWorks Animation (2003-2004): Shrek 2 (2004)

MARK COROTAN (BFA 2005 Computer Art)
Creative Supervisor, ElevateFX; formerly senior art director and lighting/shading technical director, Curious Pictures; instructor, SVA; formerly lead animation designer, R/GA; clients include: Nokia, Nike, Subaru, Verizon

ANDREW DAYTON (BFA 1998 Computer Art)
Technical Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; sets modeling, Monster University (2013), Brave (2012), Toy Story 3 (2010), Ratatouille (2007); lighter/sets modeling, The Incredibles (2004); co-founder of Steel Wool Games (2013)

SETH GOLLUB (BFA 2005 Computer Art)
Junior animator, Framestore; instructor, SVA; matchmove artist, Not Fade Away (2012) and The Smurfs(2011); awards include Clio Silver Award for “Hawk” (2012) and Clio Silver Award for “Coming Soon” (2013); clients include Gieco, FedEx, Coke, and Pepsi

JOHN HAN (BFA 2003 Computer Art)
Digital and visual effects supervisor, Scanline VFX; CG supervisor, Pacific Rim (2013),  Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008); visual effects supervisor, Heroes (2007-2008), effects annimator, Spiderman 3 (2007); Superman Returns (2006)

YONG-DUK JHUN (MFA 2000 Computer Art)
Head of layout, Dreamworks Animation; cinematographer and head of layout, Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (2015), The Croods (2013), Shrek Forever After (2010); layout artist, Monsters vs Aliens (2009); cinematographer and Head of layout, Kung Fu Panda (2008); layout artist, Over the Hedge (2006)

NITANT KARNIK (BFA 2005 Computer Art)
Digital compositor on X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Ender’s Game (2013), Her (2013), Sony Pictures’ Imageworks Men in Black 3 (2012), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2012); Oscar Award nomination in the Best Visual Effects category for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2012); stereo compositor for Alice in Wonderland (2010); lead compositor for RhinoFX’s The Reader (2008); clients include Barclaycard, Mercedes, Fruit of the Loom.

NANCY KATO (MFA 1991 Computer Art)
Animator, Pixar Animation Studios; animator, Brave (2012), Toy Story 3 (2010), Up (2009), WALL-E (2008),Ratatouille (2007), The Incredibles (2004), Finding Nemo (2003), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Toy Story 2 (1999); formerly animator Rhythm & Hues Studios; animator, The Green Mile (1999); animation supervisor, Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Babe (1995)

CARLOS SALDANHA (MFA 1993 Computer Art)
Blue Sky Studios/Bottle Cap Productions; Director, Rio (2011), Ice Age 3 (2009), Ice Age 2 (2006), co-director, Robots (2005), Ice Age (2002)


Principal and founder, Adler Design; formerly senior designer, Milton Glaser, Inc.; thesis project “Clear Rx” acquired by Target and launched nationwide April 2005; inlcuded in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY  and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum

GAIL ANDERSON (BFA 1984 Graphic Design)
Received AIGA Medal (2008); instructor, SVA; formerly creative director/design, SpotCo; formerly senior art director, Rolling Stone; inlcuded in the permanent collections of Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Library of Congress, and Milton Glaser Design Archives

Designer; creative director and founder Tarek Atrissi Design, the Netherlands; formerly creative director for Meta Design; Arabic language typeface designer behind some of the most visible branding fonts across the Middle East; included in the permanent design collection of the Affiche Museum, Hoorn, the Netherlands; exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, NYC, and The VCU Gallery in Qatar; Adobe Design Achievement Awards (2002); Dutch Design Award (2007); included in Area, a global overview of contemporary printed graphic design published by Phaidon (2007); selected for Print magazine’s 20 Under 30 (2005); clients include the Arab Museum of Modern Art, the BBC, MTV, Georgetown University and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Featured Project
“Tarek Atrissi Design” was commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to design its first contemporary photography exhibition about the Middle East, called “Light from the Middle East”.

CHRISTOPHER BRAND (BFA 2007 Graphic Design)
Art director at Crown Publishing Group; previously, designer at Penguin Books and Rodrigo Corral Design; recognized by the Type Directors Club, the AIGA’s50 Books/50 Covers,” Print magazine and the Art Directors Club; clients include The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Boston Globe

Principal and founder, Best Made Company and Buchanan-Smith LLC; formerly design director, Isaac Mizrahi; formerly creative director, *Paper*; formerly art director, The New York Times; Best Recording Package Grammy Award (2005)

JAMES DIRESTA (BFA 1990 Graphic Design)
Principal and founder, DiResta Unlimited Inc; instructor, SVA ; host, Against the Grain (2009), DIY Network; co-host Dirty Money (2011), Discovery Channel, Hammered with John & Jimmy DiResta (2006-2007), HGTV Network; formerly vice president, Diresta Diversified, Inc

TIMOTHY GOODMAN (BFA 2007 Graphic Design)
Art director for his own studio; previously senior designer for Collins and a designer for Apple Inc.; creator with Jessica Walsh of the 40 Days of Dating blog for which the rights have been purchased by Warner Bros.; designer for several book covers; illustrator for magazines, including The New York Times and Time; winner of Art Directors Club Young Guns award (2013); listed in Graphic Design USA, People to Watch (2013); selected as Print magazine’s New Visual Artist (2009); clients include Airbnb, J. Crew, Ace Hotel and The Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

GENEVIEVE GORDER (BFA 1998 Graphic Design)
Designer, Rachael Ray (2012-2013); Host, Dear Genevieve (2009-2012), White House Christmas (2010-2012),HGTV Design Star (2009-2013), HGTV Network; designer, Trading Spaces (2000-2007); creator and designer, TownHaul (2005-2006), TLC Network

J. DREW HODGES (BFA 1984 Graphic Design)
Founder and CEO, SpotCo; instructor, SVA; formerly President of NY Chapter, AIGA

JULIA HOFFMANN (BFA 2002 Graphic Design)
Global Creative director, Etsy, Berlin; formerly creative director of advertising and graphic design, Museum of Modern Art, NY; 2012 Vice President AIGA/NY Chapter

NATASHA JEN (BFA 2003 Graphic Design)
Named partner at Pentagram Design; clients include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Phaidon, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Kate Spade; Art Directors Club Young Guns award winner (2003); listed in Graphic Design USA People to Watch (2013); guest critic for Yale University School of Art.

BOBBY C. MARTIN, JR. (MFA 2003 Design)
Founding partner, OCD | Original Champions of Design, clients include the National Basketball Association, Girl Scouts of the USA, Friends of the Highline; instructor, SVA MFA Design and The Cooper Union

LEIF PARSONS (BFA 2003 Graphic Design) Illustrator and designer; illustration chosen for New York Times’ “Notable Opinion Art of 2012”; named in Step magazine’s The Step Field Guide to Emerging Design Talent 2006; Art Directors Club Young Guns winner (2006); designer of several book covers; clients include The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Travel and Leisure, The Atlantic, Real Simple, The Boston Globe, and The Walrus. 

DAVID SANTANA (BFA 2003 Graphic Design)
Designer, Illustrator & Art Director; Art Direction at Deep Focus & iamdavidsantana; clients include Rockstar Games, Nestle, Pernod Ricard, Popular Mechanics, Oxygen Network, Sony Music & Matador Records. Creative Design on Grammy Award winner for Best Special Packaging and Box Set for The Legend (Johnny Cash), (2006).

SCOTT WADLER (BFA 1985 Graphic Design)
Executive creative director consultant; formerly senior vice president of creative services and senior creative director, MTV Networks/Viacom

Film and Video

SAMUEL BAYER (BFA 1987 Illustration)
Director, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010); music video cinematographer and director, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams;” 5-time  MTV Music Video Award recipient; 2011 Emmy Award, Outstanding Commercial, “Chrysler – Born of Fire”

MEIRA BLAUSTEIN (BFA 1986 Film and Video)
Co-founder, executive director, Woodstock Film Festival

FREDERICK CHANDLER (1969 Film and Video) Executive vice president, post-production,Twentieth Century Fox; post-production, Australia (2008), Sideways (2004), Master and Commander (2003),Sexy Beast (2000) Boys Don’t Cry (1997)

LARRY CHERNOFF (1973 Film and Video)
CEO MTI Film; founder, Filmcore Santa Monica, Encore Hollywood, Riot Manhattan

MICHAEL CUESTA (BFA 1985 Photography)
Executive producer and director, Elementary (2012-2013), Homeland (2011-2012); co-executive producer Dexter (2006); director, True Blood (2009), Six Feet Under (2002-2005), L.I.E. (2001)

BEN EDLUND (1992 Film and Video)
Creator, “The Tick” comic book character; writer and producer, Supernatural (2006-2013),  Point Pleasant(2005-2006), Angel (2003-2005), FireFly (2002-2003), The Tick (1994-1996; 2001-2002); screenplay writer,Titan A.E (2000)

MICHAEL GIACCHINO (BFA 1990 Film and Video)
Composer, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Super 8 (2011), Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol(2011), Lost  (2004-2010), Ratatouille (2007), The Incredibles (2004) Alias (2001-2006); recipient of Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Broadcast Critics’ Choice and Grammy for Best Original Score, Up (2010)

CRAIG GILLESPIE (BFA 1989 Advertising)
Director, Fright Night (2011), United States of Tara (2009-2010), Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

VASHTIE KOLA (BFA 2004 Film and Video)
Creator of the Violette clothing line; creative director for Island Def Jam (2006); signed to Box Fresh Pictures (2005) and directed more than 20 videos for such artists as Justin Bieber, Kid Cudi, Beans, J-Status, Solange and Junior Sanchez; selected as one of Vibe magazine’s 31 Most Stylish People Under 31; designer of Beats By Dre headphones in a taxi-themed design; first female to collaborate with Brand Jordan on her own Jordan sneaker; creator of 1992 party, nominated for Best Party at thePaper magazine’s Nightlife Awards (2008).

BILJANA LABOVIC (BFA 2001 Animation)
Award winning producer and editor, collaborating with Bill Plymton on Idiots and Angels (2008), Academy Award Nominated “Guard Dog” (2004), “Shut-eye Hotel,” (2007); director, writer, “Eye Spy” (2001); producer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001); instructor, SVA

DAN MINAHAN (BFA 1987 Film and Video)
Director, The Game of Thrones (2011-2013), True Blood (2008-2012), Deadwood (2004-2006), The L Word (2004-2005),  Six Feet Under (2003-2005), ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (2005-2006)

PETER PHOK (BFA 2003 Film and Video)
Producer with Glass Eye Pix, Inc.; producer and production manager for The Unlovables, The Sacrament and Beneath (2013),Stake Land (2010), The Innkeepers (2011) and I Sell the Dead (2008); producer for Trigger Man  screened at South by Southwest Film Festival (2007).

MIKE RIZZO (BFA 2006 Film and Video)
Editor at MacKenzie Cutler; co-founder, director and writer, Paxen Films; directed and produced videos for Paul & The Tall Trees (2012); won Audience Choice Award at the Zero Film Festival for Bay Rizz: The Rescue (2009), which premiered at the 2009 Coney Island Film Festival.

Producer at the Directors Guild of America; film Obvious Child showed as a short in a series of festivals, including South by Southwest, and as a full-length feature at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

HARRIS SAVIDES (BFA 1982 Film and Video, deceased)
Director of photography, The Bling Ring (2013), Restless (2011), Somewhere (2010), Greenberg (2010),Whatever Works (2009), Milk (2008), American Gangster (2007), Zodiac (2007), Elephant (2003), Gerry(2002), Finding Forrester (2000); 3-time MTV Music Video Award recipient.

LYNN SHELTON (MFA 1995 Photography and Related Media)
Writer/Director: Touchy Feely (2013), Your Sister’s Sister (2011) (Gotham Award Best Ensemble), Humpday (2009) (Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize; John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award), My Effortless Brilliance (2008) (Independent Spirit Someone To Watch Award), We Go Way Back (2006) (Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize)

MICHAEL SIMMONDS (BFA 2000 Film and Video)
Cinematography, Lunchbox (2013); Director of Photography, Project Nim (2011), winner World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival (2011); Goodbye Solo (2008), winner FIPRESCI Prize Venice Film Festival (2008); Chop Shop (2007), nominated, Best Cinematography, Independent Spirit Awards (2008); Man Push Cart (2005), nominated, Best Cinematography, Independent Spirit Award (2007)

MARK ULANO (1975 Film and Video)
Production sound mixer, Django Unchained (2012), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Tourist (2010), The Next Three Days (2010), Iron Man 2 (2010), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Iron Man (2008), Grindhouse (2007),Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), Kill Bil: Volume 1 (2003), Titanic(1997); awards include  Academy Award (1998)

TI WEST (BFA 2003 Film and Video)
Writer and director, The Sacrament (2013), The Innkeepers (2011),  The House of the Devil (2009) hailed by critics as “One of the best horror films of the decade; Trigger Man (2007), The Roost (2005)

Fine Art

ALI BANISADR (BFA 2005 Illustration)
Painter; represented by Sperone Westwater, NYC, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, and Blain Southern, London; included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Saatchi Gallery, London and the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria, among others; solo exhibitions include “Motherboard,” Sperone Westwater, NYC and “We Haven’t Landed on Earth Yet,” Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria; group exhibitions include “Contemporary Iranian Art,” Metropolitan Museum of Art; “Love, Me, Love Me Not,” Baku, Azerbaijan (2013) and the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); “Expanded Painting,” Prague Biennale 6; awarded an Arts Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation (2010); featured in “Painter Ali Banisadr’s Sound Inspiration” in The Wall Street Journaland “How Ali Banisadr Holds Memory” in Interview magazine; cover for Flash Art International Magazine (2012); named Top 100 Artists (ranked No. 1) in Flash Art International Magazine (2011); studied extensively in the Fine Arts department as a student at SVA. 

Painter; represented by CRG Gallery, NYC; included in the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; solo exhibitions “In Conversation,” CRG Gallery, NYC (2013) and “Chasing the Ghost,” beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham, AL (2013); Armory Art Fair, NYC (2011); group exhibition, Art Basel, Miami (2010; 2012); featured in Art in America (2011)

Painter; represented by Gavlak, Los Angeles; solo presentation “Patient Zero” at The Arts Club, London, UK (2014); included in “Painting: A Love Story” group exhibition at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2013); collaborated on custom installation and limited-edition journal with Shinola (2013); awarded the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art Grant (2013); featured inModern Painters Magazine (May 2014 Issue); New American Paintings (2012, Issue #98); and the forthcoming 100 Painters of Tomorrow (out September 2014 from Thames & Hudson); included in the permanent collection of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

Fine artist and curator; curated group show “Acid Summer,” DCKT Contemporary, NYC (2013); curated shows for Nudashank Gallery, Baltimore;  selected for several solo exhibitions, including “Oblivious Path,” DCKT, NYC (2013), “Arrangement:,” Get This! Gallery, Atlanta (2013), “Repeater,” Popp’s Packing, Detroit (2013), “FRGMNTS,” Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco (2012), HWWBTW, Marvelli Gallery, NY (2010); selected for several group exhibitions at Richard Heller, Los Angeles, The Hole, NYC, and Asya Geisberg, NYC; featured in Modern Painters (March 2014) and Domino (Spring 2014)

Painting and sculpture, graphic designer, character designer, children’s book author/illustrator, digital and traditional illustration

KEITH HARING (1979 Fine Arts, deceased)
1980’s pop artist

JOSEPH KOSUTH (1967 Fine Arts)
Conceptual artist; represented by Sean Kelly Gallery, NYC; included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art

SOL LEWITT (1953 Illustration, deceased)
Minimalist installation artist; represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC

JENNY MORGAN (MFA 2008 Fine Arts)
Painter; represented by Driscoll Babcock, NYC; complete compilation of works published by Plus Gallery, Denver We are All Setting Suns (2012) and New Territory: Jenny Morgan (2009); self-portrait selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution-sponsored Outwin Boochever Portraiture Competition at the National Gallery, Washington, DC (2006); painting acquired by Fine Arts Museum of Key West, Key West, FL; featured in Modern Painters Top 100 Fall Shows (2013); selected as Top Representational Artist by Rocky Mountain News (2006); listed in “Best Running Start to a Successful Art Career” in Best of Denver (2006); included in the Open Studios Press juried catalog New American Paintings (2006)

Painter; represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NYC; 2004 Whitney Biennial; included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Centre Pompidou, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

TIM ROLLINS (BFA 1977 Fine Arts)
Activist artist and educator; co-founder of artists’ collective Group Material; founder of K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) and the Art and Knowledge Workshop, for at-risk students in the Bronx; represented byLehmann Maupin Gallery, NY; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; Maureen Paley, London, Galeria Raucci Santamaria, Naples; included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Tate Modern, Smithsonian Museum of American Art

KENNY SCHARF (BFA 1981 Fine Arts)
Pop artist, painter (friend of Haring); represented by Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NYC

AMY SILLMAN (BFA 1979 Fine Arts)
Painter; represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC; 2013 retrospective ICA (Boston), 2004 Whitney Biennial, Guggenheim Fellow (2001), Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (1999), NEA Fellowship (1995)

GARY SIMMONS (BFA 1988 Fine Arts)
Fine artist; represented by Metro Pictures, NYC and Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; 1993 Whitney Biennial, NEA Grant (1990), USA Gund Fellowship (2007); included in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Musuem of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Rubell Family Collection, Studio Musuem in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art

JOHN F. SIMON, JR. (MFA 1989 Computer Art)
Fine artist; represented by Sandra Gering, Inc, NYC; included in the permanent collections of the The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Print Collection at the New York Public Library

BILLY SULLIVAN (1968 Fine Arts)
Painter; represented by Nicole Klagsbrun, NYC; 2006 Whitney Biennial, NEA Grant (1987); included in the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC)

SARAH SZE (MFA 1997 Fine Arts)
Installation artist; represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NYC; 2003 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow; selected to represent US at 2013 Venice Biennale; permanent collections include The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The New Museum (New York), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art

TRISH TILLMAN (MFA 2009 Fine Arts)
Mixed media artist, sculptor; professor at Monmouth University; solo show “In Irons,” Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC (2010); selected for several group exhibitions “ROA::TILLMAN”, Present Company, NYC (2013); “Collide,” Harbor, NYC (2013); “Totem,” Asya Geisberg, NYC (2013); “Black Foliage,” Chinatown Arcade, NYC (2012); “Undercover,” Slag Gallery, NYC (2012); awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant (2009).

Sculptor; represented by Zach Feuer Gallery, NYC; recipient of Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2009), American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (2005); 2008 Whitney Biennial; included in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum at UCLA (Los Angeles), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art

Gallery Owners/Directors/Curators

LANCE M. FUNG (MFA 1990 Fine Arts)
Founder, Fung Collaboratives; curator of “The Snow Snow” exhibition (2003-2006), “Lucky Number Seven – SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2008), “Wonderland” (2010) and Artlantic (2012-2014); formerly principal, Lance Fung Gallery; formerly director, Holly Solomon Gallery

ANTON VIDOKLE (BFA 1988 Fine Arts)
Established e-flux (electronic flux corporation) in 1999, a New York-based information bureau dedicated to world wide distribution of information for contemporary visual arts institutions via the Internet; co-project coordinator of e-flux video rental (EVR), comprised of a free video rental store, a public screening room and a film and video archive


JONATHAN BARTLETT (MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Illustrator and designer; chosen as designer for the Art Wall Project for the facade of Ralph Lauren’s Denim & Supply store, NYC (2013); poster design selected for New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts for Transit program (2012); Art Directors Club Young Guns winner (2011); 3X3 Magazine Annual cover art; illustrator for Saks Fifth Ave. displays; designer of several book covers; clients includeThe New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wired, The Atlantic, Playboy and Mother Jones

ALAN E. COBER (1956 Illustration, deceased)
One of America’s foremost illustrators; visiting professor and distinguished visiting artist, Department of Art, University of Buffalo (1986-96), his drawings of prisoners, mentally ill people and the elderly were compiled into a book The Forgotten Society (Dover Fine Art, History of Art, 1972), posthumously added toSociety of Illustrators Hall of Fame (2011)

PAUL DAVIS (1959 Illustration)
Principal, Paul Davis Studio; work has appeared in Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New Yorker; inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame (1995); AIGA Medal (1989); permanent collections include The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

BRIAN (KAWS) DONNELLY (BFA 1996 Illustration)
Brooklyn-based artist whose work blends elements of pop culture, street art and fine art. His paintings, prints and sculptures, including his interpretations of iconic cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and the Smurfs, have shown at multiple museums and galleries including the Brooklyn Museum, NYC; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Yorkshire Scultpure Park, UK; Gallerie Perrotin, NYC and Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, as well as in Paris, London, Berlin, and Tokyo. He designed cartoon-inspired vinyl toys for Japanese clothing brand Bounty Hunter, and collaborated on KAWS-branded products for a number of apparel and beverage brands including Nike, Vans, Dos Equis, and Hennessy.

BRIAN FLOCA (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay)
2014 Caldecott Medal winner for Locomotive (2013). Author and illustrator, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (2009), Lightship (2007), The Racecar Alphabet (2003); illustrator, Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring (2010), the Marty McGuire series, the Poppy Stories series. Awards include four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards, Orbis Pictus Award, Orbis Pictus Honor, two selections for The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list, and a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators.

NATHAN FOX (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Illustrator, Artist, comic book and graphic novelist; department chair SVA MFA Visual Narrative; clients include The New York TimesRolling Stone, Nike, Entertainment WeeklyWired Magazine; publishers include Chronicle Books, Scholastic Graphix, Vertigo, DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Image Comics

NORA KRUG (MFA 2004 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Illustrator and writer; clients include The New York Times, The Guardian and le Monde Diplomatique; animations featured at Sundance (2003); work included in Best American Comics and Best American Non-Required Reading; included in the Library of Congress; awards include American Illustration and gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Club; Sendak Fellowship (2014), Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2013), Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2012), Fulbright (2002); associate professor of Illustration, Parsons The New School for Design

BRENDAN LEACH (MFA 2010 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Cartoonist and illustrator; his comics have been published by Secret Acres, Top Shelf Comics, Retrofit Comics and the Best American Comics 2011 anthology; won an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic for The Pterodactyl Hunters: Om the Gilded City(2012); Xeric Foundation grant (2010); illustration work recognized in 3×3 magazine; clients include The New York Times, Time Out New York, Time Out New York Kids, The L Magazine, Moleskine, Xbox and SportsCenter ESPN.

ANDRÉS VERA MARTÍNEZ (MFA 2007 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Author and illustrator; comics and illustrations have been published by Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, CBS/Showtime, ESPN, Lerner Books, and The New York Times. Awards and recognition include from the Society of Illustrators, 3×3 Magazine, American Illustration, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies.
When Doris Eaton was 14, she changed her name and lied about her age to skirt child protective services and dance in the Ziegfeld Follies. Ninety-two years later, at age 106, she was still performing on Broadway. In between, she starred in silent films, taught John Wayne to rumba, had her own TV show and newspaper column, raced horses and raised turkeys.
In Century Girl, Lauren Redniss combines drawings, photo-collage, and oral history to depict the spectacular life of a star and survivor. The book is both a groundbreaking biography and a panorama of America in the 20th century.

LAUREN REDNISS (MFA 2000 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Illustrator; Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2012); Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout (HarperCollins, 2010), National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize nominee for political cartooning in the The New York Times (2002); assistant professor of  Illustration, Art, Media and Technology, Parsons the New School for Design

STEPHEN SAVAGE (MFA 1996 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Editorial and children’s book illustrator; Little Tug (Roaring Press 2012); Polar Bear Night (Scholastic, 2004)The New York Times Best Illustrated children’s book, ALA Notable Book and best book of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly; clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Vibe

DASH SHAW (BFA 2005 Illustration)
Author, animator and cartoonist; published works include Cosplayers 1&2, Doctors, New School, 3 New Stories, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.,Bottomless Belly Button all published by Fantagraphics; New Jobs published by Uncivilized Books;BodyWorld published by Pantheon; Bottomless Belly Button was named Publishers Weekly’s best graphic novel and one of Entertainment Weekly’s top 10 books; New School was voted One the Best Books of 2013 by National Public Radio; animated short Seraph selected for 2013 Sundance Film Festival; animated series The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. aired on (2009);  solo exhibition of original writings and storyboards at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center (2008); solo exhibition at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (2010); Harvey Award nominee: Best Graphic Album for Bottomless Belly Button (2009); Ignatz Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Story for Galactic Funnels (2008); drawings featured in the film Rabbit Hole (2010); Sundance Writing and Directing Labs Fellow (2010); Cullman Center Fellow (2014).

YUKO SHIMIZU (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Illustrator; chosen as one of the “100 Japanese People the World Respects” by Newsweek Japan (2009); clients include Microsoft, MTV, Target, T-Mobile, Neiman Marcus, Warner Elektra Atlantic, NPR, M.A.C., Pentagram, Sagmeister Inc., Time, People, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, GQ, The New Yorker

DICE TSUTSUMI (BFA 1998 Illustration)
Co-founder, Tonko House; formerly art director, Pixar Animation Studios, formerly artist, Blue Sky Studio. Art Department, Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Robots (2005), Ice Age (2002), Gone Nutty (2002); Director and writer, The Dam Keeper (2014), Sketchtravel (2011); Art director, lighting design and character shading, Monsters University (2013); Art director, Toy Story 3 (2010); Voice actor, Cars 2 (2011). Awards include Golden Globe Award and Oscar Award winner in the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year category for Toy Story 3; Oscar Award nominations in Best Animated Feature category for Ice Age and in the Best Short Film (Animated) category for The Dam Keeper.

SAM WEBER (MFA 2005 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Illustrator; clients include Universal Films, National Geographic, United States Postal Service, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Criterion Collection, Little, Brown and Co., Playboy, TimeMagazine, DC/Vertigo Comics, Random House, ESPN, Wired, Penguin, SPIN, Herman Miller, The Atlantic,Business Week; formerly assistant art director, OpEd, The New York Times

MARTIN WITTFOOTH (MFA 2008 Illustration as Visual Essay)
Painter; selected for several solo and group shows: “Nocturnes,” National Arts Club, NYC (2013); “HEY!,” Halle Saint-Pierre Museum, Paris (2013); “Empire,” Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles (2012); “Bablyon,” Yves Laroche Galerie d’art, Montreal (2009); cover and featured artist, American Artist (2012), cover feature the Open Studios Press juried catalog New American Paintings (2011


GUY AROCH (BFA 1993 Photography)
Fashion photographer; SVA faculty member; Clients include Allure, D La Republica, French Magazine, Italian Glamour, GQ (Italian & Style), Harper’s Bazaar (US & UK), Interview, Jalouse, L’Officie, Nylon, Surface, Tatler, The New York Times, Vogue (US & Mens), Vibe, WWD; advertising clients include Victoria Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Nivea Visage, Gant, Macy’s, Garnier, Jean Louis David, Wella, Seven Jeans, Bloomingdale’s, Regis, Kenneth Cole, L’Oreal, Domay, Esprit, Sonia Rykiel, H&M

DANIEL BOLLIGER (MPS 2009 Digital Photography)

Fashion photographer, retoucher and graphic designer Daniel Bolliger straddles many genres to create cutting-edge fashion editorials for a wide-variety of contemporary publications, including SBB Magazine, Swarowski Gems Publication, Page, Vogue Italia, Tages Anzeiger Zurich, Cruiser and Display.Bolliger works with designers, stylists and models in the United States, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom to create unique fashion showcases.

SOONCHOEL BYUN (BFA 1999 Photography)
Fine art photographer; represented by Grigo Gallery (Seoul); was a recipient of the Via Wynroth Fellowship (ICP, 2000); the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award (2000) and the Korean Finalist of The Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2013); works exhibited at the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; the Seoul Museum of Art (Bukseoul); the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Kyung-in Museum of Fine Art, Seoul; the International Center of Photography, NYC; National Portrait Gallery, London; CHINA Jinan International Photography Biennial; Seoul Photo-Triennale II; Has lectured at the DanKuk University, the DongDuk Women’s University; the Parsons School of Design and the New York University, NYC. His clients include Vogue, Elle, Marie-Claire, GQ, Esquire, Vogue Girl, andCosmopolitan.

KEVIN COOLEY (MFA 2000 Photography and Related Media)
Photographer; Solo exhibitions include The Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego), The Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles), The Boiler (NYC) and The Marty Walker Gallery (Dallas); Awards include The Center of Cultural Innovation (2013), Art Prize 3D Award (2013), The Bemis Center Residency Award (2013) and Aaron Siskind Foundation Grant (2004); Work has been featured in AestheticaARTFORUM,The  Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe New Yorker,  Timeout,  The Wall Street Journal, andWired; Permanent collections inlcude Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Schwartz Art Collection of the Harvard Business School

RENÉE COX (MFA 1992 Photography and Related Media)
Fine art photographer; Yo Mama’s Last Supper (1996) piece raised the ire of Mayor Guiliani when it appeared in the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers” (2001)

ZACKARY DRUCKER (BFA 2005 Photography)
Photographer; video and film; performance artist; represented by Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles; has performed and exhibited internationally in numerous museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial (2014); 54th Venice Biennale–Swiss Off-Site Pavilion (2011); Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne, Switzerland; L.U.C.C.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, Lucca, IT; Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; MOMA PS1; Deitch Projects; Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte; Invisible Exports all in NYC; Jerome Zodo, Milan; the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, L.A.C.E., Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Steve Turner Contemporary, and Human Resources all in Los Angeles.; profiled in The New York Times “In Their Own Terms” and featured in “LA Art World,” Interview (2011).

AMY ELKINS (BFA 2007 Photography)
Photographer and curator; represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC; co-founder Women in Photography; known for her archiving of prisoners on death row in Texas; winner of the 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize; artist-in-residence, Villa Waldberta, Munich (2012) and Light Work, Syracuse, NY (2011); included in the permanent collections of North Carolina Museum of Art and Light Work, Syracuse, NY; exhibited at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna., the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, CA, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis; solo and group exhibitions at the International Modern Photography Festival, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea; ”Cast,” Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia; “Gazed Upon” (curator), Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR; “Deconstructing the Female Gaze” (curator), PPOW Gallery, NYC; photos and features include “Prison Photography,” included in The Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, Real Simple, The Huffington Post,American Photo, Harper’s, Newsweek and The New York Times.

YULIA GORBACHENKO (MPS 2010 Digital Photography)  Yulia is a fashion and beauty photographer based in New York City. In 2015, Yulia was invited to be a member of the Broncolor Gen NEXT an exclusive group of young professional photographers lighting up the future of photography. Yulia shoots editorials for magazines, including Elle (Germany, Russia, Vietnam, Quebec, Greece, Bulgaria), Harper’s Bazaar (Ukraine, Kazakhstan), Glamour (Italy, Russia, Mexico and Latin America), L’Officiel (Azerbaijan, Thailand), Cosmopolitan (Germany, UK), Marie Claire (China, Russia, Indonesia), InStyle Australia and Modern Weekly China. Her commercial clients include Garnier, Guess, L’Oréal, Make Up For Ever and Sally Beauty. 

Kenny Scharf was born in 1958, in Hollywood, California. The artist received his BFA in 1980 at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City. LOKGLOB Year: 1998 Medium: Silkscreen Size: 36 x 46 inches.
Kenny Scharf was born in 1958, in Hollywood, California. The artist received his BFA in 1980 at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City. LOKGLOB
Year: 1998
Medium: Silkscreen
Size: 36 x 46 inches.

JAMIE ISAIA (BFA 2003 Photography)
Photographer; Filmmaker; Instructor SVA; films featured at ICA’s Birds Eye Festival, London, A Shaded View on Fashion film festival, Paris, San Francisco Fashion Film Festival and The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; solo exhibitions at Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France, M Project Gallery and Soho Grand Gallery, NYC; group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Dactyl Projects; and New York Art Academy; nominated for the Discovery Award at Les Recontres d’Arles; listed in Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2007); clients include WItalian VogueJapanese VogueI-DDanskTank, Zac Posen, Saks Fifth Avenue, Wolford, Swarovski, Journelle and Rogan, Loeffler Randall.

JUSTINE KURLAND (BFA 1996 Photography)
Fine art photographer; represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NYC; included in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery, The International Center of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal), National Museum of Women in the Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art

DOMINGO MILELLA (BFA 2005 Photography)
Photographer; represented by Tracy Williams, Ltd., NYC and Camilla Grimaldi, London; solo exhibitions “Domingo Milella” at Tracy Willimas, Ltd. (2013), NYC, and Brancolini Grimaldi, London (2012); “Outer Ages of Some Buried Age,” Palazzo Coiro, Castelmezzano, Italy (2011); Foam photography museum, Amsterdam, (2008); group exhibitions: “Unknown Pascali,” Les Recontres d’Arles, Arles, France (2011); “Visions and Documents,” Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2010); listed in Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2008); featured in Le Journal de la Photographie (2013); clients include T-Style, Sunday New York TimesDomus and Wallpaper.

DINH QUANG LÊ (MFA 1992 Photography and Related Media)
Fine art photographer; represented by PPOW Gallery, NYC; Solo exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC) 2010; Singapore Biennale 2006, Gwangju Biennale 2006, Venice Biennale 2003.

RUO BING LI (MPS 2013 Digital Photography)

Ruo Bing Li is a fashion photographer based in New York City, Toronto and Shanghai, known for his precise and engaging beauty and glamour photography, which has been featured in top international fashion magazines, including: Marie Claire, Grazia UK, Sunday Life Australia, Chloe Magazine, andWomen’s Health.

VERA LUTTER (MFA 1995 Photography and Related Media)
Camera obscura photographer; represented by Gagosian Gallery, NYC; exhibitions include Dia: Beacon and Dia: Chelsea, Kunsthalle, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), 2002 Whitney Biennial; included in the permanent collections of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Neue Galerie, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

CLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE (MPS 2013 Digital Photography)

A New York-based photographer and educator well-known for his candid, humorous and honest portraits of celebrities, musicians and athletes. His arresting portraits of top talent including LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Norah Jones and Kid Rock have appeared in numerous magazines, includingRolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Maxim and XXL. Clay’s commercial work includes album covers for Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music and Elecktra Records; in addition, his client list includes Chevrolet, Pontiac, Coca-Cola, Boost Mobile, Nike and VH1.

FRANK W. OCKENFELS 3 (BFA 1983 Photography)
One of the most sought-after portrait photographers in America; work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Us, Premiere, Esquire, New York Magazine, Spin; shot album covers for David Bowie, REM, Queen Latifah, Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Don Henley; created images for television shows such as Mad Men, Wanted and for films such as Coraline, Wolfman, the Harry Potter series

SARAH PALMER (MFA 2008 Photography, Video and Related Media)
Photographer; writer; faculty, Parsons the New School for Design; included in the collection of Foam photography museum, Amsterdam; winner of the 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize; solo and group exhibitions include “Sentimental Landscape,” the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH (2013); “Blog-Re-Blog,” Signature Gallery, NYC (2013); “Useful Pictures,” Michael Matthews Gallery, NYC (2013); “As a Real House,” Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, NYC (2012); “You Make Me Warm,” Like the Spice Gallery, NYC (2011); “Capricious Presents: Continuity of Chaos,” Foam photography museum, Amsterdam (2011); “As A Real House,” The Wild Project, NYC (2010); featured in New Landscape Photography(2014), Aint-Bad Magazine (2013), The Photo Review competition issue (2008).

JAMIE PERMUTH (MPS 2009 Digital Photography)

Jaime Permuth is a Guatemalan photographer living and working in New York City. He is a 2014 Smithsonian Museum Artist Fellow and was recently nominated for a United States Artists Fellowship with a $50,000 prize. In 2013, his first monograph, YONKEROS, was published by La Fabrica Editorial (Madrid) and was subsequently nominated for the Prix Pictet. He was also awarded an NFA Fellowship from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. His photographs have been shown at several venues in New York City, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Queens Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. He has also exhibited internationally at the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Guatemala, Casa del Lago in Mexico City, and the Israeli Parliament.  Among others, his work is included in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, Yeshiva University Museum, and SUNY New Paltz.

MATTHEW PILLSBURY (MFA 2004 Photography, Video and Related Media)

Mathew Pillsbury, “Grand Central Terminal”.

Photographer; represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, and Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver; monograph Matthew Pillsbury:City Stages Photographs from 2002 to 2013 published by Aperture (2013); featured in New York Times Photographs published by Aperture and The New York Times; included in permanent collections of the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta, The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Art Museum, all NYC, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the Tate Modern, London, among others; awarded gold and silver medals in Society of Publication Designers’ 47th Annual Design Competition (2012); awarded the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie (2007); Photo District News magazine’s Top 30 Photographers (2005); featured in The New York Times Magazine “A Country in Bloom” (2014), Photograph Magazine“Nate and Me” (2014), and The New York Times “The Blur of Life” (2013); recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship.

COLLIER SCHORR (BFA 1985 Communication Arts)
Fine art photographer best known for her portraits of adolescent men and women; represented by303 Gallery, NYC; 2002 Whitney Biennial, 2003 International Center for Photography Triennial; included in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC).

LORNA SIMPSON (BFA 1982 Photography)
Fine art photographer; represented by Salon 94, NYC; work exhibited at Documenta VIII, X and XI in Kassel, Germany, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2002 Whitney Biennial, 1993 Venice Bienale, 1997 Johannesburg Biennial; awards include Whitney Museum of American Art Award (2001); International Center of Photography Infinity Award (2010); included in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), National Gallery of Art, High Museum of Art Atlanta, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art.

AMY STEIN (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media)
Photographer; teacher; represented by ClampArt, NYC, and the Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco; monographs Tall Poppy Syndrome published by Decode Books (2012) and Domesticated published by Photolucida (2008); included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS: and the George Eastman House Photography Collection, Rochester, NY; among others. Awarded Best Book at the New York Photo Festival for Domesticated; finalist, Santa Fe Prize (2011); finalist, Moran Portrait Prize (2011); nominee, Baum Award for Emerging Photographers; named one of the Top 15 Emerging Photographers in American Photo magazine (2007); featured in Frieze Magazine, Teller magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Boston Globe, Art Lies.

RAÏSSA VENABLES (MPS 2010 Digital Photography)

Exhibiting fine-artist Raïssa Venables creates experimental visions of environmental interior and exterior spaces. Her visceral, large-scale images are composed with dozens of original photographs in which the illusion of movement is created from the use of multiple vanishing points. Assumptions of reality are disrupted, creating a realm where inanimate objects seem alive. The result is both an architectural puzzle and a landscape of the mind. Her work has been exhibited in dozens of galleries around the world including: WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany; Galerie Rothamel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany; Jersey City Museum, NJ; Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including Nelson-Atkins Museum/Hall Family Foundation, Kansas City, MO; Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, NM; and Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.


PETE HAMILL (1954 Illustration)
Journalist, best-selling author; columnist for New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Esquire; formerly editor-in-chief of New York Post and New York Daily News; awards include A.J. Liebling Lifetime Achievement Award, Boxing Writers of America (2011), 1975 Grammy award for Best Liner Notes (Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks”), 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

BRIAN PALMER (MFA 1990 Photography)
Photojournalist, writer; formerly CNN reporter; formerly with Fortune magazine; formerly Beijing bureau chief, U.S. News and World Reports; his documentary, Full Disclosure (2009), based on his experience as an embedded journalist in Iraq with a U.S. Marine infantry unit was supported by grants from the Ford Foundation and the Applied Research Center; photos have appeared in the New York Times; contributor,Mother Jones magazine, Colorlines, The Huffington Post; 2009 fellow at NYU Law School’s Center for Law Security, recipient of the Nation Institute investigative grant.

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Charles Pratt, founding father of Pratt Institute.
Charles Pratt, founding father of Pratt Institute started as a poor boy.                                                 With a considerable fortune earned through companies he founded, “Astral Oil Works” and “Charles Pratt and Company” he initiated “Pratt Institute” to help poor people like him, who could not afford to go to college.             In 1886 Charles Pratt personally both endowed and founded “Pratt Institute”.  In May 1887 the New York State Legislature granted Charles Pratt a charter to open the school; on October 17, 1887, the institute opened with ’12’ students, in the Main Hall. Today there are three campuses and the school’s total annual enrollment is now about 5,000 students… and includes both graduate and undergraduate students.

Volume 28: No. 4, October 18, 2017

Pratt Institute Selects Frances Bronet as the College’s 12th President


Frances Bronet, senior vice president and provost at Illinois Institute of Technology and a distinguished educator at the forefront of interdisciplinary curricula and collaboration, has been selected as the 12th president of Pratt Institute, announced Bruce Gitlin, Chair of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, on October 12, 2017. She will be the first woman president to lead Pratt Institute, one of the world’s most renowned art and design colleges. read more>>

Pratt was a pioneer in the U.S. petroleum industry and made a fortune producing a version of ‘kerosene’ that did not ‘EXPLODE’!  In addition Pratt sold his companies,”Astral Oil” to John D. Rockefeller / “Standard Oil” and Pratt stayed on to manage these firms.  “Astral Oil” and “Charles Pratt & Company” were located in Brooklyn, but have since relocated to 355 Lexington Ave # 8, New York, NY 10017. 1(212)867-4444.  

Painting studio in Pratt Institute. Institute Brooklyn, Manhattan & Utica, NY.

“Pratt Institute” ( is the second largest independent college of art, design, and architecture in the United States and the largest in the northeast, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its schools of architecture, art, design, information, library science in addition all undergraduate study liberal arts and science.

Clock tower on Pratt's campus.
Clock tower on Pratt’s campus.

“Pratt Institute” Brooklyn is situated on 25 landscaped acres in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.  Pratt’s Manhattan campus is in an eight-story renovated building on West 14th Street. PRATTMWP (PRATT Munson Williams Proctor Institute) is located in Utica, New York. Pratt offers ’24’ undergraduate degree programs and ’26’ master’s degree programs.

Pratt’s programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country, and its faculty and alumni include the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields. Pratt’s interdisciplinary curriculum promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking and provides students with unparalleled training facilities.

Pratt's Cannon, from which their nickname, "The Canoneers" is derived.
Pratt’s Cannon, from which their nickname, “The Canoneers” is derived.

This trophy cannon gives Pratt people the nickname of ‘Cannoneers’. It’s a bronze Spanish cannon, cast in Seville in 1720 and inscribed to Philip V and Elizabeth Farnese.  It was appropriated from Morro Castle in Cuba during the Spanish American War and it was mounted on campus, in 1900.”

When I attended “Pratt Institute” mischievous students painted this old cannon in the dead on night, at least once every semester (twice a year).  A designated fund stood ready to clean the paint off the cannon, WHENEVER the boys wanted to have fun!!!

Cartoon depicting Pratt's "Spanish American War" trophy cannon.
Cartoon depicting Pratt’s “Spanish American War” trophy cannon.


The mission of Pratt Institute is to prepare its students to make a living. Pratt educates artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society and seeks to instill superior aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative
skills, technical expertise along with a firm grounding in academic knowledge, liberal arts and sciences. A Pratt education blends theory, with creative applications to ready every graduate to become a ‘leader’ in their profession.

Brooklyn Campus

200 Willoughby Avenue Brooklyn, New York

The 25-acre main campus is located in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn and is bordered by numerous 19th-century brownstones and mansions, a number of which were built by founder Charles Pratt for his large family. The Schools of Art and Design, Architecture, and Liberal Arts and Sciences are located on this campus.

A few international' Pratt Students.
Two of approximately 850 ‘international’  Pratt Students.

Visitors can enter Pratt Institute’s campus on DeKalb Avenue or on Willoughby Avenue between Hall Street and Classon Avenue. The closest subway stop is the Clinton-Washington station on the G line. For directions to campus or parking information, visit

Pratt Sculpture Park

Man's head sculpture.
Man’s head sculpture.

The entire Brooklyn campus is home to the Pratt Sculpture Park, the largest in New York City, and has features sculptures by such artists as Richard Serra, Donald Lipski, and Mark di Suvero.

Stone Bound Men.
Stone Bound Men.

The Pratt Sculpture Park is curated by Professor David Weinrib and was recognized as one of the 10 best college and university campus art collections in the country by,

Park bench sculpture.
Park bench sculpture.
Pratt Alumni Luggage Tag.

Manhattan Campus

144 West 14th Street New York, New York

The eight-story, 80,000-square-foot Romanesque revival building at 144 West 14th Street serves as Pratt’s Manhattan campus in the city’s Chelsea district. The seven-story property offers state-of-the art facilities within a turn-of-the-century building. The “School of Information” and “Library Science” is located on this campus, as well as Pratt’s associate degree programs and graduate programs in Communications/Packaging Design, Construction Management, Facilities Management, and Historic Preservation.

Pratt’s Manhattan campus lpc5-190is located between 6th and 7th Avenues on the south side of the block, closest to 7th Avenue. For directions to campus or parking information, visit

Pratt Manhattan Gallery

Pratt Manhattan Gallery is a public art gallery affiliated with Pratt Institute. The goals of the gallery are to present significant, innovative, and intellectually challenging work in the fields of art, architecture, fashion, and design from around the world and to provide a range of educational initiatives to help viewers relate contemporary art to their lives in a meaningful way. The Gallery is located at 144 West 14th Street in the Chelsea art district.

Alexa Telano (B.F.A. '16), House Wife Puzzle, 26.5"x 27", 2016.
Alexa Telano (B.F.A. ’16), House Wife Puzzle, 26.5″x 27″, 2016.
Melissa Coleman The Holy Dress.
Pratt Institute Gallery.
Pratt Institute Gallery.
Design show.
Industrial Design Show.
Pratt Gallery Boutique designs.
Pratt Gallery Boutique Design Exhibit.


3,109 Undergraduate                                                                       1,654 Graduate                                                                         4,763 Total Students

All Students*

Female  65%
Male      35%
International 17%
Average age undergraduate 21 Years Old.                                       Average age of new freshmen 18 years old.                               Residential new freshmen – 82% live on campus.                         Residential undergraduate – 49% live on campus.               Residential  graduate  –  4% live on campus.

Retention Rate  – 88% of freshmen return the following fall.

Financial Aid   –  77.45% of students receive financial aid.

Scholarships                                                                                    Pratt distributes $20 million in unrestricted scholarship money and $1.1 million in restricted scholarship money annually.

Enrollment by School/Program*                                                       2,165 “School of Art and Design” (Undergraduate)                       995 “School of Art and Design” (Graduate)
653 “School of Architecture” (Undergraduate)                             302 “School of Architecture” (Graduate)                                       357 “School of Information and Library Science” (Graduate)       149 •Associate Degree Programs (Two-year)
142 “School of Liberal Arts and Sciences” (Undergraduate)

*Based on enrollment figures for the 2008-2009 academic year Selectivity

“Pratt” accepted 39% of applicants for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Tuition 2009-2010


Tuition: $33,500, plus $1,085 per credit in excess of 18 Books and Supplies: $3,000 per year.
Room and board: $9,756

*Note: In my freshman year ‘1960’ tuition was $500.00 per semester (mlp). ????Supplies and fees were extra.  Part of those fees were set aside for cleaning ‘graffiti’ off the cannon by mischievous students, always in the dead of night.  

Fees: $1,380
Other expenses, resident students: $1,250 per year
Other expenses, commuters: $2,750 per year including transportation


Tuition: $1,195 per credit for the School of Art and Design and School of Architecture; $960 per credit for the School of Information and Library Science

Room and board: $15,984
Fees: $1,280 per year
Supplies: $3,500 for the School of Art and Design and

School of Architecture;

$1,000 for the School of Information and Library Science Other expenses, resident students: $1,190 per year.
Other expenses, commuters: $3,350 per year including transportation.

Notable Alumni

Ralph Appelbaum, exhibition designer Daniel Clowes, cartoonist, screenwriter Harvey Fierstein, playwright, actor
Felix Gonzalez-Torres †, installation artist Eva Hesse †, sculptor, painter.

Terrence Howard, actor
Betsey Johnson, fashion designer Ellsworth Kelly, painter
Edward Koren, cartoonist Naomi Leff †, interior designer Rodney Leon, architect Robert Mapplethorpe †, photographer Sheila Metzner, photographer Roxy Paine, conceptual artist
Beverly Pepper, sculptor Sylvia Plachy, photographer
Paul Rand, designer Robert Redford, actor, director Robert Sabuda, illustrator Stefan Sagmeister, graphic designer William Van Alen †, architect, Max Weber †, painter Robert Wilson, artist, director Terry Winters, artist Carlos Zapata, architect.



Pratt Institute In Utica New York

Pratt Munson Williams Proctor, Utica, New York, excellent for a student's first two years in Pratt. Then, down to New York City.
Pratt Munson Williams Proctor in Utica, New York – excellent for a student’s first two years in Pratt. Then, down to New York City.

“Pratt Institute Utica Campus”

The Making of a Top Art Institute

In 1999, Pratt Institute joined forces with “Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute” (MWPAI) to create “PrattMWP College of Art and Design, giving students another option for their art college experience. Pratt’s extension campus, located in Utica provides a more intimate upstate campus where students can spend ‘their first two years’, as they pursue their BFA degree. The combination of “Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s ” distinguished arts community plus Pratt’s strong reputation and curriculum, has developed into a focused, passionate, and supportive learning environment – that attracts artists from all over the world.

Students who attend this branch of “Pratt Institute”

In Utica New York, students study for ‘two years’, then continue to study for two more years in Brooklyn, NY to earn to earn their Bachelor their Fine Arts degree.

Students who begin at “Pratt MWP” (a fabulous building) graduate with the same prestigious degree as those who attend Pratt Institute all four years- but “Pratt MWP” students gain an edge afforded by the many benefits of the intimate and nurturing upstate campus.

Our art school campus, therefore, includes the a world renowned ‘Museum of Art’, with 20 galleries and a collection of more than 25,000 works of art, including Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Bill Viola in addition to hundreds of other famous artists.

"PrattMWP" gallery.
“PrattMWP” gallery.

At no cost, students enjoy the variety of hundreds of events presented by our Performing Arts Division, including live stage performances and a superb film series. I experienced a chamber music performance (mlp). They enhance their education by taking advantage of the depth and variety of arts activities offered on the “Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute” campus.

Community Art @PrattMWP.
Community Art at PrattMWP.

An Renowned Art Program Is Set on the Campus of a World-Renowned Art Institute.

Students at the PrattMWP School of Art are exposed to some of the finest art in the world – and the community that art attracts. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s Museum of Art. The Museum features a renowned art collection, fascinating exhibitions, and art education programs for all ages presented in a landmark 1960 International-style building designed by Philip Johnson and in historic “Fountain Elms”, a superbly restored 1850 Italianate mansion.

A very small Part of the ‘permanent collection’ at                                                 “Munson Williams Proctor Institute”.

Alonzo Blanchard (American, Troy, NY (1799-1864) George Washington Dumb Stove, Cast Iron.
Alonzo Blanchard (American, Troy, NY (1799-1864) George Washington Dumb Stove, Cast Iron.
Piet Mondrian, Dutch (1872-1844) No. 7 1937-Oil On Canvas.
Piet Mondrian, Dutch (1872-1844) No. 7 1937-Oil On Canvas.
David Smith (1906-65) "The Letter" Welded Steel.
David Smith (1906-65) “The Letter” Welded Steel.
Renoir, The Picture Book.
Renoir (1841-1919), The Picture Book.
Robert Cottingham (born 1935), Art 1992 Color lithograph on BFK Rives paper.
Robert Cottingham (born 1935), Art 1992 Color lithograph on BFK Rives paper.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Elephants, 1952 Ink on paper.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Elephants, 1952 Ink on paper.
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian (1866-1944).
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian (1866-1944).
Raphaelle Peal (1774-1825) Still Life with Celery and Wine, Oil on wood, 1816.jpg
Raphaelle Peal (1774-1825)           Still Life with Celery and Wine, Oil on wood, 1816.jpg
Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) "Spider II" 1995"
Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) “Spider II” 1995″
Paul Klee, Swiss (1879-1940) "Landscape near Hades, 1937.
Paul Klee, Swiss (1879-1940) “Landscape near Hades, 1937.
Horace Bundy (1814-1883). Portrait Of Abbi and Adah Clay
Horace Bundy (1814-1883). Portrait Of Abbi and Adah Clay

In 1962 Architectural Forum magazine cited the Johnson building as one of 10 new structures around the world that contributed significantly to the art of architecture during the decade. The “Johnson Building” and “Fountain Elms” are connected by a new “Museum Education Wing” that opened in 1995.

Museum Entrance to Munson Williams Proctor Institute.
Museum Entrance to “Munson Williams Proctor Institute.” Utica, New York.

The art collection features more than 25,000 American 20th and 21th-century paintings, drawings, sculptures, 19th-century decorative arts, photographs, European paintings, and European and Asian works on paper. There are works in the collection by Copley, Dali, Frankenthaler, Kandinsky, Mondrian, O’Keeffe, Picasso, Pollock, Prendergast, Rothenberg, Stella, and Whistler. Also featured is the popular “Voyage of Life” series by Thomas Cole.

Touring exhibitions feature selections from major collections worldwide.

“Fountain Elms” has been restored as a showcase for the finest in Victorian-era decorative arts. Galleries offer changing exhibitions of nineteenth-century furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, textiles, and the renowned Proctor watch collection. Decorative arts makers in the collection include John Henry Belter, Herter Brothers, Alexander Roux, and Tiffany & Co.

New, State of the Art Facility Opens for Film/Video Department Expansion.

NEW • State of the art film video department.
NEW • State of the art film & video department opened 7July2015.     550 Myrtle Avenue on Pratt’s Brooklyn, New York.

“Pratt Institute” recently opened a new home for the Film/Video Department in the former Pratt store building at 550 Myrtle Avenue on the Brooklyn campus. The 15,000-square-foot facility was designed by WASA/Studio A with lead architect and Pratt alumnus Jack Esterson. The project was recognized with a citation award in the 2015 “American Institute of Architects” New York State Design Awards.

Pratt already has more than doubled its freshman class for 2015-2016 since the opening of the new building. The Film/Video department currently includes approximately ’80’ students across its four-year curriculum and thi new facility will allow the school to significantly increase its enrollment, as well as offer new courses.

“We’re thrilled to open a cutting-edge facility where students and faculty can further explore the art of filmmaking and video production,” said Pratt Institute                                               President, Thomas F. Schutt   

“USA TODAY” and “VARIETY” named Pratt’s Film Program among the Best in the Nation!

Anchored by stunning interior architectural features, the construction for the Film/Video facility began in July 2014 and the renovation cost approximately $4.5 million. The department was previously housed in the lower level of the ARC, an on-campus athletic facility.

“The students, faculty, and alumni in our program have much to celebrate with this new building as a place to explore and shape their artistic vision,” said Gerry Snyder, Dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Art, which includes the Film/Video Department.

Pratt's new space gives students access to a 96-seat screening room; one large soundstage (capable of being converting into two) and a second, smaller soundstage that together comprise 3,000 square.
Pratt’s new space gives students access to a 96-seat screening room; one large soundstage (capable of being converting into two) and a second, smaller soundstage that together comprise 3,000 square.

The new space gives faculty and students access to a 96-seat screening room; one large soundstage (capable of being converting into two) and a second, smaller soundstage that together comprise 3,000 square feet; a sound recording studio with surround-sound capability; and two high-end color grading and post production suites.

In addition to these features, Pratt Architecture Professor Haresh Lalvani created a series of perforated metal panels specifically for the site that wraps around the entrance lobby and both the first and second floors. The artwork was donated by Lalvani, and the materials and fabrication of the work were donated by Bruce Gitlin, chair of Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees and CEO of renowned metal fabrication company Milgo/Bufkin.

 Learning the art of the interview, at "Pratt Institute".
Learning the art of the interview – at “Pratt Institute”.

“It is important for students to be exposed to advanced filmmaking technology and different modes of expression in order to tell compelling visual stories across different platforms,” said Film/Video Department Chair Jorge Oliver. “This is an essential part of Pratt Institute’s Film/Video Department curriculum and a skill that our students need to succeed in this competitive industry.”

New intimate classroom.
Comfortable classrooms make learning much easier.

The faculty provides students with both classroom and hands on professional training by immersing them in the process of writing, directing, and editing films using traditional and non-traditional media. The Institute’s new film minor, which was first offered in 2014, facilitates cross-pollination of Film/Video with other disciplines including fashion, fine arts, architecture, humanities, and photography.

PRATT's 'NEW' State Of The Art, Film & Video Building.
PRATT’s ‘NEW’ State Of The Art, Film & Video Building.



“Greenwich House Pottery”

"Greenwich House Pottery” began as a settlement house about 100 years ago, they are still extremely vibrant and recently produced an excellent “YouTube” in honor of their 100th anniversary, linked below.  
“Greenwich House Pottery” began as a settlement house about 100 years ago, they are still extremely vibrant and recently produced an excellent “YouTube Video” in honor of their 100th anniversary – linked below.

As you’ll will see in the video “Greenwich House Pottery” is supported by endowments, plus the sale of ceramics and they teach ceramics, plus music. I found “Greenwich House Pottery” via a link on a site about “Woodstock New York”, a town, well known as an art haven, in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. 

Going to pot can be a very satisfying artistic experience.  
Going to pot can be a very satisfying artistic and social experience at “Greenwich House Pottery”.
Greenwich House Pottery • 16 Jones Street, New York City.
Greenwich House Pottery • 16 Jones Street, New York City, 10014   1(212)242-4106

Over the last century, the Greenwich House Pottery pioneered the field of ceramics in New York City, offering courses in hand building, wheel-throwing, photo-ceramics, ceramic jewelry, glaze chemistry, kiln classes and sculpture, as well as classes for children and seniors. 

Class at, Greenwich House Pottery.
Class at,
Greenwich House Pottery.

Read more about the history of “Greenwich House Pottery” including the formative years of Greenwich House. Our workshops and lecture series have brought ceramic artists such as Linda Arbuckle, Christa Assad, Rudy Autio, Sam Chung, Malcolm Davis, Chris Gustin, Tony Hepburn, Warren MacKenzie, Chris Staley, Akio Takamori, Jack Troy, and Peter Voulkos, to name a few.

Greenwich House Creativity.
Visit “Greenwich House Pottery” to experience True American Creativity. 1(212)242-4106

The Jane Hartsook Gallery, where “Greenwich House Pottery” maintains its ongoing exhibition series, reinforces a sincere commitment to supporting both emerging and established ceramic artists, plus its educational mission of exhibiting and learning from contemporary ceramicists.

Read recent publicity about Greenwich House Pottery:
Past, Present, and Future at Greenwich House Pottery

100 Years of Clay

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New York University, a compilation of schools that teach business, law and medicine plus knowledge in the arts via NYU | Steinhardt and Gallatin School | Institute Of Fine Art.
New York University, a compilation of schools that teach business, law and medicine plus art, through NYU | Steinhardt and Gallatin School | Institute Of Fine Art.

Why Get Your BFA Degree at NYU Steinhardt?

• In addition to learning hands on art skills, your training will include an outstanding education in the liberal arts.

• Our location in New York City’s East Village enables you to gain exposure first-hand, to burgeoning art movements and on-going debates in the art world – at exciting exhibitions, lectures, and live performances

• We are a small department within a large university, which maximizes your contact with faculty, while preserving a wide array of resource opportunities within other schools in the university. You’ll practice and learn to grow in many mediums and to innovate within them by employing a myriad of cross disciplines.

• Our facilities teach a variety of traditional and innovative technologies.

• You’ll study with a faculty of accomplished professionals who have national and international reputations, in their fields.

• The curriculum offers courses specifically designed to facilitate integration of theory and hands-on practice.

• You’ll pursue internships at alternative art galleries and major museums, and work in artist studios.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our undergraduate major in studio art pursue careers as professional artists and photographers, as well as find careers in art education, arts administration and arts therapy. Graduates have gone on to work in design, advertising, marketing, communications and media, as well as in museums, nonprofit arts organizations, galleries, and universities.

Broaden Your Learning Through Global Study

Our Global ArtSite in Berlin allows students to participate directly in one of the most innovative art scenes in the world. Workshops are taught by artists in enhanced art facilities and include classes for students working in media such as digital printing, video, sculpture, and painting.

You may also choose to spend a semester at one of NYU’s study abroad centers in London, Paris, Florence, Madrid, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Prague, and Buenos Aires.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholalships and grants are available for full-time study, based on prior academic strengths and demonstrated financial need.

The NYU | Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is located at on the park, at 82 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003.

Washington Square Park, named for George Washington (1732-1788), the commander of the Continental Army, first president of the United States. Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre public park in the Greenwich Village, neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City. This park is and has been the iconic ‘Hot Spot’ of creative life and art in America for about 100 years and is surrounded by buildings that belong to “New York University”. Including, “ NYU Steinhardt” the university’s art school. Location: about a mile and a half from the “Empire State Building” on 34th Street (you can see the “Empire State Building” from the parl) it’s 9.76 acre’s and offers a relaxing vissage to midtown.
Washington Square Park, named for George Washington (1732-1788), commander of the Continental Army and first president of the United States.
Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre public park in the Greenwich Village, a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
This park is and has been the iconic ‘Hot Spot’ of creative life and art in America for about 100 years and its surrounded by buildings that belong to “New York University”. Including, “ NYU Steinhardt” the university’s art school.
Location: about a mile and a half from the “Empire State Building” on 34th Street (you can see the “Empire State Building” from this park) which offers a relaxing visage to midtown.

Musicians, dancers, artists, and people of funky town all gather here and the most famous ‘art fair’ in America is held on the blocks around the park, twice annually.

Always performers, nice to walk around, a playground, open air chess, plus nearby restaurants.

Today “Washington Square Park”, rich in history, it remains one of the jewels in the New York City park system, serving as a dynamic commons for local residents, chess players, students, performers and tourists from around the globe.

“Cooper Union, for the   Advancement of Science and Art”

The founder, Peter Cooper (February 12, 1791 – April 4, 1883) was an American industrialist, inventor, philanthropist, and candidate for President of the United States.
The founder, Peter Cooper (February 12, 1791 – April 4, 1883) was an American industrialist, inventor, philanthropist, and candidate for President of the United States.

“Cooper Union”

Founded in 1859 by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper. The “Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art” offers an unparalleled education in architecture, art and engineering.

The founder, Peter Cooper (February 12, 1791 – April 4, 1883) was an American industrialist, inventor, philanthropist, and candidate for President of the United States.

Cooper was not only concerned with his own success, he also believed that others less fortunate should have the opportunity to educate themselves and be successful. Cooper provided opportunity to others by starting “Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art”.

Cooper was responsible for most, if not all, of Cooper Union’s design. Construction of the institution began in 1853.  Steel ‘I’ beams were normally used for the development of buildings of this size, but at that time the steel beams Cooper desired were not available. So, Peter Cooper decided to sibstotite railroad tracks, which were bolted together as a replacement for the steel ‘I’ beams. The elevator shaft for “The “Cooper Union” is ‘circular’. Reason, Peter Cooper anticipated the eventual invention of motorized building elevators, so he ordered circular shafts to accommodate future circular elevators.  

The original building lives on complete with its original ‘circular elevator shaft’. Peter Cooper’s greatest achievement was the establishment of the “Cooper Union School for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences” in 1854.

Address: 30 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

Acceptance rate: 8% (2012)

Total enrollment:  876 (2015)

Endowment:  738 million USD (2015)

Phone: 1(212)353-4100

Founder:  Peter Cooper

Founded: 1859

To Cooper’s surprise, elevators were designed using a square template, but an inventor by the name of Elisha Graves Otis designed a special    ROUND elevator car for the school. Cooper poured over nine hundred thousand dollars into Cooper Union.

Cooper’s unselfish devotion and everlasting spirit lives on through his work. Cooper’s many ventures in life as an apprentice; mechanic, inventor, and humanitarian continue to affect many lives till this day. Cooper gave the less fortunate an opportunity to afford education, (tuition was free). He was a great pioneer of ‘The Industrial Era’ manufacturing steel and was even responsible for laying communication cable under the Atlantic ocean. With all these accomplishments, Cooper’s saga lives on.

     Below is an article that was posted in “The Jersey City Express“ edited by Otis M. Macmillan, after Cooper passed in New York city on the 4th of April 1883.

The death of Peter Cooper causes sorrow, even tears. The death of Vanderbilt would hardly cause a sigh of regret. And yet,of the two,         Vanderbilt was and is the most powerful. His wealth, no matter how gained, is potent, and entrenched behind his bags of gold, his coupons and securities, he is enabled to defy and even to laugh at the will of the people. One was revered, the other is despised. One was loved, the other hated.  One gave his wealth to the erection of a building that will prove a lasting monument to his love: the other spends his money on pictures for the artistic merit of which he has no perception, and gives balls for the amusement of his children and friends, the cost of which would keep many people from starvation. As I thought of all these things, I not only  marveled at the inequality of human justice but was amazed at the peculiarity of the fate, destiny, or whatever you may it that dispenses favors so indiscriminately, and at the same time I thought here is a lesson by which the working man will do well to profit. It teaches him that wealth is selfish and in the hands of some men a positive danger.  Vanderbilt is the embodiment of the elements of monopoly. He uses his vast possessions for the oppression of the very men whose labor placed it in his coffers. In his person they have an admirable illustration of the effects of the monopolistic evil, an evil against which they should be strongly arrayed. Monopoly means the sacrifice of the rights of the many for the privileges of the few, the enrichment of the few at the sacrifice of the many. It is the modern case of Juggernaut under the ponderous wheels of which are dashed the honest product of labor. The death of Peter Cooper has instituted this comparison and I trust the lesson it so eloquently conveys will not be lost upon the men who toil.

Peter Cooper, inventor, industrialist, and idealist, was born in New York City and raised in Peekskill, New York. Not given the opportunity for a formal education, Cooper developed a mechanical inclination at an early age, which led to his pioneering, inventive, and philanthropic spirit.

At the age of seventeen, Cooper left his country home to become an apprentice to a prominent coach builder in New York City. In the years that followed, he owned and operated a furniture factory, a grocery, and a glue-making factory. The foundation of Cooper’s wealth came through the development of a glue-making process which he patented in 1830. During this period he married Sarah Bedell (1813). Their marriage produced six children, of which only Edward Cooper and Sarah Amelia survived.

Cooper’s other contribution to the industrialization of America included the first American-built stream locomotive (called the Tom Thumb), glass, gelatin (jello), and a new method of salt-making. He was also a founding member of the company that laid the first Trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.

Peter Cooper’s greatest achievement was the establishment of the “Cooper Union School for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences” in 1854. Cooper Union provided a free education to the gifted working class of New York City. He wanted to “give to the world an equivalent in some form of useful labor for all that I consumed in it.”

One hundred and fifty years later, Peter Cooper’s legacy of Cooper Union still provides scholarship for those students that excel in the arts, engineering, and architecture.

Peter Cooper died at the age of 92 from pneumonia at his home in New York City. An editorial from The Nation stated that Peter Cooper “was a man that united the highest integrity with the highest success.”

edited by Otis M. Macmillan

Foundation Building with the new Astor Place Building in the backgroun.
Foundation Building and the new Astor Place Building in the background.

“The Cooper Union” is comprised of three schools specializing in architecture, art and engineering that have shaped generations of the world’s top creators. In addition, courses within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provide an opportunity for students across all three schools to learn side by side through the core curriculum. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, Cooper Union boasts an excellent faculty, proximity to premiere art and science institutions, and the tech corridor known as Silicon Alley. Fostering a culture of collaboration through small class sizes and an 8.5:1 student to faculty ratio, Cooper teaches students to re-imagine our world. For over 155 years, New York City has inspired and thrived on the contributions of The Cooper Union community.

“The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art”, founded in 1859 in the East Village of Manhattan, is an internationally renowned  ‘all-honors college’ that awards every admitted student a half-tuition scholarship valued at $21,000 per academic year (2016-2017).

Inside the New "Astor Place Building".
Studying inside the New “Astor Place Building”.

The Cooper Union is comprised of three schools specializing in architecture, art and engineering that have shaped generations of the world’s top creators. In addition, courses within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provide an opportunity for students across all three schools to learn side by side through the core curriculum. 

Offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, Cooper Union boasts an excellent faculty, proximity to premiere art and science institutions, and the tech corridor known as Silicon Alley. Fostering a culture of collaboration through small class sizes and an 8.5:1 student to faculty ratio, Cooper teaches students to re-imagine our world. For over 155 years, New York City has inspired and thrived on the contributions of The Cooper Union community.

“The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art”, founded in 1859 in the East Village of Manhattan, is an internationally renowned ‘all-honors college’ that awards every admitted student a half-tuition scholarship valued at $21,000 per academic year (2016-2017).

The Linclon / Douglas debate took place in Cooper Union’s Great Hall, February 27, 1860 and Changed the course of history!

The Lincoln Douglas Debate, February 27, 1860. The Publicity that stemmed from this debate made ‘half free and half slave’ unacceptable for America’. and The “Cooper Union Address”, known at the time as the “Cooper Institute Speech” was delivered by Abraham Lincoln on February 27, 1860, at “Cooper Union” in New York City. Lincoln was not yet the Republican nominee for president, as the 2nd annual “Republican Convention” was scheduled for May. It is one of his most important speeches, in that it was most likely responsible for Lincoln’s victory in the presidential election – later that year if Abraham Lincoln failed at his do-or-die debut in New York, he would never have won his party’s presidential nomination three months later, not to mention election to the White House that November. Such was the impact of a triumph in ‘the nation’s media capital’.

Moreover, had Lincoln failed in New York, few might recognize the nation today that he went on to defend and rededicate. It can be argued that without “Cooper Union”  and without Lincoln at the helm, the United States might be remembered today as a failed experiment, that   fractured into an ‘American Balkans’.

Instead, Abraham Lincoln triumphed in New York. He delivered a learned, witty, and exquisitely reasoned address that electrified his elite audience and more importantly it reverberated in newspapers and pamphlets alike, until it reached tens of thousands of Republican voters across the North. He had arrived at “Cooper Union” a politician with more defeats than victories, but he departed politically reborn.

At the “Cooper Union”, Lincoln became more than a regional curiosity, he became a national leader.

The historian Harold Holzer wrote that “only at the Great Hall of ‘Cooper Union’ could audiences so easily inhale Lincoln’s presence.  Not the bearded icon of myth, but the clean-shaven, fresh-voiced political original, who conquered all New York, here on the way to the White House and immortality”.

The Lincoln/Douglas debate took place in the "Great Hall" at "The Cooper Union". On February 27, 1860, at Cooper Union, in New York City. Lincoln was not yet the Republican nominee for the presidency, as the convention was scheduled till May 1860. February 27, 1860, at Cooper Union, in New York City. Lincoln was not yet the Republican nominee for the presidency, as the convention was scheduled for May. Lincoln's famous Cooper Union anti-slavery talk, which will be celebrated at the prestigious college.

The Lincoln Douglas Debate, commemorative stamp heralds  a series of seven debates for Senate in Illinois, between Lincoln & the incumbent Douglas.  Stephen A. Douglas won the Senate race, however, Abraham Lincoln’s reputation was established through participation in these debates and led to his nomination for president and in 1860 Lincoln’s election to the Presidency of the United States.
The Great Hall at "The Cooper Union" 1860.
The Great Hall at “The Cooper Union” 1860.
The Great Hall at The Cooper Union, today
The Great Hall at The Cooper Union, today

Young men who were against slavery founded the Republican Party and it was they who invited Lincoln to speak in New York.

Horace Greeley‘s New York Tribune hailed it as “one of the most happiest and most convincing political arguments ever made in this City. … No man ever made such an impression on his first appeal to a New-York audience.

The Great Hall of The Cooper Union has stood for more than a century as a bastion of free speech and a witness to the flow of American History and ideas.
Peter Cooper’s “Tom Thumb”.  The first steam engine to operate on a commercial track in the United States, the Tom Thumb became famous for its race against a horse-drawn car on August 25, 1830, from Ellicott’s Mill to Baltimore. Although Dobbin the horse won the race when the Tom Thumb’s blower belt broke, the days of horse-powered trains were numbered.

Next President Of “The Cooper Union” – Effective January 4, 2017

Laura Sparks, Effective January 4, 2017, Laura Sparks will be the first woman to be elected President of “The Cooper Union”. 

Laura Sparks effective January 4 2017 she will be the first woman to lead "The Cooper Union".
Laura Sparks, effective January 4 2017 she will be the first woman to lead “The Cooper Union”.

A Letter From President-Elect Laura Sparks

Laura Sparks.

Dear Cooper Union Community,

I am extraordinarily honored to serve as the next President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. 

Cooper Union holds a unique and important place among America’s colleges and universities.  Its remarkable history and the visionary goals of its founder, Peter Cooper, continue to provide an inspiration for American higher education, with its emphasis on excellence, admissions based on merit alone and scholarships that support full and equal participation by all students.  It is my goal to work with students, faculty, staff, board, alumni and the greater New York City community to further all of these goals.  

Cooper Union is also enmeshed within the historical, cultural and educational fabric of New York City, serving as a civic hub and center for thoughtful dialogue.  In the years ahead, it is my hope that Cooper Union’s role as a host to civic-minded debate and free expression will only grow. 

In the immediate future I will focus much of my energies on connecting with the Cooper Union community, from faculty and staff to students and alumni, and identifying the common goals and passions that we share.   I am particularly excited to meet more of Cooper Union’s passionate, thoughtful and accomplished students as well as its extraordinary faculty.  

While Cooper Union has seen some challenging times in recent years, I have been impressed with the passion, commitment, and determination of the Cooper Union board to look forward while acknowledging and respecting dissenting views and the voices of many throughout the wider school community.   I also want to recognize the important role that Bill Mea has played as Acting President.  While I am just getting to know Bill, it is clear to me that he provided leadership and a stabilizing presence at a time when Cooper Union needed it most.  I look forward to working with him on the next chapter of the Cooper Union story.

In the longer term, I will work with the Cooper Union board, staff, alumni and students to identify ways to make our community’s common visions and goals a reality through reasoned decision-making, collaborative fundraising, and schoolwide coalition-building.  Moving Cooper Union forward, while also holding true to its founding principles, is all of our jobs, and it will require the support and involvement of the entire community. I look forward to working in partnership with all of you.

I thank the board for this tremendous opportunity, and I am eager to begin doing the work necessary to preserve the legacy and vision of Peter Cooper for many years to come.

With warmest regards and great enthusiasm for what lies ahead,







Now Is the Time to Create Art ••• Art Students League of New York.

    “Arts Students            League” logo.

Art Students League of New York (est 1875): Is both the leading ‘Fine Art School’ in America and UNIQUE in that “The Art Students League Of New York” alone, offers art students the opportunity to study full-time, reasonable tuitions, with ‘NO’ set curriculum – which means that you, the student simply select the teacher you wish to study with and then plain enroll in his or her class and that’s all there is to it. In this renouned school there are NO formal qualifications (like a high school degree), academic degree programs, grades, or prerequisites to enroll.  With a famous faculty of around 80 teachers, it runs more than 130 courses, attended by some 2,500 students of all ages and skill levels. In addition, it offers a program of lectures, seminars and exhibitions throughout the year, presented by top contemporary artists. The League also provides an international residency program at its facility in Vytlacil, in upstate New York. The League also produces an inspirational and informative online journal on art-related issues, entitled “LINEA”. Originally a printed publication of the League, this Internet chronicle reveals how League students and instructors think and create.

August Saint-Gaudens (second from right Circa 1890) taught at “The Art Students League”.

Robert Canedella, master of pictorial satire.

He learned at the “Art Students League”, he produced great art and now teaches as her learned at the”Art Students League”.

Robert Cenedella, Painting of notable patrons at “Le Cirque” , a tony ‘FIVE STAR’ celebrity magnet located in midtown manhattan.


Robert Cenedella is a master of pictorial satire and fantasy, justly celebrated for his paintings revealing all aspects of big-city life. As part of New York’s art community for over four decades, he paints everything and everybody, from cameo likenesses of celebrities to those of the common man. His pictures of subways, symphonies, sports arenas, street scenes, and drinking establishments are ‘quintessentially’ New York.

M. K. Flavell, in George Grosz: A Biography, said of ‘Mr. Cenedella’ that “no other artist chronicles the everyday life and the changing rituals and mythologies—of sex, sport, art, politics, money-making in contemporary America—with his combination of imaginative vitality, precision, and humor.” Massachusetts-born, the artist has lived most of his life in New York. At an early age, he began studying with George Grosz at the “Art Students League of New York”, and then with Marshall Glasier.

Mr. Cenedella has had one-man shows throughout the United States and Europe. His first Berlin exhibition, In Search of DADA, was in 1994, and coincided with theGeorge Grosz Centennial Exhibition at the National Galerie in Berlin. He returned to Germany in October 2006 for a one-man retrospective at the Otto-Nagel Galerie, also in Berlin. His renowned mural of the original Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, Le Cirque, the 1st Generation, is currently installed at the restaurant’s new location on East 58th Street. Other notable murals include Mi Casa, Su Casa for Bacardi International; Tony’s World, commissioned by the late Tony Randall for former League model Heather Randall; and his Absolut Cenedella commissions.

Mr. Cenedella feels that drawing is the most demanding and most disciplined endeavor for any student to undertake, but also the most rewarding. He trains each student to acquire a basic skill in drawing the human figure, no matter what the eventual style or mode of expression may be. Mr. Cenedella believes the ultimate goal is to be able to “think” with the hand. He continues the large format concept of drawing passed down from Mr. Grosz.


In a close-up exploration of fiercely independent New York artist Robert Cenedella’s artistic journey as he struggles towards creative expression, ART BASTARD raises questions on art’s value and its relationship to society. In portraying Cenedella’s determination to buck the system of what is popular, while critiquing that popularity in his attempt to turn the art world upside down, ART BASTARD is a funny, touching, and insightful look inside the maverick mind of a true original. Directed by Victor Kanefsky. English. (United States)

Famous League Alumni

Notable alumni from the Art Students League of New York include: Alexander Calder (1898-1976), Jacob Epstein (1880-1959),Helen Frankenthaler (b.1928), Adolph Gottlieb (1903-74), Clement Greenberg (1909-94), Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Donald Judd(1928-94), Lee Krasner (1908-84),

Roy Lichtenstein:
American Painter, Sculptor, and Lithographer.
Movements: Pop Art, Postmodernism. One of the first American Pop artists to achieve widespread renown.
Born: October 27, 1923 – New York, NY
Died: September 29, 1997 – New York, NY



Roy Lichtenstein (1923-97), Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), Barnett Newman (1905-70), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), Jackson Pollock (1912-56), Man Ray (1890-1976), Frederic Remington (1861-1909), Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Mark Rothko (1903-70), Ben Shahn (1898-1969), David Smith(1906-1965), Tony Smith (1912-80),Robert Smithson (1938-1973), Frank Stella (b.1936), Clyfford Still (1904-1980) and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942).

Famous League Instructors  Some of the well-known artists, who have served as instructors at the Art Students League of New York, include: George Bellows (1882-1925), Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975),  

Thomas Hart Benton (April 15, 1889 – January 19, 1975) was an American painter and muralist at the forefront of the “Regionalist Art Movement”.  In his paintings fluid, sculpted figures showed everyday people in scenes of life in the                                        United States.

Stuart Davis(1892-1964), Philip Guston (1913-80) and Hans Hofmann (1880-1966).

Affordable Studio Art Classes, Taught by Leading Professional Artists.  

Prominent artists at the League teach drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, welding and assemblage in 100 affordable studio art classes. Monthly registration and convenient schedules give you the freedom to personalize your own education.

Choose from morning, afternoon, late afternoon, or evening art classes; or attend on the weekend—whatever fits your schedule. “Full-time” classes meet five-days or evenings a week, with the instructor present two of those days. “Part-time” art classes meet once or twice a week with the instructor present one or both sessions. You can begin your art experience here by finding a class.

Artists have ‘studied’ and ‘taught’ at the “Art Students League” for over ‘140’ years. Here each student receives hands-on studio education provided by working pros to ‘anyone’ who truly aspires to develop as an artist… whether seeking to pursue fine art as a profession, or just beginning an artistic journey. “The Art Students League” is a supportive community, where students diverse in age, background and experience strive together and grow.

In addition “The Art Students League” fully supports the artists career development, with residencies and ample opportunities to exhibit, sell, and teach.

Contact Information

The Art Students League of New York
215 West 57th Street (between Seventh Avenue and Broadway)
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: 212-247-4510
Fax: 212-541-7024

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-8:30PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8:30AM–4:00PM
Closed: Sundays, June–August                      

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New York School decorated with Graffiti.
8 W 8TH ST, NEW INFO@NYSS.ORG YORK, NY 10011   PHONE: +1 (212) 673-6466   FAX: +1 (212) 777-0996,

New York Studio School

The New York Studio School is where drawing, painting and sculpture are studied in … EIGHT historic buildings with an extraordinary cultural and artistic history.

The early faculty included Charles Cajori, Louis Finkelstein, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Earl Kerkam, George McNeil, and Esteban Vicente for painting; for sculpture: Peter Agostini, Sidney Geist, Reuben Nakian, and George Spaventa; Nicholas Carone and Mercedes Matter for drawing, and Meyer Schapiro and Leo Steinberg for …

History of “New York School”.

To appreciate the New York Studio School, you should know why and how it came about.

In September of 1963, an article appeared in ART NEWS by painter and educator Mercedes Matter, which gave voice to the grievance of many art students who felt frustrated by the frantic pace and fragmented courses of contemporary art education. It criticized art education for what it had become, contrasting it with the character of what academies of fine arts and artists’ ‘ateliers’ had been.

The article had the effect on her students of galvanizing them to create a school themselves, if she would help them. She agreed, and together they founded the “New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture”.

For the faculty, the students chose the artists whom they had admired as instructors; Matter enlisted the artists of exceptional quality whom she knew to be sympathetic. The early faculty included Charles Cajori, Louis Finkelstein, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Earl Kerkam, George McNeil, and Esteban Vicente for painting; for sculpture: Peter Agostini, Sidney Geist, Reuben Nakian, and George Spaventa; Nicholas Carone and Mercedes Matter for drawing, and Meyer Schapiro and Leo Steinberg for art history.

Alex Katz – Anticipating Pop Art

July 24, 1927 (age 89) Brooklyn, New York
Nationality:  American.
The Cooper Union, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Known for:
Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
East Coast Figurative painting, New Realism, Pop Art

Another creator who wouldn’t describe himself as a Pop artist, yet undeniably influenced and further developed the movement of Pop Art, is Alex Katz. Granted, Katz started earlier and kept going afterwards, and generally his art seems subtler, quieter and friendlier than other artwork of famous Pop artists. His stylized, simplified technique was cut to please the eye, but at the same time it never fell into the trivial. Katz seemed to had found a particular level between pop and depth, where he used his signature style to create simple, yet impactful artwork. Early on, he embraced monochrome backgrounds, which would later become a defining characteristic of his style and anticipate Pop Art. Katz’s artwork bridged the gap between traditions of abstraction and figuration. The artist himself claimed that his art is about “surface”, perhaps referring to the fact that his imagery did not have any obvious psychological complexity. Taking cues from Cinemascope movies and billboards, it is safe to say his highly stylized pictures anticipated Pop Art.

Alex Katz – Anticipating Pop Art

Another creator who wouldn’t describe himself as a Pop artist, yet undeniably influenced and further developed the movement of Pop Art, is Alex Katz. Granted, Katz started earlier and kept going afterwards, and generally his art seems subtler, quieter and friendlier than other artwork of famous Pop artists. His stylized, simplified technique was cut to please the eye, but at the same time it never fell into the trivial. Katz seemed to had found a particular level between pop and depth, where he used his signature style to create simple, yet impactful artwork. Early on, he embraced monochrome backgrounds, which would later become a defining characteristic of his style and anticipate Pop Art. Katz’s artwork bridged the gap between traditions of abstraction and figuration. The artist himself claimed that his art is about “surface”, perhaps referring to the fact that his imagery did not have any obvious psychological complexity. Taking cues from Cinemascope movies and billboards, it is safe to say his highly stylized pictures anticipated Pop Art

George McNeil
Three decades of landscape inspired abstraction. February 22, 1908 – January 11, 1995 (age 87), was an American abstract expressionist painter.

During the 1950s George McNeil was associated with the other artists who exhibited at the Egan Gallery such as Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Franz Kline and Jack Tworkov, with Kline a close friend. From 1950 he was a member of The Club, the contemporary artists’ club at 39 East 8th Street, NY, founded in 1948.[10] He exhibited in the first Ninth Street Show (9th Street Exhibition) in 1951 chosen by fellow artists and exhibited in five of the subsequent New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals at the Stable Gallery through 1956.[11] His work appeared regularly in the Whitney Museum Exhibition (Whitney Annual) from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s. From the late 1950s, together with Charles Cajori, Mercedes Matter and Sidney Geist, he took part in the life drawing sessions which gave rise to the New York Studio School. From the early 1960s “ his transition to Figurative Expressionism…made him an obvious precursor for the Neo-Expressionist movement of the 1980s.”[12] His highly successful exhibits at the Gruenebaum Gallery, 1981–87, brought his work together with that of many of his fellow gestural abstractionists and friends such as Janice Biala, James Brooks, Giorgio Cavallon, Elaine de Kooning, Sonia Gechtoff and Grace Hartigan. Honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1982, he was elected a member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters in 1989.

“My work has always had not a human figure image, but it always had a figural image. There always seems to be some kind of center image…that is figural, or imagistic…. [The figure] is not only found: it’s ‘completely abstract’. You see this is the whole thing: I’m not a figure painter at all. I’m an abstract painter where I hope that bringing in the figure brings in certain human or psychological connotations or associations.”

Sculpture, New York Studio School.

The School opened on September 23rd, 1964 with a student body of sixty selected students who had responded to the call of a new approach to art education. The original space, a loft on Broadway, had itself had been found by the students, under the leadership of Marc Zimetbaum.

The students realized that during the first week, they had spent more hours drawing at the School than in an entire semester at another institution. This was to be the character of the New York Studio School: daily continuity of study through work in the studio.

The School was – from the beginning supported by generous funding from foundations and from an enthusiastic and involved Board of Trustees. Most gratifying, especially in the early years, was the endorsement given by the art community, that showed its support for the experiment, by donating artworks to raise money for the School.

In its second year, the need for more space became apparent. An ideal location on Eighth Street, which had comprised the original “Whitney Museum of American Art” became available. The enormous commitment of taking on a site of this size became realized through the generosity of one of the School’s first students, Claudia Stone, who died suddenly and bequeathed to the School half of her estate. Thus the School’s marvellous building and permanent home is testimony of how much the School owes to the devotion of its original students.

During the years there have been a number of Directors or Deans, including Sidney Geist, Morton Feldman (who had been a major influence at the School through his talks), Mercedes Matter, Bruce Gagnier, and since 1988, Graham Nickson. Throughout the changes in leadership, the School has maintained its essential character of learning through perception and allowing students the circumstances for consistent work.

The painter Graham Nickson, the current Dean, has expanded the School in a number of ways, one of which includes his “Drawing Marathon”. He has restored the building to its inherent beauty, and enabled necessary repars to be made. Most importantly, he has infused the atmosphere of the School with his extraordinary energy and his passion for art.

Art Marathon at New York Sstudio School.

Over the last two decades, the School has been enriched in many areas. Indeed, several programs developed during this period have become synonymous with the School. The Drawing Marathon is of primary importance, underlying the fundamental power o

Student Gallery, New York Studio School.issues and their continuing relevance to painting and sculpture, and being able to ‘see’. The Marathon has become a major force in understanding and celebrating drawing, both nationally and internationally. “Drawing Marathons” and their example have inspired and influenced the teaching of drawing worldwide, and continue to be a highly important part of the program.
Drawing Marathon, Fall 2016 NYSS Of Drawing Painting and Sculpture.

Another influence on intellectual and creative thought has been the highly regarded “Evening Lecture Series Program”. A forum for major artists, thinkers, critics, art historians and poets, as well as emerging and middle career individuals. It stimulates the making and thinking about art of our time, and encourages lively and crucial discourse.

The “New York Studio’s School” programs have developed, from its original non-degree position to its new “Masters of Fine Arts” program, cautiously and with great deliberation. The School still believes in the same powerful elements of its historical position, and is strengthened by a robust administrative structure. We are now able to offer our students the advantages of a Master’s degree along with a superlative program.

Student Gallery, New York Studio School.

Other exciting aspects include the student exhibition series, the Orvieto, Italy program, the Art History seminars, and most recently the formal establishment of the Certificate and Masters programs. Along with these, substantial scholarship support has been established.

The School continues to grow in strength and has maintained a belief in its original vision: faith in the great language of art; a total commitment to research and excellence; the support for intensity, integrity and serious work habits; the encouragement of an open mind, and the conviction of the power of art to change one’s life.