Spring/Summer 2024

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j o u r na l V ISUAL A RTS




An alumnus reimagines the SVA logo


News and events from around the College


Products and services by SVA artists and entrepreneurs


The artist and SVA alumnus envisions life, post-climate change


MFA Design’s founding co-chairs on more than 25 years of their forwardthinking program


The delightful—and deep—children’s books of SVA alumnus Selina Alko


A history of WSVA, the College’s independent radio station


The artist and SVA alumnus on subjectivity, centering Black women and the power of performance


SVA students plumb the College’s archives for curios and inspiration


For Your Benefit

A Message From the Director SVA Alumni Society Awards Donors

Alumni Notes and Exhibitions

In Memoriam



“Going to SVA made me feel like being an artist was a real career.”


Q+A: JA’TOVIA GARY “I’m using my body, my life, my experiences to talk about larger ideas.”



“I’m building new worlds and visualizing a future with new iconography, rituals and myths.”


Spring/Summer 2024

Volume 32, Number 1


Angie Wojak, executive director

Joyce Rutter Kaye, editorial director

Greg Herbowy, editor

Tricia Tisak, copy editor


Anthony P. Rhodes, executive creative director

Gail Anderson, creative director

Brian E. Smith, design director

Mark Maltais, art director

Anthony Carhuayo, senior designer

Jennifer Liang, assistant director

COVER FRONT Ja’Tovia Gary, Citational Ethics (Zora Neale Hurston, 1943), 2023, wood, neon, engraved obsidian. © Ja’Tovia Gary, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert. BACK Ja’Tovia Gary, as you yield her your body and soul, 2022, sculptural installation and video-mapped projection.

© Ja’Tovia Gary, courtesy Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris. Photo: Claire Dorn. (See page 52.)




Em DeVincentis

Emma Drew

Maeri Ferguson

Lawrence Giffin

Michelle Gigante

Raven Jiang

Beth Kleber

Claire Lui

Diana McClure

Jane Nuzzo

Yam Chew Oh

Miranda Pierce

Anne Quito

Yuko Shimizu

Jennifer Waits

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his issue of the Visual Arts Journal brings the bittersweet news that, at the end of the 2023 – 2024 academic year, Steven Heller and Lita Talarico will retire from their positions as co-chairs of MFA Design at the School of Visual Arts.

Lita and Steve founded the program in 1998 with the vision of contemporary designers as not just interpreters of others’ ideas, but as authors and entrepreneurs of their own. Together, they led the department with imagination and foresight for more than 25 years, helping reshape notions of what the design profession can, and should, be along the way. I am thankful that Steve will stay on at the College in an advisory capacity and hope you will join me in wishing Lita a well-deserved retirement.

On a sadder note, many of you may have seen the news of legendary designer and former SVA faculty member George Tscherny’s death last November, at the age of 99. Though he taught at the College for only eight years, his influence was profound. He was SVA’s first instructor of design, created some of our earliest and most memorable subway posters and, in 1997, drew the flower-like symbol that is still in use as our logo today. His wit, refinement and kindness, known to all who met him, will be missed.



Raven Jiang

MFA 2023 Illustration as Visual Essay

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Before enrolling at SVA, illustrator, graphic designer and animator Raven Jiang studied science and engineering at the University of Sydney, in Australia. Before that, she grew up near Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese city whose urban architecture, set within the region’s mountainous terrain, lends it a “cyberpunk” vibe, she says. Less than one year out of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program, she now lives and works in New York City, and has created illustrations for The New Yorker and Good Tape, an audio-industry magazine launched last year, as well as a large mural for email marketing company Mailchimp’s new Atlanta headquarters.

It wasn’t until recently that Jiang decided to pursue an illustration career, and despite her early post-MFA successes— and her striking, intricate compositions—she still considers her style to be a work-in-progress and maintains a daily sketchbook practice for developing her ideas.

“I like to experiment,” she says. “I like to use panels and intertwine narratives, and mix references to science and philosophy with emotional stuff. I prefer illustrations that don’t just repeat what’s in the text, but that fill up the vacancy that the text is leaving and are more ambiguous and abstract.”

For this issue’s MySVA, Jiang placed the SVA letters within a gridded composition filled with “a lot of things I like about New York City”: its nature, infrastructure and vibrant arts scene.




Design Master

This summer and fall, SVA will present its 33rd Masters Series Award and Exhibition to the renowned designer and former MFA Design faculty member Stefan Sagmeister.

Sagmeister was born in Austria and received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, an MS from Pratt Institute in New York. As principal of his eponymous design firm, he has created album and book covers, brand identities and more for a diverse client list

that includes musical acts like the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads, brands like Levi’s and institutions like the Guggenheim Museum. Known among industry peers for his adventurousness and daring, Sagmeister has expanded his work to furniture, product, clothing and accessories design. He directed the 2016 documentary The Happy Film and has authored several popular books on his personal and professional practices and philosophies.

Sagmeister is the recipient of two Grammy Awards for album packaging design, the 2005 National Design Award for Communications from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the 2013 Golden Medal of Honor of the Republic of Austria, among other recognitions. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world, and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and other institutions.

Established in 1988 by the College’s founder, Silas Rhodes, the Masters Series honors groundbreaking visual communicators whose diverse and multidisciplinary works are widely recognized and celebrated, but whose names are less well-known by the general public. “The Masters Series: Stefan Sagmeister” will be on view from Thursday, August 29, through

OPPOSITE Stefan Sagmeister, Chaumont , 2004, lithograph.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Sagmeister designs for SVA, Lou Reed and Ashley Bickerton; Darwin Chair, 2010; The Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon; Sagmeister’s 2008 monograph.

Saturday, October 12, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor. The reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 6:00 – 8:00pm, at the gallery, and an artist’s talk will be held on Wednesday, September 18, at 7:00pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. For more information, visit sva .edu/events. [Maeri Ferguson]


News and events from around the College

A Homecoming

On Monday, May 20, beginning at 1:00pm, the School of Visual Arts will hold its 2024 commencement exercises at Radio City Music Hall, featuring a keynote address from artist and distinguished alumnus Gary Simmons (BFA 1988 Fine Arts).

Born in New York in 1964 and currently based in Los Angeles, Simmons is renowned for his paintings, sculptures and installations, which use the iconography of popular culture and daily American life to explore the politics of race, class and social stereotypes. Many of his works employ the partial erasure or blurring of images—racist caricatures

from classic animations, architectural spaces and structures, shooting stars, and more—to evoke the simultaneously indelible and intangible qualities of personal histories and collective memories. He often draws from his deep interest in music and the communities and movements that spring from genres like hip-hop, punk and reggae. His sculpture Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark (2014), for example, is a reconfigurable stage and speaker system that serves as a temporary venue wherever it is installed, hosting events by local performers.

Simmons’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the

world and is in the collections of such institutions as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His honors and awards include the 2013 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, given by the Studio Museum in Harlem; a 2007 United States Artist Fellowship; and induction into the National Academy of Design in 2021. A comprehensive survey of his work, “Gary Simmons: Public Enemy,” debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago last spring before traveling to the Pérez Art Museum Miami this past December. He has taught at SVA, and in addition to his BFA holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

The 49th annual School of Visual Arts commencement exercises will celebrate the achievements of some 1,137 bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates enrolled in the College’s 30 degree programs. For more information, visit sva.edu/commencement.

[Greg Herbowy]

The MA Curatorial Practice program at SVA has a new logo and branding, courtesy of Roemer Designs, the studio of MFA 2022 Design graduate Emily Roemer.

Steven Henry Madoff, chair of MA Curatorial Practice, had initially contacted Roemer for a redesign of the program’s website, but the project soon grew into a full overhaul of its visual identity with the aim of making the department’s materials “more modern and

eye-catching,” Roemer says. The new look rolled out at the end of last year, just in time for the final admissions push.

In addition to her work with MA Curatorial Practice, Roemer’s clients include Gap, Hulu, the Smithsonian, State Farm and The Ringer Before launching her own firm, she worked as senior designer of The New Yorker. [GH]


HEARD AT SVA Notable Quotes

“This art life is a hustle. Just like the motto of [SVA] said, ‘Our times call for multiple careers.’”

—Willie Cole (BFA 1976 Media Arts), artist.

From a talk hosted by MFA Fine Arts.

“Critiquing and questioning and subverting and poking and, if possible, punching . . . not as an artist but just as a human being, I think that is in all of our nature.”

—Mithu Sen, artist. From a talk hosted by BFA Fine Arts.

“I’m definitely not famous, but the right people know that I exist.”

—Amon Focus, photographer, journalist and producer. From a talk hosted by MPS Digital Photography.

Brand News

Magic Marker

George Tscherny, an icon of mid–20th century American graphic design and an early and influential SVA faculty member, died at the age of 99 on November 13, 2023.

SVA founder Silas H. Rhodes hired Tscherny in 1955 to teach the first design course at SVA, then called the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. Tscherny, then in his early 30s, had just started his own studio after stints designing packaging for Donald Deskey and ads for Herman Miller under Modernist vanguard George Nelson. He taught at SVA for eight years, all while revolutionizing the graphic identities of such clients as General Dynamics, Johnson & Johnson, Mobil, MoMA and Pan Am. He was instrumental in establishing the visibility and reputation of the School of Visual Arts. From the 1950s through the 2010s, he created 15 subway posters for the College and, in 1997, redesigned the SVA logo. His painterly sketch, reminiscent of a flower and still in use today, exemplified his love of instinctive mark-making and ability to convey the qualities of an organization with a unique humanism.

Tscherny was born in 1924 in Budapest and raised in Berlin. After fleeing Germany for the Netherlands with his brother in 1938 to escape Nazi Germany, they eventually joined their parents in the U.S. in 1941. Three years later, Tscherny enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in France, where he learned about design from a sergeant who was a commercial artist. After being discharged, Tscherny enrolled in a Newark, New Jersey, art school,

eventually transferring to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He met and married Sonia Katz, with whom he would have two daughters, Nadia and Carla. He was predeceased by Nadia and Sonia and is survived by Carla, executive assistant to the

Chairman of the SVA Board, and his three grandchildren. Tscherny’s many industry recognitions included a 1988 AIGA Medal, the 1992 SVA Masters Series Award and Exhibition, and induction into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 1997. On the occasion of his Masters

Series honor, Rhodes wrote that Tscherny’s works are “elegant but never chic, serious but never pretentious. . . . They shatter once and for all the myth of the incompatibility of commercial enterprise and graphic integrity.”

[Emma Drew]

TOP, FROM LEFT George Tscherny designs for Pan Am (1973), Herman Miller Furniture Co. (1955) and Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (1958). ABOVE Tscherny in 1960. Images courtesy of the SVA Archives.

News and events from around the College

A Pointed Message

Earlier this year, the latest School of Visual Arts poster, created by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Chair and 1996 program alumnus Riccardo Vecchio, went on display in subway stations throughout the city.

Vecchio’s poster features a large, photorealistic painting of a circular pencil shaving. Its interior void hints at the outline of the SVA logo, originated in 1997 by the late designer George Tscherny, who taught SVA’s first design course in its early years (see page 7). The

Reality Show

“Even Better Than the Real Thing,” the latest edition of the Whitney Biennial, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in March. Among the curators of the event—considered one of the most high-profile and influential on the art world’s calendar—are two SVA community members. MA

Curatorial Practice faculty member Chrissy Iles, a longtime curator at the Whitney who co-organized the 2002, 2004 and 2006 biennials, was one of the organizers

spare composition and two-word tagline, “Stay sharp,” are deliberately spare, he says, the better to catch the harried commuter’s eye. The image refers not just to the labor behind creative work, but the mindset.

“There’s something about pencil shavings,” he says. “The fact that you have to continually sharpen your senses so you can define a little bit better what you’re trying to do.”

The spring 2024 SVA subway poster will be on view through early June. [GH]


For more information on SVA events, visit sva.edu/events.

SVA Shows 2024

Screenings and exhibitions featuring work by graduating SVA students.

Online and various locations through September

Full schedule at sva.edu/ svashows.

Summer Residency Programs Exhibition

Featuring work by artists in SVA Continuing Education’s summer residencies.

Wednesday, May 29 –Thursday, June 5

SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street

Practice Lecture Series

MFA Art Practice hosts talks by artists, writers and curators.

Tuesdays, June 18 –July 23, 5:00pm

The Masters Series: Stefan Sagmeister

of this year’s edition, along with independent curator and writer Meg Onli. And artist Zackary Drucker (BFA 2005 Photography) served as one of four guest curators for the biennial’s film program.

Iles and Onli describe the 2024 biennial as focusing on “ideas of ‘the real’” in a time of profound societal and technological change. The exhibition features work by 71 artists and artist collectives working in the U.S. and around the world and for the first time, is hosting its film program both on site and online, where it can be viewed at any time. For more information, visit whitney.org.


SVA honors the designer with its Masters Series award and exhibition. (See page 4.)

Thursday, August 29 –

Saturday, October 12

Reception: Wednesday, August 28, 6:00 – 8:00pm

SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street

Artist talk: Wednesday, September 18, 7:00pm

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

After School Special 2024

Screenings and talks with SVA alumni working in animation, film and TV.

Week of September 23

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street



“I come from a community, and belong to a certain community. And wherever I go, I build a community. I engage in a search for community, a network.”

—Renzo Aroni, historian of modern Latin America. From a talk hosted by the SVA Honors Program and BFA Visual and Critical Studies.

“Whether you are a visual artist or a writer or poet or a dancer . . . part of the thing that you have to learn—and the thing that I think is most difficult to learn, most difficult to do—is when to get out of the way of your own work.”

—Carrie Mae Weems, artist. From a talk hosted by MA Curatorial Practice.

Peyton’s Place

Last October, Elizabeth Peyton (BFA 1987 Fine Arts) was named one of two inaugural artists in residence at the Musée de Louvre in Paris, established on the occasion of the institution’s 230th anniversary.

Peyton and her fellow honoree Kader Attia were chosen in part for the museum’s preexisting influence on their lives and practices: Attia, a French Algerian multimedia artist, visited the museum as a teenager, feeding his nascent creative dreams. Peyton, who grew up in Connecticut and is best known for her portrait paintings, has often taken direct inspiration from works in the Louvre’s collection, such as Titian’s Man with a Glove (c. 1520).

The Guests of the Louvre residency, scheduled to last until June 2025, includes on-site studio space and participation in various museum events. For more information, visit louvre.fr. [GH]

Missing Credit

“Wanted Posters,” a feature on movie-poster design published in the previous issue of the Visual Arts Journal, did not identify the originator of the concept for BFA Fine Arts and BFA Illustration faculty member Marvin Mattelson’s classic poster for Martin Scorsese’s After Hours (1985).

Peter Bemis (1969 Advertising) conceived the idea while freelancing for the Spiros Agency. He would go on to a long career in movie advertising, co-founding the Bemis/Balkind firm; creating marketing for such films as Analyze This (1999), Big (1988), Forrest Gump (1994), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Reversal of Fortune (1990); and, in 2003, receiving The Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Movie posters, when done well, are a respectable art form,” says Bemis, who is now retired. “And they’re a lot more rewarding than making ads for cigarettes.”


Notable Quotes




Boxes of six packs (seven cards per pack), $19.99 craniacsworld.com

This past summer, Ira Friedman left his position as vice president of licensing at Topps, where he had spent decades managing the legacy and continuation of the trading-card company’s properties, most notably the cult-classic Garbage Pail Kids. The series, a grossout riff on Cabbage Patch Kid dolls, was introduced in the 1980s and revived in 2003 and has extensive SVA connections. Cartoonists Art Spiegelman and Mark Newgarten (BFA 1982 Media Arts alumnus), former and current faculty, respectively, count among its co-creators; faculty

member and artist Brad Kahlhamer was an art director for the brand in its heyday; and illustrator Joe Simko (BFA 1999 Cartooning) has created more than 500 cards for the brand since 2009.

This past October, Simko and Friedman announced their new collaboration, Craniacs—a fictional world in which two fantastical civilizations, one from the distant past and the other from the future, are compelled to coexist. Both societies consist of the cheerful grotesques Simko is known for, rendered in what he calls his “happy horror” style.

Simko and Friedman’s plan is to build out the Craniacs universe through a variety of products and platforms. For now, kids, comics fans and collectors can seek out the brand’s limited-edition trading cards, sold in select stores nationwide (check the Craniacs website for a full list of stockists). [Greg Herbowy]



MoMA Sliding Perpetual Calendar


$48 store.moma.org

For nearly 10 years, MFA Products of Design has partnered with the MoMA Design Store, the retail operation of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Students of the program conceive, pitch and develop innovative items that aim to bring joy, efficiency

Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring


Brad Gooch


Hardcover/e-book/audio, $40/$21.99/$27.99

In the nearly 35 years since the tragic early death of Keith Haring (1979 Fine Arts) from AIDS-related complications, the artist’s fame and popularity have only grown. Haring’s instantly recognizable visual vocabulary of simplified figures in motion, barking dogs, space aliens and more appear on countless T-shirts and other products, giving his work an everyday visibility enjoyed by few if any of his predecessors, contemporaries or successors. The Keith Haring Foundation keeps his commitment to public service and philanthropy alive through an extensive grants program. And a comprehensive exhibition, “Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody,” debuted at the Broad museum in Los Angeles last spring, traveled to the Art Gallery of Ontario this winter and is on view this spring and summer at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

rise to fame, and his abidingly earnest, kindhearted and generous nature.

Haring’s years at SVA— where he found a community of like-minded young artists and developed his distinctive style and methods—are covered in detail, with insights from SVA peers and friends like Frank Holliday (BFA 1980 Fine Arts), Samanthan McEwen (1979 Fine Arts) and Kenny Scharf (BFA 1981 Fine Arts) and former instructors like Lucio Pozzi and Barbara Buckner. But the most illuminating thoughts on Haring’s work and its aims come from the artist himself, sourced from his journals and contemporary press.

“My drawings don’t try to imitate life,” he told an interviewer in 1980. “They try to create life, to invent life.”[GH]

and elegance to their users’ daily lives.

Giancarlo Cipri, a 2023 graduate of the MFA program, created the latest product of that collaboration: a “perpetual” calendar, through which the day of week, month and date are all displayed with indicators that can be moved along their respective paths. Cipri’s calendar stands a foot tall, is made of recycled acrylic and is designed to be either hung on the wall or displayed on a table or desktop. [GH]

Radiant, a new book by writer Brad Gooch, aims to be the definitive record of Haring’s too-short life and career—the first extensive biography of the artist since critic John Gruen’s authorized account, in 1992. Published last month by the HarperCollins imprint Harper, the 500-page work incorporates new interviews with extensive research— including time spent in the SVA Archives—to add depth and nuance to Haring’s ofttold story: his small-town Pennsylvania childhood, his restless teenage years, his fervent creativity and quick


Keep Co


Dallas, Texas keepcoservices.com / @keep__co

Crisman Liverman (MFA 2007 Fine Arts) first started working with plants when he was an SVA student— not in the classroom, but as an assistant to a rooftop landscaper who created and tended to sky-high oases in Manhattan. Today, Liverman is the principal behind Keep Co, a Dallas-based studio that employs foraged and sourced floral arrangements, textiles, lighting and purpose-built decorative elements to transform and enliven residential, hospitality, event, corporate and retail spaces.

Since founding Keep Co in 2017, Liverman has grown the business exclusively through word of mouth, with no advertising and a deliberately low-key online presence, as a way to develop a compatible and engaged clientele. “Life is short, and I want to enjoy it,” he says. “I have no problem steering someone in a different direction if it’s clear that we’re not

going to be a good fit.” The approach is working: Keep Co regulars include a restaurant group with 23 venues in and around Dallas, a number of private homes and select stores, and jobs have taken the company as far afield as Bordeaux, France, and Naples, Florida. They also take on the occasional set design assignment for local film and television productions.

As Keep Co’s projects have become increasingly ambitious, Liverman has assembled a team of

collaborators comprising a textile artist, a light fabricator and a sculptor.

“I really love being able to employ artists,” he says. “We all have our own unique perspectives and problem-solving skills. . . . I also know how hard it is to maintain a studio practice and keep a full-time job, so if I can provide any freelance work for people who want to have more studio time and not the commitments of a full-time job, I’m happy to do that.” [GH]

Since 2016, MFA Social Documentary Film faculty member Thom Powers has hosted the Pure Nonfiction podcast, dedicated to in-depth interviews with documentary filmmakers, subjects and industry professionals and available on all major podcast platforms. Past interviewees include such notables as Ava DuVernay, Fran Lebowitz, John Leguizamo and Werner Herzog. Also on the Pure Nonfiction team: MFA 2018 Social Documentary Film alumni Hanna Nordenswan and Bella Randle Racklin, who serve as series producer and marketing manager, respectively. [GH]

PODCAST purenonfiction.net
Pure Nonfiction
ABOVE Designs by Keep Co, founded by Crisman Liverman (center). BELOW Pure Nonfiction ’s Hanna Nordenswan (left) and Bella Randle Rankin; photos by Jessie Adler (MFA 2018 Social Documentary Film).


Heath Wagoner

Artisanal Cutlery and Objets d’Art


From $80 heathwagoner.com / @hw__studio

Butter knives, cocktail spoons, pinky rings, sculptures inspired by opened sardine tins—these items and more, all hand-crafted in silver, copper and brass, are made to order by metalsmith Heath Wagoner (MFA 2015 Products of Design) in his Brooklyn studio.

Wagoner’s refined but unfussy designs have been featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Lampoon, an Italian magazine on art and culture. Pieces may be ordered through his website and beginning this spring, select items will be stocked at March, a homegoods and furniture store in San Francisco. In May, his work will be shown by Object & Thing at Porta during Frieze New York. Along with his studio practice, Wagoner also works as a design consultant for various accessories and jewelry brands. [GH]

Metal sculptures and artisanal cutlery by Heath Wagoner. Styling by Angela Romero and photography by Paulo Placencia. Images courtesy of Heath Wagoner.

Screen time with SVA alumni and faculty


Daniela Alatorre Benard (MFA 2015 Social Documentary Film) co-produced this documentary, which follows the 2022 Colombian presidential campaign of activist Francia Márquez, who went on to become the country’s first Black vice president, and which debuted at Sundance earlier this year.

Soundtrack to a Coup d’Etat

The latest film by Johan Grimonprez (MFA 1992 Fine Arts) looks at how the U.S., Belgium and corporate interests promoted Black American jazz musicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo while simultaneously plotting to assassinate its first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba, in 1961.

Public Discourse

Last fall, Juxtapoz produced an oral history celebrating the 20th anniversary of this street-art documentary produced and filmed by Quenell Jones (BFA 2003 Film and Video). Public Discourse is available to stream on Juxtapoz’s YouTube channel or buy on DVD via director Brad Downey’s website

Watch List

Chikn Nuggit

An eccentric cast of animals with food-inspired names populate this online cartoon series, created in 2020 by Kyra Kupetsky (BFA 2015 Animation) for BuzzFeed Animation Lab. Check out its 300-plus episodes and related content on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and more.


Jake Kaplan (BFA 2017 Animation), Anthony Muscarella (BFA 2019 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) and Brenda Lin Zhang (MFA 2019 Computer Arts) all worked on this short about gender identity, equity and acceptance, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination

The Greatest Night in Pop

This documentary, directed by Bao Nguyen (MFA 2011 Social Documentary Film), tells the stor y behind the making of “We Are the World,” the 1985 pop hit written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie that brought together the era’s biggest stars to support the USA for Africa famine relief charity.



Books by SVA alumni and faculty

Shelf Liners


Dining Alone: In the Company of Solitude

Nancy A. Scherl (MFA 2000 Photography and Related Media)

Daylight Hardcover, $45

Dream About Nothing

Bobby Doherty (BFA 2011 Photography)

Loose Joints

Hardcover, $68

Free to Be Naked

Ellen Stagg (BFA 2000 Photography)

Goliath Hardcover, $69.99

The Last Mermaid

Peter Ash Lee (MPS 2012 Fashion Photography; BFA 2009 Photography) Hardcover, $50

Skid Row

Charles H. Traub (chair, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media); text by Tom Huhn (chair, BFA Visual and Critical Studies)

Lazy Dog

Hardcover, €40


Amy’s Big Brother

BonHyung Jeong (BFA 2018 Cartooning)

Yen Press

Hardcover/paperback/e-book, $24/$13/$6.99

Sour Cherries: An Afghan Family Story

Dezh Azaad; illustrated by Nan Cao (MFA 2019 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Hardcover/e-book, $18.99/$17.09

Do You Know Them? Families Lost and Found After the Civil War

Shana Keller; illustrated by Laura Freeman (BFA 1981 Media Arts)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers Hardcover/e-book, $18.99/$10.99

Mr. Fiorello’s Head

Cecilia Ruiz (faculty, BFA Illustration; MFA 2012 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Enchanted Lion Books

Hardcover, $19.95

Myra and the Drawing

Drama/Myra y el Enredo de Dibujo

Rosemary Rivera (BFA 1991 Communication Arts); illustrated by Mario Menjivar (1989 Media Arts)

Imagine & Wonder Publishing Hardcover, $16.99

Rescue Cat

Stephen Savage (faculty, BFA Illustration; MFA 1996 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Roaring Book Press Hardcover, $18.99

You Make Me Sneeze!

Sharon G. Flake; illustrated by Anna Raff (faculty, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay; MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Astra Young Readers Hardcover, $18.99


All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Velvet Underground Story

Koren Shadmi (faculty, BFA Illustration; BFA 2006 Illustration)

Life Drawn Hardcover, $29.99

T(H)umor: Dear Cancer Diary, . . .

Federico Muelas Romero (faculty, BFA Fine Arts; MFA 2002 Computer Art) Blue Pug Books

Hardcover/paperback/e-book, $26/$19/$5.99


The Elements of Visual Grammar: A Designer’s Guide for Writers, Scholars, and Professionals

Angela Riechers (MFA 2010 Design Criticism) Princeton University Press

Hardcover/paperback/e-book, $99/$24.95/$24.95

Myra and the Drawing Written By Rosemary Rivera Illustrated By Mario J. Menjivar
September WOO
20 | VISUAL ARTS JOURNAL Boorujy an tiously optimis tic
PREVIOUS George Boorujy, Spring Migration, 2023, oil on canvas, 44 x 80 in. ABOVE George Boorujy, Juracan, 2019, oil on canvas, 55 x 55 in. Images courtesy of the artist.

Portfolio George Boorujy

George Boorujy strikes an tiouslyinfecoptimistic chord.

(faculty, BFA Fine Arts; MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay)

Despite more than two decades of exploring growing threat of our climate crisis, Brooklyn-basedtheartist, humanity’s relation to the environment amid the

who is known for his large-scale, hyper-realistic depictions of wildlife, landscapes and man-made structures, exudes a positivity that conveys hope instead of despair for the future.

Growing up in the New Jersey suburbs, Boorujy always felt a connection to the natural world. At the same time, he was keenly aware of the interplay between nature and human development. “I saw a lot of wildlife, but also a lot of human manipulation of the environment,” he says.

For example, Boorujy—a certified diver who studied marine biology as an undergraduate—has witnessed such immense degradation in aquatic environments that he’s teared up behind his diving mask. “Some dives in the past few years have felt like visits to the cemetery to pay my respects to old friends,” he wrote in a 2022 Instagram post on World Ocean Day. In spite of his dismay, the 50-year-old father of two maintained that all is not lost: “There is still so much worth fighting for.”

Beyond Boorujy’s conviction that we each bear responsibility for the fate of the natural world is his belief that artists can play a critical role in that effort, by helping people to see.

Throughout his career, his work has presented disquieting and enigmatic scenes that juxtapose wildlife with modern society: a beached whale defaced with graffiti; hunting dummies of deer standing on a fuel-station canopy, with the sky ablaze; a big cat frozen mid-meal by the flash from a camera trap.

Some of Boorujy’s most striking images are his portraits of animals that look back at you with unnervingly human-like expressions and poses. Set against empty backgrounds, the works

force a reckoning between the subject and the onlooker through varied visual approaches, including impassive or intense gazes, unexpected compositions and orientations, and monumental scales. “You can draw people in by showing something surprising,” he says. “That’s what I try to do with these portraits, to get people to be one-on-one with the animals so that they see them anew.”

Perhaps the most significant among the artist’s strategies is his obsessive rendering of details, many of which are not apparent at first glance: water droplets and a green fly on a branch; ruffled feathers on a blue jay; a mosquito perched on a Florida panther’s leg. “When I represent animals, I meet them on their own terms and don’t present something idealized or standardized, because nothing is perfect,” Boorujy says. By painting them as individuals in their own actuality, he seeks to convey his respect and grant power back to the creatures.

After years of portraying threatened or even extinct species like the passenger pigeon, heath hen and Carolina parakeet, Boorujy felt he needed to move past mourning what’s gone and what we’re going to lose. “I was in this space of requiem, of seeing what’s in nature, what’s gone, and memorializing it through images,” he says. “In order to process my climate anxiety and grief, I had to start picturing a new world of where we’ll go, what we’ll build and how we’re going to navigate through it.”

In his recent work, Boorujy reaches beyond the present to construct fantastical landscapes and creatures, envisioning a post-climate change world. “They are historical paintings from a speculative future,” he says. “I’m building new worlds

OPPOSITE George Boorujy, Eastern Marker, 2023, oil on panel, 20 x 20 in. FOLLOWING George Boorujy, Ritual to Summon Joy, 2021, oil on canvas, 27 x 32 in. Images courtesy of the artist.

and visualizing a future with new iconography, rituals and myths. What we’re moving into is going to be very disorienting, and I wanted to acknowledge that disorientation.” The result is a series of compositions that play with a baffling sense of scale, disparate details, and unplaceable time and space.

A major theme in this new series is climate change-induced migration, both of humans and animals. Works like Spring Migration (2023), Border Crossing I (2023) and Continental Divide (2022) show figures moving through alien, bewildering landscapes and enacting cryptic rituals. But amid these melancholy, discombobulating scenes lies heartening evidence of life’s continuity—flora, fauna and devotional objects that suggest moments of respite and care. At its heart, Boorujy’s vision is one of a collective determination to move together toward an unknown, open-ended future.

Outside of his studio practice, Boorujy is actively involved with Artists Commit, an artist-led organization dedicated to building a more climate-conscious art world, which has won support from artists and fellow SVA faculty like Liz Deschenes and Marilyn Minter. One of its initiatives is assisting artists and institutions in developing climate-impact reports for exhibitions. Boorujy and his fellow members of Artists Commit are also developing a curriculum they hope will inform education in the arts at institutions around the world. And in February, Boorujy, who teaches drawing, painting and anatomy at SVA, curated a selection of student work that embodied the principles of Artists Commit for a BFA Fine Arts Department exhibition at the SVA Chelsea Gallery.

Through this work, Boorujy says, he has found a way to keep the faith, catalyze progress and show that, while there is immeasurable anxiety and grief about our changing environment, the world of tomorrow does not have to be dystopian: “I know it’s hard and we’ve lost a lot,” he says, “but we have the capacity to help each other move forward, and I want a hopeful future.”

For more information on Artists Commit, visit artistscommit.org. For more information on Boorujy and his work, visit georgeboorujy.com.

Yam Chew Oh (MFA 2019 Fine Arts) is a Baltimore-based artist, writer and SVA faculty member.

TOP George Boorujy, Origin, 2023, oil on canvas, 30 x 55 in. ABOVE George Boorujy, Border Crossing I, 2023, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in. OPPOSITE George Boorujy, detail of Continental Divide , 2022, oil on canvas, 51 x 64 in. Images courtesy of the artist.
OPPOSITE, TOP George Boorujy, Thunderpumper Sugar, 2018, 54 x 52 in. OPPOSITE, BELOW George Boorujy, Chatham Bend, 2017, ink on paper, 55 x 88 in. ABOVE George Boorujy, Bellow Black Diamond, 2012, ink on paper, 72 x 120 in. Images courtesy of the artist.
ABOVE George Boorujy, The Myth of Our Exodus , 2022, oil on canvas, 32 x 59 in. Image courtesy of the artist.



“I feel like I’m being put on an ice floe and sent into the Arctic, which fortunately is getting warmer,” jokes Steven Heller, making light of what was clearly an agonizing decision.

Heller and Lita Talarico (MFA 2007 Art Criticism and Writing), who in 1998 co-founded the pioneering MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts, recently announced their decision to retire from their positions as co-chairs at the end of the 2023 – 2024 academic year.

“It just felt like the right thing to do,” Talarico explains. “When we started the program, it was really on the cutting edge and we maintained that for many years. Now we feel that it’s time for someone else to take over and continue the legacy into the future.”

(MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay)
look back on a quarter-century of their paradigm-shifting program HOW DOES ONE LEAVE A JOB AFTER 26 YEARS? Illustrations by

PREVIOUS Renaissance-style portraits of the founding MFA Design co-chairs Steven Heller and Lita Talarico by BFA Illustration faculty member Yuko Shimizu (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay).

THESE PAGES Scenes from more than 25 years of MFA Design at SVA. Conceived as an incubator of design authors and entrepreneurs, the program embraced a holistic approach from the start. “That old adage: Design is everything; everything is design,” Heller says. “That’s what we were doing.” Images courtesy of MFA Design.

Indeed, the department the two built and nurtured for nearly three decades—the first of what would become many SVA graduate programs in the discipline—was trailblazing. MFA Design pioneered the idea of turning thesis presentations into public forums; it was an early adopter of web publishing. More radically, the program trained students to be total authors who could conceptualize, manufacture and sell their ideas. This was during a time when the industry largely regarded designers as technicians who executed others’ concepts. MFA Design’s founding mission states: “Our student is not merely a form-giver (which is hard enough), but a committed originator of unique conceptions.”

Eschewing the skills-focused agenda of most design programs, Heller and Talarico pushed an approach that embraced the breadth of creative pursuits. This meant that students with varied work experiences—photographers, researchers, filmmakers or designers of any specialization—could enroll, as long as they were fluent in typography, “the lingua franca of design,” Heller says.

From the start, the MFA Design curriculum was fortified with business courses, which didn’t sit well with students at first. “Designers resisted the idea of business,” Heller says, citing the long-held chasm between arts and commerce. “They came to the program not because of entrepreneurship, and some people thought it was just a burden. But that has changed 100 percent. We kept adding to the program, and soon they realized that learning about business wasn’t going to hurt them.”

“The idea was to keep the program similar to what SVA is about, which has always been professionalism,” he says. In fact, though Heller was by that point a 14-year veteran faculty member at the College, he was still working as a senior art director at The New York Times Book Review when he sketched out a concept for the two-year program, which then resembled the agenda of an extended design symposium. Talarico, a writer and architectural and design consultant, planned the methodology and oversaw the construction of a new design studio space on East 22nd Street.

Heller and Talarico first met while working on American Illustration (now American Illustration and American Photography), a design annual co-founded by Heller; Robert Priest, who was then the art editor of Esquire; the late illustrator Julian Allen; and the late artist and MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Chair Marshall Arisman. Talarico was the book’s first managing editor. Deploying her experience in organizing high-profile conferences and competitions, such as the International Design Conference in Aspen and the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Talarico recalls building American Illustration’s audience of industry insiders from the founders’ contacts. “One day, I went to Steve’s office at The New York Times, looked at his Rolodex and created a mailing list.”

In many ways, Heller and Talarico established MFA Design similarly, drawing from their collective network of friends and collaborators to find instructors for the program. Celebrated artists and designers such as the late Milton Glaser and Tibor


Kalman, Maira Kalman, Stefan Sagmeister, Louise Fili, Bonnie Siegler, Brian Collins and Paola Antonelli have all served as faculty. Guest lecturers have included the late raconteur Quentin Crisp and Esquire art director George Lois, and MTV co-founder Fred Seibert.

Explaining the premise of their multifaceted program was often challenging, especially in the beginning, but Heller and Talarico delighted in talking about the unusual curriculum at every opportunity. “That old adage, now cliché: Design is everything; everything is design. That’s what we were doing,” Heller says.

An all-encompassing purview of design has meant evolving as new technologies and ways of working emerged, and it is the desire to keep the program at the vanguard, especially in the wild age of generative AI, that has compelled the founding co-chairs to search for their successor. “Even though we’re the longest-running graduate design department at SVA, we’ve never rested on our laurels,” Talarico says. “The College as a whole is open to the creative potential of AI, which is very exciting. Students are going to be learning in a very different way than they are now. The right person who takes over will be able to guide that, and we’ll be watching from the sidelines.”

As of this writing, Heller and Talarico were heading the search committee for the next MFA Design chair. When asked what quality they’ll be looking for in the new leadership, they both answer, nearly in unison, “Vision.”

And what will they miss most when they hand over the reins? “I’ll miss the regular contact with the students,” Talarico says. “It’s been so rewarding to watch them thrive and grow here, then see what they do in the world once they graduate.” Of the more than 500 MFA Design alumni, many have gone on to start their own companies or studios, or become leaders in organizations. Several even teach at the department.

“I will miss the job as a catalyst,” says Heller, who will stay on at SVA as a special advisor to President David Rhodes. “I don’t have the talents that many of our students have and I’ll miss working with them. This program has captured my emotions and desires. It’s been more than a job—it’s an emotional commitment.” ◆

Anne Quito (MFA 2014 Design Criticism) is a journalist, design critic and MFA Products of Design faculty member. She wrote Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines (2019) with Walter Bernard (1961 Graphic Design) and the late Milton Glaser, a longtime SVA faculty member and former acting chairman of the College’s board.


Selling entrepreneurship to designers

“Students rebelled against the idea at first but now everybody wants to be an entrepreneur,” Talarico says. “Anthony D’Avella, a designer with an MBA from Harvard, taught a class about the business of design. We asked the students to demonstrate viability in their thesis projects, so they had to learn about it.

Heller says. “He transformed his law class into a course on intellectual property and contracts and became a de facto legal consultant to students and teachers.”

Summer school in Italy

OPPOSITE The MFA Design faculty has included some of the discipline’s legends, like the late Milton Glaser (bottom left), but the program’s pedagogical philosophy embraced change. “We’ve never rested on our laurels,” Talarico says.


For 10 years, MFA Design conducted a summer workshop on typography in Venice and Rome. Typography is “the lingua franca of design,” Heller says. Images courtesy of MFA Design.

“One of our first students, Heejoo Choi [2000], developed a project called ‘Six Dots: Graphics for the Visually Impaired,’ which was basically a Braille-based labeling system. It was so visionary, and it was our very first year! There have been many groundbreaking projects since, some of which were never realized because they were ahead of their time.”

Training in intellectual property

“[Trademark and copyright attorney] Frank Martinez was the first lawyer to teach in any graduate program at SVA,”

“We started conducting a summer workshop in Venice and Rome, about the roots of typography, in 2008,” Heller says. “Graduate students from around the world enrolled. It was a very successful program that lasted for 10 years.”

Early forays in digital publishing

“In 2011, Scott Dadich, who oversaw Condé Nast’s digital magazine platforms then, taught the first web publishing class with his design director, Wyatt Mitchell,” Talarico says. “The students experimented with software that had not yet been released on the market. At the end of that year, we had an exhibition at the SVA Chelsea Gallery showing digital publications on iPads. We experimented and took risks.”




Difficult and even painful topics have long hidden in plain sight in children’s picture books, with their brightly colored drawings and plainspoken text crystallizing tough subjects into explanations that even young readers can understand. The books of Selina Alko (BFA 1995 Illustration) sit clearly within this tradition, as her vivid paintings, layered with collage art, tell stories ranging from everyday life in multicultural Brooklyn to taking on more complicated histories, including the Supreme Court case that overturned state laws banning interracial marriage and the story of the Kindertransport, which brought hundreds of child refugees to England during World War II.

Selections from the sketchbooks of children’s book author and illustrator Selina Alko. Alko’s sketchbook practice involves workshopping her projects but also more freeform, experimental and personal creative exercises.

Images courtesy of Selina Alko.


Alko arrived at SVA having already earned a degree in art history at the University of British Columbia, as well as having spent a gap year living in Israel. “When I applied to art school, I didn’t even know what illustration was—I just wanted to be an artist,” she says. “Going to SVA made me feel like being an artist was a real career.” An independent study project with children’s book illustrator Lisa Desimini (BFA 1986 Media Arts) became a turning point: “I loved her work as she had a very kind of experimental style of illustration,” Alko says. Desimini became a mentor, not only leading by example, but also sharing many of her contacts in publishing.

After graduation, Alko illustrated simple early readers for several years. Eventually she was hired to create art for My Subway Ride (2004), a book about New York City’s subway system by Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender. Alko points to this as the first book that truly represented her work, with each page showcasing her signature artistic techniques and exploding with hand-lettering and unexpected scenarios, including a subway train traveling up a dinosaur skeleton in the American Museum of Natural History. My Subway Ride also would introduce elements that have gone on to appear in many of Alko’s subsequent books, like diverse casts of characters

and vibrant scenes of city life, and which led Publishers Weekly to call her, in a review of her 2012 book B Is for Brooklyn, “among the most visually eloquent promoters of junior-sized urbanism.”

Eventually, Alko returned to SVA to take Children’s Book Illustration, a continuing-education class with author and illustrator Monica Wellington, which led to the first book that she both wrote and illustrated, I’m Your Peanut Butter Big Brother (2009). Inspired by Alko’s own children, the story playfully imagines what the main character’s new sibling will look like. A mother to two biracial children, Alko has often tackled ques-

ABOVE AND OPPOSITE Cover and art by Selina Alko for Stars of the Night , written by Caren Stelson, about children rescued from Nazi-occupied territory. Images courtesy of Selina Alko.
Selections from the sketchbooks of children’s book author and illustrator Selina Alko. Images courtesy of Selina Alko.

ABOVE Cover and interior from Joni, Selina Alko’s picture book on musician Joni Mitchell.

LEFT Art from Sharing Shalom a forthcoming Alko-illustrated book about a girl whose Jewish faith is tested.

BELOW Alko’s books embrace inclusivity and urbanity, and tackle difficult topics like bigotry and xenophobia.

RIGHT Alko at her home studio in Brooklyn.

Images courtesy of Selina Alko.


tions of identity and self in interracial and interfaith families, co-creating several books with her former husband, Sean Qualls. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage (2015), one of their collaborations, tells the story of Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court case that struck down bigoted state laws banning marriages between individuals of different races.

when her synagogue is vandalized, and beginning work on The Remembering Candle, a picture book by writer Alison Goldberg about Judaism’s yahrzeit candle tradition for honoring lost loved ones, both of which are due in 2025. And last year saw the release of Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport, illustrated by Alko and written by Caren Stelson.

Growing up in Canada as the child of Jewish immigrants shaped Alko’s own history, and has subsequently influenced her work. With I Is for Immigrants (2021), which she wrote and illustrated, she sought to honor the immigrant experience across cultures; the book won a silver medal from The Society of Illustrators. She has also illustrated several books about Jewish culture and history, starting with her own book about celebrating two holidays, Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama (2012). She is currently finishing the art for Sharing Shalom, a picture book written by Danielle Sharkan about a Jewish girl whose faith is tested

Stars of the Night tells the true story of the rescue effort that brough 669 Jewish children from Prague to England to stay with foster families during World War II, saving them from the concentration camps where almost all of their parents died. The book follows the children’s journey from the early days of peace in Prague to the 1980s, when the now-grown refugees were able to meet Nicholas Winton, the Kindertransport organizer who had worked tirelessly to save them. Among its many honors, Stars of the Night was included in Best of 2023 lists from the School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, and named a Notable

Children’s Book by the American Library Association.

“It felt like we had a certain mental telepathy going on,” Stelson says of the process of working with Alko on the book. “The expressiveness and the palette of Selina’s art—and also the way she incorporated bits of found art and text— brought all these layers of depth and emotion to the story.”

Though Alko didn’t write Stars of the Night, it was a personal project for her. In her earlier work, the papers she used for her collages were often chosen at random. More recently, she has made an effort to incorporate elements that relate to the subject matter. “Something I’ve realized as my work grows and life evolves is that it’s more important to make those connections for the reader, even unconsciously,” she says. In Stars of the Night, Alko copied pages from a cookbook that belonged to her mother’s upstairs neighbor, a World War II refugee from Vienna who fled to Canada, incorporating the recipe texts into her paintings of the Czech children at cafes and picnics. Stars of the Night also uses collage in more metaphorical ways, with photocopies of a notebook’s coil binding standing in for train tracks and envelopes subbing as train cars, hinting at the scrapbook kept by Winton with all the details of the children he had saved.

Some of these imaginative elements came from Alko’s sketchbooks, always the first step of a new project, and an opportunity for her to try new techniques and stretch out. “I try to keep that spontaneity when I make the final art,” she says. Alko has also started writing and illustrating picture-book biographies about artists who have influenced her, beginning with Joni (2020), about Joni Mitchell. She’s now working on a biography of author Judy Blume, for 2025.

“I guess I’ve always been a person who deals with difficult topics and cultural identity,” she says. “But what I’ve realized is that I can only speak from my own perspective.” This singular perspective that colors all her work is one that simultaneously depicts joy and wistfulness, just like much of life.

Claire Lui is a writer and editor in Queens, New York. She has written for the Guggenheim Museum, Print, Graphis and Garden Design



The Art of the Airwaves making noise



SVA’s building Tucked away


WSVA, the College’s radio station, boasts a cozy feel and enviable views of the Manhattan skyline. It’s no surprise when the DJs joke about wanting to live at their workplace.

“I would love to have this as my apartment,” says BFA Animation student Michelle Mullin, WSVA’s manager of operations. “There’s actual life in this place,” says Alice Katok, the station’s

New York University about potential future collaborations.

WSVA “is supposed to be a space that everybody can enjoy,” says former manager of production Jacob Gardner (BFA 2022 Film). As with many of SVA’s community spaces, the station radiates creativity, with art—including random paintings, sculpture projects and posters, along with flyers and stickers from

platform and began to run the station on Twitch, the live-streaming site, where they even held a virtual dance party.

By the fall of 2021, WSVA was back in its seventh-floor studio. In-person shows resumed that October, with around 36 programs on the schedule. “I think people were just excited to do anything,” Katok says, though there were still restrictions in place, with only three people allowed at the station at a time. “I was here typically alone,” she says.

“I tell everyone I know, ‘You can come here. You don’t have to have a show,’” Mullin says. “I love coming in . . . and seeing 10 people here.”


in 1970, broadcasting with an unreliable signal over 590 AM. John Davidson (BFA 1986 Media Arts), now an artist

manager of production and a BFA Illustration student.

After the isolation of the early pandemic years, it’s clear that WSVA is growing beyond the studio’s walls. Last February, the station hosted a sold-out punk concert, its first in recent memory, at the SVA Student Center. In the spring 2023 semester, there were 40 programs on WSVA’s online stream and a record number of listeners. Katok says that they’ve been getting more outreach from artists and have had to turn down requests from bands to play. WSVA has also heard from stations at area schools like the Fashion Institute of Technology, Hunter College, the New School and

throughout the station’s history— everywhere. The on-air studio is outfitted with a leather couch and chair, a floral armchair and crates full of records. A WSVA sketchbook—a communal project, filled with drawings from visitors and staff—was introduced last year, and a “doodle challenge” posted on one wall encourages DJs to “draw your favorite album from memory.”

This in-person energy is a refreshing change from WSVA’s recent COVID-era existence. Like all but the most essential on-campus operations, the station went dark in the spring of 2020. By the summer, Gardner and other staff had created a virtual studio using the Discord

in Oklahoma City, was the station manager for its inaugural year.

According to Davidson, WSVA operated on unused broadcasting equipment belonging to the College, with the permission of the College’s founder and then-president Silas H. Rhodes. “I think it was Dr. Rhodes who showed me how to turn it on and use it,” he says. “It was pretty simple.”

Davidson and three other student DJs played a steady rotation of “rock and roll, R&B, some jazz and folk” out of a makeshift studio at 209 East 23rd Street. “I just loved music and thought I could do it,” he says now of his interest in starting the station. “It was just a

PREVIOUS A WSVA DJ in 1983; a 2023 WSVA-hosted dance party. ABOVE, FROM LEFT WSVA in 1987, photo by Greg Miller (BFA 1980 Photography); station employees and students Alice Katok (left) and Michelle Mullin; WSVA swag; the 2023 dance party; a view from the station’s windows; vintage WSVA poster. Archival photos courtesy of SVA Archives; party photos courtesy of WSVA; all other photos by Jennifer Waits.

desire to be artistic in a different way.”

A year or so later, though, WSVA went quiet, as the studio was moved to the sixth floor and its system made compliant with Federal Communications Commission regulations regarding campus-radio signal strength. Davidson took a break in his education, and when WSVA came back online he was succeeded as station manager by the late Jose Alvarez (BFA 1973 Fine Arts).

Though information about WSVA’s subsequent decade—and move to East 21st Street—is scarce, issues of Canvas, SVA’s student newspaper from 1981 through 1989, document its activity in the 1980s. Programs from that time included “Overtones,” which played progressive jazz fusion and new-age music; “16 Tons,” which billed itself as a “heavy music” showcase; the “Rockin’

by the end of the ’80s, WSVA could be heard from the Sloane House residence hall, at 356 West 34th Street, and at 133/141 West 21st Street.

Ultimately, though, WSVA’s range remained modest, as did its public profile. John Devecka, now the operations manager of WLOY, the radio station of Loyola University in Baltimore, worked for carrier-current equipment manufacturer LPB Incorporated in the 1990s, and recalls visiting SVA in those years to explore the possibility of installing radiating cable FM to improve the station’s sound. (He also says he saw graffiti by the late 1979 Fine Arts alumnus Keith Haring—see page 12—in a stairwell.) Unfortunately, given the building’s layout, it was deemed to be too expensive.

Photographer Noah Kalina (BFA 2003 Photography), who served as WSVA’s

to receive tons and tons of promo CDs and we could keep our jobs. There was absolutely no authority so we basically made it up as we went along. It was the best job anybody in college could ever ask for.” (Acclaimed indie musician and BFA 2006 Graphic Design graduate Mike Krol was also a station employee around this time.)

As Internet broadcasting started to become a viable option in the 2000s, WSVA began to establish its online presence, though it was initially limited to the College’s intranet. Roughly 10 years ago, the station went fully online, abandoning its campus AM signal altogether. After a few different URLs, it can now be streamed at wsvaradio.sva. edu, at any hour, from anywhere in the world. And while the current staff miss the romance of traditional radio, they’ve

“What I love about WSVA is IT GIVES ME AN outlet to express MY IDEAS freely.”

Rob Show,” which played new wave, rock, rap, comedy and interviews; a classifieds-type show called “The Bulletin Board”; and “Homegrown,” for local music acts. (Bands now lost to history but featured on this last program include The Crunge, Me and My Bro, Norman Bates and the Showerheads, and Sidney and the Homewreckers.) In 1986 the station hosted a “Battle of the Bands,” with participants selected based on the strength of their demo tapes. As the College grew, so did the station’s reach:

music director while he was a student, has recalled the station as something of a best-kept secret for those lucky enough to be involved. In a blog posted on his site promoting his cover photo of the musician Sia for CMJ New Music Monthly, he wrote, “We basically sat around . . . making up the music charts we had to send in to CMJ. We would also field calls from all of the music publicists, further perpetuating the myth that we were a legitimate radio station. This ensured that the station could continue

acquired a global platform in exchange, as well as the freedom to play whatever they want.


DAYS, WSVA DJS ARE playing a wide range of genres. As of the start of the 2023 – 2024 academic year, the 37 shows on the schedule included “Love Letter to an LP,” “Emo to the Extremo,” “Fiona’s iPod Shuffle,” “Into the Pit,” “Hopeless Romantic,” “Anti Wave,” “Maxwell House” and “Girlie and Pop.”

“I tell everyone I kn ow, ‘You can come HERE. YOU DON’T HAVE to have a show.’ . . . I LOVE COMING IN AND seeing 10 people here.”

“What I love about WSVA is it gives me an outlet to express my ideas freely and create a culture that this small school needs,” says BFA Design student Margo Dela Cruz, the station’s graphic designer. Looking ahead, the current staff hopes to continue building WSVA’s campus profile. The station has a dedicated social-media coordinator, BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects student Jewel Simpkins, and an active presence on Instagram (@wsvaradio), Spotify and Twitch. This semester, events coordinator Aiyana Gutierrez, a BFA Illustration student, helped arrange another punk show, and the fourth annual SVA Unplugged event—an open-mic night for any interested students—is slated for after finals.

JENNIFER WAITS is a writer and radio scholar. She is the co-founder of the Radio Survivor website and podcast/ radio show and co-chair of the College, Community and Educational Radio Caucus on the Library of Congress’s Radio Preservation Task Force. A version of this article originally appeared on radiosurvivor.com as her 172nd radio station tour report.


The Spring 2024 WSVA Playlist

Station staffers share some faves

We asked the students and staff at SVA’s radio station to tell us what they’re listening to now. To hear their other playlists, visit the WSVA Radio page on Spotify, and stream WSVA at wsvaradio.sva.edu.


“Slate,” Model/ Actriz—Margo Dela Cruz (BFA Design), graphic designer


“Theft, and Wandering Around Lost,” Cocteau Twins—Jewel Simpkins (BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects), socialmedia coordinator


“Moments in Love,” The Art of Noise —Michael Barclay III (BFA Design), tech coordinator


“Starry Night,” Peggy Guo—Fiona Beer (BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects), photo/ videographer


“Spinning Globe,” Kenshi Yonezu —Jeeyoung Whang (BFA Animation), website coordinator


“Angels in Tibet,” Amaarae —Aiyana Gutierrez (BFA Illustration), events coordinator


“White Mustang,” Lana del Rey —Michelle Mullin (BFA Animation), manager of operations


“Tap Out,” The Strokes —Alice Katok (BFA Illustration), manager of production


“Ice Cream Man,” Le Bang —Lola Lancon (BFA Fine Arts), tech coordinator

OPPOSITE WSVA employees and SVA students

Michelle Mullins (left) and Alice Katok at the station last year. THIS PAGE Past flyers promoting WSVA on campus. Photos by Jennifer Waits.

TOP Ja’Tovia Gary, In my mother’s house there are many, many…, 2023, armillary sphere, cotton, projection of Mitochondrial Montage (2023). © Ja’Tovia Gary. ABOVE Ja’Tovia Gary, The Giverny Suite , 2019, three-channel high-definition video and 16mm film transferred to high-definition video; settee; 25 painted frames; altar to Yemaya (candle, seashells, anchor, fruit, plate, vase, flowers, glass jar of molasses, glass jar of rum, and fabric); and altar to Oshun (candle, mirror, cowrie shells, fruit, cinnamon sticks, plate, vases, flowers, glass jar of white wine, glass jar of honey, and fabric). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. © Ja’Tovia Gary. RIGHT Ja’Tovia Gary portrait by JerSean Gollatt, courtesy of Ja’Tovia Gary.




Ja’Tovia Gary (MFA 2014 Social Documentary Film) explores multiple perspectives of Black experience in her films, installations and sculptures. Centering on women, her work weaves together and validates subjective narratives in nonlinear currents of vision and

sound, mixing archival and shot footage, social-media clips and handaltered 16mm film strips with installations incorporating altars, domestic objects and text.

After it was acquired as part of the Museum of Modern Art in New York’s permanent collection, Gary’s The Giverny Suite (2019), a three-channel video installation, went on view there last fall for an open-ended run. The Giverny Suite is a cinematic assemblage of poetic ruminations on the bodily integrity of Black women, incorporating and building upon the artist’s single-channel video The Giverny Document (2019), filmed in Harlem and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France. The work was also acquired last year through a joint acquisition by The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; the Hammer Museum at UCLA; and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Gary has received more than two dozen filmmaking awards from AFI Fest, BlackStar Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, to name a few. She was a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and received a 2019 Creative Capital fellowship and a 2018 fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Earlier this year, the Visual Arts Journal spoke with Gary from her studio in her hometown of Dallas, to which she returned in 2019 after nearly two decades in New York City.

Your work embraces subjectivity, is often layered or collaged and can be described as “orchestral” or “choral.” Can you talk about the structural role of this approach in your practice?

When we talk about subjectivity, a part of that is me wanting to be very honest about my position as a storyteller, as a filmmaker. When we think through Western storytelling, oftentimes the power or the viewpoint behind the structure or the means of production— whether it’s documentary, nonfiction or fiction film—is obscured. The personal

or political imperatives of the maker are obscured behind a thing called objectivity.

I knew in school when I was hearing that word that it was a red flag. I’d been watching television and cinema since I was very young, and I knew when there was a point of view.

In fact, that’s what they want. But that point of view has to fall within certain formats or ways of thinking. I’ve always pushed back on that structure, whether we’re talking about a story structure or power structure. It was important for me to bring my clear point of view, which is often one that is pushed to the side, and to make that central.

As Toni Morrison talked about, I claimed the margins. I stood at the

margins and claimed it as the center. This is where subjectivity comes from. I understood that my lived experiences, the things that are specific to me as a Southern Black queer woman, are important to infuse into the work.

This notion of the chorus or this notion of collage or assemblage is a part of a Black womanist, a Black feminist tradition. It’s not just about me and what I think. I’m a stand-in for other folks who might see themselves in my experiences, my body or my background. Creativity and storytelling is in fact a critical terrain. It’s not just where imagination goes to flourish. It’s where people are wrestling for power, for their right to assert their perception of reality as the dominant perception.

Is there a specific scene in The Giverny Suite where these ideas come to life most succinctly?

People respond a lot to the interviews, and to me the interviews are revelatory. That kind of vox populi , woman-onthe-street interview is a documentary convention that later went on to news and other formats. But it’s Documentary Film 101. The teacher would say, “We’re going to the street. Break up into teams of two or three and go ask people questions.” [Laughs.] We would do them in class. So it’s kind of back-to-basics.

The interviews were exciting because they revealed certain chasms or breaks. For example, we’re asking everyone the same question [in the video, Black women on the street in Harlem are

OPPOSITE Ja’Tovia Gary, details from The Giverny Document , 2019, single channel, 41 min. © Ja’Tovia Gary. ABOVE Ja’Tovia Gary, Precious Memories , 2020, HD video and SD video from 16mm film on 3 CRT monitors, acrylic, dried cotton, moss, dried helichrysum, upholstered recliner chair, carpet, wood and glass table, framed photograph, table lamp, two stage lamps. © Ja’Tovia Gary, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
ABOVE Ja’Tovia Gary, Citational Ethics (Toni Morrison, 1987), 2021, neon, metal, acrylic. Photo: Steven Probert. © Ja’Tovia Gary, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

asked, “Do you feel safe?”], and of course the answers are varied. But the variances that emerged were often based on age. Older women were not necessarily as fearful for their safety. That’s not to say they didn’t feel unsafe but it took them a minute. I had to be cool and ask more for them to get to “Well, maybe I’m not.”

Also, to hear people reference the spiritual: “My mother prays for me before I leave the house.” So understanding the role of spirit and faith in shoring up one’s realities in terms of what danger I might meet on the street.

A lot of things were clarified in that interview section, and there are a lot of thoughtful moments that make you say, “Well, hmmm, I wonder why that’s the case?”

In your 2023 film Quiet As It’s Kept , one theme appears to be the relationship one has with oneself and the importance of always knowing who we are. Relationships seem to be a large part of your process—with yourself, with your family, with elders, with your north stars, such as Morrison and Nina Simone. How do they impact or inform your process? I think about this a lot. I’m obsessed with a few things, one of which is imagining if there were no white people, and Black people had to contend with ourselves, each other. What would we be left with in terms of these struggles?

Essentially, the intramural is this obsession, the interior and the chasms that split the interior, whether it be light skin versus dark skin, poor versus rich or bourgeois, men versus women, gay versus straight, young versus old, cisgender versus transgender. . . . I think about all of the binaries that have been exacerbated by white supremacy, but not necessarily fully perpetuated by white people.

What are the things that we would be left to deal with if this overarching juggernaut of white supremacy were removed? We still have to deal with it, but what if we just thought about the chasms on the inside, in the family, the church or the community?

Black families, Black sociality, Black relationships—this is where my mind is centered. It’s what interests and excites me. If I were a sociologist, I would ask, “What are we going through? What do our relationships reveal about ourselves and each other? What are

“BLACK FAMILIES, Black sociality, BLACK relationships—this is where my mind is centered. It’s what INTERESTS AND EXCITES ME.”

some of the holdovers of the period of enslavement?”

A lot of these questions I’m asking in the films. So Quiet As It’s Kept is a response to [Toni] Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. And in The Bluest Eye, she’s talking about colorism, internalized and externalized. She’s talking about the gaze, psychoanalysis.

I wanted to think through these concerns with a contemporary lens. If the gaze for Morrison was manifested through Hollywood films and references like Shirley Temple, the contemporary gaze would be through phones and apps like Twitter and Instagram. You’re scrolling and seeing what is perceived as beautiful and desirable and therefore valuable, whose life is seen as more valuable based on politics, European beauty standards, money, patriarchy, white supremacy, et cetera. All of these things are prevalent and persistent in that algorithm.

That’s why we have the TikToks in the film, and these conversations around beauty. I give a kind of beauty tutorial halfway through. It’s just me trying to think through the contemporary manifestations of some of these questions that Morrison asks in her novel.

What do you think has been the most pivotal experience, moment or revelation in your success thus far as a filmmaker?

For one or two years there was an African American Film Festival at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. I was on a panel in 2018 or 2019 with Julie Dash. That was really incredible. To be on a panel with Julie Dash is pretty wild, but to be in conversation with her and think through ideas! For me, that was a pivotal moment. It felt affirming, like I was doing what I was supposed to do, and now I’m meeting the people who have inspired me. So when I feel fearful, unsure about my choices or the path that I need to take, those sorts of things lift me back up.

Along with Dash, Morrison and Simone, who are some of your other artistic influences, past or present?

I probably feel the closest to Zora Neale Hurston. I think we’re aligned in our work and interests. She was really interested in Black folk life, and the intramural. She was interested in Black spiritual traditions, whether from Jamaica, Haiti or the Black church in the South. Also, a lot of people don’t know this, but she was technically the first Black woman filmmaker. She has a bunch of early, kind of experimental, hard-to-describe footage. She’s just filming Black people in the South—field recordings.

I’m also invested in the work of Lorraine Hansberry—her commitment to her political life and her convictions and how that is infused with the art gives me courage. There’s just so many! Octavia Butler—I like a strange Black woman who’s thinking interstellar thoughts. And a contemporary, although I’m slightly younger, is Cauleen Smith.

I like folks who are doing their own thing, who don’t feel they have to go down a prescribed road or try to mold themselves into something more accessible. That’s really hard to do. Being yourself is hard. I’m interested in Black women who can be themselves.

Early on in your creative pursuits, you were an actor. Does that background in performance show up in your work now?

It’s crazy because I have a friend who’s known me since I was 16 or 17. They say, “You’re still an actor.” [Laughs.] They’re like, “You may not be opting to perform right now, but you’re still an actor.” I feel like that’s true. I’ve literally placed myself in almost all of my films.

I’m placing myself in the works because they’re autoethnographic. You can get to a truth through me. I’m using my body, my life, my experiences to talk about larger ideas. For example, if I’m in The Giverny Document, playing the role of the Négresse Impériale in [Monet’s]


garden, well, what am I a signifier for? Or thinking through the colonial gaze, then we can think through the Black body in Western art, or Black women’s roles in the slave community and our bodies as these spaces of capitalist commodification, et cetera.

So I am the stand-in. You can place your body here now because of my body. My body is in many ways just a signifier. I found myself in that garden and I felt put upon and acted upon in that space in such a way where I was feeling like maybe my safety was in question. So let’s have this conversation via my experiences, my body.

So though it’s not acting, it’s doing a lot of the labor that actors do. They ask these larger questions around a character’s wants and desires, questions around story, the challenges that the character faces—those same things are being brought to bear in my work.

Also, performance is a way of exerting a kind of power. [Academic and writer] Saidiya Hartman talks about performance

as a kind of recalibration: you’re resetting the terms of the space through your body and actions. So when I stepped into that garden, I definitely saw it as a set.

You debuted a new neon sculpture from your “Citational Ethics” series at Art Basel Miami Beach last year. Can you tell us about it? There are three “Citational Ethics” works. That was the third, and it’s a little bit different. It features Zora Neale Hurston, the others are based on text by Toni Morrison and Saidiya Hartman. Like the others, it’s in neon, but the others have the actual citation, the text, in neon, while this text is etched into obsidian and kind of hidden, and the neon is shaped to form a kind of vanity set.

The citation is from Hurston’s book of folklore called The Sanctified Church, which has an essay on the mythological figure High John the Conqueror, who was said to be able to evade capture. He was a kind of trickster figure. He would bring laughter and music to the enslaved. He could outthink the master. So

the actual citation is, “Then the whisper put on flesh.” What she’s saying is High John the Conqueror began as a will to sing, a desire for a kind of levity. He sprang forth in the minds of the people. They thought him up first, then he became a real man.

This is an act of conjuring, of manifestation, of power. We need something that is going to get us through, somebody who’s going to bring laughter and song. We need somebody who’s going to make the master look like a fool every once in a while.

So the idea is this mirrored vanity as a portal, as a site of divination and conjure. Obsidian stone is often called a scrying stone. To scry means to gaze, to envision. And so it is said that if you

Ja’Tovia Gary, You Smell Like Outside … at Paula Cooper Gallery, 2023. Photo: Steven Probert. © Ja’Tovia Gary, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

look at obsidian long enough and you have the power, you will see visions. So the work is a site of enactment, conjuring, self-making, collective self-making, et cetera.

Is there a dialogue between the neon sculptures and your films in terms of the medium and materiality?

I’m still trying to figure that out. I think the connection is maybe conceptual. The films are archival heavy. They deal with source material, and the [“Citational Ethics”] citations are sourced material.

I think it’s my way of working through this obsession with the archive but in a different medium.

It’s important for me to be in conversation with the past. I want to put my thumbprint here and say, “I was here,” understanding that this is a continuum and that at some point these things will be left behind for people 75, 150 years from now.

I look at the films and the sculptures as these future relics. Someday,

somebody’s going to find them and say, “Okay, wow! What was going on? What was on their brain? What was happening? What was the context?” Because they’re able to engage with that material, they’re also going to be engaging with what came before it. You’ve got Nina Simone in [archival footage in The Giverny Suite] saying, “Well, I would hate to have to sing a song, I would hate to have to even write a song like this.” So, the directive is to go and get in the stacks, to go and find out, who are these people? Who is that woman talking about writing something about Black people in Ohio? You have to understand that something came before you. You did not just emerge.

What advice do you have for up-and-coming filmmakers or artists—artists in general, artists of color and Black women artists? I would recommend that folks learn about something other than filmmaking and art. Don’t just take drawing or cinematography or sound or sculpture. Go

learn the history of America, the actual history from the people who didn’t win. Learn about the period of enslavement or African fights against imperialism. Get a full, well-rounded education so your art can be substantive. It’s not just about how fresh or how beautiful it is. We’re always fighting against some sort of juggernaut of power. The artist has a role in that.

The artist exists in the domain of truth telling, in the domain of those who are care workers and educators. It shouldn’t be under the control of the tyrant. The artist has to be free. I forget who said this: “The king fears only the poet.” Thank God for the poet, right? You’ve got to be somebody that they fear. [Laughs.] ◆

This interview has been condensed and edited for length.

Diana McClure is a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer, and a regular contributor to the Visual Arts Journal.



1. Punk Vol. 1 No. 4, cover by John Holmstrom, 1976. From the Steven Heller Collection.

“My uncle was a punk who lived in the East Village and wore the same pair of jeans for a year straight in the ’80s. I’m always fascinated to know what that scene was like . . . when New York was really cool.”


2. Liberace Museum Las Vegas paper bag, undated. Donated by Allen Prusis. From the Design Study Collection.

“I selected the Liberace bag because it seamlessly blends common everyday utility with exquisite design.”

—YAXUAN WANG (BFA Illustration)

3. Handsum orange crate label, undated. From the Steven Heller Collection.

“I chose this because it has a striking presence. Its bold complementary colors paired with the soft style of the lithography drew me in. Pre-digital advertising and branding just seems more expressive and has more character, in my opinion.”


To learn more, visit archives.sva.edu.

For the fall 2023 semester, students in the Humanities and Sciences course Material Culture, taught by art historian, curator and writer Erin Barnett, took on a two-part project involving little-seen objects in the Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives.

Each student chose two objects: one to be included in an exhibition at the SVA Library’s main location, and another to write about in a blog post for the archives’ website. The College’s archivists Beth Kleber and Lawrence Giffin pre-selected 50 items for the students to choose from, primarily focusing on recent acquisitions and objects they knew little about.

“I wanted students to have a hands-on experience and to choose objects that resonated with them, either on an artistic or personal level,” Barnett says.

“I hope that critically reading and analyzing texts on material culture from a diverse group of critics, historians and artists helps them think and write about their own work in a more nuanced way.”

“Our holdings are so vast,” Kleber says. “We try to learn as much as we reasonably can, but part of the magic of archives is making materials available to researchers to see what they can make of them. Students bring new perspectives and knowledge—who knows what they’ll uncover?”

The students’ choices encompassed a range of work, including shopping bags, vintage ads and a Braille edition of Rolling Stone donated by BFA Advertising and BFA Design Chair Gail Anderson (BFA 1986 Media Arts), a former senior art director at the magazine. For this issue’s From the Archives, we asked five students to describe what spoke to them about the items they picked. ◆


4. “Tampax. Why Be Earthbound?” advertisement page proof by Roger Ferriter, undated. From the Roger Ferriter Collection.

“This advertisement is notably impressive— it doesn’t adopt the conventional promotional approach, centered solely on extolling [the product’s] advantages.”

KIM (BFA Design)

5. “War Is Hell! Ask the Man Who Fought One,” Kenneth Deardoff for the Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade Committee, c. 1969. From the Kenneth Deardoff Collection.

“The first impression the picture gave me was very profound: the soldier’s silent tears. It expressed an emotional appeal that made me want to know more about this object.”

—YIFEI HU (BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects)

6. New York City subway map, Metropolitan Transit Authority, October 1, 2001. From the Design Study Collection.

“I chose this map because I’ve always been fascinated by the MTA. The unusual train routes [redirected after the World Trade Center attacks] caught my eye.”


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The Results Are In!



Last fall, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) shared its 2022 survey findings, comprising the responses of more than 61,000 alumni from 120 participating art and design colleges, schools and post-secondary programs. This represents the most diverse and largest number of institutions to take part in SNAAP since the initial field tests launched back in 2008, providing significant insight into new topic areas such as a sense of belonging in art and design programs and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of SVA, I want to thank all of the alumni who took the time to complete the survey. Our 18% response rate was significantly higher than the institutional average of 11%—which itself exceeded SNAAP’s initial expectation of 5%—with tremendous turnout from more recent

graduates. Among general topic areas such as institutional experiences, career and the pandemic, SVA benchmarks well against our peers. But while it’s easy to highlight the more favorable findings (a few of which have been visualized here), our alumni response also points to areas for improvement. In particular, the written comments, submitted anonymously, help paint a more complete picture of the SVA alumni experience beyond what quantitative feedback alone might indicate.

Your participation and candor will help us better understand your levels of professional, educational and personal fulfillment; inform the direction of SVA academic programs, alumni engagement and career development services; and strengthen our strategic planning and recruitment in the years to come.

For more information about SNAAP, visit snaaparts.org. For more information about staying current and connected and for a complete list of alumni benefits, visit sva.edu/alumni. Questions? Call 212.592.2300 or email alumni@sva.edu. ◆

Overall, how would you rate your experience at SVA while pursuing your degree?

BLUE = Excellent/good GRAY = Poor/fair

How connected do you feel to SVA?

BLUE = Very much/some GRAY = Not at all/very little

Would you recommend SVA to another student like you?

BLUE = Recommend GRAY = Would not recommend

Is your full-time work experience related to your education and career interests?

BLUE = Closely/ somewhat GRAY = Not related

17% 83% 62% 38% 21% 79% 15% 85% Source: 2022 Strategic National Alumni Arts Partnership Survey, via snaaparts.org.


Thanks to generous contributions from alumni and supporters, the SVA Alumni Society was able to grant a total of $62,000 in awards to these students in support of their thesis projects.



Taizhi Chen, BFA Illustration

Zhenyu Pan, BFA Illustration

Lan Zhang , BFA Illustration

Jojo Zhong , BFA Illustration


Damian Alvarez II, BFA Illustration

Nikki Behjat , BFA Animation

Melanie Elyse Brewster, MFA Art Practice

Eden Caine, BFA Visual and Critical Studies

Diana Colón, MA Curatorial Practice

Lindsey Deleon, BFA Film

Daria Jean DelMonico, BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Aishwarya Dhulipala with thesis partner Zara Warach, BFA Animation

Michael Dondero with thesis partner Shay Dong , MFA Computer Arts

Fan Fang , MFA Interaction Design

Nicolette Francis, MFA Design

Amogh Gharpure, MFA Interaction Design

Anabella Gonzalez, BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Noelle Hinton, BFA Animation

Tyson Houseman, MFA Fine Arts

Kuangcheng Hsueh, MFA Computer Arts

Nina Huang , BFA Illustration

Rebecca Huang , MFA Computer Arts

Yusheng Jiang , MFA Photography, Video and Related Media

Elena Kalkova , MFA Art Practice

JJ Kim with thesis partners

Michelle Marakasherry and Tien Pham, BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Mina Kim, BFA Fine Arts

Jess Kingswell, BFA Illustration

Jiatong Li, MFA Computer Arts

Yufei Ma , BFA Photography and Video

Maria Markham, MFA Art Practice

Avery Pendleton, BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Grace Qian, BFA Fine Arts

Natalia Ramirez, MFA Design

Jessica Reisch, MFA Computer Arts

Joy Roach, MFA Design for Social Innovation

Melodie Rosen, MFA Social Documentary Film

Aaron Sams, BFA Animation

Mia Mueller Schoell, MPS Digital Photography

Avery Mei Skillin, BFA Fine Arts

Brooke Sodell, BFA Illustration

Mina Son, BFA Design

Sama Srinivas, MFA Products of Design

Ash Suh with thesis partner

Wes Smith, MFA Computer Arts

Mariana Tapia-Martinez, MFA Visual Narrative

Sophia Victor, MPS Art Therapy

Serena Wang , BFA Visual and Critical Studies

Emili Weintraub, MPS Film Directing

Maggie Wong , MFA Design for Social Innovation

Antonia Wright , MFA Art Practice

Cierra Wyche, BFA Illustration

Chalzea Xu, BFA Illustration

Meixi Xu, BFA Interior Design: Built Environments

Jingtong Yan, BFA Illustration

Jennie Yang , MFA Interaction Design

Lu Yao, MFA Social Documentary Film

Yiyu Ying , MPS Film Directing

Jialin Yu, MPS Film Directing

Tianying Yu, MFA Computer Arts

Vivian Zhang , BFA Illustration

Waner Zhang , MFA Computer Arts

Wenyi Zhang with thesis partner Andres Salazar, MFA Computer Arts

Cindy Zhou with thesis partners Yingluo Xu and Xiang Zhang , BFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Yuyan Zhou, MFA Computer Arts

Haoyu Zhu, MPS Film Directing



David Steindl, BFA Fine Arts


Evelyn Mae Conway, BFA Illustration

Joanna Li, BFA Illustration

Ke “Yuke” Yu, BFA Illustration



Madi Kennedy, BFA Comics

Teo Suzuki, BFA Comics



Jon Copes, MFA Fine Arts

Jamie Gustavson, MFA Fine Arts


Celia Xie, BFA Illustration



Maura Garnett , BFA Film



Hsi Cheng , BFA Film


Vivi John Chiang , MFA Illustration as Visual Essay

Rama Duwaji, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay

Anjali Kamat , MFA Illustration as Visual Essay

Momo Li, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay

Jen Yoon, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay


Xiaopeng Zhan, BFA Photography and Video



Jennie Choi, BFA Design



Abigail Frank , BFA Visual and Critical Studies

Jessie Soos, BFA Fine Arts



Joseph O’Malley, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media



Sabrina Geffner, BFA Film


Jessica Reisch, Fruiting Bodies , 2023, interactive projections; 2. Jingtong Yan, spread from The Glasses Hunt , 2024, digital; 3. Nikki Behjat, still from ZARINA , 2024, 2D animated short film; 4. Madi Kennedy, R7D3R , 2024, ink and digital; 5. Melanie Elyse Brewster, We Will Feed Each Other, 2024, ceramic and found objects.

Jiang, Glimpse One More Time , 2023, vinyl photographic prints, mixed media; 10. Sabrina Geffner, Good Enough, 2024, digital short film, anamorphic.

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6. Momo Li, Welcome to Furryland, 2023, digital; 7. Maura Garnett, still from Disoriented, 2024, film; 8. Jojo Zhong, Braised Duck Shop, 2024, digital; 9. Yusheng


The SVA Alumni Society gratefully acknowledges these alumni who gave to the society from July 1 through December 31, 2023.

Kim Ablondi BFA 1984 Photography

Evelyn M. Alfaro BFA 1985 Media Arts

Adam P. Ames

MFA 1997 Photography and Related Media

Gail Anderson

BFA 1984 Media Arts

Michael Angley 1971 Advertising

Anonymous (8)

Heidi Antman

BFA 1986 Media Arts

Sharon and George (alumnus) Arthur 1967

Anthony Michael Barrese BFA 2006 Film and Video

Te Chao

MFA 2014 Illustration as Visual Essay

Cynthia Bittenfield MFA 2009 Photography, Video and Related Media

Anney Bonney

MFA 2008 Computer Art; 1979 Film and Video

John Bowdren

BFA 1982 Media Arts

Gary Brinson BFA 1985 Media Arts

Abbie K. Buhr BFA 2004 Photography

Jeffrey Burdin BFA 1974 Illustration

Sharon Burris-Brown BFA 1984 Media Arts

Carol Caputo 1960 Graphic Design

Andrew Chang

MFA 1987 Illustration as Visual Essay

Dennis Corbo 1972

Alice E. Meyers Corjescu 1974 Fine Arts

Gregory Jude Coyle BFA 2002 Illustration

Julia and Phil Coyne

BFA 1988 Media Arts BFA 1986 Media Arts

Therese Curtin BFA 1980 Media Arts

Charles Dailey 1967

Diane Dawson Hearn BFA 1975 Media Arts

Vincent De Vito 1968

Peter S. Deak

BFA 1990 Film and Video

Candace (alumnus) and Jeff Dobro MPS 2010 Digital Photography

John R. Ettinger 1973

E. Mercedes Everett BFA 1986 Media Arts

James Ewing 1973

Carol Fabricatore

MFA 1992 Illustration as Visual Essay

Jennifer Fahey

BFA 2021 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects

Kevin J. Farley BFA 1977 Photography

Julianna Ferriter-Bruce BFA 1986 Fine Arts

Peter H. Fischman BFA 1976 Photography

Brian Floca

MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay

Lawrence Flood BFA 1980 Fine Arts

Martin Friedman 1969

Neil Gallo BFA 1977 Media Arts

Peter A. Geffert

BFA 1990 Media Arts

Rita Genet

BFA 1974 Fine Arts

Ana Gioia

BFA 1978 Media Arts

Frederick Grippon


Catherine K. Gura BFA 1998 Illustration

David Haas 1974

Meghan Day Healey BFA 1993 Graphic Design

Andres Hernandez/Outmode

BFA 2006 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects

Joseph Herzfeld BFA 1991 Fine Arts

Mrs. Joanne Honigman 1981 Graphic Design

Lynda M. Hughes BFA 1981 Photography

Gerald Hull


Roe Intrieri BFA 1983 Media Arts

Walter Jansson


Nanette Mahlab Jiji

BFA 1981 Media Arts

Joanna Jimenez

BFA 1977 Film and Video

Joseph T. Johnson


Catherine A. Jones BFA 1979 Media Arts

Yvette Kaplan BFA 1976 Animation

Eun Jung Kim BFA 1999 Interior Design

Stephania Kim BFA 2008 Illustration

Tak Hoon Kim

MFA 2005 Computer Art; BFA 1997 Animation

Noëlle King

MFA 2013 Art Practice

Jesse Kirsch BFA 2008 Graphic Design

Sardi Klein 1970 Photography

Alexander Knowlton BFA 1987 Media Arts

Viktor Koen MFA 1992 Illustration as Visual Essay

Barbara Kolo BFA 1981 Media Arts

Abby Kreh 1962 Illustration

Pat Langer BFA 1995 Illustration

Steven Langerman

1972 Photography

Michael Lee 1968

Sung Yoon Lee

MFA 2002 Computer Art; BFA 1997 Graphic Design

Michael Lehmann BFA 1983 Media Arts

Nancy LeMay BFA 1978 Media Arts

Kathleen Lessard-Collins 1970 Advertising

Roxanne Lorch Lipman 1984

Angela Long BFA 2011 Cartooning

Dick Lopez

MFA 1994 Photography and Related Media

Marilu Lopez

BFA 1975 Media Arts

Patrick F. Loughran BFA 1980 Fine Arts

Jennifer Makaw BFA 2001 Photography

Laura Maley BFA 1978 Fine Arts

Maria Mannino BFA 1982 Media Arts

Kate Matthius BFA 1983 Media Arts

Leith M. McLoughlin 1974 Graphic Design

Jesse Meikle MFA 2016 Computer Art

Anand Mistry

MFA 2015 Computer Art

Erik Murphy BFA 1980 Media Arts

Brittany Neff BFA 2012 Film and Video

Nancy Boecker Oates 1980 Media Arts

Susan Koliadko O’Brien BFA 1984 Media Arts


Romaine Orthwein MFA 2003 Photography and Related Media

Peter Papulis BFA 1977 Fine Arts

Searfino Patti BFA 1992 Fine Arts

Gary Petrini 1979 Media Arts

Salvatore Petrosino BFA 1983 Film and Video

Jenny Pfister BFA 1981 Media Arts

Lynn A. Pieroni BFA 1986 Media Arts

Gregory Puertolas BFA 1985 Film and Video

Rita Quintas-Valente BFA 1980 Photography

Todd L. Radom BFA 1986 Media Arts

Paul Rappaport 1963 Fine Arts

Bob Ratynski BFA 1984 Photography

Kate Renner BFA 2008 Graphic Design

Airene Resurreccion BFA 2009 Graphic Design

Lisa Rettig-Falcone BFA 1983 Media Arts

Vernon C. Riddick 1973

Barbara Rietschel BFA 1976 Media Arts

Christine Romanell BFA 1992 Graphic Design

Jaime Rosman MPS 2014 Digital Photography

Joseph M. Rutt BFA 1985 Media Arts

Charles Sabba BFA 2006 Fine Arts

Nelson Montalvo Sanchez BFA 1980 Photography

Herb Savran BFA 1977 Film and Video

Jean A. Rettner Schapowal BFA 1987 Media Arts

Joel Scharf BFA 1983 Media Arts

Mark Schruntek BFA 1993 Advertising

Joe Schwartz BFA 1988 Media Arts

Heewon Seo MFA 2012 Fine Arts

Jerry M. Siegel BFA 1975 Fine Arts

Joseph Sinnott and Moya McAllister BFA 1988 Photography BFA 1990 Photography

Brian E. Smith

MFA 2006 Design

William Sponn BFA 1985 Media Arts

Retsu Takahashi MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay

Thomas Trengove 1968

David and Claudia Tung Both BFA 1985 Media Arts

James Tung BFA 1998 Graphic Design

Bonnie Sue Kaplan Valentino 1971 Advertising

Ana Vilarrasa MFA 1989 Fine Arts

Catherine M. Vitale BFA 1983 Media Arts

Constance Von Collande 1966

Tom Wai-Shek 1970 Advertising

Dennis Wierl BFA 1996 Photography

Judith (alumnus) and Richard Wilde MFA 1994 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 1979 Fine Arts

Mark Willis BFA 1998 Illustration

Liane Wunderlich BFA 1992 Advertising

Patricia Young BFA 1986 Media Arts

Albert T. Zayat 1969

Randy Zeiger-Globus BFA 1978 Fine Arts

We also thank these parents and friends of SVA who supported the SVA Alumni Society.

Ace-Atlas Corp.

Ainsworth, Inc.

Anonymous (6)

Dianne Ito Arisman Bellinta LLC

Joni Blackburn and David Sandlin


Richard Buntzen

Burnham Nationwide, Inc.

Thomas and Georgeann Carnevali

Mary Clare

Colony Pest Management, Inc.

Ralph Colucci

Carla and Francis Di Tommaso

EP Engineering

Katherine Fahey

Gabriel Falsetta

James Farek

Joya T. Favreau

Joanna Fink

Allen B. Frame

Noreen Gaschke

Jill Spoon Gelbach

Rosemary Gelbach

General Plumbing Corporation

Susan Ginsburg

Todd Glidden

Michael Goldberg

Grant Thornton LLP

Jesse and Christine Greene

Helen E. and John G. Guglielmo

Ms. Maryhelen Hendricks and Mr. Robert Lewis

Innovart Foundation

Dr. J. Isenberg

Michael Kahn/Benefits Unlimited, Inc.

Caitlin Kilgallen

KTM Electronics, Inc.

Lakeland Bank

LDI Connect

Soontak Lee

Karen and Michael Lefkowitz

Julia Lester

Priscilla Lindenauer

Lipinski Real Estate Advisors LLC

Rita Longo

John and Niki Madias

Major Air Service Corp.

Albert and Veronica Martella

Lynn and Jim McNulty

S. A. Modenstein

MZB Bookkeeping Services LLC

Elizabeth and Coleman O’Donoghue

Mark L. Perry

Ned and Ellin Purdom

Francisco E. Homs Quiroga

William Rednour

Anthony and Killeen Rhodes

The Rosenwach Group

Safety Facility Services

Salomon Sassoon

Schindler Elevator Corp.

Frances Schorr

SCS Agency Inc.

Patricia E. Smith

Richard Smith

Lynn Staley and Marty Linsky

Victor Stryszko

Robert Sylvor

Jamie A. Thornton

TK Elevator

Edward W. Van Hise

Armando Villarreal, MD

W.B. Mason

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Stephen White

Ms. Margaret Whitlock

Michele Zackheim

Xiaoyan Zhang



SVA alumni achievements from June 1 –November 30, 2023.

Continual Inner Dialogue,” a solo exhibition curated by TZU-YING (NAOMI) CHAN (MA 2023 Curatorial Practice), Cluster Gallery, NYC, 9/4-9/29/23. Photo © Ji Eun Lim.


Hyun Jung Lee (BFA 2022 Design) and Yuqing Liu (BFA 2022 Illustration) were winners of the Gold Award, New Talent Awards, Graphis, 2023.

MFA 2023 Fine Arts alumni Capucine Bourcart, Jingyao Huang (BFA 2019 Photography and Video), Silvia Muleo and Yissho Oh had work in the group exhibition “Below Constructions,” Ki Smith Gallery, NYC, 6/3-7/2/23.

MFA 2023 Fine Arts alumni Polin Huang and Yingyao Liang had work in the group exhibition “Summer Show 2023,” Studio Artego, NYC, 6/1-6/27/23.

Florencia Escudero (BFA 2010 Fine Arts) and Nadia Haji Omar (MFA 2014 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Florencia Escudero, Nadia Haji Omar, Ronald Burns,” Bonamatic, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6/10-7/1/23.

Yuby Hernandez (MFA 2020 Social Documentary Film) was the assistant producer and Jenni Morello (MFA 2011 Social Documentary Film) was the cinematographer of Aftershock (2023), which won the Peabody Award for Documentary, 2023 Peabody Awards, 6/11/23.

MFA 2023 Fine Arts alumni Deeya Bhugra and Katinka Huang and Dana Davenport (BFA 2015 Photography) had work in the group exhibition “After Eden,” LatchKey Gallery, NYC, 6/16-7/27/23.

Adebunmi Gbadebo (BFA 2017 Fine Arts) and Guadalupe Maravilla (BFA 2003 Photography) had work in the group exhibition “Songs for Ritual and Remembrance,” Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 6/179/17/23.

Ollie Yao and Heather Yun (both BFA 2023 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) were featured in “Exploring Stylisation and Storytelling: The Making of a

Unique Animated Film,” The Rookies, 6/25/23, and were semi-finalists for a Student Academy Award in Animation for Twin Sparks (2023), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 7/19/23.

MPS 2023 Branding alumni Fernando Andreazi, Astha Avinash, Dan Azic, Yelle Belle, Álvaro Bigaton, Deane Cruz, Alex Gilkey, Kev Hart, Bit Han, Kaylin Ingram, Ayse Yaren Kaya, Andrew Krantz, Jennifer Mahon, Shrutika Manivannan, Alison Mansfield, Martin Park, Howard Schiller, Ackshita Senthilnathan, Ria Shah, Candice Shen, Jeremy Sie, Charles Steadman and Jodie Wu were featured in the “SVA Branding: 100 Days” series, Print, 6/26-7/26/23.

Mark Dion (1985 Fine Arts) and Alexis Rockman (BFA 1985 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld,” The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, 6/24-8/27/23.

JI EUN LIM (MAT 2019 Art Education), Maze Series, 2023, acrylic on canvases. From “Geometric Shapes: A

BFA 2011 Photography alumni Bobby

Doherty and David Brandon Geeting , Christine Sun Kim (MFA 2006 Fine Arts) and BFA 2014 Photography alumni Molly Matalon and Caroline Tompkins were featured in “The Wallpaper* guide to creative America: 300 names to know now,” Wallpaper*, 7/5/23. Doherty, Geeting, Matalon, Corey Olsen (BFA 2014 Photography) and Tompkins were featured in “Caroline Tompkins and her American photography collective friends on life and lensing in the USA,” Wallpaper*, 7/8/23.

BFA Fine Arts alumni Brian Belott (1996) and the late Alice Mackler (1988) had work in the group exhibition “Harry Irene,” Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, 7/7-9/10/23.

Suyi Xu curated Weina Li ’s (both MFA 2022 Fine Arts) solo exhibition, “You Are the Star,” ChaShaMa, NYC, 7/10-8/1/23.

Stefano Imbert (BFA 2002 Illustration), BFA 1982 Fine Arts alumni Susan Leopold and JoAnne Lobotsky, Tony Lombardo (BFA 1999 Illustration), John MacConnell (MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay), Eric Rhein (MFA 2000 Fine Arts; BFA 1985 Fine Arts), George Towne (MFA 1997 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 1990 Media Arts) and Darin Wacs (MFA 1993 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Connections VII: Artists Selecting Artists,” Atlantic Gallery, NYC, 7/11-7/29/23.

MFA 2022 Fine Arts alumni Yuan Fang (BFA 2019 Visual & Critical Studies) and Yirui Jia had work in the group exhibition “Yuan Fang, Yirui Jia, Liu Yin, Homer Shew Group Exhibition,” Kiang Malingue, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 7/12-8/26/23.

Chemin Hsiao (MFA 2013 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 2011 Animation) and Arantxa X. Rodriguez (MFA 2019 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “When Nature Speaks: A National Showcase of ProjectArt Resident Artists,” ChaShaMa, NYC, 7/13-7/25/23. Jess Xiaoyi Han (BFA 2019 Illustration), Brendan Lynch (MFA 2011 Fine Arts; BFA 2009 Fine Arts) and Dylan Rose Rheingold (MFA 2022 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Hat Trick,” Rusha & Co., Los Angeles, 7/15-8/26/23.

Marianna Peragallo (MFA 2019 Fine Arts) curated and MFA Fine Arts alumni Michelle Girardello (2019) and Dulce Lamarca (2020) had work in the group exhibition “Interlude,” Here Arts Center, NYC, 7/209/2/23.

MFA Fine Arts alumni Lanyi Gao (2023; BFA 2021 Fine Arts), Jingyao Huang (2023; BFA 2019 Photography and Video), Katinka Huang (2023), Nianxin Li (2023), Suyi Xu (2022) and Tianshu Zhang (2023) had work in the group exhibition “A Happy Beginning,” Latitude Gallery, NYC, 7/27-8/27/23.

Bethany Bonfiglio (BFA 2022 Illustration), MFA 2023 Fine Arts alumni Yanmei Jiang and Yingyao Liang and Se Young Yim (MFA 2022 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Idylls & Reveries,” VillageOneArt, NYC, 8/3-8/26/23.

Aleathia Brown (BFA 1987 Media Arts) and Monique Young (BFA 2009 Cartooning) had work in the group exhibition “Duality: Art Is Wellness,” Harlem Fine Arts Show and Cafe Melo Gallery, NYC, 8/4-8/20/23.

MFA Fine Arts alumni Helia Chitsazan (2023) and Suyi Xu (2022) had work in the group exhibition “Interest in Humanity: Portraits of Yesterday and Today,” Fou Gallery, NYC, 8/5-10/22/23.

ERICA MORALES (BFA 2003 Fine Arts), Miami Vice II, 2021, spray paint, watercolor and pencil on paper. From the group exhibition “SOMOS/WE ARE: Latinx Artists of Long Island,” The Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY, 9/14-12/17/23.

Woosik Choi interviewed Se Young Yim (both MFA 2022 Fine Arts) in “Strange, but closely intimate,” ArteFuse, 8/14/23.

Michael Giacchino (BFA 1990 Film and Video) was composer for Society of the Snow (2023); Robert Kolodny (BFA 2010 Film and Video) was director, Bennett Elliott (BFA 2010 Film and Video) was producer and Sonia Foltarz (BFA 2017 Animation) was production designer of The Featherweight (2023); and Jeremy Dawson (MFA 1993 Photography and Related Media) was producer of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (2023), all of which screened at the Venice International Film Festival, Venice, Italy, 8/30-9/9/23.

Isabella Ybarra (BFA 2023 Visual & Critical Studies) co-curated and Kayla Gibbons (BFA 2011 Fine Arts), Melissa Guido (MFA 2022 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 2013 Illustration), Peter Hristoff (BFA 1981 Fine Arts), Jeans O’Donnel (BFA 2023 Visual & Critical Studies) and Nicole Schwarze (BFA 2022 Photography and Video) had work in the group exhibition “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” ChaShaMa, Matawan, NJ, 9/2-9/30/23.

Tzu-Ying (Naomi) Chan (MA 2023 Curatorial Practice) curated Ji Eun Lim ’s (MAT 2019 Art Education) solo exhibition, “Geometric Shapes: A Continual Inner Dialogue,” Cluster Gallery, NYC, 9/4-9/29/23.

Peter Dudek (BFA 1978 Fine Arts), MFA 2019 Fine Arts alumni Marianna Peragallo and Zac Thompson, Dan Halm (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 1994 Illustration), Lingfei Ren (MFA 2020 Photography, Video and Related Media) and Christine Romanell (BFA 1992 Graphic Design) curated booths, and Dudek; MFA Fine Arts alumni Jay Elizondo (2020), Yuli Aloni Primor (2023), Michelle Girardello (2019), Katinka Huang (2023),

State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts, 9/19/23: Jason Isolini (BFA 2017 Photography and Video) and Arif Qazi (MFA 2022 Illustration as Visual Essay) were recipients for Digital/Electronic Arts; and Rita Maas (BFA 1981 Photography), Stephen Sollins (MFA 1997 Photography and Related Media) and Michelle Weinberg (BFA 1983 Fine Arts) were recipients for Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts.

Nona Faustine (BFA 1994 Photography) hosted and Renee Cox (MFA 1992 Photography and Related Media) and Justine Kurland (BFA 1996 Photography) participated in “A Moment in the Mountains,” Gatlinburg, TN, 9/22-9/24/23.

Cheng Gong (MFA 2019 Photography, Video and Related Media) and MFA 2021 Fine Arts alumni Doi Kim and Xianglong Li had work in the group exhibition “Echoes of Home: A Retrospective Exhibition of the Li Tang Community,” Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) Gallery, NYC, 8/26-9/8/23.

Several 2023 alumni were finalists in the Global Design Graduate Show 2023, Arts Thread, in collaboration with Gucci, 9/26/23: Inês Ayer (MFA Design); BFA Illustration alumni Wenqi Xu and Yuzhuan Zhou; BFA Photography and Video alumni Ramie Ahmed, Adamaris Ordonez and Jenna Thomas ; MFA Products of Design alumni Monica Albornoz, Erika Choe, Charvi Shrimali and Chia-Hsuan Tung ; and Jintong Yang (MFA Computer Arts).

BFA Photography and Video alumni Ramie Ahmed (2023) and Ashley McLean (2022) and Lisa Elmaleh (BFA 2007 Photography) were winners of the 2023 Creator Labs Photo Fund, Aperture and Google Creator Labs, 9/26/23.

Kahori Kamiya (2009), Rosie Kim (2023), Georgia Lale (2016), Dulce Lamarca (2020), Peragallo, Shannon Stovall (2019) and Thompson; Alina Bliumis (BFA 1999 Computer Art); Romanell; and Paul Simon (MFA 2019 Photography, Video and Related Media) had work on view at Spring/Break Art Show, NYC, 9/6-9/11/23.

MFA Fine Arts alumni Ellen Carpenter (2022), Katinka Huang (2023), Yirui Jia (2022), Dylan Rose Rheingold (2022) and Camila Varón (2023) had work in the group exhibition “Heart of a Tiger,” in support of Planned Parenthood, NYC, 9/7-9/17/23.

MFA 2023 Computer Arts alumni Hershel Carbajal, Kristie Kish and Jintong Yang had work in the group exhibition “Layers of Reality: An Exhibition of Innovation,” Brâncuşi Gallery, Romanian Cultural Institute, NYC, 9/8-9/28/23.

Kelynn Z. Alder (MFA 1988 Illustration as Visual Essay) curated and Alder, Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso (BFA 1992 Illustration), Pilita Garcia Esquivel (BFA 1995 Fine Arts), Dick Lopez (MFA 1994 Photography and Related Media), Sara Mejia Kriendler (MFA 2013 Fine Arts), Erica Morales (BFA 2003 Fine Arts), Kenny Rivero (BFA 2010 Fine Arts), Arantxa X. Rodriguez (MFA 2019 Fine Arts), Bernardo Rodriguez (MFA 2022 Illustration as Visual Essay) and Will Rosado (BFA 1993 Illustration) had work in the group exhibition “SOMOS/WE ARE: Latinx Artists of Long Island,” The Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY, 9/14-12/17/23.

BFA 2023 Animation alumni Ren Abueg, Milo Ferguson and Reid Sandlund co-founded Studio Flimpo, an independent animation studio, 9/15/23.

Several alumni received NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, with support from New York

At the 44th News and Documentary Emmy Awards, NYC, 9/27-9/28/23: Jabu Ndlovu (MFA 2022 Social Documentary Film) was a production coordinator and David Osit (MFA 2011 Social Documentary Film) was an editor of Hostages (2022 – ), which won Outstanding Historical Documentary; Jamie Deradorian Delia (MFA 2020 Social Documentary Film) was the archival assistant/ researcher on and Adam Evans (MFA 2020 Social Documentary Film) was an editor of How to Survive a Pandemic (2022), which won Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary; Carla Daeninckx (BFA 1997 Film and Video) was design director of Super/ Natural (2022 – ), which won Outstanding Promotional Announcement; Victoria Arslani (BFA 2013 Animation) was lead stopmotion animator of The Principles of Pleasure (2022), which was nominated for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction; Justin Ervin (MFA 2012 Social Documentary Film) was cinematographer of Is That Black Enough For You?!? (2022), which was nominated for Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary; and Zijun Cathy You (MFA 2021 Social Documentary Film) was assistant editor of 100 Foot Wave (2021 – ), which was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography.

The late Sol LeWitt (1954 Illustration) and Benjamin Lee Sperry (BFA 2016 Visual & Critical Studies) had work in the group exhibition “Shifting Forms: 5 Decades of Abstraction,” Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, 9/30/23-1/21/24.

Leemour Pelli (BFA 1994 Fine Arts) and Catya Plate (1988 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “In It For the Long Haul,” Lichtundfire, NYC, 10/5-11/4/23.

BFA 2003 Film and Video alumni Timothy Hansberry and Quenell Jones were featured


in “20 Years of Public Discourse: The Film That Changed the Way We Saw Illegal Street Art,” Juxtapoz, 10/10/23.

Sandra Itainen (MFA 2017 Social Documentary Film) was director and Chelsi Bullard (MFA 2017 Social Documentary Film) was producer of Coming Around (2023); Zackary Drucker (BFA 2005 Photography) was executive producer of National Anthem (2023); Daniel Minahan (BFA 1987 Film and Video) was director of Fellow Travelers (2023), Hannah Rafkin (MFA 2023 Social Documentary Film) was director of Crush Icebergs (2022); and Reid Sandlund (BFA 2023 Animation) was director and animator of Jamie’s Pond (2023), all of which screened at NewFest 2023 LGBTQ+ Film Festival, NYC, 10/12-10/24/23.

Julio Cesar Candelario (BFA 2018 Fine Arts) and Bjorgvin Jonsson (BFA 2018 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “MvVO

11/8-11/26/23: Justin Ervin (2012) spoke on the panel “Capturing Sensitive Moments” and Amitabh Joshi (2013) spoke on the panel “DP to Director”; Inaya Graciana Yusuf (2014) was selected as one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40; and Sarah Rachel Wainio (2016) was selected as one of the Documentary New Leaders.

Steve Ellis (BFA 1994 Illustration) curated and Marianne Vitale (BFA 1996 Film and Video) had work in the group exhibition “New Clutch,” Classic Car Club Manhattan, NYC, 11/10/23.

Mischelle Moy (BFA 2016 Photography and Video) and Zuheng Yin (BFA 2019 Design) were winners and BFA 2016 Film alumni Dylan Edwards and Matvey Fiks, Aarman Roy (BFA 2022 Design) and Hannah Hanqing Sun (MFA 2021 Computer Arts) were finalists for the Young Guns 21, The One Club for Creativity, NYC, 11/15/23. Moy was

ART Ad Art Show,” Powerhouse Arts, NYC, 10/15-10/16/23.

Lorna Simpson (BFA 1982 Photography) and Dawoud Bey (1977 Photography) had work in the group exhibition “Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, 10/20/23-4/7/24.

BFA Film alumni Andrew Garcia (2018) and Carmelo Varela (2016) were featured in “Dream Teams: LOBOS on the Importance of Representation and Dreams,” Little Black Books, 11/1/23.

Lili Almog (BFA 1992 Photography), Yuli Aloni Primor (MFA 2023 Fine Arts), Noa Charuvi (MFA 2009 Fine Arts), Shai Kremer (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media) and Denise Treizman (MFA 2013 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Art for Healing,” L’Space Gallery, NYC, 11/8/23. Several MFA Social Documentary Film alumni participated in DOC NYC Film Festival, NYC,



Paul Davis (Illustration) had a solo exhibition of theatrical paintings, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, NY, 8/1-9/30/23.


Richard Rutner (Media Arts) had work in the summer 2023 issue of Verklempt!, and was featured in issue 2, volume 2 of The Jewish Art Magazine, 2023.


Bill Plympton (Cartooning) screened Slide (2023), Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology, Portland, OR, 8/3-8/6/23, and was featured in “NYCC 2023: Cartoonist and animator Bill Plympton on Slide, his most personal film,” The Workprint, 10/23/23.

also a recipient of the Young Guns 21 Creative Choice Award.

Zackary Drucker (BFA 2005 Photography) and BFA Fine Arts alumni Johanna Fateman (1997) and Amy Sillman (1979) had work in the group exhibition “Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines,” Brooklyn Museum, NYC, 11/17/23-3/31/24.

MFA Illustration as Visual Essay alumni Miranda Bruce (2019), Lenio Grohmann (2000), Laura Peretti (2020) and Timothy A. Smith (1997); Rosie Kim (MFA 2023 Fine Arts); and Jessica Oliveira (BFA 2023 Fine Arts), had work in the group exhibition “Oasis of Color,” Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC, 11/17-11/26/23.

Karen Gibbons (MPS 2005 Art Therapy), Sharon Harper (MFA 1997 Photography and Related Media) and Jeong Hur (MFA 2020 Photography, Video and Related Media) had work in the group exhibition “19th Annual Small Works Show,” 440 Gallery, NYC, 11/30/23-1/5/24.

The late Nachume Miller (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Nachume Miller: Suns and Illusions,” David Benrimon, NYC, 6/8-7/10/23, and was featured in “A Flood, a Boxcutter and a Son’s Pursuit to Keep His Father’s Legacy,” The New York Times, 6/16/23.


Theresa DeSalvio (BFA Fine Arts) selfpublished Mama Loon and Mister Dale (2023), and had work in the group exhibition “Food,” Wallkill River Center for the Arts, Montgomery, NY, 9/1-10/8/23.


Dawoud Bey (Photography) was honored at the Aperture Gala, NYC, 10/3/23; was featured in “Dawoud Bey, Full Frame: On Richmond’s Trail of the Enslaved,” The New York Times, 11/9/23; and had a solo exhibition, “Elegy,” Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 11/18/23-2/25/24.


Terry Berkowitz (Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Endless Bardo, Meditations on Living in a Time of Uncertainty,” Proyectos Raul Zamudio, The Empty Circle, NYC, 6/3-7/2/23.


Linda Stillman (Graphic Design) had work in the group exhibitions “De.code,” New York Artists Circle, NYC, 9/12-11/30/23, and “2023 Address: Earth,” Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, 10/14-12/9/23.


Judith Nilson (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Dancing Girls and Wolf Dreams,” Superfine, NYC, 10/5-11/29/23.


Margaret McCarthy (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Sentient,” Vital Arts Studio, NYC, 6/15-7/14/23.

Joni Sternbach (BFA Photography) had a solo exhibition, “The Surfing Landscape,” Von Lintel Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 7/178/5/23.


Jessica Diamond (BFA Fine Arts) has a solo exhibition, “Wheel of Life,” The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, 7/14/23-6/2/24.

Claudia Julian (BFA Media Arts) self-published Late Bloomer (2023).


Patricia Bellucci (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Far & Wide: Waiting for the Light,” The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY, 6/9-7/23/23.

Kevin O’Callaghan (BFA Media Arts) co-curated “Billy Joel—My Life, A Piano Man’s Journey,” Long Island Music and

GABRIELLE GHZALA LAGUERRE (BFA 2022 Photography and Video), from the series “Gypsy Streets of Perpignan,” 2023, pigment inkjet prints. From “Young Artists Collective: Equity & Its Effects on Today’s World,” Global Citizen, NYC, 9/23/23.

Entertainment Hall of Fame, Stony Brook, NY, 11/24/23-9/4/24.

Jane Swavely (Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Three Painters,” Theodore, NYC, 9/14-10/21/23.


Laura Freeman (BFA Media Arts) illustrated the Juneteenth 2023 Google Doodle, 6/19/23.

Peter Hristoff (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Dialogues: Modern Artists and the Ottoman Past,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, 11/22/23-6/30/24.

Barbara Kolo (BFA Media Arts) was featured in “Meet Barbara Kolo,” Canvas Rebel, 10/15/23.

Rita Maas (BFA Photography) had work in the group exhibition “Driven to Abstraction,” Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem, NY, 9/23-11/12/23.

Bob Minkin (BFA Media Arts) received a certificate of recognition as photographer for the Grammy Award–winning box set by The Grateful Dead, “In and Out of the Garden: Madison Square Garden ’81 ’82 ’83,” The Recording Academy, 8/8/23.


JoAnne Lobotsky (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “Interview with JoAnne Lobotsky,” Painting Perceptions, 6/24/23.

Lorna Simpson (BFA Photography) had a solo exhibition, “Lorna Simpson,” Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, 9/30/23-1/25/24.

Joey Skaggs (BFA Media Arts) screened Walk Right! (1984) and Celebrity Sperm Bank (1976), New Jersey International Film Festival, Long Beach Island, NJ, 6/11/23, and was the recipient of Best Documentary, Best Documentary Writer and Best Host (Narrator) for Joey Skaggs: Metamorphosis, Cockroach Miracle Cure, Baltimore Next Media Web Fest, Baltimore, 11/2-11/5/23.


Frank Ockenfels 3 (BFA Photography) had a solo exhibition, “Introspection,” Fotografiska, NYC, 10/27/23-3/9/24.

Steven Petruccio (BFA Media Arts) illustrated Phonics Storybooks Moving On Set 2, Pioneer Valley Books, 6/12/23.

Stephanie Pfriender Stylander (BFA Photography) had work in the Staley Wise Gallery Booth, PhotoFairs New York, NYC, 9/8-9/10/23.

Kenneth Wenzel (BFA Photography) participated in the LoLa Art Crawl, League of Longfellow Artists, Minneapolis, MN, 9/23-9/24/23.


Gail Anderson (BFA Media Arts) was featured on “Gail Anderson: Designing Her Life,” Print is Dead (Long Live Print!) podcast, Season 3, Episode 8, 11/10/23.

Drew Hodges (BFA Media Arts) co-created the poster for Swept Away: The Musical, Kreeger Theater, Washington, DC, 11/2512/30/23.

Holly Miller (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “Holly Miller’s transatlantic sensibility,” Two Coats of Paint, 11/20/23.

Lydia Panas (BFA Photography) had work in the group exhibitions “The Portrait of the Artist ... And Other Things,” Gross McLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia, 6/1-6/24/23, and “Sobre una mujer/ About a Woman: Through the Eyes of Artists of the Americas,” Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, 7/27-10/8/23.

Donna Sharrett (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Bet They Collect Things Like Ashtrays and Art,” Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Kent, CT, 8/26-10/15/23.

Prelli Williams (BFA Media Arts) had work in the group exhibitions “From These Shores,” Juffureh Slavery Museum, North Bank, The Gambia, 6/29-7/12/23, and “The Sunroom,” Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, DC, 11/18/23-1/15/24.


Dana Marshall (BFA Photography) gave an artist talk, Anita Neve Gallery, Almere, Netherlands, 10/28/23.

Alexis Rockman (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “A maritime museum shifts its focus to ocean health,” The Art Newspaper, 6/19/23, and “Alexis Rockman Depicts the Ominous Beauty of Glaciers and Shipwrecks,” Hyperallergic, 7/4/23.

Collier Schorr (BFA Communication Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy,” International Center of Photography, NYC, 6/1-9/11/23, and photographed “Jennifer Lawrence and Cameron Diaz Get R-Rated,” Interview, 6/20/23, and “Lana Del Rey Leads With Her Heart,” Harper’s Bazaar, 11/21/23.

Ivy Vale (BFA Fine Arts) directed Out of My Comfort Zone (2024), which screened at the 20th Big Apple Film Festival, NYC, 11/8/23.


Annie Sprinkle (BFA Photography) hosted and performed “Exploring the Earth as Lover: Ecosex and the City,” Performance Space New York, NYC, 6/15-6/18/23, and was featured in “The Secret Women’s Club That

Rocked the Porn World,” The Daily Beast, 9/30/23.


Aleathia Brown (BFA Media Arts) had work in the Empower the Village group exhibition “For the Love of Art,” Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, 6/16-6/17/23, and hosted “Baggage: Paint Sip N’ Repurpose Your Bags,” Children’s Art Carnival, NYC, 6/30/23.

Ingrid Lindfors (BFA Photography) was accepted into the Palm Beach Artist Collective, Palm Beach, FL, 6/1/23.

Gary Petersen (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Hommage à Günter Fruhtrunk,” Walter Storms Galerie, Munich, Germany, 11/9-12/23/23.

Elizabeth Peyton (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Elizabeth Peyton: Angel,” David Zwirner, London, UK, 6/7-7/28/23, and was featured in “The Fandom and Fantasy of Elizabeth Peyton,” Frieze, 6/26/23, and “Artists Kader Attia and Elizabeth Peyton to have studios on site at the Louvre,” The Art Newspaper, 10/6/23.


Kelynn Z. Alder (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) had a solo exhibition, “Animal Spirits & Ancient Rituals,” Gallery North, Setauket, NY, 10/5-11/12/23.

Catya Plate (Fine Arts) screened Las Nogas (2023) and was the recipient of the Grand Prize: Green Planet Award for Best Environmental Film, 2023 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, 8/7-8/13/23.

Gary Simmons (BFA Fine Arts) had solo exhibitions, “This Must Be the Place,” Hauser & Wirth, London, 5/23-7/29/23, and “Gary Simmons: Public Enemy,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 6/13-10/1/23; and was featured in “The Big Review: ‘Gary Simmons: Public Enemy’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,” The Art Newspaper, 7/31/23.

Anton Vidokle (BFA Fine Arts) was chief curator of the 14th Shanghai Biennale, 11/9/23-3/31/24.


Margaret Lanzetta (MFA Fine Arts) was featured in the anthology Italianità: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience, Book Baby, 10/30/23, and gave a talk, “A Legacy of Making: 21 Contemporary Italian American Artists,” John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, NYC, 11/8/23.

Al Nickerson (BFA Cartooning) gave a talk, “Comic Creator Interview; Al Nickerson! Former Inker, Writer, and Animator for DC, Marvel, MTV,” The Comic Relief Crusader, 9/21/23.

Penelope Umbrico (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibitions “Womanish: Audacious, Courageous, Willful Art,” The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, 3/4-7/2/23, and “Civilization: The Way We Live Now,” Saatchi Gallery, London, 6/2-9/17/23.


Gina Minichino (BFA Media Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Happy Accidents,” Billis Williams Gallery, Los Angeles, 9/9-10/7/23.

BRYAN FERNANDEZ (BFA 2022 Fine Arts), Tamo Afuera! Yerrr, Quiere Coco, Mango o Cherry?, 2023, acrylic paint, paper, foil, cardboard, relief and monotype print, pumice paste, thread on canvas. Photo by Adam Reich. From “Open Call 2023 Group Exhibition,” The Shed, NYC, 11/4/23-1/21/24.


Lisa Deloria Weinblatt (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) had work in NYC ArtWalk’s group show, Times Square, NYC, 6/286/29/23, and had a solo exhibition, “School Lunch,” Oxford Art Center, Oxford, PA, 9/1-9/29/23.

Kim Beom (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “How to Become a Rock,” Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, 7/27-12/3/23.

James Sturm (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) was featured in “From the Center for Cartoon Studies to Watership Down, James Sturm Can’t Stop Creating Worlds,” Seven Days, 11/29/23.

Linda Vigdor (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Mapping: A Juried Exhibition,” 440 Gallery, NYC, 6/29-7/28/23.


Desirée Alvarez (MFA Fine Arts) participated in a poetry reading, “Innovative Explorations,” Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, 10/2/23. Renee Cox (MFA Photography and Related Media) had work in the group exhibition “It’s Pablo-mactic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby,” Brooklyn Museum, NYC, 6/2-9/24/23; and had solo exhibitions, “Renee Cox: Proof of Being,” Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, 7/2-9/18/23, and “The Ten Commandments of Renee Cox,” Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, 11/18/23-1/28/24.

Alvin Pettit (BFA Illustration) was selected to create the Harriet Tubman statue for City Hall, Philadelphia, 10/30/23.

Christine Romanell (BFA Graphic Design) had work in the group exhibition “Come Rain or Shine,” RIA X Gallery, Montclair, NJ, 9/15-12/14/23.


Guy Aroch (BFA Photography) co-created the book Spectacle (2023), an eyewear passion project, and photographed promotional photos for Blake Lively’s sparkling cocktail brand, Betty Booze, 2023.

Shawn Martinbrough (BFA Illustration) was featured in “Reading with Robert: Book explores educational disparity in Black children,” ABC 7 News / WJLA, 8/11/23, and “NPR Best Books of 2023,” for Like Lava in My Veins (2023), which he illustrated, NPR, 11/28/23.

Tim Okamura (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) had a solo exhibition, “Onna-Bugeisha: Warriors of Light,” August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 11/9/23-2/18/24.


Joseph Castronova (MFA Fine Arts; BFA 1991 Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Connexons,” End of Elm Art Gallery, Morristown, NJ, 6/6-7/30/23.

Daniel Robert Cohn (BFA Film and Video) wrote and directed The Rise of SuperMouth, 6/25/23.

Inka Essenhigh (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Landscapes and Still Lifes,” Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, 7/28-9/4/23.

John Ferry (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) had a solo exhibition, “Straight and Narrow,” Sherry Leed Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, 9/1-10/21/23.

Leemour Pelli (BFA 1994 Fine Arts) had work in the online group exhibition “Fragments of Time,” Ubique, 10/9-11/9/23, and was featured in “Meet Leemour Pelli,” Canvas Rebel, 11/30/23.

“Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier,” a solo exhibition of work by RAINA TELGEMEIER (BFA 2002 Illustration) at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 5/24-11/19/23. Photo by John Landry of Top5ive Photography.


Michael De Feo (BFA Graphic Design) had a solo exhibition, “Silence, Like a Thought,” Hexton Gallery, Aspen, CO, 11/29/23-1/16/24.

Lori Earley (BFA Illustration) had work in the group exhibition “Covers: Album Art Reimagined,” Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, 8/3-9/1/23.

Jee Park (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Close to Home,” Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL, 7/29-9/30/23.


Brian Donnelly (a.k.a. KAWS) (BFA Illustration) designed the Brooklyn Nets’

Raul Manzano (BFA Illustration) was featured in “Empire State University Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month,” Empire State University, 10/13/23, and had work in the group exhibition “Dynamic 2023: Annual Juried Art Exhibition,” NEON Festival, D’Art Center, Norfolk, VA, 10/20-11/12/23.

Cordy Ryman (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Monkey Mind Symphony,” Freight + Volume, NYC, 11/17-12/22/23.

Stephen Sollins (MFA Photography and Related Media) released a new album, It’s A True Light, as part of the recording project The Orange Gray, 10/20/23.

Sarah Sze (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “The Stuff of Life | The Life of Stuff,” Sainsbury Center, Norwich, UK, 9/10/23-1/14/24.


Janice Caswell (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Off-kilter,” Garrison Arts Center, Garrison, NY, 8/12-9/10/23.

Nanette Fluhr (BFA Illustration) had work in the group exhibition “110th Annual Allied Artists of America’s Exhibit,” Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 9/1010/11/23, and had work selected to be sent to the Moon as part of the Lunar Codex, a contemporary art time capsule, which began its launches in fall 2022 and will continue through fall 2024.

Genevieve Gorder (BFA Graphic Design) created a new show, At Home with Genevieve, Crackle, 6/23/23.

Chris Schanck (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Panspermia,” David Gill, London, 10/10-11/11/23.


Kevin Box (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Florigami in the Garden,” Fort Worth Botanical Garden, Fort Worth, TX, 8/19/23-2/14/24.

Brooks DeRyder (BFA Illustration) had work featured in Thrasher, June 2023.

Alexandre Estrela (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Flat Bells,” Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 11/4/23-1/7/24.

Sonia Gandhi (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Interconnecting Lines,” Artio Gallery, NYC, 10/12-10/17/23.

Ketta Ioannidou (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) had solo exhibitions, “Into the Crypts of Rays,” Thierry Goldberg Gallery, NYC, 7/19-8/19/23, and “Bullet in the Blue Sky,” ChaShaMa, NYC, 9/10-9/30/23.

Janelle Lynch (MFA Photography and Related Media) had a solo exhibition, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful,” Flowers Gallery, London, 6/8-7/1/23, and had work in the group exhibition “Welcome to the Salon,” Foley Gallery, London, 9/13-9/17/23.

2023-2024 City Edition uniforms, which debuted on 11/4/23.

Justine Kurland (BFA Photography) photographed “Giving Away My Twin,” The New Yorker, 7/10/23; and was featured in “Justine Kurland Interviewed by Bean Gilsdorf,” BOMB , 9/27/23, and “Look But Don’t Touch,” The Chicago Reader, 9/27/23.


Laura D’Alessandro (MFA Photography and Related Media) had work in the group exhibition “Art of the Trade: Artists Collecting Artists Exhibition,” Cleveland Photo Fest, Doubting Thomas Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 10/13-11/4/23.

Jorge Queiroz (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Shape the Echo and Other Works,” Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, 10/26-12/16/23.

Lordy Rodriguez (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Lordy Rodriguez: The Shape of Us,” Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, 7/88/19/23.


Katherine Bernhardt (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Dummy doll jealous eyes ditto pikachu beefy mimikyu rough play Galarian rapid dash libra horn HP 270 Vmax full art,” David Zwirner, Hong Kong, 5/20-8/5/23.


Todd Kelly (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the Asya Geisberg Gallery booth, NADA Foreland, Catskill, NY, 7/21-7/23/23.

Ruby Palmer (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Shift,” Morgan Lehman, NYC, 6/1-6/30/23.

Martina Salisbury (MFA Design) curated “Gerard Malanga: Moments in Time, Pictures 1965-2023,” Beatie-Powers Place, Catskill, NY, 10/21-12/10/23.

Nancy Scherl (MFA Photography and Related Media) had a solo exhibition, “Dining Alone in the Company of Solitude,” Katonah Village Library, Katonah, NY, 11/9-12/16/23.


José Carlos Casado Mancha (MFA Computer Art) created a public art installation, I.S. 429/NYC Department of Education, Queens, NYC, 10/19/23.

Brian Floca (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) was featured in “Children’s Creators Travel for Conservation and Inspiration: A Photo Essay,” Publishers Weekly, 11/16/23.

Daina Higgins (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Uncertain Belonging: Places Lost, Remembered, and Reclaimed,” Westchester Community College Art Gallery, Valhalla, NY, 9/21-11/18/23.

Carlos Motta (BFA Photography) had work in the group exhibition “Jjagiyi: Air of Life,” PPOW, NYC, 9/8-10/7/23.

Danielle Scott (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Ancestral Call,” Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, 9/10-11/3/23.


Michael Alan (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “In Freemans Alley with Michael Alan Alien,” EV Grieve, 11/12/23.

Marlena Buczek Smith (BFA Graphic Design) was named a Graphis Master and featured in “Honesty In Artistry: Marlena Buczek Smith in Graphis Journal #377,” Graphis Blog, 8/7/2023; and had a poster selected for the Bienal del Cartel Bolivia 2023, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 11/20-11/24/23.

Augustine Boyce Cummings (MFA Fine Arts; BFA 1999 Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Dangerous Ground,” Mosaic Art Space, NYC, 10/20/23.

TM Davy (BFA Illustration) donated work to the Artsy Impact Auction: Artists for Pride, to benefit the Ali Forney Center, NYC, 6/29/23, was featured in “The T List: The Painter TM Davy’s Imaginary Friends,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, 11/2/23, and had a solo exhibition, “Fae,” Company Gallery, NYC, 11/4/23-1/6/24.

Christopher Dimino (BFA Graphic Design) was featured in “The Keyboard Waffle Iron Made to Satisfy Hungry Writers,” If It’s Hip, It’s Here, 7/2/23.

Palmer Earl (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Illuminations,” Gallery 825, Los Angeles, 6/3-6/30/23, and was featured in “Meet Matriarchal Surrealist Palmer Earl,” LA Weekly, 6/26/23.

Joe Fig (MFA Fine Arts; BFA 1991 Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Contemplating Compositions,” Cristin Tierney Gallery, NYC, 9/8-10/21/23.

Reka Nyari (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Through Her Lens,” Blitz

Contemporary, Budapest, Hungary, 9/1410/14/23.

Raina Telgemeier (BFA Illustration) had a solo exhibition, “Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier,” Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 5/24-11/19/23, and was featured in “All of It: A Day of Children’s Authors,” WNYC, 9/4/23.

Sam Tufnell (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Littered Existence,” Ivy Brown Gallery, The Watermark, NYC, 6/1-9/15/23.


Kevin Amato (BFA Photography) photographed “The Timeless Cool of Lenny Kravitz,” Highsnobiety, 6/22/23, and “It’s Always Sunny in Glenn Howerton’s Brain,” GQ , 7/12/23.

Ron Amato (BFA Photography) had a solo exhibition, “Playing in the Sunlight: Provincetown 1999-2022,” E. Lesh Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 7/1-7/31/23, and was featured in “Gay Photographer, Ron Amato’s P-Town Retrospective Celebrates Beauty of the Male Form,” Pride, 7/25/23.

Olympia Gayot (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “Olympia Gayot Shows Us Around Her Effortlessly Cool Manhattan Office,” Elle Decor, 8/8/23.

Guadalupe Maravilla (BFA Photography) had a solo exhibition, “Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 5/25-9/4/23, and Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX, 11/4/23-3/16/24.

Erica Morales (BFA Fine Arts) curated and gave a talk for the group exhibition “LGBTQ+, Latinx & POC: Portraits,” ArtCrawl Harlem, NYC, 6/17/23.

Manuela Paz (BFA Photography) co-curated “We Didn’t Ask Permission, We Just Did It,” Miskin Gallery, NYC, 8/31-12/8/23.


Jeffrey Everett (MFA Design) was featured in “Punk, ska and rock concerts come alive through local artist’s posters,” MoCo 360, 11/15/23.

Kira Nam Greene (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “A Room of Her Own,” Contemporary Art Matters, Columbus, OH, 9/19-10/19/23.

Reuben Negron (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) had work in the group exhibition “Figurativas Biennial 2023,” Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain, 10/6/23-1/14/24.

Chris Oh (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “One-to-Watch: Chris Oh Replicates Classic Renaissance Imagery on Geodes, Shells, and Other Natural Forms to Uncanny Effect,” Artnet News, 7/14/23, and had a solo exhibition, “Chris Oh: Passage,” Capsule Gallery, Shanghai, 11/4/23-1/13/24.

Minos Papas (BFA Film and Video) screened The Song of the Witch (2023), PROOF: Proof of Concept Film Festival, Los Angeles, 10/2010/22/23.

Anne Peabody (MFA Fine Arts) has a permanent installation, “ACRE,” Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY, 11/15/23.

Ruel Smith (BFA Computer Art) screened Angel Prime: An Alpha Wars Story (2023), Newark International Film Festival, Newark, NJ, 6/24/23.

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The Alumni Scholarship Award was a huge source of validation to know that our work was appreciated.”

The Alumni Scholarship Award was a huge source of validation to know that our work was appreciated.”

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BFA 2023 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects • Alumni Scholarship Award • @twinsparks_thesis

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Help students realize their dreams by donating today. Learn more and make your donation at sva.edu/give. Questions? Email alumnisociety@sva.edu. Ollie Yao and Heather Yun BFA 2023 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects • Alumni Scholarship Award • @twinsparks_thesis The Alumni Scholarship Award was a huge source of validation to know that our work was appreciated.”


David Ben-David (BFA Graphic Design) was interviewed in “Sprayground: Inside the Shark’s Mouth with David Ben-David,” Billboard Italia, 11/26/23.

Zackary Drucker (BFA Photography) was featured in “Zackary Drucker Is Continuing to Shape How Hollywood Tells Trans Stories,” Them, 6/29/23, and had work in the group exhibition “Dreaming of Home,” Leslie-Lohman Museum, NYC, 9/7/23-1/7/24.

Karen Gibbons (MPS Art Therapy) hosted a panel discussion for “The Elements” and “The Repeated Image,” Artist Talks at 440 Gallery, NYC, 9/23/23.

Domingo Milella (BFA Photography) contributed text and photographs for Ligabue,

edition 82, Giancarlo Ligabue Foundation, June 2023.

Keren Moscovitch (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) moderated a talk, “Body Mind Spirit,” ChaShaMa, NYC, 11/2/23.

Rachel Papo (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) photographed “Mark Morris Dance Group Makes Its Debut at New York City Mainstay The Joyce Theater,” Dance, 8/7/23.


Tim Clifford (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the show “Shockwave Delay” by Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, Ellen Stewart Theatre, NYC, 6/1-6/11/23.

Koren Shadmi (BFA Illustration) and his comic, “The Prompt Artist,” were featured in

“The Daily Heller: Who Put the Art in Artificial Intelligence?,” Print, 8/1/23.

Jeongmee Yoon (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) won the Donggang Photography Award, 21st Donggang International Photo Festival, Yeongwol, Gangwon-do, South Korea, 8/29/23.


Elizabeth Castaldo (BFA Fine Arts) showed work at Booksmart Art Fair, Center for Book Arts, NYC, 9/7-9/10/23.

Roció de Alba (BFA Photography) was featured in “Rocio de Alba: Pobresito Artista Era Yo,” Lenscratch, 6/24/23.

Amy Elkins (BFA Photography) was the recipient of the Media Arts Residency, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, 10/18/23.

Lisa Elmaleh (BFA Photography) had a solo exhibition, “Promised Land / Tierra Prometida,” Tremaine Art Gallery, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, 10/28/23-1/14/24, and was featured in “‘Promised Land’: Lisa Elmaleh’s Tells Stories of Migratory Crisis with her 8x10 Large Format Camera,” Lomography, 11/5/23.

Adam Greco (BFA Interior Design) was featured in “Adam Greco on Building Evocative Designs,” Chairish, 8/14/23.

Raheem Nelson (BFA Cartooning) gave a talk, “Into the Afroverse Summit,” NXTVN, New Haven, CT, 10/14/23, and was featured in “5 Creators You Should Know, Covering Parenting, iPad Art and Healthy Living,” Flipboard, 10/20/23.

Chari Pere (BFA Cartooning) had work in the group exhibition “The Museum and Laboratory of the Jewish Comics Experience,” and was a judge and nominated for Artist Honoree of the Year, 2023 JewCE Awards, Center for Jewish History, NYC, 10/9-12/31/23.

Andrew Thornton (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibitions “Amplify,” Stueben Gallery, Pratt Institute, as part of NYC Jewelry Week, NYC, 11/13-11/19/23, and “We Are Here,” Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, 6/4-9/10/23.


Spencer Chalk-Levy (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the Vienna Collectors Club booth, Vienna Contemporary, Vienna, Austria, 9/7-9/10/23, and in the Common Sense Gallery booth, Positions Art Fair, Berlin, 9/14-9/17/23.

Cat Del Buono (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) published Voci (2023), FedOA - Federico II University Press, and had work in the group exhibition “Impact of Exchange: Stories from U.S. Exchange Alumni,” Photoville, U.S. Department of State Office of Alumni Affairs, Global Ties U.S., and World Affairs Council of Maine, Portland, ME, 8/28-10/1/23.

Ashley Garrett (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Ambrosia,” September Gallery, Kinderhook, NY, 6/10-8/6/23.

Dana James (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Pearls and Potions,” Hollis Taggart, NYC, 10/12-11/11/23, and was featured in “Dana James: Pearls & Potions,” Brooklyn Rail, 11/9/23.

Jenny Morgan (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “The Heart wants what it wants - or else it does not care-,” Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY, 11/4-12/16/23.

Sarah Palmer (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) was featured in “Trompe L’oeil With a Touch of BDSM,” Hyperallergic, 6/7/23.

Arturo Soto (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) was a winner of Open Call 2023, Getxophoto, 6/1-6/25/2023.


Allison Belolan (MAT Art Education) won the Award for Excellence in Art, Bruce Museum Fine Arts Festival 2023, Greenwich, CT, 10/7-10/8/23.

Noa Charuvi (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Gal-Ed Means a Pile of Stones,” York College Fine Arts Gallery, NYC, 9/1410/20/23.

Rebecca Goyette (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “BravinLee’s Ceramics Show,” BravinLee, NYC, 10/19-11/11/23. Ámbar Margarida (BFA Interior Design) wrote “Spaces Created With Comfort in

From left: JOHN FERRY (MFA 1994 Illustration as Visual Essay), Colosseum #3 , Colosseum #1 and Colosseum #5 , all 2023, oil on board. From the solo exhibition “Straight and Narrow,” Sherry Leed Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, 9/1-10/21/23

Mind Make Us Feel Safer, Valued, and More Connected to Others,” The Architect’s Newspaper, 10/4/23.

Habby Osk (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Components,” Listasalur Mosfellsbæjar, Kjarni, Iceland, 6/30-7/28/23.

Rich Tu (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) had a solo exhibition, “Human Response,” Sunday Afternoon, NYC, 6/8-6/24/23.

Paul Joseph Vogeler (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Masculin:Féminin,” Arniches Gallery, Madrid, 11/4-11/26/23. 2010

Maxwell Alexander (BFA Graphic Design) was featured in “Illuminating the World of Hospitality Photography: An Insight into Maxwell Alexander, Creative Director of Alluvion Media,” Hudson Valley Style, 7/25/23. Allison Chase (BFA Film and Video) was featured in “How ‘Madame Morbid,’ a Ghost Tour Guide, Spends Her Sundays,” The New York Times, 10/28/23.

Matthew Craven (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Folk :: Lore,” Hashimoto Contemporary, Los Angeles, 9/16-10/7/23.

Lee Jensen (BFA Graphic Design) had work in the group exhibition “Visual Voices: You Feel Me?,” Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, NYC, 9/16-11/4/23.

C. Bay Milin (MPS Digital Photography) had a solo exhibition, “Thai Time: I’m Dreaming For You Too,” Golden Belt Artist Studios, Durham, NC, 9/4-9/30/23.

Stephanie Psarros (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition “Anthesteria,” Tales in Tiles Gallery, Athens, 11/23-12/9/23.

Devin Oktar Yalkin (BFA Photography) photographed “In California’s Heartland, a New Resistance Movement Is Taking Root,” 6/1/23, and “With ‘Dream Scenario,’ Nicolas Cage Reclaims the Memes,” 11/5/23, The New York Times


Bobby Doherty (BFA Photography) photographed “Best of Beauty Awards 2023,” Allure, 9/21/23, and “Power Bottoms: The NYU classmates behind the year’s most delightfully dumb comedy,” New York, 9/25/23.

Kayla Harren (BFA Illustration) illustrated the children’s books A Family Like Ours (2023) by Frank Murphy and Alice Lee, Sleeping Bear Press, and Ruby and Lonely (2023) by Patrice Karst, Two Lions.

Amanda Kopp (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibitions “In Being Double: The Pace Staff Show,” Pace Gallery, NYC, 8/4-8/18/23, and “Inspired by the Weight of an Object,” Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, 9/14-10/29/23.

Carly Mark (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “Carly Mark Merges Fine Art, Fashion, and Theatricality at Puppets & Puppets,” Whitewall, 10/5/23.

Jong Oh (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Merestone,” Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, 9/14-11/4/23.

Julie Schenkelberg (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “C to Kingston-Throop,” La MaMa Galleria, NYC, 7/6-8/13/23.

Sosena Solomon (MFA Social Documentary Film) was on the panel, “A New Lens on African Heritage: An Inside Look at the Met x WMF Partnership,” 2023 World Monuments Summit, World Monuments Fund, NYC, 10/24/23.

Tony Toscani (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Calloused Hymns of Loneliness,” Carl Kostyál, London, 6/1-6/24/23.

Emily Weiner (MFA Fine Arts) was featured in “Painter Emily Weiner: Reframing symbolic images through a feminist lens,” A Woman’s Thing , 6/15/23.


Rafa Alvarez (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) illustrated the cover story, “Crisis at Marvel: Jonathan Majors Back-Up Plans, The Marvels Reshoots, Reviving Original Avengers and More Issues Revealed,” Variety, 11/1/23.

als Who Help Explain G.O.P. Extremism,” The New York Times, 11/4/23.

Bon Duke (MPS Fashion Photography; BFA 2009 Photography) photographed “This Fall, Coats Hit the Floor,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, 9/7/23.

Latoya Flowers (MFA Social Documentary Film) was the recipient of Sisters in Cinema Documentary Fellowship 2023-2024, 6/29/23.

Doron Gild (MPS Fashion Photography; BFA 2005 Photography) was featured in “This Artist Does Family Portraits Differently in the Hudson Valley,” Hudson Valley, 9/28/23.

Adult Male Content,” Edge Media Network, 7/10/23.

Keioui Keijaun Thomas (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Magma & Pearls,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tuscon, AZ, 10/20/232/18/24.

An Rong Xu (BFA Photography) photographed “Can Taiwan’s Next Leader Keep the Peace?,” Bloomberg, 8/15/23, and “Economy vs. Environment: Some Taiwanese Consider Cashing in their Chips,” The Washington Post, 10/9/23.


Supranav Dash (BFA Photography) photographed “The Workers Behind AI Rarely See

FRANK OCKENFELS 3 (BFA 1983 Photography), 3RD EYE , 2019. Courtesy Fahey/Klein Gallery. From the solo exhibition “Introspection,” Fotografiska, NYC, 10/27/23-3/9/24.

Cristina Bencina (BFA Illustration) was the recipient of the Folio Book Illustration Award, Folio Society, London, 7/3/23.

Andrew Brischler (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Self Portraits,” GAVLAK Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL, 11/22-12/17/23.

Evan Cohen (BFA Film and Video) was featured in “Doylestown Natives to Premiere Film Documenting the Lenape Nation,” Patch, 11/10/23.

Pablo Delcan (BFA Graphic Design) was featured in “Two Designers, Two Countries, Two Covers: How Limitarianism Got Its Look,” Literary Hub, 8/10/23, and illustrated “Get to Know the Influential Conservative Intellectu-

Peter Ash Lee (MPS Fashion Photography; BFA 2009 Photography) was featured in “In Pictures: The Remarkable Women Free Divers of Jeju Island,” AnOther Magazine, 8/10/23, and had work in the group exhibition “Where Land Meets Sea,” Stroll Garden, East Hampton, NY, 8/12-9/4/23.

Kayode Ojo (BFA Photography) had a solo exhibition, “Eden,” 52 Walker, NYC, 10/27/23-1/6/24, and was featured in “At 52 Walker, Kayode Ojo raids Amazon.com to create a Modernist Eden,” The Art Newspaper, 11/29/23.

Pacifico Silano (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) was interviewed in “Artist Pacifico Silano Pumps New Life in Vintage

Its Rewards. This Indian Startup Wants to Fix That,” Time, 7/27/23.

Haruko Hayakawa (BFA Design) created cover art for recording artist Ta-ku’s debut album, Songs to Come Home To, 8/25/23, and created the promotional campaign for Fly by Jing’s Chengdu Crunch chili oil hot sauce, 10/25/23.

Chemin Hsiao (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 2011 Animation) had solo exhibitions “Orchid Paintings: 2017-2022,” Queens Botanical Garden, NYC, 6/7-10/1/23, and “From Past to Present,” Flushing Town Hall, NYC, 9/16-10/1/23.

Paul Jung (MPS Fashion Photography) co-founded fashion brand Melitta Baumeis-


ter, which won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, 10/20/23.

Bradford Kessler (MFA Art Practice) had a solo exhibition, “Lost Man,” Disneyland Paris, Perth, Australia, 9/24-10/15/23.

Tiffany Lambert (MFA Design Criticism) co-curated “Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus,” Japan Society, NYC, 10/13/23-1/21/24, and was featured in “Yoko Ono and the Women of Fluxus Changed the Rules in Art and Life,” The New York Times, 10/27/23.

Sara Mejia Kriendler (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Field Notes,” The Arts Center at Duck Creek, East Hampton, NY, 6/107/9/23, and had work in the group exhibition “El Dorado: Myths of Gold,” Americas Society, NYC, 9/6-5/18/24.

Angela Miskis (BFA Visual & Critical Studies) had work in the group exhibition “No Love Without Humanity & Courage,” Rio III Gallery, NYC, 6/16-7/28/23.

Denise Treizman (MFA Fine Arts) was nominated for the 2023 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art and had work in the corresponding group exhibition, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, 6/3-9/17/23; and had work in the group exhibition “Fibration: New Frontiers in Textile Art,” L’Space Gallery, NYC, 9/7-10/14/23.

Brian Andrew Whiteley (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Readymade Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 7/15-7/29/23.


Graciela Cassel (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Nuit Blanche aux Amarres,” Nuit Blanche, Paris, 6/3/23, and had a solo exhibition, “Water,” PTM Contemporary / Governors Island Arts, NYC, 8/5-8/27/23.

Ja’Tovia Gary (MFA Social Documentary Film) was featured in “Ja’Tovia Gary Sets Her Sights on Love,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, 8/30/23; “Multidisciplinary Artist Ja’Tovia Gary Challenges Neutrality in Filmmaking at MoMA Exhibit,” Essence, 9/12/23; and “Ja’Tovia Gary Moves Between Two Worlds,” Harper’s Bazaar, 9/28/23; and had a solo exhibition, “The Giverny Suite,” Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 9/1/23-7/1/24.

Ashley Goodwin (BFA Film and Video) was appointed Head of Production, Glassworks, Amsterdam, 8/21/23.

Harshad Marathe (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) illustrated The Beasts in Your Brain: Understanding and Living with Anxiety and Depression (2023), Lerner Publishing Group, and was featured in “Harshad Marathe’s Illustrations Capture the Grandiosity of Global Folklore & Mythology,” HomeGrown, 10/11/23.

Molly Matalon (BFA Photography) photographed “Reneé Rapp Is So Over It,” New York, 7/31/23, and “Flash Fiction Short Stories,” The Atlantic, 8/1/23.

Vivienne Medrano (a.k.a. VivziePop) (BFA Animation) won best animated IP for Helluva Boss (2020 – ), Streamy Awards, Los Angeles, 8/27/23.

Corey Olsen (BFA Photography) photographed the series “Objects of Desire,” Document Journal, 4/10-8/24/23.

Molly Ostertag (BFA Cartooning) was on the “Authentic Storytelling” panel, Women in Animation 2023 World Summit, Annecy International Animation Festival, Annecy, France, 6/12/23.

Clockwise from top left: KIM BEOM (MFA 1991 Fine Arts), Pregnant Hammer, 1995; Untitled (A Job on the Horizon), 2005, photo by Lee Euirock and Choi Yohan; Painting “Yellow Scream”, 2012; Untitled (Intimate Suffering #5), 2008. From the solo exhibition, “How to become a rock,” Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, 7/27-12/3/23. © Kim Beom.

Joy Tien (MFA Computer Art) had a solo exhibition, “Eternal Thread,” Artbean Coffee Roasters, NYC, 10/22/23.

Caroline Tompkins (BFA Photography) photographed “Ellen Burstyn Tells Christopher Meloni All of Her Secrets,” Interview, 10/5/23, and won the 2023 Lucie Photo Book Prize in the Traditional category for Bedfellow, Lucie Foundation, 11/10/23.


Louisa Bertman (MFA Visual Narrative) illustrated “What if We Could Get Rid of Menopause?,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/14/23, and “Cameo to the Moon, and Back,” The New York Times, 10/20/23.

Vincent Cy Chen (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “An Adventure of Being,” Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, Arlington, VA, 9/9/23-2/11/24.

Nicasio Fernandez (BFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Out of Hand,” Half Gallery, NYC, 7/26-8/19/23.

Logan Jackson (BFA Photography) photographed “Molly Gordon Asks Julia Louis-Dreyfus If You Can Really Have It All,” 7/27/23, and “Pinkydoll Loves Red Lobster But Dreams of Nobu,” 10/18/23, Interview

Carlos Jaramillo (BFA Photography) had work in the group exhibition “Tokala,” Selenas Mountain, Cero Collective and Future Coalition, The Shed, NYC, 9/15-9/17/23.

Brandon Elijah Johnson (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Good Sports,” Auxier Kline Gallery, NYC, 6/10-7/28/23.

Carlotta Kohl (BFA Photography) photographed “Prozac Nation, Meet Lexapro Sweatshirts,” The New York Times, 10/2/23.

Lindsay James Soto (BFA Design) recorded music and designed artwork for their studio album Sex & Death, 6/29/23, and created and starred in the music video for “Cruise,” 9/5/23.

Katy Stubbs (BFA Illustration) had work in the group exhibition “Dreaming of Eden,” Timothy Taylor, NYC, 6/1-7/14/23.

Elise Swain (BFA Photography) photographed “Censorship Has Never Been Worse at Guantanamo Bay,” The Intercept, 8/27/23.

Jocelyn Tsaih (BFA Design) had work in the group exhibitions “Window Seat,” Glass Rice, San Francisco, 6/3-6/24/23, and “Keepsake,” Uprise Art, NYC, 11/2-12/22/23.


Trey Abdella (BFA Illustration) had a two-venue solo exhibition, “Trey Abdella: Under the Skin,” David Lewis Gallery and Vito Schnabel Gallery, NYC, 11/9/23-1/13/24.

Nicole Combeau (BFA Photography and Video) was a winner of the 2023 Creator Award, The Ellies, Oolite Arts, Miami, 10/25/23. Delano Dunn (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “The Fiddle,” Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles, 9/9-10/7/23.

Sarah Grass (MFA Art Practice; BFA 2007 Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Labor\Delivery,” Bob’s Gallery, NYC, 7/77/8/23.

Jessica Pettway (BFA Photography and Video) photographed “Hip-Hop at 50: A Brief History of Bling,” The New York Times, 8/8/23.

Bat-Ami Rivlin (BFA Fine Arts) was the recipient of the 2023 Socrates Annual Artists Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC, 6/22/23.

Tayler Smith (BFA Photography and Video) photographed “Meet the winners of the 25th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest,” TimeOut, 10/30/23.


Tsai-Ling Tseng (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Icons,” Harkawik, NYC, 7/29-9/3/23.

Richard Vivenzio (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Dark Green, Deep Blue,” La Casablanca, San José, Costa Rica, 7/8/23.


Linjie Deng (MFA Design for Social Innovation) was featured in “After Death, Artist Linjie Deng Lives New Life with Honesty & Pride,” Dan’s Papers, 10/7/23.

Amanda DiMartino (BFA Film) was selected for Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in the Media category, 11/28/23.

Adebunmi Gbadebo (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibitions “Inventing the Rest: New Adventures in Clay,” Maximillian William, London, 6/29-9/14/23, “Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, 8/26/231/7/24, and “Hairitage,” DeKalb Gallery, Pratt Institute, NYC, 11/18-12/18/23.

Kyung Tae Kim (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Memento Vivere – What One Wants,” Space 776, NYC, 6/2-6/27/23. Nicole Rifkin (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) illustrated the cover of The New Yorker, 10/9/23.

Aya Rodriguez-Izumi (MFA Fine Arts) participated in the panel, “Pandora’s BoxX Project: Celebrating Womxn Artists & Visionaries,” Dweck Center, Central Library, Brooklyn Public Library, NYC, 10/17/23.


Sang Hyoun Han (a.k.a. DOMCAKE) (BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) worked on the design team for Meta’s Threads app, 7/4/23.

Emma Rose Milligan (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media; BFA 2015 Photography) photographed “What It Takes for Snoopy and Friends to Soar in the Macy’s Parade,” The New York Times, 11/22/23.

Masamitsu Shigeta (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “5 Artists on Our Radar in October 2023,” Artsy, 10/2/23.

Hanna Washburn (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Jog Your Memory,” Lake George Arts Project, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY, 10/7-11/10/23.


Ferguson Amo (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “UNFETTERED: A Group Exhibition,” Mitochondria Gallery, Houston, 9/23-10/21/23, and had a solo exhibition, “When You See Us,” Gate Gallery, Knokke, Belgium, 11/24-12/1/23.

Lian Cho (BFA Illustration) wrote and illustrated Oh, Olive! (2023), HarperCollins Publishers.

Sharimar Cruz (MPS Fashion Photography) had work in the group exhibition “Clear De Road: Emancipation 175 Exhibit,” Fort Frederik Museum, Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, 7/3-11/10/23.

Shi Jiayun (MFA Fine Arts) was featured in “For Two Artists in Shanghai, Reality Is

Ripe for Manipulation,” The New York Times, 10/6/23.

Yuxi Liu (BFA Illustration) was featured in “Featured Artist: Yuxi Liu,” It’s Liquid, 7/17/23.

Lærke Rose Xin Xin Møellegaard (BFA Photography and Video) was featured in “Making Joy: How This Photographer Traveled to Mexico and New York in Pursuit of Happiness,” Vogue Philippines, 9/30/23.

Dana Robinson (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Happy as a Lark,” Kates-Ferri Projects, NYC, 10/12-11/13/23.

Mai Ta (BFA Illustration) had work in the group exhibition “The Feast,” River Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan, 6/10-7/29/23.

Mojo Wang (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) illustrated “Today’s Wordle Review,” The New York Times, 8/14/23.

Hugo Yu (BFA Photography and Video) photographed “109 Carefully Selected, Unusually Special Gifts Under $50,” New York, 11/7/23. 2020

Julian Alexander (BFA Illustration) illustrated “Hip-Hop Turns Fifty,” The New Yorker, 8/4/23.

Daniel Arturo Almeida (MFA Fine Arts) was the winner of the 2023-2024 curatorial open call, The Latinx Project, New York University, NYC, 8/11/23.

Joey Gonnella (BFA Visual & Critical Studies) had work in the group exhibition

“The I Has to Travel,” Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, NYC, 6/22-8/11/23.

Eva Hall (MFA Visual Narrative) won Shorts Spotlight Best of Show and Best Shorts Spotlight: Horrors in Plain Sight for her short film Mira (2023), SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Savannah, GA, 10/21-10/28/23.

Ishita Jain (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay) was an artist resident at Spruceton Inn, West Kill, NY, 9/22/23.

Xinya Li (BFA Design) was featured in “This Emerging Curator Is Bringing Art and Culture to Flushing,” Queens Ledger, 7/11/23.

Xiangni Song (BFA Illustration) was featured in “Xiangni Song Follows Her Instincts to Create Paintings of the Abstract Images in Her Mind,” Creative Boom, 9/26/23.

Natcha Wongchanglaw (MPS Digital Photography) was the recipient of the Special Encouragement Award in the Photo Story category, Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023, 9/21/23, and gave a talk, “Couchsurfing Chronicles: International Hosts,” Midwest Chapter Conference, Society for Photographic Education, Chicago, 10/21/23.


Darius Dyson (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Interplay,” One Art Space, NYC, 11/3-11/5/23.

Song Lu (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) had a solo exhibition, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, 6/14-6/18/23.

HARUKO HAYAKAWA (BFA 2013 Design), official campaign imagery for Fly by Jing’s product Chengdu Crunch, 2023.

Carolina Paz (MFA Fine Arts) joined the A.I.R. Gallery Artists Group, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, 6/1/23.

Ricardo Saca (MPS Branding) wrote “What If Designers Went on Strike?,” 8/21/23, and “What SNL’s Bad Bunny Episode Can Teach Us About Cultural Relevance,” 11/3/23, Print

Alexander Si (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Birkin,” Home Gallery, NYC, 8/10-9/4/23.


Shuwan Chen (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) was featured in “Navigating the Intersection of Art and Digital Space: Shuwan Chen, Visual Artist and Co-Founder of :Iidrr Gallery in NYC,” The Art Insider, 7/5/23.

Ida Anita Del Mundo (MPS Directing) was the recipient of Best Ensemble Award for her film Never Forget (2022), International Film Festival Manhattan, NYC, 10/13/23.

Yuan Fang (MFA Fine Arts; BFA 2019 Visual & Critical Studies) had work in the group exhibition “Holographic Realm,” Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Shanghai, 9/2610/29/23.

Bryan Fernandez (BFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Open Call 2023 Group Exhibition,” The Shed, NYC, 11/4/23-1/21/24. Gabrielle Ghzala LaGuerre (BFA Photography and Video) had work in the group exhibition “Young Artists Collective: Equity & Its Effects on Today’s World,” Global Citizen, NYC, 9/23/23.

Chun Han (MPS Fashion Photography) was featured in “Interview: Chun Han,” It’s Liquid, 7/13/23.

Killion Huang (BFA Illustration) had work in the group exhibition “Pride Unprejudiced,” Edji Gallery, Brussels, 6/21-7/19/23.

Kostas Lales (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “A Show of Heads,” Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY, 10/12-11/11/23.

Ailyn Lee (MFA Fine Arts; BFA 2017 Illustration) had a solo exhibition, “Break a Leg,” A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, 10/14-11/12/23.

Min K. Lee (MFA Computer Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Contemporary Art as Reproduction,” Acc Gallery, Tenafly, NJ, 11/4-11/30/23.

Dylan Rose Rheingold (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Best in Show,” M+B, Los Angeles, 10/14-11/11/23, and was interviewed in “In Her New York Studio, Rising Artist Dylan Rose Rheingold Contemplates American Girlhood With Her ‘Awkward’ High School Gymnasium Scenes,” Artnet News, 10/24/23.

Yue Isa Wang (MPS Digital Photography) had work in the group exhibition “Through Different Eyes,” 1M Creative, NYC, 6/16-6/18/23.

Suyi Xu (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “Paintings of Common Objects,” Fortnight Institute, NYC, 6/288/11/23.


Ramie Ahmed (BFA Photography and Video) was featured in “Ramie Ahmed on documenting his Black trans and queer chosen family in New York City,” It’s Nice That, 7/13/23, and, as a member of Angelito Collective, was featured on the cover of Office, 11/4/23. Mansour Albadran (MPS Directing) associate produced Hajjan (2023), which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, 9/10/23.

Yuli Aloni Primor (MFA Fine Arts) screened Lost Aisles (2009), Mykonos Biennale, Mykonos, Greece, 10/1/23.

Capucine Bourcart (MFA Fine Arts) had a live performance, “The Blanket,” at the opening of New York Textile Month, L’Space Gallery, NYC, 9/9/23.

Janine Brown (MFA Art Practice) had work in the group exhibition “Now: As a Consequence of Fact,” Pen + Brush, NYC, 10/12-12/9/23, and had work in and won first place at “Autumn Juried Show,” Rowayton Arts Center, Rowayton, CT, 10/15-11/4/23.

Tzu-Ying (Naomi) Chan (MA Curatorial Practice) had work in the installation Encountering with Our Land at “Taiwan: A World of Orchids,” Queens Botanical Garden, NYC, 8/11-8/13-23.

Helia Chitsazan (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “The Tale of Errantry to the End of the Night,” Chain Theater, NYC, 9/7-9/16/23.

Darin Cooper (BFA Fine Arts) was featured in “10 Emerging Painters Born in the 2000s to Watch Now,” Artsy, 8/10/23.

Davina Hsu (MFA Fine Arts) participated in The Other Art Fair as part of the New Futures Class of 2023, NYC, 11/9-11/12/23, and was featured in “The Other Art Fair Lives Up to Its Name,” Hyperallergic, 11/10/23.

Katinka Huang (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Katinka Huang,” The Apartment at Latchkey Gallery, NYC, 10/22-11/22/23.

Polin Huang (MFA Fine Arts) was featured in “The Intersection of Art and Critique: Polin Huang’s Colorful Creations,” Munchie’s Art Club Magazine, 6/20/23, and had work in the group exhibition “Beta I,” Art Clvb, Detroit, 10/13-11/30/23.

James Jaxxa (MFA Fine Arts) had work in the group exhibition “La Tormenta,” I Found U Collective, Museo Maeso, Soriano, Uruguay, 6/8/23-3/31/24.

Sha Luo (BFA Photography and Video) had work in the group exhibition “Seal the Fog,” Tutu Gallery, NYC, 6/16-8/1/23.

Brittany Nievinski (MFA Design for Social Innovation) gave a talk, “Engaging Young People to Talk about Hearing Loss,” Hearing Loss Association of America: New York City Chapter, NYC, 6/20/23.

Pei Ou (MFA Fine Arts) was featured in “Meet Pei Ou,” Canvas Rebel, 8/24/23, and “Daily Inspiration: Meet Pei Ou,” Voyage LA , 10/9/23.

Insook Park (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Sound + Dance + Color,” Space 776, NYC, 10/24-11/6/23.

Oliver Perry (BFA Illustration) was featured in “Oliver Perry’s charming illustrations recreate the magic of vintage New Yorker cartoons,” Creative Boom, 6/28/23.

Camila Varon (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Common Denominators,” 89 Greene at Signs and Symbols, NYC, 10/1911/25/23.

Cyle Warner (BFA Photography and Video) had a solo exhibition, “Weh Dem? De Sparrow Catcher?” Welancora Gallery, NYC, 7/2710/10/23.

Tianshu Zhang (MFA Fine Arts) had a solo exhibition, “Entropy and Hidden Force,” Gallery Func, Shanghai, 9/22-10/28/23.


John Dusko

(1954 Illustration) died at the age of 90 on October 7, 2023, in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Dusko was born and raised in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956, he worked as a commercial artist, cartoonist, illustrator and painter. His work appeared in Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman, among other publications. Dusko is survived by his wife, Annie; children Anthony (Tara), Mark and Jason (Nancy); and grandchildren Jamison, Madelyn, Justin and Lilly. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph; daughter, Juliette; and a son, Justin.

Alice Mackler

(BFA 1988 Fine Arts) died at the age of 92 on January 27, 2024, from complications relating to COVID-19. Mackler was born and lived in Manhattan, and for decades worked in offices to support her artist’s practice. After her sculptures were included in a 2013 group show at the James Fuentes Gallery, she had significant late-in-life success, showing her art around the world and in six solo exhibitions at the Kerry Schuss Gallery in New York. Mackler’s sculptures were featured in the fall/winter 2021 Visual Arts Journal and a monograph of her work was published by Gregory R. Miller & Co. in 2020.

Rumiko Tsuda

(MFA 1986 Fine Arts; BFA 1984 Fine Arts) died of lymphoma at the age of 72 on April 5, 2022. Tsuda was born in Wakayama City, Japan, and studied fashion design in Los Angeles before moving to New York to attend SVA. During her life, her paintings, performances, installations and sculptures were in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. Her art was most recently shown by the Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, in the 2024 group show “Godzilla: Echoes From the 1990s Asian American Arts Network.” She is survived by her husband, Daniel Georges (MFA 1986 Fine Arts); son, Maurice; and many relatives in Japan and the U.S.

E. Genevieve Williams

(MFA 1996 Fine Arts) died at the age of 65 on May 26, 2023, at her home in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. Born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Genevieve studied and taught abroad for many years. She was the founder and creative director of Studio E. Genevieve, a multimedia design agency, and taught at such institutions as SVA, Parsons School of Design and The New School, in New York; Lehigh University, Pennsylvania; and Yeungnam University, Korea. She is survived by her sister, Gayle; stepmother, Phyllis; nieces Patricia, Laura and Shannon; and many extended relatives.

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