Past Alumni Events

Summer Drawing Mixer

SVA Alumni Affairs offers a wide range of benefits and programs. If you have ideas for programming, please contact us at or 212.592.2300. Your feedback is always welcome.

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Will Eisner: The Spirit 75th Anniversary Celebration—An Evening with Jules Feiffer and Paul Levitz
Wednesday, November 11
7:00 – 9:30pm
SVA Theatre
33 West 23rd Street

The SVA Alumni Society, in partnership with the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, presents Will Eisner: The Spirit 75th Anniversary Celebration—An Evening with Jules Feiffer and Paul Levitz.

Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer and former publisher and president of DC Comics Paul Levitz will discuss the legacy of pioneering comic artist and longtime SVA faculty member Will Eisner. The conversation will begin at 7:00pm, and a Q&A and book signing will follow.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the SVA Alumni Society’s Will Eisner Sequential Art Fund, established in 2008 by the Eisner Family Foundation. The fund’s annual scholarships support SVA students whose work is in sequential art, a term coined by Eisner to describe comics and graphic storytelling. 

This event is open to the public. General admission tickets are $20 and will go on sale on Monday, October 5. Tickets can only be purchased online at

Image credit: THE SPIRIT and WILL EISNER are Registered Trademarks of Will Eisner Studios, Inc.


Alumni Exhibition in Seoul: BFA and MFA Photography
Opening reception: Oct. 14. 2015
6:00 PM
Oct. 10. 2015 - Nov. 28. 2015
SVA Dongsoong Gallery
Dong Soong gil 122, Room #303
Jong ro-gu, Seoul, 110-766
Participating Artists: Hyoungsun Ha (BFA 1996 Photography), Hyungseok Kim (BFA 1993 Photography), Jeongsuk Park (MFA 2007 Photography, Video and Related Media), Jaegil Lee (BFA 1995 Photography), Heeyoung Yoo (BFA 1995 Photography), Kyungduck Park (BFA 2009 Photography), Jeongmee Yoon (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media), Wonho Lee (MFA 2006 Computer Art), Taehoon Lee (BFA 1996 Photography), Hyundoo Park (MFA 2003 Photography, Video and Related Media), Changhyun Park (MFA 1998 Fine Arts)


after school special

After School Special 2015: SVA's Alumni Film and Animation Festival
Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street

Featuring some of SVA’s most accomplished film, television, animation, and visual effects alumni, this multi-day festival will include screenings, premieres of new work, and behind-the-scenes looks at cinema & television hits and classics, and all events will feature special Q&As with industry insiders.

Screenings include: 

  • A Tribute to Bill Plympton. Join renowned animator Bill Plympton (1969 Cartooning) for a special screening of his Academy Award-nominated short Your Face (1987), the NYC premiere of his new short film The Loneliest Stoplight (2015), and more.
  • Amazon’s Transparent (2014). Join NewFest & New York Women in Film and Television for this special presentation of Amazon’s Emmy-nominated comedy series, featuring one of the show’s associate producers and actresses, Zackary Drucker (BFA 2005 Photography).
  • FOX’s Family Guy & Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014). Join Kara Vallow (BFA 1985 Media Arts), executive producer of two of Seth MacFarlane’s hit shows, for a special presentation of two recent episodes as you’ve never seen them before — on the big screen!

All events are free and open to the public. Visit the After School Special page for more details and screening times.


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SVA Alumni Society Presents: The Sports Show
Saturday, August 22 – Saturday, September 19
Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00 – 8:00pm

The School of Visual Arts Alumni Society presents “The Sports Show,” a survey of creative work in various media that brings fans closer to the action—before, after and during the game. The exhibition brings together more than 30 leading artists and designers who graduated from SVA in commercial design and advertising, film and video, illustration and cartooning, motion graphics, painting and photography. These artists are behind some of the most iconic imagery and creative direction in the world of sports.  The show will be on view at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, August 22 – September 19, 2015.

From team uniforms to TV commercials to magazine covers, America’s love affair with sports is fueled by men and women whose skill and passion match that of the players.  According to a 2014 report published by John Carroll University, in 2011 over 15 million people attended National Football League (NFL) games, more than 65 million fans attended Major League Baseball (MLB) games within the United States, and over 14 million Americans attended National Hockey League (NHL) matches. “The Sports Show” shines a light on the creative work dedicated to those pastimes, along with basketball, boxing, golf, roller skating, water skiing, and soccer.

“’The Sports Show’ taps into the universal appeal of competition and aesthetics,” says Todd Radom (BFA 1986 Media Arts), the designer behind the official logos for Super Bowl XXXVIII and the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, among other pro events and franchises. “At its best, sports transcends time and rises above politics.”

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street between 11th and 12th avenues, is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For further information call 212.592.2145.

The exhibition is curated by Todd Radom with Jane Nuzzo, director, SVA Alumni Affairs and Development, and designed by SVA Galleries Director Francis Di Tommaso.

The SVA Alumni Society is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which exists to serve the needs of promising SVA students through scholarships and awards. The Alumni Society hosts programs and events to connect SVA's 35,000+ alumni with one another and the College.

Participating artists and designers:

Rafael Alvarez              
Jayson Atienza             
Elizabeth Baddeley       
Elisa Bates                  
James Bennett             
Katie Biese                  
Andrew Christou           
Mickey Duzyj               
Amy Elkins
Charles Fazzino            
Brian Finke
Latoya Flowers 
Nathan Fox
Sarah A. Friedman        
Naoki Ga                     
Bill Gallo
Michael Halsband         
Kelly King                    
Graig Kreindler             
Marc Levine
David Levinson            
Clay Patrick McBride    
Tal Midyan                   
Frank W. Ockenfels 3
Al Pereira                     
Hanoch Piven   
Todd Radom                
Kevin Reece                 
Yuko Shimizu               
Linda Shirar                  
Denise Vargas             
Jason Vogel


An Exhibition of Work by Advertising & Design Alumni
June 3 - July 17, 2015
SVA Dongsoong Gallery
Dong Soong gil 122, Room #303
Jong ro-gu, Seoul, 110-766

An exhibition featuring the work of seven BFA and MFA Advertising and Design alumni will be on view at the SVA Dongsoong Gallery in Seoul. The exhibition opens June 3 and remains on view through July 17.



An Exhibition of Work by Cartooning and Illustration Alumni

April 8 - May 15, 2015
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 6pm
SVA Dongsoong Gallery
Dong Soong gil 122, Room #303
Jong ro-gu, Seoul, 110-766

An exhibition featuring the work of 26 BFA and MFA illustration and cartooning alumni will be on view at the SVA Dongsoong Gallery in Seoul. The exhibition will open on April 8 and will remain on view through May 15. 

Image credit: Sunny Kwak (MFA 1994 Illustration as Visual Essay)



SVA in Los Angeles Alumni Cocktail Reception
Thursday, March 5, 7:00 – 9:00pm
The Standard Hollywood, MMHMMM
8300 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA

Mix and mingle with fellow industry alumni—including special guest, Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum, director of 
The Imitation Game—as well as current BFA Film and Video and BFA Animation students visiting Los Angeles for a Hollywood behind-the-scenes spring break.

Your hosts:
Sal Petrosino, Director of Operations, BFA Film and Videa and BFA Animation
Jane Nuzzo, Director, Alumni Affairs and Development


San Francisco

SVA in San Francisco Alumni Cocktail Reception
Monday, March 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Autodesk Gallery
1 Market Street, #200
San Francisco, CA 

Bringing together stories of exceptional design and engineering from across the globe, Autodesk Gallery celebrates the creative process and shows how people are using new technology to imagine, design and create a better world.

Mix and mingle at Autodesk Gallery with area alumni and explore hands-on exhibits, about such subjects as Sony Pictures Animation’s imaginative 3D comedy Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs;the manufacturing work of Herman Miller, Lego and Nike; and the innovative fine art of Bruce Beasley and Jason Salavon. Guided tours will be offered.

Your hosts:
Jimmy Calhoun, Director of Operations, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects
Jane Nuzzo, Director, Alumni Affairs and Development
Angie Wojak, Director, Career Development


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The Creative Entrepreneur
SVA Alumni Panel and Networking Event
Tuesday, February 24, 7:00pm
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street

Come listen to stories of creative entrepreneurship during this engaging discussion and Q&A, followed by a private networking reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Exploring the alchemy of the creative impulse and the entrepreneurial spirit, SVA alumni discuss the spectrum—from frustration to triumph—of their experiences working independently in cooking and culinary arts; film; fine arts; graphic design; product design; publishing; video and new media; and web, app and game design.

The panel discussion is open to the public. The private networking reception is exclusively for SVA Alumni—RSVP required.

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Panelists include:

Justin Gignac (BFA 2002 Advertising) is the co-founder of Working Not Working, an invitation-only, real-time network linking creative freelancers with employment opportunities. The company has won two Webby Awards and was named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the “100 Brilliant Companies” of 2013. Previously Gignac was an award-winning art director at ad agencies around the country. He also has gained notoriety for creating the bestselling Christmas app ElfYourself and various successful art projects, including NYC Garbage and Wants for Sale and Needs for Sale.

Melissa Hamilton (BFA 1983 Fine Arts) is a home cook, writer, painter and co-founder of Canal House, a cookbook and food photography production studio. She previously worked at Saveur as the test kitchen director and was its food editor for many years. Working with her creative and business partner Christopher Hirsheimer, they currently publish Canal House Cooking, an ongoing series of cookbooks for which they collaborate on all the writing, recipes, photography, illustration, design, and production. Their books have been honored with awards from the James Beard Foundation and nominations from the IACP in photography and food styling. They have also produced videos for the Bon Appétit series “The Seasonal Cooks.” Their daily blog, Canal House Cooks Lunch, has thousands of followers interested in what these two have cooked up each day.

Michael Harry (BFA 2001 Film and Video) is an executive producer of live action and animated commercials, music videos, documentaries, films and new-media content. He owns a production company, Concentrate LLC, and has produced campaigns for clients such as Chanel, Chase, Diesel, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, MTV, and many others. He is also co-founder and CMO for OVAL, a tech company that has created the first “consumer smart sensor.”

Lauren Hom (BFA 2013 Advertising) is a California-born, Brooklyn-based designer and letterer. Known for her bright color palettes and playful letterforms, she has created work for clients like AT&T, Starbucks, Time and YouTube. Lauren was recently cited in New York magazine’s “Reasons to Love New York” for her Lettering for Lunch project and is the author of the popular blog Daily Dishonesty, which Harry N. Abrams published in book form last fall. Her work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, the One Club and the Webby Awards.

Catt Small (BFA 2011 Graphic Design) is a gamer, product designer, and front-end web developer at SoundCloud. She started coding at the age of 12 and designing at the age of 15. Small has created design work for companies of all sizes including Bedrocket, NASDAQ OMX and Scholastic. In addition, she makes video games with Buttered Toast Studios and Brooklyn Gamery, organizes events for Tech Under Thirty, teaches game development with The Code Liberation Foundation and draws comics.

Moderated by Patricia Romeu, Assistant Director, SVA Career Development.

Presented by SVA Alumni Affairs and Career Development.


MFA Fine Arts Exhibition: Johan Grimonprez
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Saturday, January 17 – Saturday, January 31
Reception: Wednesday, January 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm
SVA Chelsea Gallery
601 West 26th Street
15th floor

MFA Fine Arts presents "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," a solo exhibition of work by multimedia artist and alumnus Johan Grimonprez (MFA 1992 Fine Arts), curated by art critic and SVA faculty member Gianni Jetzer.

Image: Johan Grimonprez, still from "dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y," 1997. Three hijacked jets on desert airstrip, Amman, Jordan, September 12, 1970. 


SVA in Seoul

i love seoul

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 
F20, Press Center Building
124 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu 
Seoul, Korea

SVA Alumni Affairs and the Korean Alumni Association hosted a reception in Seoul exclusively for SVA alumniSeoul-based alumni were invited to meet and mingle with old and new friends, as well as SVA representatives including Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes; BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Chair John McIntosh; Director of Programs for International Students Andrew Chang; and members of the Admissions and External Relations teams.

View images from the event.


Alumni Surrealist Social
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
113 North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY

SVA Alumni Affairs hosted a casual evening of networking and mingling. Alunni unleashed their inner Surrealists and collaborating during intervals of drawing, photo collage, text and word play games hosted by longtime SVA faculty member and alumnus Stephen Gaffney (BFA 1987 Media Arts).

View images from the event.

Image credit: SVA Subway Poster designed by Carin Goldberg, 2010

Spring 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Lecture   
Seth Gollub
Thursday, March 27, 2014
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City

The SVA Alumni Society presented the Spring 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Lecture with Seth Gollub (BFA 2005 Computer Art). Since graduating, Seth has been with the visual effects company Framestore, where he has worked on projects including the Geico Gecko and spots for Coke, Pepsi, FedEx, GE, Dodge and EA, among others. In 2005 he was part of the team that won a Visual Effects Society Award for outstanding character animation in a commercial, music video or television broadcast, for Geico’s “Chat.”

To watch the video of the lecture, visit YouTube or iTunes U, and to see photos from the event, click here

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Fall 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Lecture  
Deborah Adler 
Thursday, December 5, 2013
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City

The SVA Alumni Society presented the Fall 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Lecture with Deborah Adler (MFA 2002 Design), principal of Adler Design. Formerly senior designer for Milton Glaser, the designer and entrepreneur will discuss her work, her background and her professional goal of making people’s lives easier and safer. Her acclaimed ClearRx prescription packaging system was inspired by her thesis project at SVA and developed in partnership with Target. Adler has been featured in such publications and programs as Glamour, NBC Nightly News and New York, and is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

To watch the video of the lecture, click here, and to see photos from the event, click here

SVA in San Francisco 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Sake Lounge, Second Floor
1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 
SVA returned to San Francisco and hosted a cocktail reception for SVA alumni, faculty and industry friends.

Hosted by:
James Calhoun (BFA 2003 Animation), Director of Operations, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Special Effects
Sam Modenstein, Executive Director, External Relations
Jane Nuzzo, Associate Director, Alumni Affairs
Bruce Wands, Chair, MFA Computer Art
Angelia Wojak (BFA 1990 Illustration), Director, Career Development

Bingo & Brews Mixer | Exclusively for the Classes of 2009 to 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
113 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

SVA Alumni Affairs hosted its first mixer just for recent alumni at Radegast Hall & Biergarten.The evening's master of ceremonies was graphic design alumnus COJO (BFA 1999 Graphic Design). Many joined the fun for an entertaining evening of bingo, beverages, refreshments and prizes.

Sito Booksigning
Tom Sito Lecture and Book Signing
September 16, 2013
SVA Theatre, New York City

Tom Sito (BFA 1977 Animation) –an industry insider for more than 30 years– discussed and signed copies of his recent book Moving Innovation (MIT Press, 2013) about the evolution of computer graphics. The event was a great success with 90 people in attendance.

Image credit: Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Confrontacion, color pencil, graphite acrylic on paper, 10.5 x 7 inches
2013 Alumni Exhibition
The Pond, the Mirror, the Kaleidoscope: 
Contemporary Figuration Through a Symbolist Lens
August 20 – September 14, 2013
SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York City

“The Pond, the Mirror, the Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Figuration Through a Symbolist Lens,” the 2013 alumni exhibition curated by Thomas Woodruff, chair of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department was a wonderful success! Over 400 people attended the reception on September 11. You can see the photographs Jacqueline Iannacone (BFA 2012 Photography) took of the event here.

The artists in the exhibition are influenced by Symbolists. Their subjects may be environmental (“the Pond”), societal and cultural (“the Mirror”) or a post-apocalyptic, futuristic mash-up (“the Kaleidoscope”), but the intention of the artists is clear: They want the viewer to enter into a world of ideas and images that challenge and engage.   Among the artists included are Jean-Pierre Arboleda (BFA 2004 Illustration), James Bascara (BFA 2011 Illustration), George Boorujy (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay), Michael Combs (BFA 1994 Illustration, MFA 1996 Illustration as Visual Essay), TM Davy (BFA 2002 Illustration), Steve Ellis (BFA 1994 Illustration), Scott Harrison (MFA 1999 Illustration as Visual Essay), James Jean (BFA 2001 Illustration), Mark Lang (MFA 1990 Illustration as Visual Essay), Sakura Maku (BFA 2004 Illustration), Alison Moritsugu (MFA 1991 Illustration as Visual Essay), Tim Okamura (MFA 1993 Illustration as Visual Essay), Mu Pan (BFA 2001 Illustration, MFA 2007 Illustration as Visual Essay), Matt Panuska (BFA 2012 Illustration), Rachel Pontious (BFA 2011 Illustration), Lane Twitchell (MFA 1995 Illustration as Visual Essay), Martin Wittfooth (MFA 2008 Illustration as Visual Essay) and Jason Yarmosky (BFA 2010 Illustration). An online version of the catalog is available.

2013 Summer Alumni Mixer
Summer Alumni Mixer | Brooklyn
July 15, 2013
Radegast Hall & Biergarten, Brooklyn, NY

The Alumni Affairs office hosted an evening of networking, drawing and mingling at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg. Alumnus Jess Worby (MFA 2011 Illustration as Visual Essay) facilitated the drawing improv portion of the evening. To view pictures from the evening click here.

Art Blend 2013
Image credit: Galo Delgado for
Art Blend | An Art School Mixer
June 21, 2013
Wix Lounge, New York City

The offices of career development and alumni affairs from SVA, Cooper Union, NYU Tisch and Pratt hosted an art school mixer for the class of 2013. Recent graduates networked and mingled at the Wix Lounge event and work space. The event was a huge success! Click here to see images from the evening.

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Distinguished Alumnus Lecture with Julia Hoffmann
March 13, 2013
SVA Theatre, New York City

The Office of Alumni Affairs and the Alumni Society welcomed Julia Hoffmann (BFA 2002 Graphic Design), former creative director of advertising and graphic design at The Museum of Modern Art, to discuss her life and career after graduating from SVA. The event was a huge success with over 140 attendees. To watch the video of the lecture, click here, and to see photos from the event, click here. Also, Julia's lecture was written up in DART/ Design Arts Daily

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SVA Alumnus Lecture in LA with Mark Ulano
March 7, 2013
The Standard Hotel, Hollywood

The Office of Alumni Affairs and Film Department hosted an evening with Academy Award Winning Production Sound Mixer Mark Ulano (1975 Film and Video). His films include Django Unchained (2012), Iron Man 2 (2010), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Grindhouse (2007), Wedding Crashers (2005), Kill Bill 2 (2004), Kill Bill (2003), and Titanic (1997).

Janaury 2013 Newlsetter_ Nevada Rose
February 20, 2013
Radegasthall Brooklyn, NY

Marc McAndrews (BFA 1998 Photography) discussed his new book, Nevada Rose, Inside the American Brothel, which captures the day-to-day reality of legal prostitution.

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Post-Sandy Panel Discussion
January 31, 2013
SVA Amphitheater, New York City

The Office of Alumni Affairs hosted a Post-Sandy panel discussion on the relief effort and artists' response to the storm. Charles H. Traub, chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, moderated the talk.

Alumnus John Mattiuzzi (MFA 2012 Computer Art) discussed his video Frankenstorm, which captured the human and emotional impact of the storm in Brooklyn. Alumnus Jessica Rionero (BFA 2010 Film and Video) from and founder Chelsea Marino, described their non profit's mission to raise money for the purpose of rebuilding people's homes. Kathy Shorr (BFA 1988 Photography), founder and director of The Summer in the City Project, spoke about her experience helping Katrina survivors in New Orleans and how it inspired her to aid Sandy's youngest victims. Dena Muller, director of new initiatives at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), explained the impact the storm has had on the wider community as well as the art world and the steps NYFA is taking to provide assistance.
The event was a huge success. Click here to see a podcast of the panel.
New York City

Michelle Carlo Dec 2012 mixer
December Alumni Mixer
December 4, 2012
East of Eighth, New York City

Michele Carlo (BFA 1983 Media Arts), a writer/performer and comedic storyteller, spoke about her transition from artist to performer. To see pictures from the event please click here.

Alumni Reception in Seoul, Korea
November 13, 2012
SongEun Art Space, Seoul

Alumni and friends met with SVA representatives including Executive Director of External Relations Sam Modenstein, Director of Career Development Angie Wojak and Carrie Lincourt, Director of Development and Alumni Affair at this Seoul reception. 130 people attended the event, a record number in Asia! Please click here to view pictures from the event.

Alumni Reception in Tokyo, Japan
November 9, 2012
B1F Tokyo Salon, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Alumni and friends met with SVA representatives including Executive Director of External Relations Sam Modenstein, Director of Career Development Angie Wojak and Carrie Lincourt, Director of Development and Alumni Affair at this Tokyo reception. Please click here to view pictures from the event.

MFA Moms Pamel Drawing Large
Take Custody: The Double Life of the Artist Mother
October 16, 2012
SVA Theater, New York City

Educator and blogger Sharon L. Butler moderated a conversation with alumni Katherine Bernhardt (MFA 2000 Fine Arts), Renee Cox (MFA 1992 Photography), Suzanne McClelland (MFA 1989 Fine Arts), Rachel Papo (MFA 2005 Photography, Video and Related Media) and Amy Stein (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media), and faculty member Danica Phelps. The artists discussed their experiences negotiating the demands of the commercial art world with those of motherhood.
To view the video of the panel and Q & A that followed, please click here.
The panel was written up in In this article, Christian Frock highlighted the multifaceted challenges facing working artists who are also mothers. She noted our panelists’ thoughts and suggestions.  

Myths and Realities
Exhibition: August 29 – September 29, 2012
Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6 – 8pm
Visual Arts Gallery, New York City

Deconstructing the strangeness of the everyday and exploring the boundary between actuality and illusion was the focus of "Myths & Realities," an exhibition of work by 16 notable alumni. The artists in the exhibition engaged two centuries of work from popular culture, archaic formats like the pinhole camera and daguerreotype to the museum diorama and wide-screen Hollywood film with resulting works that were potent reminders of how images can reshape perceived reality. Co-curated by The New York Times Magazine Director of Photography Kathy Ryan and VII Magazine Editor Scott Thode. The reception on September 6 was a huge success with over 350 people in attendance. For photos from the reception please click here.For the online catalogue please click here.
Alumni included in the exhibition were: Brendan Austin, MPS 2008, Kevin Cooley, MFA 2000, Debbie Grossman, MFA 2010, Sean Hemmerle, MFA 1997, Ina Jang, BFA 2010, Simen Johan, BFA 1996, Noah Kalina, BFA 2006, Mark Kessell, MFA 2000, Justine Kurkland, BFA 1996, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, MFA 2005, Dinh Q. Le, MFA 1992, Vera Lutter, MFA 1995, Domingo Milella, BFA 2005, Matthew Pillsbury, MFA 2004, Aida Ruilova, MFA 1999, Collier Schorr, BFA 1985

Reed + Rader
Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader, both BFA 2007 Photography
March 28, 2012
Distinguished Alumnus Lecture

The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts welcomed New York based fashion photographers, artists and graphic designers Reed + Rader (Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader, both BFA 2007 Photography) to speak as part of the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture series. The duo produces innovative digital art that blends photography, video, animation, illustration, installation, and graphic and 3D design. Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader met while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and furthered their education by continuing at the School of Visual Arts and at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Their clients include V magazine, V Man, Dazed & Confused, Another Magazine, Muse, Pop, Vs., Tokion Factory, Vice, Motilo, Cut + Run, SSENSE, Cynthia Rowley, Ashleigh Verrier and Beck’s Green Box Project.
Watch a video of the lecture here.

Michael Simmons
Michael Simmonds
BFA 2000 Film and Video
Decemebr 7, 2011
Distinguished Alumnus Lecture

SVA alumnus Michael Simmonds (BFA 2000 Film & Video) delivered a Distinguished Alumnus Lecture, presented by The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts. After graduating from SVA, cinematographer Michael Simmonds shot Marathon (2002) and Sound Barrier (2005) for the world renowned director Amir Naderi. Michael went on to collaborate with the critically acclaimed and award winning writer/ director Ramin Bahrani on Man Push Cart (2005) and Chop Shop (2007), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Both earned him an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Cinematography (2007, 2009). Goodbye Solo (2008), his third film with Bahrani, screened at Venice Film Festival where it received the FIPRESCI Prize. He also lensed the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury nominee Big Fan for writer/director Robert Siegal. Aside from his narrative fiction work, Simmonds has worked on many notable documentaries including Margaret Brown's The Order of Myths (2008), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win many awards including Cinematic Vision Award at Silver Documentary Festival and the Truer Than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. He also shot Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) for Paramount and Project Nim (2011) for Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Marsh. Michael recently completed Ramin Bahrani’s latest untitled feature starring Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid for Killer Films.

The Influentials 
The Influentials: SVA Women Alumni Invite Artists Who Have Shaped Their Work
August 26 - September 21, 2011
Visual Arts Gallery
601 West 26 Street, 15th Floor

"The Influentials" was an exhibition that highlighted the work of notable female alumni and the diverse group of mentors and peers that have influenced their artistic practice. Participating SVA artists include Kate Gilmore, Mika Rottenberg, Phoebe Washburn, and Marianne Vitale, among others, who in turn invited a group of artists that includes: Huma Bhabha, Francesco Clemente, Marilyn Minter, Judy Pfaff, Bela Tarr and Riot Grrrl. Co-curated by Amy Smith-Stewart and Carrie Lincourt, “The Influentials” was as much an investigation into the lineage and relationships between artists as it is a dialogue between mentors, mentees and even former strangers – one that crosses generations, gender and locale to give form to an interconnected creative community that enriches contemporary art practice. To see the online version of The Influentials catalog go to:

Starting Your Career as an Artist
Starting Your Career as an Artist: A Guide for Painters, Sculptors, Photographers and Other Visual Artists

On September 20, 2011, authors and veteran career counselors Angie Wojak (BFA 1990 Illustration) and Stacy Miller gave a presentation and signed their recently released book, Starting Your Career as an Artist. They showed aspiring artists how to evaluate their goals, create a plan of action and use their talents to build a productive life in the art world. Their book covers topics essential to the emerging artist, such as building community through networking, collaborating and finding mentors; setting up a studio; health and safety for artists; artist's resumes and CVs; developing marketing plans; finding alternative exhibition venues and refining career aspirations. In addition, it includes inspiring and insightful interviews with professional artists and well-known players in the art scene. For more details and to order the book, please click here.

Round Table Discussion

A round table discussion moderated by Lindsay Pollock, editor-in-chief, Art in America, took place on September 13, 2011 and featured artists from "The Influentials" exhibition: Suzanne McClelland, Judy Pfaff, Mika Rottenberg and Marilyn Minter. For a review of the round table discussion click here.

Inka Essenhigh
Inka Essenhigh 
MFA 1994 Fine Arts
March 3, 2011
Distinguished Alumnus Lecture

The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts welcomed painter Inka Essenhigh. Born in Belfonte, Pennsylvania, Inka Essenhigh graduated in 1991 from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio. After completing her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, she had her first New York solo show in 1997. Essenhigh gained attention as a member of the heralded late '90s generation of New York artists. Her paintings depicting cartoonish figures floating on monochromatic backgrounds helped to resurrect the public’s interest in figurative painting through their graphic narratives. Over the years evolutions in motion and color in her figures took place, and replacement of absent ground lines gave way to urban streetscapes and lush mystical landscapes. Present still are the expressive storytelling and a dependence on drawing. References and themes have ranged from the mythological to the biblical, art historical to political, spiritual to the mundane and earthly.
Inka’s work has been collected by public art collections such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Denver Art Museum, Denver; PS1 Center for Contemporary Art/MoMA, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Saatchi Gallery, London and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has had solo exhibitions at 303 Gallery, New York; Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Inka is represented by 303 Gallery in New York and Victoria Miro Gallery in London. Inka currently lives and works in New York, NY with her husband Steve Mumford.

Dash Shaw 
Dash Shaw
BFA 2005 Illustration
November 4, 2010
Distinguished Alumnus Lecture

The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts welcomed artist Dash Shaw as part of the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture Series. He spoke about his work and process and showed clips from the feature-length animated film he is currently creating, The Ruined Cast ( He was introduced by SVA faculty member Gary Panter.

Dash Shaw made numerous comics and zines while a student at the School of Visual Arts. Since graduating, he created the telepathy comedy BodyWorld (Pantheon Books, 2010) and the surreal family comedy Bottomless Belly Button (Fantagrahics, 2008). His comic short stories have appeared in The Believer and Vice magazines, and he is a regular contributor to the quarterly comics anthology Mome.

Shaw is also the animator/director of IFC's The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. series that streams online at He currently lives in Brooklyn where he is working on the comic book and animated feature The Ruined Cast produced by Howard Gertler and John Cameron Mitchell. This project was selected for the Sundance Institute's annual June Directors and Screenwriters Labs. For more information visit

 InkPlots exhibition
Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at School of Visual Arts
October 8 - November 6, 2010
Visual Arts Gallery
601 West 26 Street, 15th Floor 

An exhibition of original drawings, books, prints and animations by over 100 artists. Ink Plots traced the development of sequential art over four decades with selections from SVA faculty members and showcases the work of SVA alumni who are pushing the boundaries of the graphic novel today. Download the Ink Plots catalog here.

Get Covered: Understand Your New Health Insurance Options and How Health Care Reform Affects You

On September 30, 2010, Renata Marinaro, social worker and Manager of Health Services Education and Outreach at the Health Insurance Resource Center of The Actors Fund, explained the new health care reforms that were passed in March of this year. The workshop focused on health care and health insurance options for artists in the New York City area. Did you miss this program, but want information on Health Care Reform and health insurance options? Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs, and we will send you the PDF pamphlet that was given out at the workshop. More information can be found on The Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center of The Actors Fund website at AHIRC conducts free weekly seminars on getting health insurance in New York state. For more details, click here.

 Kate Gilmore
Kate Gilmore (MFA 2002 Fine Arts) and Marianne Vitale (BFA 1996 Film/Video) with Introduction by Lisa Kirk (BFA 1991 Fine Arts)

On April 6, 2010, The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts welcomed artists Kate Gilmore and Marianne Vitale as part of the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture Series. Gilmore and Vitale spoke about current and recent projects, including their videos chosen for the Whitney Biennial. They were introduced by artist and curator Lisa Kirk, who is also an alumnus. 

Kate Gilmore's work explores the symbols, behaviors and sentiments associated with archetypes of female ambition and struggle. As the sole character in her performance videos, she attempts to conquer self-constructed obstacles while working through the limitations of her feminine clothing. Gilmore has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; Brooklyn Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; J.Paul Getty Museum; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea. She is represented by Smith-Stewart Projects in New York.

Marianne Vitale is a New York-based artist working in various media. Through her creation of make-shift structures, fantastic creatures, hybrid animals and contorted beasts that can appear both fragile and menacing, her sculptural practice often evokes an idea of the natural world remade from what has been discarded and abandoned. When using performance and video, Vitale draws on some of the instinctive movements apparent in her drawings and sculptures, with an added personal physicality that creates a visceral, often combative relationship between artist and audience. Vitale's work has been exhibited internationally, including shows at Sculpture Center, New York; IBID Projects, London; White Columns, New York; Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas; and the Cass Sculpture Foundation, Sussex, England. She is represented by IBID Projects in London.

Lisa Kirk is an artist and curator whose projects investigate the contradictions of consumerism and the aestheticization of formerly politically radical signifiers. She has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. In 2009, her solo exhibition at INVISIBLE-EXPORTS received critical acclaim and her project REVOLUTION! (2005 - present) has traveled from MOT International, London, to P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; Galeria Comercial, San Juan; and Steven Wolf Fine Art, San Francisco. Her curated projects have been held at the NADA Art Fair, Miami; John Connelly Presents, New York; Scope Art Fair, New York and Hamptons and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. She is represented by INVISIBLE- EXPORTS, NYC. 

Financial Literacy for Artists: Let's Talk About Money
On November 17, 2009, Susan Lee, a Certified Financial Planner and host of the WBAI-FM show You And Your Money, discussed how to make the most of the financial challenges that creative professionals face.This program was co-hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office of Career Development.

Wilde Years 
The Wilde Years: Four Decades of Shaping Visual Culture
October 13 - November 7, 2009
Visual Arts Gallery
601 West 26 Street, 15th Floor 

This exhibition, in recognition of Richard Wilde's 40th anniversary at the School of Visual Arts, was curated by Gail Anderson, Sal DeVito, Janet Froelich, Todd Radom and Lisa Rettig-Falcone and featured iconic and culturally significant works by over 100 select alumni from all four decades of his tenure at the College. The exhibition used everyday settings, including a mock subway platform and a bus shelter, to spotlight a collection of advertisements, book covers, CD packaging, music videos, posters and television commercials. More than 700 members of the SVA community came together during four separate opening events held on October 19 and 20.

Elizabeth Peyton
Elizabeth Peyton
BFA 1987 Fine Arts
Distinguished Alumnus Lecture

Elizabeth Peyton spoke about her work, and presented a multi-media slideshow at the SVA Theatre on November 5, 2009. Elizabeth Peyton is known for stylized portraits of her close friends, pop icons and European royalty and is often credited with the resurgence of figurative painting in the contemporary art world. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world. In 2008, the New Museum of Contemporary Art organized a mid-career retrospective of her work Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton. Earlier this year, the exhibition traveled to Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. It is currently on view at the Bonnefantenmuseum, in Maastricht, The Netherlands.Peyton's paintings are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany; Museum of Modern Art; New Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is represented by Gavin Brown's enterprise.








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