I recently wrote an article for “The Darlow Report” (available at RedDogJournal.com), that included news about an exhibition of thesis work on display from October 23-November 15, 2008 at the Visual Arts Gallery in New York City. Below, I’ve added more about the show and the gallery, which is the School of Visual Art’s newest exhibition space. The opening reception is 10/28/2008 from 6-8pm, and is open to the public.
Composite of Graduating Class Images from the show SEAMLESS, courtesy School of Visual Arts
School of Visual Arts (SVA) is presenting â€œSeamless,â€ an exhibition of thesis work from the first graduating class of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Digital Photography program. The exhibition is curated by artist and SVA faculty member Dan Halm. Launched in the fall of 2007, the MPS in Digital Photography is a concentrated course of studies designed to address the needs of professional photographers, artists and educators who are seeking to advance their mastery of digital professional practices in order to create technically perfect, conceptually rigorous and aesthetically compelling images.
â€œThe exhibition is the culmination of the first year of the MPS Digital Photography program,â€ says Katrin Eismann, chair of the department. In the fall and spring semesters the students concentrated on learning technical skills and developing their thesis projects. In the summer semester the students worked on the final presentation of the thesis projects in the form of a website, book, and large format prints that will be seen in the show.
â€œThe images in the exhibition were all completed as part of the thesis requirement of the program, which includes developing a thesis project to be presented in web, book, and large format print form. From concept through production, each studentâ€™s thesis project was refined and vetted by the faculty, thesis advisors, and department staff, and finally presented to the thesis review committee. The great majority of works in the exhibition are archival inkjet prints, which were produced on the departmentâ€™s Epson Stylus Pro 9880 and Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printers under the supervision of world-renowned photographer and digital expert, Greg Gorman.”
A book with the work of all MPS Digital Photography program students is available for preview and purchase at Blurb.com:
I reviewed the online preview of the book, and I was very impressed by the design and imagery. More images are available for review online. For additional information and to view a gallery of images from the show, visit www.sva.edu/digitalphoto.
And to read much more about the students behind the imagery, I highly recommend visiting this page.
Below is an overview of the Visual Arts Gallery:
The Visual Arts Gallery is SVA’s newest exhibition facility. Located in Chelsea on the 15th floor of the landmark Starrett-Lehigh Building, it comprises four state of the art galleries and a large terrace with a commanding view of Lower Manhattan and the Hudson River. Staffed by six full-time professionals, Visual Arts Gallery offers select students the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in the same environment as some of the country’s leading artists – a number of whom have exhibited there as well.
The Visual Arts Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is closed Sunday and federal holidays*. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For more information, or to purchase student’s work (the gallery takes no commission), please call 212.592.2145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had the honor of judging a print and color management essay competition for the MPS Digital Photography program, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the show and the printed book.
Exhibition information for “SEAMLESS”
October 23-November 15, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, October 28, 6-8pm
Visual Arts Gallery
601 West 26 Street, 15th floor
New York City