SVA MFA Photo, Video and Related Media

SVA MFA Photo, Video and Related Media Lens and Screen Arts Since 1988

The MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department is the premiere program for the study of Lens and Screen Arts. For over 25 years, this fine art program has produced remarkable graduates who have flourished as exhibiting artists, journalists, and commercial artists, as well as curators, scholars, and teachers. Noted as a top-tier program in U.S. News & World Report, our educational goals attract fine art students with diverse backgrounds from all corners of the world.

Mission: Beginning with the nascence of the digital age in the late 1980s, SVA recognized the need for integrating photography into the “realm of the circuit.” Charles H. Traub was appointed to build a graduate program that would be innovative and lead the field in this pursuit. Since its inception, the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department has been lauded for achievements in the integration of new theories, contexts and techniques of an evolving, creative medium. Video has been an important part of our MFA program since 1990. It has developed to become the major area of concentration for many of our students, and is an important artistic resource for many others. We have a diverse faculty, distinguished in their own artistic and professional practices. Most of our alumni continue their own practice, creating significant bodies of work.

MFA Photo/ Video alumni Susannah Ray and curator of Prints and Photographs at The Museum of the City of New York, Sean C...
07/15/2019
SUSANNAH RAY

MFA Photo/ Video alumni Susannah Ray and curator of Prints and Photographs at The Museum of the City of New York, Sean Corcoran, spoke at the Works on Water/Underwater New York Residency Project Space on Governors Island last month, where selections from Susannah Ray’s series "Down For the Day" were presented.

http://www.susannahray.com/DFD/index.html

From Susannah Ray's "Down for the Day:"

"They all come down for the day. Camps set up shoulder to shoulder, mini-habitations, refugees from the city. Running into the water with a shout. By August it's like a bathtub. The late-afternoon sun, relentless, lowering in the sky, the shadows grow long, lifeguard whistles from one stand then the next, like a virus up and down the beach: everybody out. Shaking sheets and packing coolers, missing flip-flops and crying toddlers, trying to rinse off the sand, its everywhere on everything, sand, sand, and more sand."

Susannah Ray lives in the Rockaways, a small peninsula on the edge of New York City bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Jamaica Bay, and JFK International Airport. This intersection of city and water is at the heart of her photography and extends her early interest in landscape photography, which she uses as as form of visual geography, rendering the complex interrelationships of place, people, history, and ideology.

http://www.susannahray.com

Congratulations to Ming-Jer Kuo and Shimon Attie as the recipients of this year’s 2019 Foundation for the Arts Fellowshi...
07/15/2019

Congratulations to Ming-Jer Kuo and Shimon Attie as the recipients of this year’s 2019 Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Awards in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design!!
1. Ming-Jer Kuo (alumni) image- “Suburban Form” installation shot
2. Shimon Attie (faculty) image- “Spiral of Gratitude” installation shot
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@nyfacurrent @mingjerkuo @shimon_attie #mfaphotovideo #svanyc #nyfafellow

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients and finalists of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship P...
07/13/2019

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients and finalists of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program. Among this year's honorees were many MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media faculty and alumni. Conrgratulations to all!

Fellows:
Jiatong Lu
Rehan Miskci
Lucas Blalock

Ming Jer Kuo
and Shimon Attie
for Architecture and Environmental studies

Finalists:
Julianne Nash
Dana Stirling

Photography Panelists:
Penelope Umbrico
Sinan Tuncay

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program makes grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding five per year on a triennial basis. The program is highly competitive, and this year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 2,542. Since it was launched in 1985, the program has awarded over $31 million to more than 5,000 artists. This year, thanks to the generous support of photography nonprofit Joy of Giving Something, NYFA was able to award an additional five Fellowships in Photography, which has the largest application pool of any Fellowship category.

https://current.nyfa.org/post/186163559468/introducing-nyscanyfa-artist-fellowship-program

CONGRATULATIONS to our Community of Faculty and Alumni as the recipients of this year’s 2019 Foundation for the Arts Fel...
07/13/2019

CONGRATULATIONS to our Community of Faculty and Alumni as the recipients of this year’s 2019 Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Awards in Photography!!! 🔥📷🔥
Fellows include...
2. Lucas Blalock (faculty) image- “An Other Shadow”.
3. Rehan Miskci (alumni) image- “Mountain of Photo Yeraz”.
4. Jiatong Zoe Lu (alumni) image- “The Missing Memory”.
FINALISTS:
5. Julianne Nash (alumni) image- “Agglomeration”.
6. Dana Stirling (alumni) image- “Best Withh A Dash if Worse”.
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@nyfacurrent @lucasblalock @rehanmiskci @zoeee_wow @julianne.nash @dana_stirling #mfaphotovideo #svanyc #nyfafellow

CONGRATULATIONS to our Community of Faculty and Alumni as the recipients of this years 2019 New York Foundation for the ...
07/12/2019

CONGRATULATIONS to our Community of Faculty and Alumni as the recipients of this years 2019 New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship Awards in Photography!!! 🔥📸🔥Fellows Include...
2. Lucas Blalock (faculty) image- “An Other Shadow”.
3. Rehan Miskci (alumni) image- “Mountain of Photo Yeraz”.
4. Jiatong Zoe Lu (alumni) image- “The Missing Memory”.
FINALISTS:
5. Julianne Nash (alumni) image- “Agglomeration”.
6. Dana Stirling (alumni) image- “Best With a Dash if Worse”.
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@nyfacurrent @lucasblalock @rehanmiskci @zoeee_wow @julianne.nash @dana_stirling
#mfaphotovideo #svanyc #nyfafellow

MFA Photo/Video Staff and Alumni Liz Zito recently performed "Mueller Report Fan Fiction with Liz Zito" at ArtSpace in N...
06/19/2019

MFA Photo/Video Staff and Alumni Liz Zito recently performed "Mueller Report Fan Fiction with Liz Zito" at ArtSpace in New York City.

The show is an accumulation of appropriated composited material made over the past two years, not coincidentally the same timeframe Special Council Robert Swan Mueller III was investigating and writing his now famous report.

After the release of the Mueller Report in March 2019, Zito has been filling in the redactions with her own absurdist humor, while composing a noir-like narrative which follows Mueller’s investigative process. Zito's project highlights disputes over freedom of information and the manipulation of news distribution in the media.

Liz Zito is a multi-media artist and humorist based in Brooklyn NY. Zito uses her work as a tool to subvert main stream systems. Closely studying educational institutions, Zito’s work thinks critically about the evolution of art making in the age of the internet, using accessible information to reach informal audiences.

Zito humorously dissects deeply ingrained power dynamics within pop culture and western civilization, creating work that lives happiest outside the confines of traditional art spaces.

Liz Zito is currently an administrator at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media program, where she received her MFA in 2015.

Mohsen Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled “Haft Paykar," curated by MFA Photo/Video Faculty Nata...
06/07/2019

Mohsen Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled “Haft Paykar," curated by MFA Photo/Video Faculty Natasha Chuk and Alumni Tooraj Khamenehzadeh.

http://www.natashachuk.com/
http://tooraj.studio

Haft Paykar | Seven Beauties is a group exhibition that revives, explores, and shares an ancient Persian text through an exercise in reception theory. This cultural theory fosters the idea that the meaning of any text is never fixed or transparent, rather shaped by a number of contributing factors by both the producer, who encodes a text with meaning, and the recipient, who decodes it. Interpretation is further shaped by distribution, personal experience, social circumstance, distance, and time.

Khamenehzadeh's video installation, “I’m Not a Song to Be Sung” also shows at Mohsen Projects> Pasio until June 07, 2019.

Congratulations Natasha and Tooraj!

Many congratulations to recent MFA Photo/Video graduate Rorschach Junyan Hou on opening "By Name" Gallery @ 324 Bowery, ...
05/23/2019

Many congratulations to recent MFA Photo/Video graduate Rorschach Junyan Hou on opening "By Name" Gallery @ 324 Bowery, New York, NY!

The current show features work by fellow 2019 alumni Hao Chen, Yi Chen, Brett Henrikson, Jonathan Ellis and Rorschach Junyan himself.

"By Name" is a multi-purpose space created to stand out from the typical cafe and art gallery. The goal is to create a contemporary art community for emerging artists by providing a location for them to gain exposure for their work. "By Name" incorporates different concepts—art, food, drink—to break the norm of viewing art in traditional venues. This is a place for all ages and all backgrounds that encourages people to enjoy art with relaxation, while cultivating an environment for creation, collaboration and performance.

The space will hold 2 VIP events: tonight from 6-8p and Friday from 6-9p.

RSVP here:
https://forms.gle/SBBPh6TLNBph739n8

MFA Photo/Video alumni Cat Del Buono is featured in this year's EVERY WOMAN BIENNIAL, an all woman and women-identified ...
05/20/2019
The 2019 Every Woman Biennial - formerly the Whitney Houston Biennial in New York and Los Angeles

MFA Photo/Video alumni Cat Del Buono is featured in this year's EVERY WOMAN BIENNIAL, an all woman and women-identified art biennial founded and curated by C. Finley.
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https://whitneyhoustonbiennial.com/

What began as the Whitney Houston Biennial, a wild one-night event of art and performance celebrating women in 2014, and expanded to a two-week exhibition in 2017 in the awakening of the #MeToo movement, will present its third iteration, titled Every Woman Biennial, from May 20 - May 29 in NY, and a sister biennial featuring LA-based artists June 2 - 12 in LA.

NYC: La MaMa Galleria 47 Great Jones NYC shows run May 20-29th 1-7pm everyday including memorial day

LA: Opening Reception June 2nd 4-7pm, Bendix Building 1206 Maple Ave LA shows run June 3-12th 1-7pm

For more updates on Del Buono's recent projects, visit the artist's website.

https://www.catdelbuono.com/

The All-Women Art Biennial EXHIBITION New York May 19th-29th Los Angeles June 2nd-12th ARTISTS New York Install: May 12-17 Los Angeles Install: May 27-June 1

CONGRATULATIONS to MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media's graduating class of 2019!..This week, on Wednesday May 15, SVA ...
05/17/2019
School of Visual Arts | SVA | New York City > Students > Commencement

CONGRATULATIONS to MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media's graduating class of 2019!
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This week, on Wednesday May 15, SVA Commencement Ceremonies were held at Radio City Music Hall as a joyous celebration of the academic achievement of the candidates, their families and guests. The guest speaker in attendance was none other than American singer-songwriter Patti Smith.

For a replay of the livestream of this year's Commencement Exercises, visit the link below.

Congratulations again to all of this year's hard-working graduates!! We're excited to see where the journey will lead you next.
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http://www.sva.edu/students/commencement/commencement-overview

MFA Photo/Video students Jaizi Abedania, Brianna Calello, and Lingfei Ren are celebrating openings at the School of Visu...
05/16/2019

MFA Photo/Video students Jaizi Abedania, Brianna Calello, and Lingfei Ren are celebrating openings at the School of Visual Arts Galleries this Thursday, May 16.
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http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/juried-student-exhibition05-2019
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http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/juried-student-exhibition04-2019

"Four Walls," featuring work by Abedania, is on view May 16, through June 1 at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133 West 21st Street, New York City. The artists featured in this exhibition observe intimate domestic spaces as sites that are both formative and illusive. Abedania addresses the fluidity of character development through the portrayal of different fictitious characters—all performed by the artist.

Brianna Calello and Lingfei Ren present photos in "Object and Reflex," where works share an action/reaction relationship with objects and the significance of the spaces they occupy. Calello investigates the social practice of family photography through the traditional display of framed portraits. Ren uses herself as the focus in a series of photographs that speak to the various struggles of urban life. The exhibition will be on view from May 15 through June 4, at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City.

Stop by one of the Gallery Openings this Thurs. 5/16, 6-8pm and show your support for our student artists!

A broad range of projects and artists will be presented at this year's Whitney Biennial, including MFA Photo/Video facul...
05/13/2019

A broad range of projects and artists will be presented at this year's Whitney Biennial, including MFA Photo/Video faculty member Lucas Blalock. The 2019 Whitney Biennial will run from May 17 through September 22 with seventy-nine artists directly engaging with dance, performance, and the space of social engagement and critique.
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http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=111632#.XNgWDdNKhN1

The artists selected for the 2019 edition, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives, are working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound.

Blalock will create a mural-sized photographic work to be exhibited on the façade of 95 Horatio Street, located opposite the Museum and across from the southern entrance to the High Line, on the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets.

The Whitney Biennial's curators traveled throughout the country and made more than 300 studio visits over the past year. A small number of the artists in the exhibition are Canadian, several are based in Puerto Rico, and a number were born abroad or now live and work outside the U.S.

Lucas Blalock was born in Asheville, North Carolina and now lives and works in New York. Citing the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht’s insistence on a theater that reveals its labor, Blalock is interested in revealing the process behind photographic images. Equally invested in both the history and the possibility of photography, Blalock shoots with a large-format camera on film and then scans his images in order to digitally alter them.

https://art21.org/artist/lucas-blalock/

MFA Photo/Video faculty member Elinor Carucci is featured in People Magazine's Human Interest section for her coverage o...
05/07/2019
Inside the Washington State Prison Nursery Where Inmate Moms Raise Their Babies Behind Bars

MFA Photo/Video faculty member Elinor Carucci is featured in People Magazine's Human Interest section for her coverage of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, WA.
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https://people.com/human-interest/washington-state-prison-nursery-inmate-moms/

Carucci's story follows women participating in the Parenting Residential Program, an organization that’s been in existence since 1999. PRR offers more than a dozen pregnant woman in the minimum-security facility at Gig Harbor the opportunity to keep their children with them until they’re released.

For all of those inmates, including Karen Garcia — who came to prison seven months into her pregnancy — the program has given them a “second chance” to get their lives back on track and raise their babies in a safe environment.

“This program has saved my life,” Garcia tells PEOPLE. “It’s made me into a mother I never could have been if I were out on the streets.”

Elinor Carucci (b. 1971, Jerusalem, Israel) draws inspiration from her personal life to create poignant images that present her most intimate moments, contemplating identity, relationships and the passage of time. Carucci’s work highlights both beautiful and imperfect aspects of the human condition. In this way, her work grapples with the balance of the personal and the universal.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.

http://www.elinorcarucci.com/

Congratulations to MFA Photo/Video students Esteban Kuriel and Shan Lai for their inclusion in “Escape From, Escape To,”...
05/06/2019

Congratulations to MFA Photo/Video students Esteban Kuriel and Shan Lai for their inclusion in “Escape From, Escape To,” a new exhibition of multidisciplinary works by SVA students!

The exhibition takes place at SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York, NY. Works will be on display from April 27th til May 16th.
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http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/juried-student-exhibition03-2019

The artists in “Escape From, Escape To” address economies of desire in capitalism and question how subjectivity and identity are echoed, reflected and criticized in contemporary art. The nine artists in the exhibition, including Kuriel and Lai, do not simply renounce desire, but instead propose queer or other non-binary ways of addressing deeper issues of power, loss, consumption and the increasing commodification of identities.

Mark your calendars in support of these outstanding MFA Photo/Video artists!

MFA Photo/Video 2019 Thesis students Jonathan Ellis and Candice Kwan are featured at SVA's Gramercy Gallery this month! ...
04/26/2019

MFA Photo/Video 2019 Thesis students Jonathan Ellis and Candice Kwan are featured at SVA's Gramercy Gallery this month! Opening reception will take place April 29 from 6-8pm at 209 East 23rd Street, New York City. The exhibition will run from April 20th until May 4th.
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http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/juried-student-exhibition02-2019
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The show, entitled “Hopping the Fence,” features work that is inspired by the way people view and interact with their environment. Each of the artists’ chosen subject matter gives viewers access to these topics of psychological, geographical and social ideology, leading to reflection on how we connect with the spaces in which we live. Works include illustrations, paintings, photographs and sculpture.

Be sure to stop by and see what Candice and Jonathan have been working on! Congratulations!

This year's Spring Salon showcased the hard work of our MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media students with a great turn-o...
04/22/2019

This year's Spring Salon showcased the hard work of our MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media students with a great turn-out from SVA's artistic community. Included in this Spring's Salon were works in portraiture, street photography, experimental and abstract image making, video installation, virtual experience, short film and much, much more!

Join us again in Fall 2019 for another engaging presentation from our student artists. Until then, please enjoy some highlights the Spring 2019 MFA Photo/Video Salon.

(image credit: Lingfei Ren, Hannah La Follette Ryan)

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