Just the Tip

Just the Tip

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

February 20, 2012
Just the Tip

February 24–March 10, 2012

Visual Arts Gallery
601 West 26 Street
15th Floor
New York City


School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Just the Tip,” a thesis exhibition by students in the MFA Fine Arts Department. Organized by artist Mike Egan, co-founder of Ramiken Crucible gallery in New York, the exhibition will be on view February 24–March 10, 2012 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, 15th Floor, New York City. The exhibition reception will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 6–8pm.

The works selected for the exhibition are indicative of the pluralism and individual exploration that is central to the program. In her essay for the accompanying catalog, artist Wendy White describes the participating artists as having “internalized the fact that while certain mediums, tactics and trends rise to prominence at any given time, our multi-faceted contemporary climate demands the individual’s artistic touch.” She says, “They grasp the importance of inventing their own terminology to describe what they make—in this generation’s case, new words for a complex image culture.”

Participating artists include: Nicholas Bakita, Victoria Batey, Andrew Brischler, Steven Joseph Chapman, Eli G. Halpern, Her Hsuan Hsieh, Élan Jurado, Hyun Soon Kim, Kacie Lees, Eric Mistretta, Peter Neu, David Ostro, Christina J. Wang and Rebecca Ward. “These students are really good artists and they didn’t need a curator for their thesis show,” says exhibition organizer Mike Egan.

The Visual Arts Gallery, located at 601 West 26 Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm; closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For further information call 212.592.2145.

The MFA Fine Arts Department at SVA offers specialization in painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, new media and mixed media, while fostering an ideology of stylistic pluralism. The two-year, 60-credit degree program encourages artists to follow a personal course of intellectual and expressive evolution as they experiment with diverse artistic persuasions, discover new aspects of their creative abilities and develop greater technical mastery.

Led by Department Chair David L. Shirey, the program features a roster of internationally renowned artists as faculty members, including Polly Apfelbaum, Jake Berthot, Petah Coyne, Kenji Fujita, Marilyn Minter, Gary Stephan, Jackie Winsor and Fred Wilson, among others.

Graduates from the program include: Katherine Bernhardt, Luca Buvoli, Andy Collins, Steve DeFrank, Inka Essenhigh, Kate Gilmore, Johan Grimonprez, Michelle Lopez, Gary Peterson, Brian Rutenberg, Sarah Sze and Phoebe Washburn, among others.

For further information on the MFA Fine Arts Department, please visit www.sva.edu and mfafineart.sva.edu.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

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