The Visual Arts Gallery presents “Mentors,” an exhibition of works by 71 graduating BFA Photography Department students inspired by their year-long mentorship with leaders in the visual arts. Drawn from the ranks of New York City’s best-known photographers, curators, art directors, publishers, art dealers, critics and writers, SVA’s mentors are carefully paired with students by Stephen Frailey, chair of the undergraduate photography program, based upon their area of expertise and the student’s concentration. The 2006 – 07 mentors include The New York Times Senior Pictures Editor Philip Gefter, Artforum Editor-in-Chief Tim Griffin, gallerist Yossi Milo, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, and photographers Tina Barney and Robert Polidori.
“Mentors” showcases the full range of student photographic work: using traditional film and digital cameras, the images range from carefully staged tableaus to candid reportage, intimate portraits to whimsical observations, and several students have incorporated text, video and sculptural elements into their presentations. The exhibition will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, through Saturday, March 17; Reception: Tuesday, March 13, 6 – 8pm.
Image: Ashley Clark, Self Portrait with Blueberries and Blueberry Bushes, 2006.