As 2007 draws to a close, the Visual Arts Gallery has opened its final exhibitions for the year. Two of the shows feature original books crafted by students and alumni from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department: “The Book Show,” curated by Department Chair Marshall Arisman and faculty member Carl Nicholas Titolo, showcases the projects of 20 first-year students in the department, all of whom developed a one-of-a-kind book based on their personal vision. “Then and Now,” a companion exhibition curated by Arisman, features illustrations and books created by select alumni from the classes of 1990 – 2005, comparing original thesis projects to subsequently published book projects.
Also in the gallery is “In the Midst,” a photography and video exhibition curated by Richard Brooks. The show explores contemporary approaches to landscape, with work by SVA students Emily Bolevice, Kai-Min Hsiung and Sarah Palmer. All three exhibitions are on view in the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, through Saturday, December 15.
Image: Brian Pinkney, cover of Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa, 2002; from “Then and Now.”