Billy Twice

April 24, 2009

Faculty member and alumnus Billy Sullivan (1968 Fine Arts) is wearing two hats for a pair of new shows at the Nicole Klagsbrun gallery in Chelsea. First, Sullivan is the artist featured in “Conversations,” an exhibition that collects his paintings and drawings, all of which are based on his photographs of friends and acquaintances. Taken together, the works form a sort of “visual diary” of the artist’s social scene. (To see more of Sullivan’s work, view his “Portfolio” from the spring 2009 issue of the Visual Arts Journal.)

In the gallery’s project room, Sullivan reappears in the role of curator, selecting artists and work for “Seven.” Among the septet of photographers chosen for the show are alumni Patricia Coffie (BFA 2008 Photography), Dustin Wayne Harris (BFA 2007 Photography), Barclay Hughes (BFA 1998 Photography), Sarah Forbes Keough (BFA 2008 Photography) and Jason Noyes (BFA 2007 Photography). Both exhibitions are on view at Nicole Klagsbrun, 526 West 26th Street, April 24 – June 6, with an opening reception on Friday, April 24, 6 – 8pm.

Image: Billy Sullivan, Petrova & Mike, 2008.

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