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May 15, 2009

The Visual Arts Gallery in Chelsea opened in 2004, and has a year-round exhibition schedule of work by SVA students and alumni, along with shows by visiting artists. But before the College’s flagship gallery was in Chelsea, it operated in two other locations: the downtown Tribeca neighborhood from 1979 – 1980, followed by more than 20 years in nearby SoHo.

The gallery’s decade in Tribeca is the subject of a new section of the SVA Archives’ Web site. Visit svaarchives.org/exhibitions.html to read a short history of the Tribeca space (located in the American Thread Company Building on West Broadway), see photographs of the space and view images from more than a dozen exhibitions that were held there. “It was one the first art school galleries to present student work in a professional gallery setting,” says Archivist Beth Kleber, who worked with Archives Assistant Zachary Sachs to put together the online retrospective.

Image: Scene from the Fine Arts Opening, 1979; from the SVA publication Memoranda, 1979.

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