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December 11, 2009

From December 2 – 6, members of the SVA community headed to Miami, Florida, for Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) and the numerous satellite art fairs that surround the annual art-world confab. In addition to the SVA-sponsored booth at the Aqua Wynwood fair and mobile billboard that roamed the streets of Miami, SVA alumni, faculty and staff members made their presence felt in nearly every corner of the vast fairgrounds.

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Amy Elkins (BFA 2007 Photography), whose work had been featured in SVA’s 2007 Aqua booth, was now showing at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, alongside Vickie Pierre (BFA 1997 Fine Arts), Lordy Rodriguez (BFA 1999 Fine Arts) and BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department Chair Thomas Woodruff. Greg Miller (MFA 1990 Photography and Related Media) was around the corner from SVA’s booth at Aqua, and Martin Wittfooth’s (MFA 2008 Illustration at Visual Essay) work had prime placement at both the Aqua and Scope fairs. Vera Lutter (MFA 1995 Photography and Related Media) and Amy Sillman (BFA 1979 Fine Arts) each had solo exhibitions as part of ABMB’s Art Kabinett; Nikki Katsikas (BFA 2008 Fine Arts) was at NADA; Michelle Weinberg (BFA 1983 Fine Arts) curated an exhibition at the Miami International Airport; and many more SVA artists were showing work around the city.

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“We were all over Miami,” said Sam Modenstein, the College’s executive director of external relations, who was part of the SVA delegation in the Sunshine State, “and I think the wide range of work from our alumni and faculty highlighted just how many corners of the art world SVA is a part of.” In addition to the booths and gallery exhibitions during the week of fairs, Laurence Gartel (BFA 1977 Graphic Design) took part in a book signing for his book Auto Motion at The National Hotel, and Michael DeFeo (BFA 1995 Graphic Design) made his mark on Miami through participation in the street art project Primary Flight and its companion exhibition, “Blue Print for Space.”

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Images: (top) SVA’s mobile billboard in Miami; (middle) SVA’s booth at Aqua Art Miami, photo by Dan Halm; (bottom) Michael De Feo, Miami flower mural from Primary Flight, 2009, photo by Matt White.

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