A capacity crowd of more than 300 members of the SVA community gathered on Thursday, October 14, at the Visual Arts Gallery to celebrate the opening of “Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA.” On view through Saturday, November 6, the exhibition of original drawings, books, prints and animation includes selections by SVA faculty members and alumni. In attendance were many leading figures in the graphic novel genre, including Ben Katchor, Peter Kuper, Keith Mayerson, Jerry Moriarty, Walter Simonson and Art Spiegelman, all of whom contributed work to “Ink Plots.”
Following the public reception, the Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts hosted a benefit cocktail party at the Midtown Loft and Terrace. The exhibition’s co-curators—BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department Chair Thomas Woodruff and MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department Chair Marshall Arisman—honored the faculty members whose work appears in the exhibition with specially designed certificates of recognition. The evening brought together honorees, sponsors and guests to establish a new scholarship fund for SVA cartooning and illustration students.
Photos by Joseph Sinnott, 2010.