SVA Alumni Photo Portfolio Benefits Art Education in NYC Public Schools

March 20, 2012

Twenty-nine graduates from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department have donated original work to create 29 x 29, a limited-edition photography portfolio to benefit The Center for Arts Education (CAE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that New York City public school students receive quality arts education throughout their K-12 school years.

The project was organized and curated by SVA alumni Christopher Fisher (2005 MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) and Hilary Schaffner (2010 MFA Photography, Video and Related Media), director of Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton, New York. Fisher proposed the portfolio as a way for his fellow classmates from 2004 – 2006 to reconnect, while working on a joint project for a charitable cause of significance to them as photographers. “Funding for the arts is usually the first thing that gets cut,” says Fisher. “We saw this as a way we can help out and support CAE’s mission which, as artists, seemed like a perfect fit.”

The participating artists are: Adam Bell, Alison Brady, Margarida Correia, Kate Cunningham, Rachel Feierman, Abigail Feldman, Sarina Finkelstein, Christopher Fisher, Shuli Hallak, Thomas Holton, Shai Kremer, Molly Landreth, Gina Levay, Jeff Liao, Karen Moscovitch, Yamini Nayar, Rachel Papo, Suellen Parker, Matthew Pillsbury, Nicholas Prior, Kanako Sasaki, Sarah Schorr, Alix Smith, Amy Stein, Lorenzo Triburgo, Jan Wandrag, Shen Wei, JeongMee Yoon and Nina Young.

Only 29 signed and numbered editions of the portfolio have been produced. All sale proceeds benefit The Center for Arts Education; purchasing details are available on the project’s website. An exhibition of the work selected for the portfolio project will be on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 3rd floor, New York City, from April 19 – 21, 2012.

Image: Abigail Feldman, Tantrum after Wyeth, from the series The Savage Maddoxes, 2009.

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