Highlights: SVA in Miami Through Seven Snapshots

December 15, 2015

Now that the press has written their stories about one of the art world’s largest meet ups, SVA Close Up takes a look back at Miami Art Week from a decidedly SVA POV.

“Miami Art Fair Week provided a showcase for our exceptional alumni and faculty artists. From the work featured at the SVA Galleries booth at PULSE Miami, to the BFA Photography and Video booth at Miami Project, to public art pieces in both the Wynwood Design District and Collins Park Miami Beach, SVA successfully presented its community and had a lot to celebrate at our alumni and friends reception,” said external relations executive director Sam Modenstein, who has supervised the College’s involvement in Miami since its first official presence in 2006.

Here’s a look at the week through seven SVA photos and headlines:

1) SVA Galleries Debuted at PULSE Miami: After three years exhibiting at Miami Project, the first year at the PULSE Miami Beach art fair was a big success with 12 recent SVA alumni on display. Seven artists were in attendance and met with gallery representatives, curators and fair goers to discuss their work. All proceeds from the sales went directly to the artists.

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Yasaman Alipour at the SVA Galleries booth

“SVA’s presence at art fairs continue to be a huge success and learning opportunity for those artists involved,” says Dan Halm (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay, BFA 1994 Illustration), curator of the SVA Galleries booth. “The exposure these artists received is paramount in their transition from student to professional artist. PULSE allows these artists the perfect platform to reach an audience interested in innovative and thought-provoking work.”

2) BFA Photo and Video Named Top Booth at Miami Projects: Blouin Artinfo named the BFA Photography and Video booth to its top five list: “It is a reunion show at the SVA Galleries booth. The alumni of the New York art school show works that are often united in their clever manipulation of global consumer culture.”

Sookyung Jung at the BFA Photography and Video booth

Sookyung Jung at the BFA Photography and Video booth

3)  #SAVEARTSPACE on Billboards and Bus Shelters in Wynwood: Justin Aversano and Travis Rix (both BFA 2014 Photography) took over eight public spaces in the Wynwood to showcase local art. Artists included Harvey Zipkin (1966) and John Zoller (BFA 1985 Fine Arts).

Justin Aversano and Travis Rix of #SAVEARTSPACE

Justin Aversano and Travis Rix of #SAVEARTSPACE

4) Julie Schenkelberg’s “Lumerian Shift” Loomed Large at Untitled: Art F City called Schenkelberg‘s (MFA 2011 Fine Arts) installation for Site:Lab the “standout” of Untitled. “Nearly every sight line leads to this stunning, monumental work of art that seems to be blooming a light filled bouquet of ladders and light stands.”

Julie Schenkelberg’s “Lumerian Shift”

Julie Schenkelberg’s “Lumerian Shift”

5) Satellite Remade Space: Brian Whiteley (MFA 2013 Fine Arts) founded the Satellite Art Show, an artist-run alternative fair which debuted in multiple spots in North Beach including a former hotel and pharmacy.

Brian Whiteley

Brian Whiteley

6) Matthew Eck Out Shined Leo: The Daily Beast told readers to forget about trying to spot actor Leonardo DiCaprio and instead focus on Mathew Eck (MFA 2013 Fine Arts) and his X Contemporary.

Matthew Eck

Matthew Eck

7) Under the Main Tent: At Art Basel Miami Beach, Lorna Simpson (BFA 1982 Photography) made Business Insider‘s list for the most outrageous work of art from the fair, Andrew Brischler (MFA 2012 Fine Arts) was featured by artnet News as an exemplar of the trend of text-based art, and KAWS‘s (BFA 1996 Illustration) debuted new Snoopy prints in collaboration with Pace Prints.

Snoopy print by KAWS

Snoopy print by KAWS

In addition to the work on display, SVA alumni came together, despite torrential rain, at a reception hosted by the SVA Alumni office at Circa 39 in Miami Beach. Alumni from many departments were on hand, with visitors mixing with alumni from the Miami area.

Alumni reception

Alumni reception

“It was wonderful catching up in Miami with so many of our incredible alumni,” said Jane Nuzzo, director of Alumni Affairs and Development at SVA. “Seeing people connect and make new friends was inspiring and we look forward to the next time.”

 

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