New York Winter Exhibition Highlights: Matthew Craven, Jong Oh and Robert Melee

New York Winter Exhibition Highlights: Matthew Craven, Jong Oh and Robert Melee

January 26, 2016

The 2016 winter exhibition season in New York is off to strong start with three shows by MFA Fine Arts and BFA Fine Arts alumni that explore everything from prehistoric cultures to the psychology of the everyday.

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SVA Faculty and Alumni Receive 2016 Creative Capital Awards

SVA Faculty and Alumni Receive 2016 Creative Capital Awards

January 25, 2016

Six members of the SVA community have been named recipients of 2016 Creative Capital Awards, which support projects in the arts that are “bold, innovative and genre-stretching.” Each awardee receives up to $50,000 in direct funding as well as access to professional workshops and expertise valued at an additional $45,000. Only 46 projects were chosen from a nationwide pool of 2,500 proposals.

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Ryan Pfluger on Photographing Caitlyn Jenner and More

Ryan Pfluger on Photographing Caitlyn Jenner and More

January 22, 2016

Since graduating from SVA, Ryan Pfluger (MFA 2007 Photography, Video and Related Media) has been an in-demand editorial photographer for many top magazines, and recently shot Out magazine’s 2015 Out 100, a project in which he photographed everyone from President Obama to Caitlyn Jenner.

Pfluger developed his unique portraiture technique as a student. During his second year at SVA, he began documenting the emerging Brooklyn hipster scene in “The Prowl,” his photo blog on Nerve.com. His composed, formal portraits of men he met at parties, on the streets and online helped to define a new aesthetic of metrosexual masculinity, in part driven by his own personal discomfort with the traditional ideals of manhood. While Pfluger’s content was seen as controversial by some (particularly his male nudes), his work caught the attention of his teachers and editors alike.

Pfluger sat down with SVA Close Up in his Williamsburg Studio to talk about how he made it happen, why he shoots the way he does, and how he works with his subjects to get the intense portraits he creates.

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