Down Under

October 14, 2005

The area down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass is more often referred to by the acronym d.u.m.b.o. This weekend, October 14 – 16, over 100 artists will be showing work in the area as part of the ninth annual d.u.m.b.o. Art Under the Bridge Festival. Several SVA alumni will be part of the festival, starting Friday night, 6 – 9pm: Sarah Wayland-Smith (MFA 1999 Fine Arts) will have work in the “Traces” exhibition at Spring:3d magazine, 126A Front Street; Alison Ward (MFA 1997 Fine Arts) will be presenting her Boxing for Mr. Wonderful performance piece at Fine Arts at Gleason’s Gym, 85 Front Street; Mariam Ghani (MFA 2002 Photography and Related Media) will be conducting her piece, Security Blanket, at 55 Washington Street, 9th floor; and Wanda Acosta (1981 Graphic Design), ON Megumi Akiyoshi (MFA 2002 Fine Arts), Michele Gambetta (MFA 2000 Fine Arts) and Katrina Jerinic (MFA 2002 Photography and Related Media) will be showing mobile and site-specific work in various locations around the festival.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival presents an array of open studios from 12 – 6pm. Cara Croninger (1973), Celeste Fichter (MFA 1996 Photography and Related Media), Susan Leopold (BFA 1982 Fine Arts), Marianne McCarthy (BFA 1990 Photography) and Andrea Sanders (MFA 1996 Photography and Related Media) will be at 68 Jay Street; George Boorujy (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay) opens his door at 45 Main Street; Ghani and Steven Sollins (MFA 2002 Photography and Related Media) are at Smack Mellon Studios, 25 Washington Street; and April Hannah (MFA 2001 Fine Arts), Greg Miller (BFA 1990 Photography), Judith Nilson (BFA 1974 Fine Arts) and Amy Talluto (MFA 2001 Fine Arts) will all be at 55 Washington Street. For more information on the d.u.m.b.o. festival, visit

Image: Alison Ward, Boxing for Mr. Wonderful, 2005.

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