The 2006–07 academic year is ending on a high note at the Visual Arts Gallery with two new shows. “Fresh Crop: Design Entrepreneurs” is an exhibition of socially and environmentally aware products developed by 19 students graduating from the MFA Design Department. The projects on view realize the potential of design in various forms—graphic, motion, Web and 3D—to be both commercially viable and culturally significant. The exhibition is curated by Dorothy Twining Globus, an SVA faculty member, Museum of Arts & Design curator of exhibitions and independent curator.
At the same time, the gallery’s project rooms will be showing “Selected Works from MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Thesis Projects,” an exhibition curated by faculty member David Sandlin, featuring thesis projects by 16 MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department students that explore the idea of illustration created from personal experience and content. The students’ thesis projects fall into the categories of books, figurative paintings, graphic novels and narrative series. Both shows will be on view in the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, from May 4 – 19; there will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 8, 6 – 8pm.
Image: Julie Tinker, We the People, 2007; from “Fresh Crop: Design Entrepreneurs.”