Saturday’s New York Times reported on an innovative project to bring art to the city’s public schools that involved several members of the SVA community. “A Is for Artwork That Lures Bronx Schoolchildren to New Libraries” describes how the new artworks were conceived as integral parts of the three school libraries where they were installed. They include original pieces created by SVA faculty members Maira Kalman and Stefan Sagmeister and alumnus Yuko Shimizu (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay), among other artists.
Sagmeister and Shimizu collaborated on a mural for P.S. 96 that takes the message “Everybody who is honest is interesting” and infused it with fanciful images like giant snails and men with insect wings, while Kalman’s piece at P.S. 47 links the letters of the alphabet to important moments and figures from history. The works were commissioned as part of a Robin Hood Foundation initiative to encourage students to visit their school libraries. Click here to see a slideshow of the library artworks.