Who Needs a Master Anymore?

May 25, 2011

Several members of the SVA community are taking part in a cross-cultural investigation of authority in art education that kicks off this month in a New York City exhibition. Curated by alumnus Joanna M. Wezyk (MFA 2008 Fine Arts), who is on the faculty at Kean University, “Opposite Pols” brings together works by students at two U.S. and two Polish institutions – SVA, Kean University, the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Rzeszow – alongside works by their instructors.

Coordinated by faculty member Peter Hristoff (BFA 1981 Fine Arts), the participating SVA artists include BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department students Bill Donovan, Kayla Gibbons, Lindsey Jardine, Cassandra Levine, Matt Lifson, Jennifer List, Kristen Long, Carly Mark, Dominic Musa and Chris Retsina. “Opposite Pols” is on view at the Artes Gallery, 333 West 38th Street, from May 26 – June 1. There is an opening reception on Thursday, May 26, 7 – 9pm; admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the International Art Academies Symposium: Who Needs a Master Anymore?, to be held from July 22 – 31 in Szymbark, Poland, where Hristoff and Wezyk will join other artists, educators and scholars in presenting papers. The exhibition will travel to the Contemporary Art Center Solvay, Krakow; City Hall Gallery, Rzeszow; and the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University, Union, New Jersey. There will be a publication documenting the project made available the later this year.

Image: Peter Hristoff, untitled work on paper, 2011.

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