Two recent graduates from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) are reaching new audiences with help from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum. Natalia Yovane (MFA 2010 Fine Arts) was selected as one of three artists to participate in “KedsWhitney Works on Canvas”, a live-action exhibition in which artists collaborated on paintings in the windows of the flagship Bloomingdale’s store at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. For two weeks during the months of July, passersby were able to view the artists working through the windows. The exhibition was conceived in conjunction with a series of new launches from the Keds shoe brand and their partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art. Following the in-window installation, the completed works are now on view at the Whitney.

Across the river in Brooklyn, two images from alumnus Damian Wampler’s (MPS 2009 Digital Photography) series Darfur in Brooklyn have recently been acquired by the Brooklyn Museum. The series consists of images taken of Omar, a Darfuri refugee and taxi driver living in Kensington, Brooklyn. One image, Untitled 1 (Kitchen), will be on display in the American Identities galleries, August – December 2010.

Current students and a recent graduate were recently recognized in two New York-based creative competitions. Telling the story of a girl who dresses up as a witch for Halloween and tries to fly, the children’s book Only a Witch Can Fly is illustrated by alumnus Taeeun Yoo (MFA 2005 Illustration as Visual Essay). Yoo’s linoleum-block-print illustrations use a muted palette of green, brown, orange and black, and earned her the 2010 Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Illustrator. Presented by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the New York Public Library, the awards are given to one writer and one illustrator each year.

Tackling the issue of drunk driving in a way that’s both engaging for the consumer and promotional for a vendor, BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department students Mark Forsman and Vinny Garbellano created Walk the Line, a proposal for an iPhone app that allows users to self-administer a version of typical sobriety test: walking a straight line. Forsman and Garbellano conceived the app as a promotional tool for Jack Daniels, and their proposal won Best In Show at Wrath of Cannes, a New York advertising competition that runs concurrently with the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France. Forsman and Garbellano are both students of instructor Frank Anselmo, who teaches Unconventional Advertising at SVA.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in
the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

Images: (top) KedsWhitney Works on Canvas, 2010. Courtesy of Night Agency; (bottom) Damian Wampler, Untitled 1 (Kitchen), 2009

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