MFA-V Alumna L. Mylott Manning Exhibition NYC

At Columbia University in the Center for Theoretical Physics, 8th Fl, 116th St & Broadway, NYC.

MetaMoi (P)ARTY 2, Oct 22, 2016 – February 10, 2017, Open to the public Monday – Friday 9 am – 10 am.

Curated by Eva Depoorter. Artists included: Sonia Aniceto, Colleen Blackard, Miriam Carothers, Benjamin W. Coleman, Julia Dubovyk, Maho Kino Fei Li, L. Mylott Manning, Ellie Perendy, Erin Starr

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MFA-V Alumna Mary Ting Curates Endangered! NYC


Curated by Mary Ting

November 16 to February 3, 2017


ENDANGERED! the exhibition and its related programming is an emergency call to save the imperiled creatures whose precarious state is completely human caused. The endangered species crisis is growing at an alarming rate due to wildlife trafficking for animal parts and the exotic pet trade; habitat loss, degradation and conflicts due to the mining, logging, drilling, dams, agriculture, and livestock grazing, and further exacerbated by climate change. Wildlife trafficking with its direct ties to criminal syndicates and weapons threatens the rule of law, social stability and global security. This crisis is not just about the animals and regional problems – this involves all of us.

ENDANGERED! will include photography, prints and sculpture by a group of acclaimed international artists who are dedicated to the cause. From Nick Brandt’s heartbreaking Across the Ravaged Land series, to the expressionistic protest prints of Sue Coe, the exhaustive Photo Ark by Joel Sartore, the last photographs of Cecil, the famed lion, by his researcher and photographer, Brent Stapelkampf, to the Ivory Buddhist deity pieces by Mary Ting, these artists are emphatic about the critical nature of these issues.

The exhibition ENDANGERED! and its public programs are co-sponsored by the John Jay College Sustainability and Environmental Justice program.

For more information and additional upcoming public programs:

Gallery Hours: 9- 5 PM, M – F, or by appointment
Location: 6th Floor Haaren Hall, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, NY, NY, 10019

For more information please contact:

The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery John Jay College
860 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019 [email protected] 212-237-1439

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit


Image: ©Nick Brandt, Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant, Amboseli, 2011 Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York and Zurich

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Alumnus David Kutz @ Soho Photo Gallery

VCFA MFA Visual Art alumnus David Kutz has an upcoming exhibition at the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC. Retro opens Tuesday 12/6/2016 at 6-8pm. 

About the show:

“Although the photographs of RETRO were shot in many different places around the world, they are unified by a focus on composition, color, form, line and texture. Looking at them, I wonder about the commonality of the built environment across cultures. Is it the way I see the world, or a result of globalization?”


Soho Photo Gallery

15 White St New York, NY 10013 United States


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Co-Chair Dont Rhine | Discussed in Savage Minds Article

We’re in Crisis! Time to Slow Down: Discernment in a Trumpian Age

(This occasional post comes from Edgar Rivera Colón, Ph.D. Dr. Rivera Colón is a medical anthropologist and teaches at Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine program. Dr. Rivera Colón is also Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Saint Peter’s University, The Jesuit University of New Jersey. He does spiritual direction with activists as a ministry of the Ecumenical Catholic Church (ECC), an LGBT-affirming faith community, based in Guadalajara, Mexico.)

No hay mal que dure cien años — ni cuerpo que lo resista.” (Popular Puerto Rican saying).

“There is no evil that can last a century — nor bodies equipped to endure it.”

The last weeks have been a marathon (Trumpathon?) of despair, grief, resistance, and mobilization in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory. I’ve spent part of time having long conversations with younger activists — folks in their 20’s and 30’s — about their feelings of disorientation and anger at what seemed to many to be an impossible electoral outcome. One of most dangerous, hate-spewing, fear-mongering, and vulgar presidential candidates in the US history is about to take over one wing of the state apparatus. Whatever one’s take on the whys and wherefores of the 2016 presidential election results, the negative effect on many bodies, spirits, and minds is palpable and worrying. What to do in such a crisis with so many layers and consequences that could warp even further the American polity for two or three generations hence?

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MFA-V Alumna Kathy Couch | Performance|Portrait @ Invisible Dog Art Center

PERFORMANCE| PORTRAIT by A CANARY TORSI – Invisible Dog presents a canary torsi’s new responsive video installation, Performance | Portrait. The work invites each visitor to an encounter with a performer. Grounded in questions of intimacy and connection within the performance experience, four distinguished performers were recorded maintaining their focus on a future audience.

Yanira Castro (Concept/Choreographer), Kathy Couch (Installation Artist), Stephan Moore (Interaction Designer), Julie Wyman (Filmmaker)

Anna Azrieli, Leslie Cuyjet, Peter Schmitz, David Thomson

This exhibition is part of Intermediaries, a 2016 program co-commissioned and presented by the Invisible Dog and Immediate Medium and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Commissioning support for Performance I Portrait also provided by the Catherine Tell Foundation and Creative Art Council at Brown University, as a part of The Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI). Performance I Portrait is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). It was developed, in part, during a BRIClab Residency at BRIC House in Brooklyn, NY, a residency with producing partner High Concept Labs in Chicago, and with residency support from Gibney Dance Center and ISSUE Project Room in New York and Amherst College in MA. Additional support provided by UC Davis, CA.

Opening Reception: Saturday December 3, from 6 to 10pm
On viewing from Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

Part of WONDERLAND, annual group exhibition at The Invisible Dog.

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MFA in Visual Art Alumni—San Diego Exhibition Opens Friday, 11/25

Recent work from eleven MFA in Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Writing alumni will be exhibited at the City Heights Performance Annex in San Diego, CA. Opening reception on November 26.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the VCFA Visual Art program, artist alumni from around the country are creating regional exhibitions in their communities.

Premiered in GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, the exhibition, Line Align Realign travels to the City Heights Performance Annex in San Diego.

Join us on Opening Night—Saturday, November 26, 5-8pm
City Heights Performance Annex
3791 Fairmount Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

The exhibition will also be open on Friday, November 25 and Sunday, November 27 from 12-6pm.

Participating artists include: Irene Abraham, Muriel Angelil, Samantha Eckert, Renee Lauzon, Angela Meron, Fiona Phillips, Barbara Rockman, Michael Ruiz, Sumru Tekin, Terrill Thomas, and Blair Vaughn-Gruler.

Image credit: “Align/Realign I” 2016 by Angela Meron

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Artist-Teacher Profile: Suzy Spence

Suzy Spence is an Artist, Writer, and Curator who divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Montpelier, VT. She first exhibited her hunt scenes and faux society portraits in the 1990s at Colin De Land’s conceptual gallery American Fine Arts. In 2014 she published an illustrated artist’s novel about a town in Maine, acquired by M HKA Ensembles for ‘The Book Lovers’.  Her recent black paintings, and hunt scenes borrow from the genre of English Sporting Art. When Spence depicts aristocratic activities like hunting and riding she brings new meaning to frank depictions of class and ‘natural order’:  male rider / female rider / horse / dogs / fox . Her anglophilic scenes possess an element of absurdity, despite being seductive; as Susan Santog wrote in “Notes on Camp”(1964) such a thing is “unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it.” Spence was the recipient of a painting Fellowship this year on Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, located at the historic home of Fairfield and Ann Porter.

Spence is an artist-teacher for the MFA Visual Art program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recurring guest critic during the bi-annual residencies.

Her work is represented by Sears Peyton Gallery and she recently wrote an interview piece for on fellow painter Bo Joseph’s work.

A Season of Psychic Noise: An Interview with Bo Joseph
by Suzy Spence, Nov. 16, 2016

On the first day of his exhibition, A Season of Psychic Noise, I had the pleasure of speaking with fellow painter Bo Joseph. Bo and I were born the same year and attended New England colleges where our initiation to art history in the late 80s was through Louise Gardner’s encyclopedic tome, Art Through the Ages. We were in agreement that the book had been useful (we still own our copies), and that it was regrettable to have professors skip entire chapters on Africa or Asia in the service of presenting a linear Western leaning history. I was fascinated to learn that he’d remedied this with extensive travel and research, a journey that has enabled him to define art on his own terms.

S. Your paintings seem to be elaborate systems with a range of references. What attracts you to your source material?

B. My mark making and methodology always references something real. It has its beginnings in things I am interested in, whether that is Chinese scroll paintings or Northwest Coast Native American carvings. For a while I was obsessed with embroidered Japanese material used in kimonos and noh robes. As a student, every time I studied a western art movement in a formal way, I wondered what was happening on the other side of the world. That led me to study African Art, Sufi Art, I took classes in world religion, Jungian theory, and I became really interested in Art Brut-I found Dubuffet.

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Whitney Biennial Announces 2017 List

The Whitney has released its full list of artist who will participate in the 2017 biennial. The statement  describes the exhibition’s theme regarding “The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.” Among the sixty-three participants is current core faculty member Cauleen Smith. Cauleen was VCFA MFA Visual Art program Artist-in-Residence in August 2011. She went on to be a recurrent visiting faculty member and since 2014 she has been on the core faculty team.

You will also see a familiar name in this list; former faculty member Ulrike Müller (born 1971 in Austria, lives in New York) whose work engages relationships between abstraction and bodies and a concept of painting that is not restricted to brush and canvas. Employing a wide range of materials and techniques, including performance, publishing, and textiles, her work moves between different contexts and publics, invites collaboration, and expands to other realms of production in processes of exploration and exchange. Müller was involved with VCFA from 2008-2011, serving as guest artist, critic, and core faculty.

Congratulations to all of the artists. The show, which opens March 17 and runs until June 11, is co-curated by Christopher Lew and Mia Locks. To read more about the 2017 Biennal Curators click here.Running Sneakers Store | Nike Dunk Low Coast UNCL – Grailify

The MFA Visual Art Program Launches New Instagram Page

We have our own Instagram page! Featuring pictures of exhibitions, residencies, art, and more!

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FAC Artist Spotlight | MFA Alumna Caitlin Metz

The Foundry Art Centre in St.Charles, Missouri wrote an beautiful piece about MFA alumna, Caitlin Metz.

Here is a brief excerpt: “”Drawing is a conversation with yourself; it’s where I started and the place I always return to.” In Studio 17 at the Foundry Art Centre, artist Caitlin Metz is constantly in the midst of a dialogue, using her pen, printing press, chalkboard wall – and quite often – her social media, to do the talking. Her Instagram is a rose-tinted collection of images from her life, artwork, and studio; it is an outlet for her thoughts and a platform she utilizes to connect with people from all corners of the world.”

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