School of Visual Arts


School of Visual Arts
School of Visual Arts
School of Visual Arts logo.jpg
Established 1947
Type Proprietary, For-profit
President David Rhodes
Academic staff 971
Undergraduates 3,522
Postgraduates 424
Location New York, NY
Campus Urban
Colors Crimson/Gold
Mascot Squidley
Website sva.edu
SVA's Main building
Close-up of the main building
The Photography building
SVA's West Side building

The School of Visual Arts (SVA), is a proprietary art school located in Manhattan, New York City, and is widely considered to be one of the leading art schools in the United States.[1] It was established in 1947 by co-founders Silas H. Rhodes and Burne Hogarth as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School and was renamed in 1956.[2] It offered its first degrees in 1972.[3] SVA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 36 leading art schools in the United States.

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Curriculum

SVA is a fully accredited for-profit college that requires the completion of a four-year, 120 credit course for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This includes 72 accumulated credits' worth of studio classes (where the curriculum requires the creation of some type of art), 30 accumulated credits of Humanities and Sciences courses, 12 accumulated credits of art history courses, and six discretionary credits. The Master of Fine Arts degree requires completion of 60 credits and a thesis project, while the Master of Professional Studies degree requires 30–36 credits and a thesis project, depending on the program. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree requires the completion of 36 credits and a thesis project.

As of 2000, the undergraduate degrees offered at SVA are Advertising, Animation, Cartooning, Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects, Film & Video, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, and Visual & Critical Studies.[4]

In 1983, the school introduced its first graduate offering, a Master of Fine Arts program in painting, drawing and sculpture. Currently, SVA offers graduate programs in nineteen fields: Art Education; Art Criticism & Writing; Art Practice; Art Therapy; Branding; Computer Art; Design; Design Criticism; Digital Photography; Fashion Photography; Illustration as Visual Essay; Live Action Short Film; Photography, Video and Related Media; Social Documentary Film; Interaction Design; Design for Social Innovation; Products of Design; and Critical Theory and the Arts.[5]

There are also non-degree departments offering courses in Art History and Humanities & Sciences, and a Continuing Education Division that offers non-credit courses from most SVA departments.[6]

Location and campus

The school has two Manhattan locations: in the Gramercy Park neighborhood, on the East Side; and in the Chelsea neighborhood, on the West Side, with a number of buildings catering to classes in different departments.

Main building

The Main Building is located at 209 East 23rd Street, between Second Avenue and Third Avenue, and features classrooms, administrative offices, a cafeteria (Moe's Cafe) and an amphitheater on the third floor. The upper floors are mostly designated for the film, video, graphic design, advertising, illustration and cartooning classes. The building’s lobby and an adjoining room also serve as a museum space for exhibits and public events.

Second Avenue building

The school does not own this entire building, which is located at 380 Second Avenue, but only three of its floors, including the second, where the school’s library and some classrooms are located, the fifth floor, where undergraduate animation studios and the graduate design department are located, the seventh floor, where the illustration classrooms and studios are located, and the eighth floor, where administrative offices, and classrooms designated for Humanities and Sciences classes are located.

Photography building

Located at 214 East 21st Street, this building is where classrooms and studios used for undergraduate and graduate photography classes are located, as well as the school’s radio station, WSVA, and some administrative offices.

West Side building

This building, located from 133 to 141 West 21st Street, between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue in Chelsea, contains most of the studios serving drawing and painting classes, particularly for freshmen. It also features classrooms for courses in interior design, printmaking, BFA & MFA computer art, and art history. The lower level also features an art gallery and a cafeteria.

SVA also owns the building across the street, at 132 West 21st Street, which has offices, classrooms and studios for undergraduate cartooning & illustration, and graduate interaction design, Illustration as Visual Essay, computer art, art education, art therapy, art criticism and writing.

BFA Fine Arts building

Located at 335 West 16th Street, this building houses the BFA Fine Arts Department, Sculpture Studios and Digital Lab.

SVA Theatre

Located at 333 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, in Chelsea. It was formerly the Clearview Chelsea West Cinema, and was purchased in 2008. Renovation of it began that September, and it opened in January 2009. Designer and SVA Acting Chairman Milton Glaser produced designs for the Theater's interior and exterior of the building, including the sculpture situated atop its marquee. The 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) facility houses two separate auditoriums, one with 265 seats and the other with 480, hosts class meetings, lectures, film screenings and other public events. Community partners that have used the theater include the Tribeca and GenArt film festivals, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC environmental initiative, and the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.[7]

Galleries

SVA has three gallery spaces: the Visual Arts Gallery, at 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor; the West side Gallery, at 141 West 21st Street; and the SVA Gallery/Visual Arts Museum, at 209 East 23rd Street. The galleries show a mix of student and professional art.

Residence halls

There are a number of residence halls for students at SVA:

  • The George Washington Residence is located at 23 Lexington Ave. The building houses Residence Life, the Office for International Students, Student Affairs and VASA (Visual Arts Student Affairs) on the Mezzanine. The top floor is designated as the Solarium for cooking, and a student lounge.
  • The New Residence is located at 215 E. 23rd St. The building houses only freshmen and is an apartment styled dormitory.
  • The Gramercy Women's Residence is located at 17 Gramercy Park South and houses only female students.
  • 10th St Dorms is located at 101 10th St and houses mostly upperclassmen.
  • Ludlow Dorms is located at 101 Ludlow St and houses mostly upperclassmen. This building was opened during the 2009–2010 academic year.
  • There was a branch of SVA in Savannah, GA from 1994 to 1997. Due to political turmoil with S.C.A.D., S.V.A. president, David Rhodes decided to shut the Savannah branch down.
  • A single dormitory was located at the corner of Lincoln and State Street. The main building with gallery, administrative offices, library, painting/drawing classrooms and a digital lab was located on Drayton Street between President and State. The sculpture building was located on State Street just before Bull Street.

Notable instructors

Animation
Art history
  • Donald Kuspit – author of numerous books, including The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist; The Dialectic of Decadence
  • Robert C. Morgan – art critic
  • Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
  • Jerry Saltz – former head art critic, Village Voice, currently writes for New York
Cartooning
Fine arts
Graphic design
Illustration
Photography
  • Guy Aroch – photographer, BFA photography department professor
  • Marco Breuer – photographer
  • Elinor Carucci – photographer, BFA photography department professor
  • Laurel Nakadate – video artist, photographer, BFA photography department professor
  • Stan Shaffer – photographer
  • Amy Stein – photographer
  • Amy Taubin – film critic, former curator of video and film at The Kitchen, MFA Photography Video and Related Media department.
  • Jerry Yulsman – photographer (Playboy, Collier's, Look) and novelist (Elleander Morning)
Filmmaking
MFA Computer Art

Notable alumni

Animation
Cartooning
Computer art
Film and video
Music
Fine arts
Graphic design
Illustration
Photography
Other
  • Sheila Lukins – cook and food writer who co-authored the The Silver Palate series of cookbooks and The New Basics Cookbook[45]
  • Manuel DeLanda – philosopher and writer
  • Rahul Khanna – Indian actor

Notes

  1. ^ US News: Best Graduate School
  2. ^ a b c Kennedy, Randy (2007-06-30). "Silas H. Rhodes Dies at 91; Built School of Visual Arts". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/30/arts/30rhodes.html?ex=1340856000&en=d89b3a478219e9b3&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  3. ^ President David Rhodes: School of Visual Arts
  4. ^ School of Visual Arts website
  5. ^ School of Visual Arts website/Graduate Programs
  6. ^ School of Visual Arts website/Continuing Education
  7. ^ "A Conversation Piece" School of Visual Arts; Accessed September 6, 2009
  8. ^ Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez
  9. ^ Jessica Abel at schoolofvisualarts.edu
  10. ^ Sal Amendola at schoolofvisualarts.edu
  11. ^ Phil Jimenez at schoolofvisualarts.edu
  12. ^ Klaus Jason at schoolofvisualarts.edu
  13. ^ obituary of Harvey kurtzman, The New York Times
  14. ^ David Mazzucchelli at schoolofvisualarts.edu
  15. ^ Callahan, Timothy. "When Words Collide: Dialogue with Walt Simonson, Pt. 1", Comic Book Resources, May 9, 2011
  16. ^ Bruckner, D. J. R., "Design View: How the Alphabet Is Shaping Up In a Computer Age", The New York Times, September 10, 1989. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  17. ^ "Up Front", The New York Times, November 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  18. ^ Curtis Publishing. News From Curtis Publishing
  19. ^ Smith, Roberta. "Robert Weaver, 70, Painterly Illustrator and Noted Teacher", The New York Times, September 9, 1994. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  20. ^ Nash, Eric. "George Woodbridge, 73, Artist For Mad Magazine Since 1950s", The New York Times, January 22, 2004. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  21. ^ Frook, John Evan. "Director Matthau collects 'Dust'", Variety (magazine), November 24, 1992. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  22. ^ a b Cooke, John B. (August 2005). "Lew Sayre Schwartz Checklist". Alter Ego (TwoMorrows Publishing) 3 (51): 30. 
  23. ^ Furman, T.J. "Bordentown native creates MTV cartoon: Cable network's newest show to premiere Tuesday", Princeton Packet, July 31, 1999. Accessed December 11, 2007. "Chris Prynoski graduated from SVA in 1994 and started working for MTV the next day."
  24. ^ Morgan, Jeffrey. "John Holmstrom: Floating in a bottle of formaldehyde", Metro Times, February 4, 2004. Accessed July 6, 2008. "Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner (my teachers at the School of Visual Arts who both later hired me for freelance work before I started PUNK) also had a huge influence on me."
  25. ^ "Painfully Self-aware And 'Serious' ", Communication Arts Insights, March 31, 2009
  26. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Fables", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 72–81, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  27. ^ Dery, Mark. "A Cartoonist in Despair? Now That's Funny," New York Times (March 19, 2006).. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  28. ^ Gustines, George Gene. "Superhero Stylings From Stars of Pop", The New York Times, October 20, 2007. Accessed November 27, 2007. "For Mr. Way, “Umbrella Academy” was another way to be productive when he wasn’t recording with the band. It also used skills he developed as a student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan."
  29. ^ Cotroneo, Nicole. "Mouse Almighty", The New York Times, November 4, 2007. Accessed November 27, 2007. "...he grew up in North Shore Towers, on the Queens-Nassau County border, and after receiving his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he studied photography at C. W. Post."
  30. ^ "NY Skyline" Visual Arts Briefs, School of Visual Arts, Accessed November 4, 2010.
  31. ^ http://www.fashiontribes.com/newsletter/1106/rp/feature.php?sec=tribe_feature"
  32. ^ http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Chantal+Claret+of+Morningwood/
  33. ^ Burlingame, Jon. "Michael Giacchino's Mission: Make the Old Music New", The New York Times, May 7, 2006. Accessed November 27, 2007. "The backyard for Mr. Giacchino, 38, was in Edgewater Park, N.J., where he grew up watching — and listening to — Hanna-Barbera cartoons, "The A-Team" and reruns of "The Dick Van Dyke Show." He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York, but, as music became his main interest, he took classes at Juilliard and, later, film-music extension courses at U.C.L.A."
  34. ^ Weinraub, Bernard. "FILM; An Unusual Choice for the Role of Studio Superhero", The New York Times, July 9, 2000. Accessed November 27, 2007. "Mr. Singer attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for two years, and then transferred to the University of Southern California."
  35. ^ a b c DeBartolo, Dick; Mad magazine #486; February 2008; Page 26.
  36. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3097138/
  37. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0101453/
  38. ^ "Robert Beauchamp, American (1923 - 1995)". Ro Gallery. 2011. http://rogallery.com/Beauchamp_Robert/beauchamp-bio.html. Retrieved 30 Jun 2011. 
  39. ^ Morris, Bob. "Cable's First Lady Of Explicit", The New York Times, June 23, 1996. Accessed December 3, 2007. "At 17, Ms. Byrd got her graduate equivalency diploma and then pursued advertising design at Baruch College but dropped out in her senior year. By then it was the early 1970's and she was modeling at the School of Visual Arts, where she had been taking life-drawing classes."
  40. ^ Johnson, Ken. "Images of Vietnamese in the Generation Since the War", October 7, 2005. Accessed November 27, 2007. "Mr. Le came to the United States with his family when he was 11 and eventually received a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan."
  41. ^ Kastner, Jeffrey. "ART / ARCHITECTURE; Discovering Poetry Even in the Clutter Around the House", The New York Times, July 11, 1999. Accessed November 27, 2007. "Since completing her master's degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1997, she has mounted projects at institutions across Europe, from Greece and Luxembourg to France and Austria."
  42. ^ "«I Sopranos? No agli stereotipi ma non facciamone un dramma» – Federico Castelluccio, il Furio Giunta della celebre serie tv, a Toronto per incontrare gli zii", Corriere Canadese, May 11, 2005
  43. ^ Cast and Crew Biography of Federico Castelluccio from The Sopranos. Retrieved December 25, 2006.
  44. ^ The Gnomon Workshop website J.P. Targete is an accomplished digital and traditional illustrator, concept artist and art director for books and video games. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and started working professionally at age twenty, illustrating book covers for Avon Books.
  45. ^ Moskin, Julia. "Sheila Lukins, 66, Dies; Awakened Taste Buds", The New York Times, August 30, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2009.

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