The Annual 2012

School of Visual Arts

In Retrospect

SVA at the Affordable Art Fair

For the past 10 years, SVA has been an exhibitor at New York’s Affordable Art Fair, an event that offers works in all media at prices ranging from $100 to $10,000 (half of it under $5,000). In recognition of the anniversary, the spring 2012 fair featured a special installation that presented a fascinating look back. On display was work by a dozen alumni who have participated in the show over the past decade, which caught the eye of writers at The Huffington Post, Art Log and Arts Observer.

One of the featured alumni, photographer Amy Stein (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media), says of her inclusion in the fair back in 2006: “I knew it was a good opportunity at the time, but what I didn’t expect was how the experience would impact my career years later. The experience set me up for professional practice by enabling me to sell my first images and define my edition and pricing structure. I also met my New York dealer, Brian Clamp, through the fair. It was an amazing opportunity for an artist just getting started.”

Other SVA alumni who took part included Michael Bilsborough (MFA 2006 Illustration as Visual Essay), Steven Bindernagel (MFA 2006 Fine Arts), Matthew Craven (MFA 2010 Fine Arts), Brandon Davey (MFA 2009 Fine Arts), Amy Elkins (BFA 2007 Photography), Daniel John Gadd (BFA 2008 Fine Arts), Yuhi Hasegawa (MFA 2009 Fine Arts), Cesar Chavez Lechowick (MFA 2007 Photography, Video and Related Media), Avery McCarthy (BFA 2008 Photography), Dan Perrone (BFA 2005 Photography) and Ivar Theorin (BFA 2009 Fine Arts).

SVA also had a booth featuring work by current students in five different departments—BFA Fine Arts; BFA Photography; BFA Visual and Critical Studies; MFA Fine Arts; and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media.

On hand at the spring event to moderate a panel discussion about the fair’s impact on emerging artists was Dan Halm, who has been responsible for curating SVA’s booth every year so far. The Affordable Art Fair, which has taken place in 11 cities in its 11-year history, appears set to continue its highly successful run.

Annual Spring Affordable Art Fair Returns to New York City

Affordable Art Picks

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