Business of the Creative Panel Discussion

We are artists, full of passion for our work, but needing guidance and examples of how to channel that passion into viable professional pathways. At LIU Post Art we are connecting young artists to mentors who have navigated the path to self-supporting creative careers. The Business of the Creative Speaker Panel March 20, 2019 features: 

Karen Fitzgerald has been a professional visual artist all of her adult life. Her work is easily found. Her single regret is to not have studied the world of business when she was younger. (Resources provided by Karen Fitzgerald are available here: ReadingResourcesArtIndustryMarch2019[2])

Susan Boxer Kappel, is an artist and clinical art psychotherapist. She has a private practice and is a clinical supervisor at Hofstra University’s Counseling Mental Health Professions Clinic.  She is the 50th Anniversary conference chair for the for the American Art Therapy Association and the former president of the New York Art Therapy Association. She has worked with a variety of populations, created the community after tragedy art therapy resilience initiative and given lectures across the nation on various topics in Art Therapy.

Louise P. Sloane, represented by Spannerman Modern, Amy Simon Fine Art, and and Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Louise P. Sloane has been exhibiting her minimalist abstract color paintings nationally since 1991. Her career encompasses brick and mortar gallery representation to the increasingly important forum of art fairs. 

Don’t Be late!

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • 12:30-1:45 PM
  • Gold Coast Cinema, Hillwood Commons, LIU Post.

The #liupostfoundation hashtag & MOMA Visit 2/3/17

On Friday February 3rd 2017 LIU Post Art Foundation students will use Instagram to learn, record, discover and react at MOMA

We created the collective hashtag #liupostfoundation for the visit to make our process live and in real-time while exploring specific aspects of the museum. The hashtag creates a unique feed that allows for us to be transparent while learning and also retaining an archivable aspect for reference and later use.

Follow our foundation instagram hashtag #liupostfoundation to follow the discoveries and discussions.

You can also follow @liupostart on instagram here.

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Click the image above to join in.

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Foundation Students Use Digital Technology to Study Space

Students in Studio Foundation use 3D Modeling and 3D Printing to explore light, form and scale.  They learned 3D modeling to create forms that juxtapose mass and volume that were printed on a small scale.  That form was then “sliced” digitally and output to shapes that were cut and assembled by hand and compared with the small scale version to study light and the impact of a shift in scale scale on form These investigations are extensions of studies of light, space, and form in paper. 

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Artist-Entrepreneur Liz Lopez Speaks

Artist-Entrepreneur and alumna, Elizabeth Lopez speaks about her business, White Pear Photography.

Artist-Entrepreneur and alumna, Elizabeth Lopez speaks about her business, White Pear Photography.

Elizabeth Lopez, LIU Post Alum, photographer and owner of White Pear Photography Studios, Inc., will speak Wednesday, December 9, 2015, in the Artist-Entrepreneurs speaker series sponsored by the Art Department Studio Foundation Program in the LIU Post College of Arts, Communications and Design.  The event, to be held 12:30-1:30 PM in Sculpture Building, Studio A, is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Lopez opened her S-Corp photography business soon after graduating in 2008 from LIU Post with a BFA in Photography. Then she photographed one of Prof. Joan Power’s neighbors as her first wedding job and then another friend’s next-door neighbor’s wedding. Word of mouth referrals were key in growing her business. While she hasn’t had a specific mentor, she credits Prof. Joan Powers as “an amazing inspiration who taught me a lot” while at Post.

Like many entrepreneurs Lopez juggled a number of smaller lines of work at the outset. She did portrait photography early on, but slowly cut back to focus on weddings. She had also been a florist since age 14 and continued to do wedding flowers, incorporated as “Boos Florist” while growing her wedding photography business. But as of January 2016 she will be leaving the florist business saying, “White Pear has become so successful I am just too overwhelmed with both!”

Lopez says it took word of mouth, will power, and hard work to get her to where she is today. When asked what advice she would give to an artist/photographer starting out she replied with a laugh, “That’s going to be my hour lecture!” So you will just have to attend on December 9th to get advice from an alum with real world experience and entrepreneurial success!

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On Tuesday 11/24/15 artist Martynka Wawrzyniak came to LIU Post’s MFA & MA graduate thesis class to present her work and lead a critique on student work. Martynka gave a great time-line based presentation about her work both past and present. She presented her work directly from her website. (There is a lot to discover there so please further investigate when you can)

 Students presented a piece of their current work to the class and gained insight and advice from Martynka.

Students have been asked to leave their reactions in the comments section on our class blog. They have been asked:

What did you think of Martynka’s work?

Do you have a favorite piece or project?

Do you resonate with her ideas? If so, how?

How do her initial ideas play a role in how her works will be presented and displayed?

You can follow the thread of comments on the class blog here – https://goo.gl/u643Ii

Artist-Entrepreneur Rob Zeller Speaks

Realist Painter and the Teaching Studios Director, Rob Zeller speaks on artist-entrepreneurship November 16, 2015 in the  LIU Post Art Department Studio Foundation Program speaker series.

Realist Painter and the Teaching Studios Director, Rob Zeller speaks on artist-entrepreneurship November 16, 2015 in the LIU Post Art Department Studio Foundation Program speaker series.

Rob Zeller, artist and Director of the Teaching Studios of Art is set to speak Monday, November 16, 2015, in the Artist-Entrepreneurs speaker series sponsored by the Art Department Studio Foundation Program in the LIU Post College of Arts, Communications and Design.  The event, to be held 12:30-1:30 PM in Sculpture Building, Studio A, is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Zeller founded the Teaching Studios of Art (Oyster Bay and Brooklyn) in January 2009 to teach students to paint from life using Renaissance techniques.  A diverse set of realist teachers set the school apart from traditional ateliers.  As Zeller explained in a 2014 feature article in Professional Artist Magazine, “[The instructional philosophy] …follows a model set by jazz teachers in New York City.  In the 1950 and 60’s, music studios would be rented for lessons with different musicians holding court. All of the instructors were excellent, but because the maestros were constantly changing, there was no philosophy of, ‘my way or the highway.'”  Zeller has learned to balance the demands of running a teaching studio while continuing to develop his own art.  He is expanding his reach by writing a book about the figure due out in Fall 2016 from Monacelli Press.

Hailing from New Orleans, Zeller received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.  He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, has had two solo shows in New York.

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Don’t miss our last Artist-Entrepreneur to speak this semester:

ELIZABETH LOPEZ

Owner & Photographer, White Pear Photography Studios, Inc.

LIU Post Art Photo Alumna

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 12:30-1:30 PM, Sculpture Building Studio A

For more information, please call the Art Department: (516)299-2464.

Artist-Entrepreneur Philip Jordan Speaks

Artist-Entrepreneur, Philip Jordan, restores the Finnegan's mural, Huntington, NY, He painted in 1978, in honor of the business' centennial.

Artist-Entrepreneur, Philip Jordan, restores the Finnegan’s mural, Huntington, NY, He painted in 1978, in honor of the business’ centennial.

Philip Jordan, Trompe L’oeil Muralist, Theatrical Scene Painter, and owner of Jordan Mural Design, Inc. is set to speak Wednesday, November 4, 2015, in the Artist-Entrepreneurs speaker series sponsored by the Art Department Studio Foundation Program in the LIU Post College of Arts, Communications and Design.  The event, to be held 12:30-1:30 PM in Sculpture Building, Studio A, is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Jordan started creating murals straight out of art school 35 years ago and hasn’t stopped since.  High-end homes, restaurants and businesses throughout the New York region have been the setting for his custom designs and finishes.  Jordan expanded into large scale theatrical set painting and now has so many miles beneath his brush he paints with the ease and confidence that only comes from years of experience.

In talking with the artist, his business acumen becomes apparent.  From setting up his first gig–the well-known Finnegan’s mural, in Huntington, NY, –to visiting with clients who, in turn, make referrals, Jordan has cultivated a thriving business as a muralist.

Two more Artist-Entrepreneurs will speak this semester:

ROB ZELLER

Director, the Teaching Studios of Art, Oyster Bay and Brooklyn,

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:30-1:30 PM, Sculpture Building Studio A

ELIZABETH LOPEZ

Owner & Photographer, White Pear Photography Studios, Inc.

LIU Post Art Photo Alumna

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 12:30-1:30 PM, Sculpture Building Studio A

For more information, please call the Art Department: (516)299-2464.

3D PRINTING and GAMING

Gaming student, Eric Guadara, teams up with LIU Post Sculpture Professor Winn Rea to produce  industry standard components for his game, Highlandia, using the Art Department uPrint SE 3D printer.

Gaming student, Eric Guadara, teams up with LIU Post Sculpture Professor Winn Rea to produce industry standard components for his game, Highlandia, using the Art Department uPrint SE 3D printer.

Gaming student Eric Guadara teamed up with Sculpture Professor Winn Rea to bring his game, Highlander, to life.  Eric wanted to transform his cardboard prototype to a fully realized production standard game for his exhibit at Metatopia 2015, the New Jersey Gaming Expo in November 2015.

Guadara found the solution in 3D printing.  Using digital modeling programs he engineered three-dimensional components, ran test prints with the help of Prof. Rea on the Art Department uPrint SE 3D printer, and adjusted parameters so that pieces fit together three-dimensionally as well as worked ergonomically.

The process of visualizing, modeling, testing, and perfecting his game components using 3D printing will elevate Guadara’s game head and shoulders above the competition at the Metatopia Game Expo.  Now all that remains is to see how discerning gamers rate his game–Good luck, Eric!

WELCOME STUDIO FOUNDATION CLASS OF 2019

Students in the LIU Post Studio Foundation Class of 2019 hail from CA, FL, MA, CT, NJ, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island, and China–welcome!

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti Summer Institute Re-cap 2015

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Welcome to The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti Summer Institute 2015!

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti is one of the first college level courses in the USA where students earn 3 credits in this specific subject while experiencing and learning hands on studio practice and techniques.

Guest Artists & Lecturers for this term:

Leon Reid IV

SEBS

General Howe

H.Veng Smith

Gabe Schoenberg / Graff Tours

CAKE aka Jennifer Caviola

Yoav Litvin

Jordan Seiler

Ryan Seslow

CAPs II

Schedule

Day #1 – 7/13/15

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti started off with a class overview, learning outcomes and expectations. A historical presentation on early Graffiti in NYC begins with who the early writers were and how styles developed and evolved. Understanding and identifying the difference between legal and illegal graffiti works were explored. A screening and discussion of Style Wars set a great tone and left students with much to think about, especially a re-definition of what Graffiti is and how it can be defined. Style Wars is an essential part of the re-definition process of understanding graffiti. Will you take the time to check it out?

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Day #2 – 7/14/15

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti continued with a lecture on the earliest forms of tagging and letter forms. Writing on the wall dates back to pre-historic time. We discussed the human need to record and interpret the world and how it has transcended time. A tag and tagging development workshop with graffiti alphabets and markers took place. We explored various hand-styles, bubble letters and creating a graffiti name. The class examined: “How do graffiti writers create their names?”

Blackbooks were also introduced and discussed. Many of the students started their own and contributed drawings to each others books. Several of the guest artists also participated. Online resources were introduced, discussed and explored featuring Art Crimes & @149th St. After Day #1’s Style Wars screening, we discussed the importance of Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver’s classic documentary as well as Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s book “Subway Art” aka the Graffiti Bible.

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Day #3 – 7/15/15

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti started with a tagging workshop in hand style graffiti and solidifying a tag name. The class explored the tools of the trade, working with various sizes of markers. Students learned that aerosol spray paint can control is not as easy as it may seem to be. Developing spray can control takes many years of practice and dedication. We found out first hand in our first experience. Students collaborated on a group piece that displays their new identities. Followed by a guest artist presentation and aerosol demo from SEBS.

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SEBS shared both aerosol tagging styles as well as building larger letter forms, fill ins and outlining. Students continued to practice and add contributions to the wall over the duration of the course.

Final Wall Collab

Day #4 – 7/16/15

The class met in New York City for a guided walking street art & graffiti tour of downtown Manhattan with NYC Graff Tours aka Gabe Schoenberg. SOHO, Nolita and the Lower East Side will be covered.

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On the tour we discussed and defined the modular components of Hip Hop. B-Boy & B-Girl poses in front of Ron English’s Wall on Houston St. were essential aspects of retaining the information.

(photo by GRAFF TOURS creator Gabe Schoenberg)

On Day #4 we also met up with artist Jordan Seiler for a NYC studio visit and tour with the NOAD app in the Subway. Jordan discussed his various public projects and spoke about taking back public space. The NOAD app tour was a great new awareness to how artists can participate.


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Day #5 – 7/17/15

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti hit the classroom for an introduction to Street Art lecture. The rise and evolution, connections to graffiti and public art. We spoke about the work of John Fekner and the awareness his influential work brought to the public.

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On day #5 General Howe presented his work and discussed the transition of generating non-commissioned Street Art works and synthesizing them into conceptual new Media Art formats for the web and beyond. We discussed his tumblr based project titled “Disasters of War” and how the project has brought new levels of awareness and context to how information is presented and proceeded to the public.

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RJ Rushmore is the author of VIRAL ART Creator of Vandalog.com and Co-Curator and Co-Creator of ENCRYPTED FILLS – his book Viral Art was emphasized during the course and used as a main resource of investigation. Not only is the book filled with introductions to many artists and their practice, it is a great insight into how the internet has forever changed how artists communicate across the globe. The book is free to read online or download. Each student was required to obtain a copy.

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Day # 6 – 7/20/15

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti continued with understanding various Street Art styles, techniques, and motivations. Street art awareness via photography and the Outdoor Gallery book – author & photographer Yoav Litvin gave a great presentation on his work and lead the class discussion. From the streets of NYC to the many locations Yoav documented in South America, students received a clear vision of how commissioned works of street art function in contrast to non-commissioned works both in and out of the USA.

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On the same day, identifying wheat pastes and the paste up process. Beginning with a presentation and series of definitions, CAKE aka Jennifer Caviola presented her work. CAKE also lead the class in a demonstration on the paste up technique. Using works generated specifically for the class students experimented and collaborated on a group installation with CAKE.

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CAKE Lecture

Day #7 – 7/21/15

The class met in New York City at the Museum of the City of NY to view the Hip Hop Revolution Exhibition. We explored the emphasis and contributions of hip hop in relationship to early NYC graffiti. B-Boying, MC-ing, DJ-ing and Breakdancing were brilliantly captured by artists Martha Cooper, Janette Beckman & Joe Conzo.

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We also visited CAKE’s solo show at The Untitled Space. (45 Lispenard St. Unit 1W NYC) and discussed how her works looked in the gallery opposed to how the works look on the street and via her presentation. The beautiful show generated a lot of new insight into understanding the artist’s process and how well the works looked in the gallery environment.

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(One of the many paintings from Cake’s solo show.)

Day #8 – 7/22/15

On day # 8 Herb Smith was our Guest Artist. Herb gave a great presentation about his current work and his evolution as an artist. Starting out as a traditional graffiti artist while simultaneously maintaining a career as a fine artist. Heavily influenced by Dutch masters, Herb’s unique style ranges from large scale 40 foot collaborative murals to smaller scale oil paintings of realistic birds, landscapes and portraits.

Day #9 – 7/23/15

A Stencil Art workshop was taught and conducted by Ryan Seslow. The class generated stencil art works and collaborated on a series of new works for the growing class archive. The class archive consists of over 100 student stencil art works that dates back to when the class was started. The archive resides in the university print-making studio and is available to the LIU Post community and beyond (by appointment.) The class continued exploring street art and street art techniques by identifying legal and illegal versus permission and commission based works. Public murals were discussed. We spoke and explored the works of artist Chris Stain and presented the book he organized for previous talks at LIU.

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Day #10 – 7/24/15 – Final Class

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti welcomes back Public Artist Leon Reid IV to give a presentation of his work. Leon will discuss the transition made from graffiti writer to public artist. Leon led the class in a group activity on the collaborative idea developments for realizing public works of art. Students broke up into groups to contribute their mock ups. A final group critique took place to assess the outcomes.

The final class assessment, learning outcomes and discussion. Students presented and discussed the works generated in the class. We exchanged how the information learned during the class will influence each student forward? How will you apply the information learned through out the course?

Comments?

Students contributed great insight and reactions through out the course by reacting and responding in the comment areas below.

Many thanks to all of the hard working students, visiting artists and contributors!

Onward and forward.

Much gratitude – Professor Ryan Seslow

Want to learn more about this course? Contact me – ryan.seslow@liu.edu

Collab

A collaborative ongoing piece from The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti at LIU Post. Working in the campus Printmaking studio, this piece features ongoing works by guest artists Chris Stain, Herb Smith, Nicky Sebs, Ryan Seslow & Susie Kelly on the door. More Artists will add to the piece as they visit during the class duration.

LIU Campus Library Book Resources

1. Scrawl : Dirty Graphics & Strange Characters, by Blackshaw, Ric., Farrelly, Liz. London : Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1999.

2. Street Art, by Schwartzman, Allan. Garden City, N.Y. : Dial Press, 1985.

3. Subway Art : 25th Anniversary edition, by Cooper, Martha., Chalfant, Henry. San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, 2009.

4. Trespass : A History of Un-Commissioned Urban Art, by McCormick, Carlo, Seno, Ethel, Schiller, Marc., Schiller, Sara, Banksy, Pasternak, Anne, 1964, Serra, J. Tony. Köln : Taschen, c2010.

5. Getting up : Subway Graffiti in New York, by Castleman, Craig, Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1982.

6. The History of American Graffiti, by Gastman, Roger , Neelon Caleb, Harper Design , April 5, 2011.

7. Viral Art, by RJ Rushmore, 2013 – download here- http://viralart.vandalog.com

8. Outdoor Gallery, by Litvin, Yoav, Ginko press, 2014.

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LIU Campus Library IMA Video Resources

1. Exit Through the Gift Shop by Banksy,  Oscilloscope Laboratories (Firm) [New York] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, 2010.

2. Next: A Primer on Urban Painting by Aravena, Pablo, by New Video, 2010.

3. Style Wars by Silver, Tony, Chalfant, Henry, Public Art Films, 1983.

4. Tats Cru: The Mural Kings by Lia, Jonathan, & Kotlinski, Mark, Anthem NYC (Firm) [New York] : Anthem NYC, 2006.

5. Wild Style by Ahearn, Charlie, Rhino Home Video [distributor], 2002.

6. Bomb It – by Reiss, Jon, 2007.

7. Graffiti-Post Graffiti – by Tschinkel, Paul, ART/new york, 1984.

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