New Program In Museum Studies Scheduled To Launch In Fall 2017

In response to nation wide interest in cultural studies and museum leaning, the LIU Post art history program has recently established to New York State degree programs. Both the five-year BA/MA and a stand alone MA in museum studies will have two distinct tracks, one for museum education the other for curatorial studies. The programs are designed with laboratory style learning in which over one-third of contact time takes place within a museum; As well as internships in regional museums. The new Steinberg Museum at LIU post will be relocated and redesigned in the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library on campus to include over 500sqft of the LIU Collections visual storage display which will be accessible glass units presenting the colleges resources for hands-on college learning. This museum opening is scheduled to coincide with the launch of the museum studies program.

MFA Thesis 2016 Makes It’s Way To SIA Gallery In Chelsea NYC

MFA Thesis Show

MFA Thesis Show “Nexus of 12” at the Steinberg Museum (April 11, 2016-May 6, 2016)

Official website for  Nexus of 12

Come see the MFA Thesis Show titled “Nexus 0f 12” which will be featuring 12 graduating MFA students here at LIU Post . This is LIU’s most interesting and will rounded exhibitions, featuring local and international artists. Works shown range in all types of techniques, styles, and cultural traditions in the fields of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and animation.

This show features artists, Chris Ann Ambery, Sohee Conover, Nickolas Frizalone, Carrie-Anne Gonzalez, Yuheng Hou, Candice Licalzi, Juan Lopez, Suzi Pastorelli, Ashley Schriefer, Chelsea Soldner, Yuan Yin, and Tingting Zhang.

Please join us for food and drink at the reception of Nexus of 12 on Wednesday April 13th from 5pm-8pm.

Visiting Artist Sharon Louden Speaks At LIU Post

Famous sculptor and abstract painter Sharon Louden visits LIU Post giving an exclusive two hour lecture. Louden describes her life story as an artist as well as her hardships, such as paying for college, financially supporting yourself as an artist and how to inspire one another through your art. Her lecture was one of the most attended events, encouraging young art students of any craft to fight for their dreams and do what they love.



MFA’s Chosen for Chicago Show

LIU Post’s Candice Licalzi was chosen for Chicago’s “Wet Paint MFA Biennial Competition” at the Zhou B. Arts Center.  Licalzi and alum Jordan Walker (MFA 2014) were chosen out of 500+ entries from all over the nation to participate in the “Wet Paint MFA Biennial Competition” in which, only 40-45 artists were chosen. The exhibition will be held at the Zhou B. Arts Center in Chicago curated by Sergio Gomez. The exhibition will be held from January 15th-Febuary 13th, 1029 W 35th St, Chicago IL.




Piece Chosen: Title: Aurum Size: 36″x48″ Medium: Oil & Charcoal on Canvas Date: 2015

LIU Post Scholarship Portfolio Day (Feb 27)

Come join us for LIU Post’s Scholarship Portfolio Day on Saturday February 27th from 9am-1pm at Sculpture Building (Studio A). Show off your talents and have your portfolios be juried by our artisticly well-rounded faculty for a chance to win the Portfolio Scholarship.

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


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


General Howe

H.Veng Smith

Gabe Schoenberg / Graff Tours

CAKE aka Jennifer Caviola

Yoav Litvin

Jordan Seiler

Ryan Seslow



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?


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.


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.

Tag workshop

LEtter Forms

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.

gtcolorsmalllogo Bowery Wall Graff Tours

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.

NOAD demo

Jordan Seiler

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.


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.



RJ Rushmore is the author of VIRAL ART Creator of 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Cake Show

(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.

Growing Door

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?


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 –


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-

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


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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Brooklyn Museum Curator Visits LIU Post on October 9

LIU Post students had the exciting opportunity to meet and talk with managing curator of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Dr. Sharon Matt Atkins, who came to campus through the generous sponsorship of the Department of Art. At the Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood Commons, Dr. Matt Atkins talked about the recent exhibitions that she organized, including the first major US exhibition of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, and a site-specific commission by New York artist Swoon. She also shared some professional advice for those aspiring to work in the art world. Dr. Matt Atkins also visited Professor Aileen Wang’s modern art seminar for a talk on curatorial matters and the factors that come into play when the Brooklyn Museum plans its program of exhibitions. Dr. Matt Atkins will be involved in a new accelerated 5-year BA/MA program in art history and museum studies. Watch for its launch next year!

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Contemporary Art Class Takes Field Trip to Chelsea Arts District

Professor Aileen Wang’s ART 72 contemporary art class and officers of the Art and Art History Club went to NYC for an exciting day out of the classroom, and into Klein Sun on West 22nd and AW Asia on West 25th St. At Klein Sun, assistant director Willem Molesworth talked to the students about the solo show of Chinese artist Liu Bolin and the role of the art gallery in the contemporary art world. The students also got a tour of the storage spaces and artist studios on the basement floor of the gallery. At AW Asia, a private arts organization dedicated to promoting and educating the public about contemporary Chinese art, director Taliesin Thomas talked to the students about how such an organization functioned within the art world ecosystem and shared some behind-the-scenes anecdotes about mega-art-collectors like Larry Warsh, who founded AW Asia.

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