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.
World renowned artist Dan Christoffel held a special drawing workshop for students last Saturday March 26 2016, in the Hutchins Gallery at LIU Post. Christoffel let students of all majors draw from his works currently on display in the gallery, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions and formulas for constructing facial proportions.
Dan Christoffel, well-known on Long Island and in New York, studied at Pratt and SVA (School of Visual Arts). Christoffel specializes in portraiture and sculpture with his most famous subject being Abraham Lincoln. His work has been bought and shown all over the world with one of his frequent clients being the White House.
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.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8XRzqu9Udw
Piece Chosen: Title: Aurum Size: 36″x48″ Medium: Oil & Charcoal on Canvas Date: 2015
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.
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!
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
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.
Don’t miss our last Artist-Entrepreneur to speak this semester:
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.
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!