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.

MFA Ripening At Ripe Art Gallery

MFA Grads;
Chris Ann Ambery, Juan Lopez Espantaleon, Nicholas Frizalone, Carrie-Anne Gonzalez, Hyon Hartberger, Samantha Hofsiss, Elizabeth Jordan, Susan Kelly, Candice Licalzi, Suzi Pastorelli, Victoria Pendzick, Emily Pfeifer, Isabelle Podrasky, Chelsea Soldner, Min Wu, and Yuan Yin.

Visiting Artists:
Beth Giacummo, Joan Harrison, Michael Krasowitz, Lawerence Mesich, Peter Reginato, Ryan Seslow, and Christopher Stout.

Curated by Jeffrey Allen Price

RIPENING is on view October 17-November 7, 2015.

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Brianna Vanacoro showing her art in Tribeca!

It has not even been a month since her senior thesis art show was on display (see previous blog post) and she is already showing her art in Tribeca, New York City!

Brianna Vanacoro has been invited to show her art at the Conception: Emerging Artists event next week, Saturday April 11, 2015. The event is held from 7 PM-11.30 PM and tickets costs $15 (or $20 at the door).

photo Brianna reception

For more information about the event and to buy tickets, please see http://conception-mypinly.rhcloud.com/artist/HBJKAxmVBM

Benjamin Hoyng’s solo show

MFA student Benjamin Hoyng showed intriguing works in the Hillwood SAL Gallery, March 3-15, 2015.

If you by some (unacceptable) reason managed to miss his two week long exhibition, you will have another chance to experience his art in the MFA Thesis Exhibition, which will be held in the Steinberg Museum of Art between April 6 and May 8.

Reception is on Wednesday April 8, 2015, between 5-8 PM! It is free and all are welcome!

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Juan Lopez’s solo show

Juan C. Lopez Espantaleon filled LIU Post’s Sculpture Gallery with fascinatingly beautiful black and white photographs, from March 24 to 28, 2015. The MFA student showed two series of works, Umbilical and TimeLine.

Photo © Juan Lopez / juanlopezphoto.com

Photo from the Umbilical series / Photo © Juan Lopez, juanlopezphoto.com

In his artist statement, Juan Lopez explained his concept and vision behind Umbilical:

We are born naked from the dark connected with an umbilical cod to another human being. As individuals we spend our lives in a planet floating in the dark, trying to find some sort of connection to something or someone that could fill the doubt of our existence.

I am taking black and white photographs of people hanging from ropes in the dark. Rope symbolizes a metaphorical umbilical cord that is linked to something or someone we do not understand. The arms of the subject are not hanging following the gravity forces, arms are attached to their bodies signifying that they are alive.

In Umbilical I am exploring the self-perception of our existence and the constant fight with our basic nature for finding meaning and sense in our lives, while we still floating in the darkness of a universe that we cannot understand.

Umbilical by Juan Lopez, March 24-28, 2015

Umbilical by Juan Lopez, Sulpture Gallery, March 24-28, 2015

The second part of his show, the TimeLine, consisted of six photographs depicting people’s profiles in a symbolic encountering with each other, representing as Lopez’s statement expressed, “slices of times, collecting not only faces but meaning of our existence.”

The TimeLine series also emphasized the fact that it is our faces that makes us unique and that the human profile is an important universal image of ourselves.

TimeLine by Juan Lopez

TimeLine by Juan Lopez, Sculpture Gallery, March 24-28, 2015

For more information about Juan Lopez and his art, see
Facebook.com/JuanLopezEspantaleon
and Juanlopezphoto.com

Brianna Vanacoro’s thesis show

Brianna Vanacoro showcased her senior thesis art exhibition “Shattered” in the Hillwood S.A.L. Gallery last week, March 24-28, 2015.

Brianna Vanacoro at the reception of her thesis show, March 25, 2015

Two years ago, Brianna lost her greatest artistic inspiration and mentor.

In her artistic statement Brianna open-heartedly explained how the art has been her escape and her way of coping with the loss of her grandmother. “Shattered embodies my grandma’s personality as well as her influence on me. It features geometric or “shattered” works of art to represent what I’ve been going through since the loss of my grandmother.”

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Graduating this May, the BFA senior expressed great relief over being done with her thesis. “It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders now that my thesis show is done, but I’m also sad to see it all come to an end.”

Regarding the artistic process, Brianna felt like the biggest struggle was to keep coming up with new ideas that relate to my theme. “The most enjoyable moment is seeing my paintings come to life. When the vision I had for it in my head finally comes out on the canvas, its the best feeling!”

Her plans after graduation are to find work or an internship in the city, while simultaneously continue to paint and she hopes to be able to freelance her work. Though painting is her favorite medium, she has lately been getting into working 3-dimensional and with sculptures.

“I learned a lot about experimenting with different materials at Post and not to be afraid to try something new. I think that’s why I developed this [characteristic art] style.”

For more information about Brianna Vanacoro and her art, see http://briannasart.tumblr.com/.

Upcoming MFA Thesis shows

Our MFA students have been very busy lately and as the end of the spring semester is approaching, their Thesis Exhibition in the Steinberg Museum of Art is just around the corner!

This year they will also have a Thesis Exhibition in New York City at SIA NY Gallery!

Artist receptions are on Wednesday April 8 (LIU Post) and on Saturday April 16 (SIA NY), 2015.
Show your support and join our talented MFA students for two fun and inspiring evenings!
The events are free and all are welcome!

2015 MFA Thesis Back Postcard