Artist Dan Christoffel Held A Drawing Workshop For Students

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.

 

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!

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 Conference At The Long Island Museum (Stony Brook)

Today there was an artists presentation conducted by the well-known artist Shirley Wegner at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, featuring five talented local artists from LIU Post and Stony Brook University. Audience members were able to experience the current trends of the art world including a one on one Q&A session with each artist.

The event featured a well rounded group of crafts such as, Photography, Installation, Painting, Sculpture and Video. Featured artists were, Santana Copeland, Ye-suel Choi, Catharine Katsafouros, Juan Lopez and Nicholas Warndorf.

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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.

Artist talk: Ryan Seslow

Ryan Seslow held an artist talk this past Friday, February 12 at the Steinberg Museum of Art.

“His talk covered the progress graffiti art has made since the 70s and 80s on the east coast and the expansion and popularity it has gained around the world today” says Melissa DelPrete who attended the talk. “He also discussed how each artist that participated in the show have their own specific style and how’s those styles have progressed from street art into the gallery realm.”

The show Concrete to Data will be up in the Steinberg Museum until March 21st, 2015.

During Ryan Seslow’s artist talk / Photographs by Melissa DelPrete