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.

 

 

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.

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!

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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Mary Georgescu at the Starving Artist Café

BFA student Mary Georgescu is currently showing her work at the Starving Artist Cafe and Gallery, Franklin Square, NY. Her artworks will be up for another two weeks.

For directions to the gallery, please see http://www.starvingartistcafe.org/directions.

Mary Georgescu’s works on display at the Starving Artist Gallery / Photo by Mary Georgescu

For more information and pictures of the exhibition, please see Mary’s website http://www.artistmaryag.com/.


Mary Georgescu will exhibit her senior thesis art show in Hillwood S.A.L. Gallery, located on LIU Post campus, from April 28 – May 2 and the reception will be on April 29, 5-8 PM. All are welcome!

Justin Capalbo’s solo show

Earlier this month, MFA student Justin Capalbo had his solo show up in the Hillwood S.A.L. Gallery.

His enchanting photographs were on display in the gallery from February 3 – 7 and the show was according to the artist himself “the final stepping stone to my thesis show which will be in April.”

Photo by Justin Capalbo

For this solo show, Capalbo’s main inspiration was primarily his desire to redefine sacred space.

The show was about searching for sacred space in an overdeveloped world. The earlier work in the show was focused on finding sacred space in suburbia by tracking down places where humanity has left behind. The new series on the main wall was an attempt to find a space that lacked evidence of man. I found that the landscapes I saw were still pockmarked by urbanity.

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Justin Capalbo describes himself as a photographer at heart. “I live to explore, learn and observe. A camera is the best tool for this, because your source material is everything you have ever known and will ever see.”

Graduating from LIU Post this May, Justin’s plan is to become a professor. “I love working with students, and being able to instill confidence in young artists to follow the passion and creative minds.”

For more information, see JustinCapalbo.com.


The MFA thesis art show will be up in the Steinberg Museum of Art in Hillwood, LIU Post, from April 6 – May 8, 2015. Reception is currently scheduled for April 8, 2015.

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

Chris Ann Ambery is the Artist of the Month!

Chris Ann Ambery is ArtistNetwork’s February Artist of the Month!

“I was both excited and honored to be chosen as the artist of the month,” says Chris Ann Ambery, who currently pursuits an MFA in printmaking at Post. She entered The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art competition in May last year and was selected as a finalist out of 7200 entries.

See the full article and read Ambery’s interview with ArtistNetwork.com here.

“Joyous Dance” by Chris Ann Ambery (silk screen, 30×22) / artistnetwork.com