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

Alexandra Pospelova’s thesis show

Alexandra Pospelova, aka Alexandra Po, displayed her senior thesis art show “Focus” in the Hillwood SAL Gallery last week, from March 31 to April 4, 2015.

LIU Post’s student run paper The Pioneer featured Alexandra and her show in this week’s issue, published April 7, 2o15. See the full article to read more about her thesis show and her plans for the future here: http://liupostpioneer.com/2015/04/07/focus-a-senior-expo/

Here are some photos of the show, taken during the reception held on April 1st:

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For more information and art by Alexandra Po, see her artist website alexandrapo.com, Facebook account facebook.com/alexandra.pospelova.3 or Instagram account nstagram.com/alexandrapopo.

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

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

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

Nicole DiGiovanni at fotofoto gallery

Fotofoto gallery in Huntington has the month long group show “Your Best Shot” on display from February 27 to March 28, 2015. BFA senior Nicole Angelica DiGiovanni has four of her photos in the show.

Nicole DiGiovanni at fotofoto gallery in Huntington / Photo credit Nicole DiGiovanni

When fotofoto gallery had an open call for the show “Your Best Shot”, photography students at Post were encouraged to submit work by their professor Thom O’Connor and that is what Nicole DiGiovanni did.

“I grew up in Long Island and have always enjoyed going to fotofoto gallery and I used to dream that I’d have an opportunity to have my artwork displayed in their gallery. I was so excited when Thom made the announcement and I knew I would finally have the chance to have my photographs on display in one of my favorite photo galleries!”

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“Your Best Shot” at fotofoto gallery / Photo by Sofie Hoff

Nicole submitted 3 horse portraits and 1 self-portrait, which are all included in the show.

“I am extremely passionate about the horses and have had the chance to work close with them while being on the LIU Post Equestrian Team. Horses are one of my favorite subjects to photograph; there is something so magical, beautiful, and magnificent about horses. Horses truly are a work of art and I find so much pleasure in being able to capture their beauty with my camera. Horses and photography are two of my greatest passions.”

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Studying Photography at LIU Post, Nicole explains that she has tried a few different artistic mediums although photography is her favorite way to express herself and the world around her.

“My favorite subjects to shoot are horses, landscapes and portraits. I act as if my camera is my “third eye” and never go anywhere without my camera. I do not limit myself to shooting one subject and always keep an open mind to whatever my camera and I may see. I enjoying being out in nature with my camera but there’s nothing like being in the studio. Photography has been my creative outlet since elementary school. Photography is my favorite art form; it allows the viewer to be able to interpret the world through images created by the photographer. I find it most interesting to understand the exact moment photographer’s capture and why they are willing to share that image with a viewer.”


“Your Best Shot” is up February 27 – March 28, 2015.
Artist reception is on Saturday, March 28, 5 – 7 PM.
It is a free event and all are welcome!

For more information regarding directions to the gallery and opening hours, please see http://fotofotogallery.org/.

Susan Kelly at the Starving Artist Café

Fine art senior Susan Kelly is currently having her art displayed in the Starving Artist Cafe’s Gallery, Franklin Square, NY.

About a year ago, Susan went by the Starving Artist Café for lunch and happened to notice the gallery space near the entrance. “I asked the owner who was exhibiting and how I could get my own exhibit” she explains. “He then pulled out a small notebook and took down my information, phone number and what kind of work I do.”
After a while, Susan started to forget about it. But one day the owner called her saying that the person who was supposed to exhibit backed out and that she was next. “So I packed out my car and was hanging the next day.”

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Susan Kelly at her show in the Starving Artist’s gallery / photo by Susan Kelly

At the moment, Susan is preparing for her senior show at LIU Post in the Hillwood Student Art League gallery. The reception of her thesis will be on March 18th.

Regarding the show at the Starving Artist Café, she was never really worried about what to show since she is constantly creating new works. “I did not have a specific theme for the show. I was thinking of this show almost as a preview for myself for what my senior show would look like. I got to see what my work looks like hanging all together and how much room it takes up. Now I have time to work on what I think my work needs as a whole.”

The show at the Starving Artist Café will be up until Sunday, February 15th and the reception will be tomorrow Thursday, February 12th, starting at 5 PM. All are welcome!
For directions to the gallery, please see http://www.starvingartistcafe.org/directions.