The #liupostfoundation hashtag & MOMA Visit 2/3/17

On Friday February 3rd 2017 LIU Post Art Foundation students will use Instagram to learn, record, discover and react at MOMA

We created the collective hashtag #liupostfoundation for the visit to make our process live and in real-time while exploring specific aspects of the museum. The hashtag creates a unique feed that allows for us to be transparent while learning and also retaining an archivable aspect for reference and later use.

Follow our foundation instagram hashtag #liupostfoundation to follow the discoveries and discussions.

You can also follow @liupostart on instagram here.

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

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!

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!

Post Art Faculty and MFA show

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

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