About Our Galleries
Becoming a professional artist entails more than just developing talent and honing skills; it also means gaining the practical experience and creative enrichment that come from showing work in a real gallery setting. SVA’s commitment to this objective is second to none: We employ a full-time staff of gallery professionals to hold over 40 exhibitions a year in our three exhibition spaces and SVA Galleries Exhibitions Online.
Matriculated students can exhibit their work either as part of a department show, organized by their department chair or a guest curator, or by applying to the Office of SVA Galleries for a juried exhibition. For each student exhibition held at SVA, the College hosts an opening reception at which the exhibiting artists can interact with the public and members of the arts community as well as celebrate their accomplishments with friends, family and colleagues. Some of the most important present-day artists first exhibited their work while they were still students at SVA.
SVA’s exhibition program also affords students the opportunity to study the work of renowned artists and designers up close, hear them speak at lectures, or even meet them in person—all right here at the College. Since 1960, SVA has exhibited the work of some of the most significant figures in modern art, including Eva Hesse, Willem de Kooning, Sol Lewitt, Agnes Martin, Robert Motherwell, Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Jackie Winsor. Reflecting the breadth of its curricula, SVA has also exhibited prominent exponents of contemporary design, illustration and photography.