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SVA Students’ ‘Visual Opinion’ Screams ‘Louder’ for Underrepresented Voices

The magazine features art and writing by undergraduates and graduates in the College’s various programs.

December 21, 2020 by Srishti Dass
Front cover of SVA's student publication "Visual Opinion Vol 27 Issue 1: Louder." It is white with a photo of a tall, narrow sculpture made of dark wood and nails

Front cover of SVA's student publication Visual Opinion: Louder, Volume 27, Issue 1. Artwork: Emmanuel Massillon (BFA Fine Arts), Double Consciousness, 2020.


The latest issue of Visual Opinion (VO), SVA’s student-run magazine, is now online. The VO staff used this issue, titled Louder, as a platform for underrepresented voices in SVA’s student body.


The VO showcases the diverse and talented members of the SVA student body. For every edition, the VO staff decides on a theme and selects submissions that best exemplify the College’s range of departments and disciplines, and that best fit the motif. Undergraduates and graduate students in all programs are invited to submit work, and each issue features a multitude of mediums, including photography, illustration, comics, poetry, painting and sculpture. 


This year has been challenging, to say the least; from the pandemic to civil unrest, we SVA students have learned a lot. 2020 has brought us the opportunity to shed light on the fight we’re all striving for: the battle for social, economic and political justice and equality. On the days that we could not shout or scream louder, our creative actions spoke for us. We wanted to use our first issue of this academic year as a platform for the underrepresented voices in our student body, thus the theme of “Louder.” This issue also features a unique collaboration with SVA’s Black Student Union (BSU). The front cover features a sculpture, Double Consciousness, by the BSU’s president, Emmanuel Massillon (BFA Fine Arts); the back cover is My Cup Runneth Over, a painting by BSU member Ryan Cosbert (BFA Fine Arts).


We hope to show the power of all forms of art and the difference it can make in society.


The writer of this article, Srishti Dass, is a BFA Fine Arts student and the Visual Opinion Associate Editor.

Back cover of SVA's student publication "Visual Opinion Vol 27 Issue 1: Louder." It is a red painting with a pattern of thicker globs of paint.

Back cover of SVA's student publication Visual Opinion: Louder, Volume 27, Issue 1. Artwork: Ryan Cosbert (BFA Fine Arts), My Cup Runneth Over, 2020.

Contributors:

Abbey Gilbert (BFA Photography & Video), Brithney Rivera (BFA Computer Art), Carly Larsson (MFA Illustration As Visual Essay), Christopher Cortez (BFA Fine Arts), Dannika Pamonag (BFA Photography & Video), Farwah Rizvi (BFA Fine Arts), Janes Luca (MFA Products of Design), Jesus Vasquez (BFA Photography & Video) Lani Gao (BFA Fine Arts) Le Ya Wang (BFA Photography & Video), Steven Uccello (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) Tarini Sharma (BFA Design), Emmanuel Massillon (BFA Fine Arts), Ryan Cosbert (BFA Fine Arts).


The Visual Opinion staffers are: Ori Haiblum (BFA Photo and Video), Srishti Dass (BFA Fine Arts), Calvin Sheely (BFA Photo and Video), Aline Rubin (BFA Design), Maria Rovira-McCune (staff advisor).

Spreads from the SVA's student publication "Visual Opinion Vol 27 Issue 1: Louder." It is white with a photo of a tall, narrow sculpture made of dark wood and nails

Spreads from the "Visual Opinion Vol 27 Issue 1: Louder."

Credit: Visual Opinion
Spreads from the "Visual Opinion Vol 27 Issue 1: Louder."

Spreads from the "Visual Opinion Vol 27 Issue 1: Louder."

Credit: Visual Opinion