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SVA Community Responses to the Coronavirus: Part 4
April 14, 2020 by Michelle Mackin
Illustration of the side of an apartment building with windows lit up in the shape of a heart. People in the windows are engaging in various normal activities.
Credit: Kim Sielbeck

These are challenging times and the new normal of coronavirus-motivated self-isolation, social distancing and self-quarantining can be disconcerting. Art, however, always rises to the occasion in difficult times, whether with humor, inspiration, encouragement, anger, or sobering commentary. Each week for the next few weeks, as artists and designers all over the world learn and work from home, we will be presenting selections of topical work created by SVA community members. See below for today's roundup.


In her signature bright, positive style, Kim Sielbeck (BFA 2009 Illustration) illustrates neighbors who are staying home to stay healthy: “We may be apart, but we’re in this together.”

Jeremy Cohen (BFA 2014 Photography) shot a recent New York magazine cover story from his Brooklyn apartment during quarantine. Fun fact: Cohen recently went viral on TikTok by asking a neighbor on a date via drone while quarantining.

In his “Masked” series, MPS Fashion Photography Program Director Barry Sutton shared different famous artworks from history, each featuring an additional contemporary accessory.

MFA Illustration as Visual Essay student Flora Bai has been sharing illustrations almost daily; this one features a layout of her work-from-home space, or in her words, "a fancy cage."

BFA Design fourth-year student Zoe Jie Zhao encourages her fellow 2020 graduates to stay positive and productive under these challenging and unprecedented circumstances.

Stay safe and healthy! To read more about SVA's response to the coronavirus, visit sva.edu/coronavirus.