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Dressed for the Occasion: Ceremonial Costumes

March 12 - April 11, 2015
An art gallery room with a variety of human-shaped figures made of various fabrics such as an American flag and camouflage material.

School of Visual Arts presents “Dressed for the Occasion: Ceremonial Costumes,” an exhibition of work by BFA Advertising and BFA Design students curated by Kevin O’Callaghan, chair of 3D Design. The exhibition is on view March 12 through April 11 at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City. Admission is free and open to the public.


For this exhibition, students were asked to design a ceremonial costume observing a significant anniversary in 2015. Their designs revisit cultural milestones, from the death of van Gogh (1890) and bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (1945) to the releases of the Slinky (1945) and Photoshop (1990).


“I’ve always been fascinated by both the craft and beauty of traditional tribal ceremonial wear,” O’Callaghan explains. “The exhibition gives a modern twist to how, in today’s world, the art student chooses both to celebrate and illustrate a moment in time.”


Participating artists include Maria Alvarez, Harry Ashbee, Benjamin Cantor, Jacob Cotov, Juan Cuervo, Caroline Grimprel, Joseph Haddad, Charlotte Harrison, Josealberto Herrera, Amber Hussey, San Uk (Lemon) Kim, Yein (Lana) Lim, Hannah Palant, Julia Zaccardi, Michele Clark, Yuna Lee, Valon Mela, Karen Reznick, Juanpablo Tafur and Olivia Wilson.


BFA Advertising students at SVA work with industry leaders to develop critical thinking along with execution skills such as typography, digital production and design. As they advance through the curriculum, students move from working on single ads to developing entire campaigns in traditional and digital formats, developing a portfolio that demonstrates their grasp of various creative roles, from art direction and copywriting to typography and television commercials. Select courses meet at the agencies of faculty members, all of whom are working professionals, and fourth-year advertising students gain automatic membership to the Art Directors Club and The One Club.


Under the guidance of Art Directors Club Hall of Fame laureates and AIGA medalists as well as the industry's rising talents, SVA BFA Design students focus on conceptual problem solving—based on visual literacy, technological skills and an in-depth study of formalism—while preparing a marketable portfolio that showcases their individual voices. Multidisciplinary in its curriculum and faculty, BFA Design offers four concentrations: 3D Design, Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Motion Graphics. The program facilitates student participation in major design competitions and graduating students attend a job fair to expand their network of prominent industry professionals.


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