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Presented by BFA Photography and Video


March 10 - 25, 2020
Two male adults standing behind the counter of a convenience store, looking straight ahead and surrounded by packaged food.
Credit: Jackie Mak

Click here to virtually experience the exhibition with the Mentors 2020 Viewing Room.

Please note: Due to the evolving coronavirus situation, all SVA Galleries exhibitions and receptions have been suspended. Visit sva.edu/coronavirus for updates throughout this time.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) present “Mentors,” an exhibition of work by BFA Photography and Video students inspired by their working relationships with leading members of the New York arts community. Curated by department chair Joseph Maida, “Mentors” is on view Tuesday, March 10, through Wednesday, March 25, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.


Drawn from the ranks of the city’s best-known photographers, curators, art directors, publishers, art dealers, critics and writers, mentors are matched with students based on their field of expertise and the student’s area of concentration. The 2019 – 2020 mentors include Mia Fineman, curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Lyle Ashton Harris, artist; Jack Pierson, photographer; Nadia Vellam, photo and video director, T: The New York Times Style Magazine; Elizabeth Renstrom, photographer and senior photo editor, The New Yorker; and Legacy Russell, associate curator, exhibitions, The Studio Museum in Harlem.


The Mentors program at SVA is designed to cultivate relationships between established and emerging artists and to introduce new talent to the broader community. Established in 1992, this program pairs select fourth-year students with key figures in the New York arts community, giving them objective and professional insight into their work during a culminating point in their education.

Free and open to the public
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