In the span of just a few weeks, the microscopic menace known as COVID-19 upended our collective sense of normalcy, requiring all of us to make dramatic changes to the way we live, work and learn. Unbowed, SVA's instructors have risen to the challenge—and, in the process, they’ve experienced pleasant surprises related to the new normal of online learning. Below, six chairs across our BFA and MFA programs share the unexpected silver linings that they and their faculty members might not have encountered otherwise.
“The students are already inventing positive rituals and behaviors online. For instance, after a student does a screen share and presents her work, the students ‘applaud’ once she’s un-shared, so that she can see a grid of clapping colleagues when she’s done!”
—Allan Chochinov, MFA Products of Design
“My students are showing up as well. And I think they’re excited about creating virtual exhibitions. No question that the psychic toll is there for all of us, but with the students and faculty pulling together, this experiment is working.”
—Steven Henry Madoff, MA Curatorial Practice
“It’s obvious our students are questioning where they’re at as filmmakers, where they’re at as students and where they’re at in the world. Yet, even though they’re just virtual meetings, we sense they’re all just happy to be together.”
— Bob Giraldi, MPS Directing