SVA Community Responses to the Black Lives Matter Movement Pt. 4
July 28, 2020
A photograph of a large "S" painted on a city street.

The letter "S" from the word "Lives," designed by artist Sophia Dawson (BFA 2010 Fine Arts) for a "Black Lives Matter" mural painted on the street in Manhattan's Foley Square. The mural was curated by New York City's Percent for Art Program, which is directed by Kendal Henry (BFA 1993 Fine Arts).

Credit: The New York Times / Lev Radin / Pacific Press, via Getty Images

As worldwide actions against systemic racism and police brutality continue—set against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic that is disproportionately affecting communities of color and worsening inequality—there has been a wave of donations, incisive commentary and moving artwork in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. As in recent weeks, we have collected below a selection of BLM-related work, created by SVA community members.


Alumnus Sophia Dawson (BFA 2010 Fine Arts) designed the word "Lives" for the Black Lives Matter mural in Manhattan's Foley Square in Manhattan. The Foley Square mural was curated by New York City's Percent for Art Program, which is directed by fellow alumnus and SVA Continuing Education faculty member Kendal Henry (BFA 1993 Fine Arts). See and read about the entire work in this New York Times article.

An aerial shot of Foley Square in Manhattan. On the road is a mural that reads "Black Lives Matter," and each letter is a different color and design.

An aerial view of the "Black Lives Matter" mural painted on the street in Manhattan's Foley Square. Artist Sophia Dawson (BFA 2010 Fine Arts) designed the word "Lives." The mural was curated by New York City's Percent for Art Program, which is directed by Kendal Henry (BFA 1993 Fine Arts).

Credit: The New York Times / Topiary Productions / Manhattan Borough President

Dina Litovsky (MFA 2010 Photography, Video, and Related Media) shared this powerful image from a New York City protest against the wrongful death of George Floyd.

BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects student Zahra Hussain made this motion graphic about the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

MFA Fine Arts faculty member Marilyn Minter shared this bold photograph, showing her support for the current resistance against police brutality.

Shayla Hunter (MPS 2017 Branding) continues to add to her 100 Black Females project as a place for the voices and stories of Black women to be celebrated.

Katherine Bernhardt (MFA 2000 Fine Arts) painted this mural last month on the side of a building she owns in downtown St. Louis to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Unfortunately, earlier this week it was reported that the mural was painted over by a city-affiliated graffiti removal program.