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SVA Responds to COVID-19

Read the latest on SVA’s response to the coronavirus and find the resources you need.

SVA Community Responses to the Coronavirus: Part 3
March 31, 2020 by Rodrigo Perez
A Michelangeo-inspired illustration of one hand offering hand sanitizer to another hand.

Pablo Delcan (faculty, BFA Design; BFA 2012 Graphic Design), illustration for "The history and mystery of Purell, the sacred goo of our new era," The Washington Post, March 26, 2020.

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.


BFA Illustration student Zhihan Wang created this helpful, text-based illustration featuring various coronavirus-related tips, which was shared by SVA Humanities and Sciences faculty member Ryan Donovan on Twitter.

Photographer Brandon Woelfel (BFA 2016 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) posted the following image—a hopeful take on the possibilities of self-isolation—to Twitter.

“The power of Purell compels you!” BFA Design faculty member and SVA alumnus Pablo Delcan illustrated a March 26 Washington Post article about how the coronavirus turned the humble hand sanitizer into a "sacred" object.

Photographer Dina Litovsky (MFA 2010 Photography, Video, and Related Media) shot portraits of "coronavirus doomsday shoppers" for The New Yorker.

"Hands first": More Purell-inspired art by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay student Grace J. Kim.

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