SVA Galleries to Debut at Untitled, Art Fair in San Francisco
January 15, 2019 by Emma Drew
Alicia Smith, Teomama, 2018, video, 5:41 (loop)
A still from the film titled Teomama by Alicia Smith
Alicia Smith, Teomama, 2018, video, 5:41 (loop)

SVA Galleries brings a new roster of talented alumni to San Francisco this weekend for Untitled, Art, the international curated art fair, held January 18-20 at Pier 35. This is the first time SVA Galleries has been displayed at Untitled, itself only in its third iteration in San Francisco (the fair has had a presence in Miami since its founding in 2012). SVA joins 54 other exhibitors from 16 cities around the globe at this year’s event.

“The opportunity to introduce SVA’s emerging artists to the international arts community at Untitled, San Francisco can help set the trajectory of their careers moving forward,” says booth curator and SVA External Relations project manager Dan Halm (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 1994 Illustration).

An image of Conrad by Sam Eisenberg
Sam Eisenberg, Conrad, 2018, inkjet print

The seven alumni artists on view, all graduates of the class of 2018, bring a variety of sensibilities and disciplines to the booth. There’s a strong showing of photography, including the epic, John Ford-inspired images of Johnnie Chatman (MFA Photography and Video), the richly toned wilderness stills of Max Brownsberger (BFA Photography and Video) and the intimate yet detached Tungsten-lit portraits of Sam Eisenberg (BFA Photography and Video). In addition, there is striking video work from Alicia Smith (MFA Fine Arts) focused on her ancestral relationship to the earth. Honey Forestier (BFA Fine Arts) will show her refined, daydreamy painting alongside 3D-printed resin and wax sculpture from Zachary Boozer (MFA Photography and Video) and excavated drywall from A Certain Kind of Geology, a 2017 installation by Roberto Vega (MFA Fine Arts).

An image of a photograph titled John Ford by Johnnie Chatman
Johnnie Chatman, John Ford, 2017, inkjet print

For the past 16 years, SVA Galleries has presented recent graduates at art fairs across the country, including last month’s showing at PULSE Miami Beach. This debut presentation reflects the College’s dedication to supporting its artists beyond the classroom and within the context of other emerging and mid-career artists from a diverse roster of international galleries. Untitled, Art “focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art” and sets itself apart by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces and non-profit institutions and organizations; this year also inaugurated the San Francisco Ambassador Committee, made up of over 50 Bay Area-based curators, collectors, museum directors, advisors, and other arts professionals playing key roles in the fair’s development.