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SVA's 'Here We Are' Exhibition Explores Themes of Blackness
February 6, 2020
A red photograph of a person screaming

Krista Gay, Untitled Self Portrait, 2019, archival inkjet print.

A new exhibition of works by members of SVA's Black Student Union (BSU), "Here We Are," is arriving just in time to celebrate Black History Month. Curated by BFA Fine Arts student Emmanuel Massillon, the exhibition will be on view from Saturday, February 15, through Saturday, March 14, at the SVA Gramercy Gallery.

"Here We Are" addresses and highlights unique points of view by students of the BSU at SVA. Through a variety of different media— paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, video and performance—the artists explore various themes of blackness through their own artistic expression. 

Stephanie Shay Anderson (BFA Photography and Video) transforms herself and others through a creative process that shines a bright light on a piece of who the subject is. Using the barest form of these individuals to bring out pure, relatable emotions, Anderson presents the human body unapologetically, in order to emphasize the relationships between every living being.

A mixed media painting of four faces with a heart next to them

Angelica Dalzon, Family Ties, 2019, mixed media.

Kaya Balugo (BFA Film) explores the traditional family dynamics and values surrounding topics of mental health and spirituality. He presents intricacies of the human state of being when placed in various situations, showing how one adapts and grows in unique ways while simultaneously questioning typical generational values.


Ryan Cosbert (BFA Fine Arts) strives to normalize visual representations of the black community while speaking to the effect of traumas inflicted upon its members' lives. Her bright, vivid drawings and paintings emerge from her own emotions and the colors she sees.


Tremaine Johnson (BFA Cartooning) uses his illustrations to project a more inspiring world around and within himself, delighting in the experience of expression and communication. 


Other artists included in the exhibition are Julian Alexander (BFA Illustration), Darin Cooper (BFA Photography and Video), Angelica Dalzon (BFA Illustration), Bryan Fernandez (BFA Fine Arts), Krista Gay (BFA Photography and Video) Cameron Gipson (BFA Illustration), Tremaine Johnson (BFA Cartooning) and Emmanuel Massillon (BFA Fine Arts).

"Here We Are" will be held at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, located at 209 East 23rd Street, New York City. SVA Galleries will also host a lecture by art collector Darryl Atwell on Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00pm, in the 3rd-floor amphitheater at 209 East 23rd Street. Atwell has been acquiring works by artists of the African diaspora over the past two decades.