The NYSRP (The New York Studio Residency Program) located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, hosted their fall 2014 end of semester exhibition on Thursday, December 11th, which highlighted artworks created during the students’ fifteen week residency. AICAD, a consortium of Art and Design Colleges, provides the opportunity for students to study in NYC for one semester. The NYSRP includes a Critical Art Seminar, Contemporary Art Seminar, and Critique Session course requirement. Students also receive individual work spaces. At the end of the semester, the studios are transformed into a gallery space for a culminating exhibition.
NYSRP is headed by Artistic Co-Director William Powhida and Administrative Co-Director Alan Lupiani. William Powhida is an internationally acclaimed artist, activist, and educator. Powhida became Artistic Co-Director at the NYSRP in January, 2014. In 2009, Powhida was featured in a New York Times article for his presentation of the drawing, “Hooverville” at Art Basel Miami Beach. Powhida is currently represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York City.
Administrative Co-Director Alan Lupiani joined NYSRP in 1997 as Studio Manager. Lupiani was promoted to Administrative Co-Director in May 2013. Throughout his career at NYSRP, Lupiani has continued his art practice which spans 25 years. He has exhibited at numerous venues within the New York area, and more recently has started curating group exhibitions which relate historically significant themes to issues in contemporary discourse. In 2013, he curated the group show, “So Real” at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, which examined contemporary themes in artworks related either directly or indirectly to both the Social Realism and Socialist Realism movements of the early 20th century.
The NYSRP has consistently educated some of the best artists in today’s art world. Graduates have displayed in some of the best galleries and museums around the world. Alumni include Jacolby Satterwhite whose video series, Reifying Desire, was on view at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Alum, Sam Moyer‘s large installation, More Weight at Rachel Uffner Gallery was recently reviewed in the NY Times by Roberta Smith. AICAD’s website keeps you up to date with alumni information.
Visiting each individual studio space at the NYSRP this past week at the group exhibition titled Miss Universe was a feast for the eyes. Work ranged from painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, video, glass, installation, digital media, etc. Standouts included Sarah Sickle‘s studio where representative drawings of conversations overheard, interesting reads, and her friends’ statements were presented in a blossom pink room, reminiscent of a little girl’s room, resplendent with chandelier beads hanging from the ceiling, induced big smiles on my face, as well as many chuckles. Tessa Binder‘s paintings of fantastical creatures, flying ice cream cones, and hands reaching for a ouija board in pop colors spoke to my soul. Danielle Colon‘s glass sculptures seemingly growing out of walls poetically illustrate the property of glass, its’ innate mysterious and magical quality. As I spoke to the students, I was struck by their confidence and enthusiasm in speaking about their practice, which in turn inspired me to think about art in new and exciting ways. So at semester’s end, make it out to DUMBO to meet the art world’s next generation of stars.
Participants: Corey Allen, Henry Belden, Tessa Binder, Danielle Colon, Michael Geiger. Julie George, Elliott Gress, Marcelo Gutierrez, Valentine Miro-Quesada, Stephen Morrison, Tess Murdoch, Katherine Murphy, Kirsten Schmid, Sarah Sickles, Benjamin Thompson.
The NYSRP/AICAD : Miss Universe / Dec 11, 2014
20 Jay Street. Brooklyn , NY 10013
Photography and article by: Olya Turcihin