Art and Art Professions

Exhibitions and Events

Senior Honors Studio

February 13 - March 16, 2019
Gallery One
80WSE Gallery

Senior Honors Studio 2018/19 chronicles a series of five, week-long exhibitions featuring pairs of BFA Studio Art majors from the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s Department of Art & Art Professions, working in close collaboration with curatorial Masters / PhD candidates from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. The exhibitions are conceived under the dual auspices of the student organized NYU Curatorial Collaborative and the Senior Honors Studio Program.

Sasha Ballard De La Bastida, Defne Cemal, Samhita Kamisetty, Kara Kendall, Eun Jin Kim, Ariadne Manuel, Taryn Marie DeLeon Mendiola, Hannah Murphy, David Stapleton and Alston Watson

Makenzi Fricker, Peter Moore Johnson, Sizhuang Miao, Lauren Vaccaro and Andrea Zambrano

February 13 - February 16
A Banana is Not A Lemon: Institutional Critique Through the Lens of Gender and Sexuality
Artists: Sasha Ballard De La Bastida, Ariadne Manuel
Curator: Makenzi Fricker

February 20 - February 23
A Veil Between Us
Artists: Eun Jin Kim, Defne Cemal
Curator: Lauren Vaccaro

February 27 - March 2
Materializing Time
Artists: Kara Kendall, Samhita Kamisetty
Curator: Sizhuang Miao

March 6 - March 9
If, and only if
Artists: David Stapleton, Hannah Murphy
Curator: Peter Moore Johnson

March 13 - March 16
Artists: Taryn Marie DeLeon Mendiola, Alston Watson
Curator: Andrea Zambrano

Can Art Change Society?: The Social Role of Art in Our Communities

February 22, 6:30-8:30
Barney Building: Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street

The 21st Century marks a new era for the arts, a hyper-social era. Thanks to the growth of technology, human beings are more connected than ever; news concerning global events is literally at the fingertips of all sorts of people from different backgrounds, communities and viewpoints, and involve all aspects of society including visual arts. This evening’s colloquium, The Social Role of Art, asks the questions: How does art play an active role in ameliorating social issues? And in what ways can visual art and culture take part in everyday society?

To answer these points, Paulina Fuentes and Briana Zimmerman have invited two New York based non-profits, Art Space Sanctuary and Young New Yorkers, to speak to NYU’s VAA students. Both organizations use the visual arts in very different ways to combat today’s most important socio-political issues and allow us to see how they impact our local communities, and beyond, firsthand. Since our shared humanity is more apparent than ever, we hope this colloquium will help us to uncover how art can play a role in changing the world. Organized by Paulina Fuentes and Briana Zimmerman, NYU Visual Arts Administration MA Students (2020 and 2019 respectively).

Artist Talk: William Villalongo

March 4, 6:30-8pm

Hosted by the Department of Art & Art Professions and organized by Shandaken Projects, William Villalongo will offer an artist talk as part of Paint School, a free master class in the theory and practice of painting that takes place in New York City. He will speak about his own work and the implications of the theme of this year's Paint School cycle: color.

Color is one of the most enduring and elemental components of painting, and it is one of the most trenchant markers of painting’s capacity to reflect the discourses and visual languages of its time. Color also offers the artist a tool to critique these histories: it is key in the history of abstraction and modernism, it is a formal analogue of racial, sexual, and gendered identities that allows the artist to render important political questions visible. Through a selection of readings and discussions, Paint School explores color’s multifaceted and contradictory operations as well as imagines its continued potential to galvanize painting, and art in general, through its essential place in an increasingly saturated visual world.

William Villalongo was born in 1975 and raised in the town of Bridgeton, NJ. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture residency. Villalongo's creative output involves studio practice, writing, and curatorial projects. His episodic figurative paintings and works on paper explore the mythical as a metaphor for the black presence in art and society. Critically acclaimed curatorial projects such as American Beauty at Susan Inglett Gallery in 2013 and Black Pulp! touring nationally between 2016-2018 explore the intersections of politics, history, and art. He is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. His work resides in several notable public collections including The Studio Museum In Harlem, Princeton University Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. William Villalongo currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is an Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union School of Art. His work is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC.

Film Screening: Liyana

March 9, 5pm
Barney Building: Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street

Please join the NYU Steinhardt Creative Arts Therapy Consortium to celebrate Creative Arts Therapies Week for a presentation of LiyanaLiyana is the story of children from an orphanage in eSwatini engaged in art making and storytelling to create a narrative showcasing profound resilience and breathtaking artistry. Audience discussion led by a panel of Faculty from the Department of Art and Arts Professions and Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions will follow.

Admission is free. Space is limited. For further inquiries, please contact Marygrace Berberian at

Tax-deductible donations to the Liyana Children’s Education Fund to support the educational aspirations of the young people involved in the film’s narrative are encouraged.

Artist Talk: The Black School

April 11, 6pm
Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street

NYU Steinhardt is pleased to host Shani Peters and Joseph Cuillier, artist educators who work collaboratively under the name The Black School, an experimental art school using socially engaged art and Black history to educate Black/POC students and allies in becoming radical agents of social change by combining art making workshops, radical Black political theory, group discussions, and public projects addressing community needs. Please RSVP here.


April 12, 7pm
Barney Building: Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street

Since 2011, visual artist Karthik Pandian and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne have been exploring the image of revolution in the wake of the Arab Spring. Their talk will discuss their ongoing project, ATLAS UNLIMITED, a cumulative series of institutional solo exhibitions that combine sculpture and storytelling to trace the flows of people, art, and artifacts across geographies and cultures. Exploring the architecture of motivating, directing and surviving movement, Zins-Browne and Pandian will reflect on political and aesthetic narratives of movement that run through their cumulative installation. Their forthcoming exhibition at 80 Washington Square East will open September 2019. Organized by Nicola Lees, Director of 80WSE Gallery.

2019 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

The interdisciplinary MFA in Studio Art brings together an exceptional group of emerging artists committed to developing their work within a community of faculty, visiting artists, art professionals, and peers. 80WSE Gallery, an extension of the Department of Art and Art Professions, presents contemporary and historical exhibitions, by noted artists and curators, produced in collaboration with faculty and students.

Part I
April 3 – 20, 2019
Opening Reception: April 3, 5–8pm
80WSE Gallery

Jessica Sinks
Julie Yeo
Vincent CY Chen
Blaine Spesak
Thomas Ray Willis

Part II
May 1 – 22, 2019
Opening Reception: May 1, 5–8pm
80WSE Gallery

Dylan Cameron
Ned Shalanski
Virginia Yearick
Thomas Tomczak
Oakley Tapola