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BFA in Studio Art

BFA Exhibitions and Studios

NYU BFA Studio Art Thesis Show 2020

In the spring of 2020, as a global pandemic forced citizens across the world into physical isolation, the students, faculty, and staff at NYU Steinhardt’s Studio Art Program engaged in the extraordinary task of reimagining art making and education under these unprecedented circumstances. 

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BFA Exhibitions

BFA students organize group shows in exhibition spaces throughout the school year in the Barney Building through a competitive "call for proposals" process. In December of each year, the Undergraduate Student Art Organization (USAO) facilitates a BFA-wide exhibition and a series of events. 

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BFA Facilities

Barney Building facilities include studio classrooms and workshops for sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, and sewing. In addition, the building has photography labs, a fabrication lab, digital labs, and printing studios.

Exhibition Spaces at Barney: 
The Commons 
is an exhibition and performance space with beautiful two-story clerestory windows. Rosenberg Gallery is our white-box space for installations. Student exhibitions change every 2–3 weeks.

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BFA Studios

20 Cooper Square is our 12,000-square-foot studio space for all Senior BFAs. It is composed of 62-square-foot individual studio cubicles, a student lounge, computer stations, two 60” monitors, a projector for digital work, plus four installation areas for critiques. Each studio is outfitted with a work table and locking storage. Open Studio events take place at 20 Cooper Studios and it is a part of the Senior Studio experience.

Students hanging out in studio.

The New York University Curatorial Collaborative

The New York University Curatorial Collaborative began in 2014, initiated by both students and faculty, bringing together artists, senior BFA students from the Studio Art Program, and curators, Masters and PhD candidates of art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, to organize a series of exhibitions, publications and related events. Senior Honor students' works are showcased in five two-person exhibitions with individual curators at NYU’s 80WSE Galleries and one collectively-curated group exhibition organized in the aptly named Commons Gallery, located in the Barney Building, home to the Studio Art Program. 

An experiment in rendering historical barriers and structures increasingly fluid, the NYU Curatorial Collaborative has, from the start, been both institutional and personal, structured and organic, always providing a framework for the unexpected. The collaborative is redefined each year by the students, artists and curators, and the team of faculty and staff that mentor and support them. 

Painting of pool and desert in a room.

The Life of Objects

March 11 – March 15, 2020
Curator: Andres Gonzalez
Artists: Chanel Khoury, Christine JiMin Park

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Image of room with light on wall with text, "The well was close by, but not that close."

Beyond Objects

March 4 – March 8, 2020
Curator: Cindy Qian
Artists: Mika Sarina Lee, Hannah Park  

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Rainbow colored figure.

Tracing History Through Myth

February 26 – March 1, 2020
Curator: Katie Maher
Artists: Martine Velasco, Andy (Yuheng) Wang 

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Yellow fabric and rope in room.

Cellar / Attic

February 19 – February 23, 2020
Curator: Blake Oetting
Artists: Hue Bui, Monique Muse

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Black ceramic bust with gold hair.

The Inbetween

February 12 – February 16, 2020
Curator: Charlotte Kinberger
Artists: Alyx Runyon, Maya Beverly  

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Close up of eye with two portrait photos in pupil.

Betwixt and Between

January 29 – February 15, 2020
Curators: Liqiao Li, Linda Tauscher, Yinxue Wu
Artists: Esther Cho, Liz Choh, Xuan Guan, Pin Hsun Hsieh, Jessica Lee, Kaylee Reynolds, Valerie Saputra, Tina Zhou

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