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BFA in Studio Art

BFA Exhibitions and Studios

NYU BFA Studio Art Thesis Show 2021

NYU BFA Studio Art Thesis Show 2021

View online documentation of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions that were on view in the Commons Gallery from March - May 2021. 

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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.

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 on wall

Unwillingly Sazonado Y Morado

February 17 – February 20, 2020
80 Washington Square East
Artists: Les-lie López and Camila Rodriguez Jimenez

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Virtual gallery

Imperfect In Its Cracks: Fragments Of Memory And Identity

February 18th, 2020
The Virtual Commons at The Barney Building
Artists: Adrian Beyer, sofi cisneros, Dora Duan, Victor Li, Pricila Modesto, Rhiannon Thomas, Xiaoli Zhou

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Hands holding flowers

Inside / Outside

February 10 – February 13, 2021
Curator: Janelle Miniter
Artists: Naava Guaraca, Eleisha McCorkle, and Tonisha McCorkle

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