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Student Experience

BFA in Studio Art

BFA Exhibitions and Studios

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.

BFA Open Studios

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. 

Photos on wall with people in gallery.

I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

January 30 – February 16, 2019
Curators: Eana KimEmily Margot SussmanKasalina Maliamu Nabakooza
Artists: Emily Castronuovo, Sarah Lane, Brianne Nagle, Abigail Phipps, Kayley Saade, Nora Wang

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Sculpture on table with students.

A Banana is Not a Lemon

February 13 – February 16, 2019
Curator: Makenzi Fricker
Artists: Sasha Ballard De La Bastida, Ariadne Manuel

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Artists with curator in front of artwork.

A Veil Between Us

February 20 – February 23, 2019
Curator: Lauren Vaccaro
Artists: Eun Jin Kim, Defne Cemal

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People in gallery.

Materializing Time

February 27 – March 2, 2019
Curator: Sizhuang Miao
Artists: Kara Kendall, Samhita Kamisetty

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Artworks in gallery space.

If, and Only If

March 6 – March 9, 2019
Curator: Peter Johnson
Artists: David Stapleton, Hannah Murphy

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Artists with curator in gallery.


March 13 – March 16, 2019
Curator: Andrea Zambrano
Artists: Taryn Marie DeLeon Mendiola, Alston Watson

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