The New York Academy of Art prides itself on cultivating talent in a multifaceted, exhaustive way, providing its students with the means to enhance and sustain their original commitment to art. Founded in 1980 by Stuart Pivar, Dennis Smith, Russell Colgate Wilkinson, and Andy Warhol, the not-for-profit school focuses on figurative arts and art history. The Tribeca-based campus accepts somewhere around an average of 50 students each year.
This year’s MFA class of 49 artists’ thesis works featured a range of media that included a handful of sculptures, works on paper, mixed media pieces, and paintings that vary widely in subject, style, and mood. Ranging from the playfully, teasing Pop, to the antic, sarcastic, and surreal, the works on display left exhibit-goers standing in deep thought and concentration with each piece. The Untitled Magazine attended the exhibit on May 20th and found several pieces to be extremely thought-provoking while others were simply beautiful.