Art Vidrine
Class of 2014
Untitled (detail) 2013, fluorescent lights, wire, bubble wrap, tape, pillow stuffing, rubber, aluminum foil, cardboard, small stool, sound, 84” x 72” x 84”
Untitled (detail)
2013, fluorescent lights, wire, bubble wrap, tape, pillow stuffing, rubber, aluminum foil, cardboard, small stool, sound, 84” x 72” x 84”
Brooklyn, New York
Born in 1980, Art Vidrine spent his childhood equally near the swamps of Louisiana and in the mountains of North Carolina. In 2002, he received a BA cum laude in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina ? Chapel Hill, where he wrote an honors thesis applying reader response theories to dramatic texts. After flying around the world while working for an airline, Vidrine settled in San Francisco and began focusing on his art in 2007. He has exhibited in a variety of venues such as the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art and a yearlong installation at the San Francisco zoo. He is currently a MFA Fine Arts candidate at the School of Visual Arts in New York and lives in Brooklyn.
I want to give flesh to thought; to make palpable the forces that shape how we process information and experiences. The cultural framework we inherit prescribes meaning and intelligibility to things. But how does our relationship to the world alter as our conceptual frameworks are challenged or change? As our lives are increasingly mediated through technology, simulacra, and mass media, how does our physical, experiential grounding within the world evolve? Exploring perception and agency between a viewer and an artwork, my work prods, confronts, conflates, abstracts, and deceives. It seeks to make logical sense of the world while often disallowing itself from actually doing so.
Art Vidrine, class of 2014

MFA Fine Arts is a full-time, two-year, 60-credit program
Seminars and workshops are complemented by weekly visits from artists, curators, critics and gallerists, who are invited to give lectures and meet with students in their studios. Students may audit up to four undergraduate and continuing education courses, and take advantage of SVA’s lectures and other resources. Each student is given a private studio with 24-hour access. At the end of each semester, open studios provide students with opportunities to present their work to the public and gain professional exposure. Graduating students take part in our annual thesis exhibition. 
We respect craft and form, but we also encourage an approach to art-making in which ideas or questions serve as points of departure for artistic processes that may lead in unforeseen directions. While some students may remain committed to a single medium for the duration of their study, most experiment with multiple modes of production.
In addition to drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students may explore animation, digital art, installation, performance, photography, public projects, social practice, video, and numerous other disciplines. Students in the MFA Fine Arts program have the freedom to reinvent themselves. And with access to private departmental facilities for photography, video production, large format printing and woodworking, and to innovative labs at SVA for digital fabrication, bio art, printmaking, metalworking, ceramics, textiles and risography, students can pursue many approaches to making their art.
The close relationship between faculty and students—formed in studio visits, critique groups, seminars and workshops, but also through informal interactions—gives students the confidence to produce as much work as they can and to follow a personal course of intellectual and aesthetic investigation.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for degree conferral. In exceptional instances, students may be allowed to transfer up to 15 credits from other accredited graduate programs, and be eligible to complete the program in three semesters

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