Katrin I Jonsdottir Hjordisardottir
Class of 2014
Me and my friends 2014, sculpture
Me and my friends
2014, sculpture
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Iceland Brooklyn, New York

Katrín I Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir (b. Iceland, 1982) lives in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008 she received a BA in visual art from the Iceland Academy ofthe Arts and received a B.A. in art history and art theory in 2012 from the University of Iceland. Katrín is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York (MFA 2014), and is a 2012/13 Fulbright Grantee. Katrín was awarded the Dungal Art Fund award for aspiring artists in 2012 and received the Guðmunda Andrésdóttir scholarship, which aims ?to promote and encourage promising artists to study. Katrín is co-founder of Artíma gallery and served as board member of the Sequences Real-Time Art Festival in 2012. Katrín is co-founder of Contemporary.is, a web media about icelandic art today and is a current board member of Endemi, an art publication. Recent exhibitions include solo projects at Gallerí Dvergur (Dwarf Gallery) Reykjavík, the SÍM (Association of Icelandic Artists), and a project at Crymo in 2011. Katrín has participated in various group exhibitions, one of which was a project bearing the title Fræðimaðurinn (the Theorist) at the Museum of the 21st Century in Austria. In the work Katrín sent Ólafur Gíslason, a renowned art writer and theorist, as her contribution to the exhibition. In her recent exhibition at The Living Art Museum the essence of Katrín?s development as an artist is fully visible. The 6th Volume presents work and writings by individuals active within the practice and theory of visual art, chosen by Katrín in an attempt to define contemporary art, based on the Icelandic art practices that have influenced her. The goal is to con- struct an ?exhibition of every Icelandic contemporary artist? and by doing so, reflect on the current political environment of art. Katrín has hand made several hundred sculptures in the form of a victory cup, which she calls Gratitude Sculptures. In a letter to invited participants she wrote to individuals she defines as ?every Icelandic contemporary artists? consisting of artists, writers and thinkers involved in the field hoping to instigate an exchange; a work donated to Katrín for the exhibition in exchange for a Gratitude Sculpture. Katrín?s declared objective is to survive and save the world with art. Katrín?s subjects often include the social and political landscape and ecology of the art environment, which she funnels into her practice in unusual and personal ways, through various methods and mediums, such as writing, performance, drawing, sculpture making among other forms.

Katrin I Jonsdottir Hjordisardottir, 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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