Class of 2018
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Works with painting, installation and video.
I am primarily a painter with strongly influenced by surrealist, impressionist and psychedelic art. My initial work studied the gender roles which are enforced by law in Saudi Arabia and I used my work to make a commentary on the sexism within the government and society which many women, including myself, have experienced while living in Saudi Arabia. This has been a reoccurring theme/study in my work along side many of my other work which studies the subconscious identity through abstract/surreal/impressionist style paintings. Currently, after moving to New York and starting the MFA program at SVA, I am starting to slightly venture out of painting and onto writing, installations and creating mock institutions. After growing up in Saudi Arabia with a very strong religious impact, I have decided to create a religion called Meowism and have become a devout Meowist. I worship Cats, I've created a holy Meow altar and made pamphlets to help spread the way of the Meow. Meowism is a religion that is a combination of identity study and a commentary on how I perceive the impact of religion in our lives.
Rina AC Dweck is a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist whose work explores themes of identity and disguise in our contemporary world. Dweck holds a B.S. in Studio Art from NYU (1998) and has exhibited extensively both nationally and abroad. Dweck has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (2013, 2014, 2016) and the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities (2014). She has been featured in the Huffington Post and multiple art publications.
Vicky has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Hartford Art School. She spends most of her time lost in space or finding space is lost on her. She loves plants, treats, and extra loves her cats.
Vicky Healy's work transmogrifies from the universe of her conscious and subconscious mind as she tries to process the world she lives in. Sci-fi landscapes become homes for the creatures who come to life through her work. Planes and projections melt together into a mind bending, gravity defying dreamworld that intends to turn viewers’ brains into ice cream and invites imaginations to refract and diffract.
As an artist, I am the kind of person that wants to understand and change the world around me through artistic practice. As a woman I can not be indifferent to my heteronormative context and the remaining gender inequality that affects all of us. In my artwork I try to highlight and question the aesthetic condition of the people, showing images that display the mindset of a specific society.
Born in 1989 in New York City, Kristin Simmons is a painter and printmaker with a dual BA in Fine Arts and Art History from Columbia University. She is the recipient of several awards including the Orra White Hitchcock and National Endowment of the Arts Award. She has exhibited at galleries in New York and the U.K., including FD Gallery, Hanging Man Gallery, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery and The Von Auersperg Gallery.
Born in 1979 in San Ana-Venezuela, raised in Caracas, and living in Switzerland since 2009. In 2015 Uribe graduated in Photography from the F+F School of Arts and Design in Zurich.
My first contact with photography was at 17 years old. Ever since I have used photography as a medium of communication. Photography is my way of expressing myself, my way of life.
Tianran Wu was a student in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He works with installations and minimalist painting, and is extremely fascinated by solid colors, bright materials and soft focus surfaces. After graduating with a bachelors degree in 2014, he curated exhibitions in a gallery for several years, and is quite keen on wandering between artist and curator.
Josh M.G. Yates, b. 1989, is a British visual artist currently living and working in New York City. In 2012, he acquired a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Feeling the need to inform his practice further, Yates enrolled in the Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, graduating with an MA in the fall of 2013.