See M.F.A. Students’ Virtual Senior Shows

Rodrigo Jimenez-Ortega’s Woof. Art: Rodrigo Jimenez-Ortega

Pratt pulls out all the stops, creating a virtual portfolio for virtually every student. From the M.F.A. painting-drawing program, see Rodrigo Jimenez-Ortega’s highly rendered Woof — a dog in a sweatsuit painted on textile. A speech bubble reads “Woof! (In Spanish).” In Ice Crystal, Clarissa Hurst, from the B.F.A. painting program, creates a mixed-media texture-scape with thick, powdery colors in big, clear shapes.

At the School of the Visual Arts, check out some selected works from M.F.A. illustration students’ thesis projects, including Danjung Choi’s The Garden of Mischief, a series of psychedelic digital illustrations that are very Midnight Gospel meets M.C. Escher. Elsewhere, the senior show for B.F.A. photography and video students is broken up into seven viewing rooms. In Project Room F, see Rosalie Zack’s Little Miracles (2020), a close portrait of a fantastically strange face of makeup.

NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts makes a two-part virtual exhibition for the B.F.A. photography and imaging graduates. Robin Takami’s series “Whitebox” mixes the norms of studio portrait photography and environmental portraiture; he zooms out to include the backdrop. Many of his subjects — a nurse in midtown, a postal worker in East Village — have professions that have been magnified by the term “essential.”

Columbia University’s Visual Arts Senior Thesis Show presents itself as Zoom call. But here, you can click on each profile to view students’ work. Ronny Moon has some fun with “Horse Race,” a series of drawings that, at one point, quickly carousel across your screen, emulating a horse race. Also check out Alyssa Gengos’s artist book of photographs printed on dyed fabric and stitched into a cotton book with embroidery thread.

Crossing media, methods, and material, The New School’s graduating class from Parsons puts on a virtual exhibition called “Logics of Non-Exchange.”

Ahead of a (hopefully) near future in-person exhibition, Hunter College has made a site for their M.F.A. students that displays artist bios and work samples, separated into a Part 1 and Part 2. Not so much an actual exhibition, get acquainted with Kathleen Granados’s web of yarn that builds and entangles a record player, as well as Maya Yadid’s ceramic vessels arranged in an array of earth tones.

The Fashion Institute of Technology has launched a number of shows for their students’ work. The Graduating Student Exhibition for the School of Art and Design is a virtual catalogue that you can flip through or download to see illustrations, mock-ups, and much more. There’s also the Future of Fashion show from the Fashion Design program. See Nataliia Pugach’s green sweater, adorned with bulbous, decorative crochet.

Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture celebrates its graduates with a virtual exhibition. Instead of just digitizing student work and uploading it to a grid, Cooper Union has made a virtual model of their Foundation Building. You can “walk” the space and browse work from the entire program, from foundational Architectonics up to their Masters in Architecture. See student drawings, 3-D renderings, videos, slide presentations, and animations.

RISD has compiled a list of various shows, presentations, exhibitions, etc., including a great MFA Grad Show for ceramics.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has posted a photo gallery with work from their 300 B.F.A. graduates. The undergraduate exhibition was open for about two days before closing due to the pandemic. Now, you can see the wide array of disciplines from painting to textile art online, including Ezgi Ateş’s Shrapnel, a painting of a nude figure caught in time as their flesh is forcibly burst away.

CalArtsend-of-the-year Expo features 120 projects by 484 artists across visual art, short films, music, documentation of live and in-progress work, and more. See Max Harper’s short film to catch cinematic glimpses of firefighters.

Otis College of Art and Design’s M.F.A. thesis show is here. See Christoper Stoltz’s collage-like photography presented as distorted jigsaw puzzles. In the B.F.A. show, check out Lansie Howard’s figure paintings, particularly works where she pixelates the hair of her subjects. Her body of work investigates “censorship and assimilation, lost narratives, and hidden histories.”

See M.F.A. Students’ Virtual Senior Shows