Category Archives: Art Major

Supporting FIT Students

With the semester in high gear as we finish up the last couple of weeks, there are many exhibitions, displays, and events taking place across many of the art and design majors.  Being a junior photography major, I am a part of the BFA Photo Exhibit titled, “Lines of Sight.”  The show displays some of our work from the semester.  The opening reception is on Wednesday, November 18th from 6-8 pm in the lobby of the Feldman Center.  The work is up until December 11th.  Our entire semester as photography students have revolved around this show so any support is greatly appreciated!  More information is below!

If you are reading this as a prospective student, I highly recommend coming to see student work.  It is a great source of inspiration as well as a chance to see what you could be creating and doing as a student at FIT!  Supporting other students as a student is incredibly important.  We are all trying to make it in this industry and as cheesy as it sounds, we can’t always be comparing ourselves to the next person or be in constant competition with one another.  At the end of the day, a fellow student could be hiring you for a job or you could be hiring someone else.  There are so many different lines of work within each major and you never know where you’ll end up.  So with that, be kind, support one another, and focus on your goals.

BFA Photography Show

BFA Photography Show


Midterms are approaching us…

Hey everyone,

It feels almost as if school just started and we just began learning, but that is far from the case. We are already at midterms , and large projects due, papers, ect. Before you know it school will be coming to an end once again and we will be another semester closer to graduating. College fly’s by especially when your stressed out from the amount of work all due at once. So I have some tips that will make it a little easier to calm down.

  1. Check out “Beats for studying” radio on Pandora

pandora-radioI actually just found it today while I was trying to study on the train. I hate studying on the train due to all the noise so I try and drown it out with music which sometimes distracts me. (I will start signing along in my head and what not) So i decided to look into the genre section on Pandora and they have a whole studying section. “Beats for studying” is actually all the popular songs out right now just made in to soothing classical songs. It is amazing and I personally cant stop listening to it.

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As crazy as it sounds exercising can really help ease your mind and body. I know there is little time in the day for it around these times, but even if its just ten minutes I promise you will feel better instantly!

3. Get some Fresh Air


Take a walk around the block or just sit outside for five minutes

4.Be Kind to yourself


Make sure to remind yourself how much of a great job your doing just being you! Stressful times will pass soon enough and you will be back to your self.

Remember FIT has so many resources if you need them. Such as the councilors and the tutoring center , don’t ever be afraid to reach out to someone. Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!



Notes From the 6 Train: Using Your HART!

So I want to tell you about this super cool art collective doing incredible community based work. As an artist interested in building community, I am still figuring out how to do that in a productive way. HART (Harlem Art Collective), founded by Kristy McCarthy, is providing a framework for me to figure out how to do just that. HART is “a politically conscious and socially active collective of artists who are either based in or have a special connection to Harlem.”


HART created the Guerrilla Gallery on East 116th Street between Second and Third that avenues accepts art from any East Harlem resident, as long as it’s waterproof. I helped out out a bit at this weekend’s Guerilla Gallery, and below are the results.


HART also has an East Harlem apartment that offers housing at an affordable rate (read, actually affordable, not just “NYC affordable) and accepts Airbnb in “order to use gentrification in the community’s benefit and that it’s a way for money to come into the neighborhood without having the rents go up.” (Kristy)



The money made from Airbnb is then uses a portion of the proceeds to fund free art workshops for area residents. Finally, local artists can use the apartment as free studio space &use free art supplies.

If you want to read more about what HART is up to, you can check out these articles at the bottom of this post. You can also send a message to the collective by searching for HART: Harlem Art Collective on Facebook.

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Guide to Museums

If you aren’t aware of this already, New York City has some of the best museums in the entire world.  We are in the hub of a major art scene and as students, we can fully take advantage of it!  Be sure to bring your FIT ID when you visit these museums!  The following is your guide to the Museums of New York City:

  • American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West & 79th St)
    • Price Type: Suggested
      • Amount: $17 (Student)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (5th Ave & 82nd St)
    • Price Type: Suggested
      • Amount: $12 (Student)
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (6th Ave & 53rd St)
    • Price Type: FREE for FIT Students when you present your ID!
  • Guggenheim (5th Ave & 88th St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $10 (Until October 8th), Regularly $18
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (10th Ave & Gansevoort St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $18
  • New York City Transit Museum (Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $7
  • The Frick Collection (5th Ave & 70th St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $10
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (5th Ave & 91st St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $9

Hope this helps you explore the city with ease!  Happy museum hopping!


College Freshman

Although I am no longer a Freshman I have been there and conquered that year. So I thought I would give you all a few tips to help you get through it.


That was the biggest mistake I made, my first semester I probably spent over 500 dollars on books. ( which was totally not necessary) Most of your classes don’t even use the book the have on the syllabus, so before you go crazy buying them wait a week and see if you are going to use them. Until you get the book then you can go to the library and copy the pages that you need for the class. And ALWAYS remember Rent, or buy used don’t ever spend 200 dollars on a textbook that you will never use again.

2. DO go to school events

And get involved as much as possible, even though FIT isn’t the typical college with football games and college avenue they have so many exciting and interesting things to get involved in.

3. Don’t think just getting a degree will get you a job

Experience, Experience, Experience! Internships and involving yourself in the business world is what will get you a job. Don’t get me wrong your degree does get you a job but having your degree and a ton of experience will make you more valuable then the person that doesn’t.

4. DO leave campus once in a while

Were in the heart of NYC, although I don’t recommend going alone when your new to the area, explore ! take a citi bike somewhere, go to museums , shows, anything, the city is your oyster.

5.Do make friends with someone older then you

They will have the best advice and when you feel like no one understands and you cant move forward because your so stressed out. They will be there to talk to you because  they have been there and made it through.

Goodluck this semester everyone!