Every year, the seniors of the Illustration Department take part in an exciting project called Chalk FIT. Students, based off of a selected theme, create a mural on an assigned school panel. The result? A huge display of different artistic voices from a variety of students.
This year, the theme chosen by the professors of the department was “Dreamers.” Daniel Shefelman, a professor at FIT’s illustration department is one of the leaders of the project. Professor Shefelman’s idea for the project was to show the public outside what goes on inside FIT; he wanted the illustration students to see and understand the impact of creating their work. Creating art is like creating magic, and not very often do students have the opportunity to see what people think of their work outside from their peers- until now.
The professors involved in the project helped students choose their preferred designs to add vibrant color and life to FIT’s exterior. They brought in Victor Saint-Hilaire and Angel Garcia, two alumni of the FIT Illustration Department who specialize in murals, to help students work on their design, as well as explain the process of painting a mural.
You might have noticed that FIT’s gray concrete walls have been covered in colorful art pieces recently. This is thanks to FIT’s annual event, Chalk FIT, where Illustration majors are assigned a theme and take to FIT itself for their canvas. Chalk FIT is currently in its fourth year, thanks to its creator Dan Shefelman, a professor here at FIT. (photo courtesy: @danshefelman)
This years theme was “Dreaming” in regards to the social and political discussion about illegal immigrant children brought to the US known as “Dreamers”.
(photo courtesy: @bulletproof_picasso_)
The art spans across 27th to 28th street on 7th Avenue and will be up on FIT’s walls till the springtime, available for students and pedestrians to see. Take advantage of this time to take some stellar photos with some amazing backdrops! And make sure to use the hashtag #ChalkFIT when you post to social media.
Those who entered the Feldman Center lobby (“C” Building) in the early weeks of December found themselves visually stimulated and inspired. The exhibition Infinite Scroll, featuring work by fifth-semester Photography BFA students, asserts that new technology expands the commonality of photography but hinders the ability of a single image to make an impact.
“As viewers, the infinite scroll is the new path which we follow in our daily lives online,” write Photography Department faculty members Sean Fader and Allison Wade in the exhibition statement. The term “infinite scroll” is used by web developers to describe a web page that continues to reveal more content as the user scrolls down a seemingly bottomless page.“Rarely do images make us stop and force us to pause for a moment. The images in this show are the ones that do just that.”
I just wanted to come here and let you guys know that currently all graduating AAS fashion design students are having an exhibition of their semester work inspired by “Fire & Ice”. I went there yesterday to see my roommates work and was blown away by some of the things I saw. I definitely recommend you checking it out if you have a few minutes to spare. I find it so interesting to see what students come up with and how they bring it to life.
The exhibition is open from April 27 to May 1, 2016 from 9 am-9 pm. It’s located in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.
Let me know in the comments below if you went and what you thought of it!
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.