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.
Always looking out for new finds in the city (for free), I came across a list of volunteer spots I’ve never heard of before, which spiked my curiosity. For the past three years I’ve volunteered at a number of organizations from Food Kitchens to various social events. However I’ve never really heard or seen around FIT (or city) organizations revolving around art. If you are an art lover and want to help an Arts Organization below is a long list of various non-profit organizations in the city. I’ve never realized how many there were until now, they range from books, music, painting etc. I’ve linked all the websites so you can go on them and contact the organizations for more information or volunteer work.
I really wanted to share my experience working at the HBC Global Art Collection I went to on Tuesday. Out of the blue a girl I met through connections, texted me and asked me if I would be interested in helping at the gala event. Obviously they were going to pay, well they were paying really well $60/h, so I couldn’t really refuse. I once again want to stress how important it is to start networking, and start building up your contact list. You don’t know how many times, I got to incredible opportunities, through random people.
The event was at Saks Fifth Avenue downtown in HBC brand new headquarters. I was never there, but the building was brand new and looked incredible, you should definitely check it out! Anyways they bring me up to the art exposition, and tell me that I’m going to be the art specialist, which basically means that if anyone has questions about the art they ask me. Obviously they thought I knew stuff about the art exposed there, but it was the first time I’ve ever seen it. Just to give you a visual the Guggenheim has 50’000 square feet of hanging space, and they had 500’000! My friend told me not to worry, that she was going to give me a tour of the art exhibition and there shouldn’t be a lot of people asking questions. While she’s giving me the tour, the two art curators come and join us and start explaining to me details about each photos. It was great I felt like I had a general idea of what each painting entailed. The cocktail party started at 6 and finished at 9. Everything went really well, a few people asked me questions, but were so kind to me and always told me I was doing a great job, which help boost my confidence a little.
Anyways moral of the story is that don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, it can be scary at first, but it pays at the end, because you feel like you’ve accomplished something. For me this was the most terrifying thing that could of ever happen to me, but I made the best out of it, I showed my passion and interest for art and looking back I’m so glad I went. Not only that, the art curators for HBC were so impressed that they want to keep in touch with me, for future opportunities.
Hey there! Last week was a really exciting day, because it was the first time I’ve been gallery hopping in New York, I know it’s crazy! I went with my friend who is an art curator, she explained to me what her job consist of and what she looks at when picking art. It was really interesting getting to listen to her talk and make comments about paintings. Usually gallery exhibitions tend to have only contemporary art, which isn’t really my thing, but it was great hearing my friend tell me why she loved the art pieces, which made me appreciate them more.
Gallery hopping in the Lower East Side is really fun and supper trendy. There are bars, coffee shops and restaurants all along the streets, and in between you’ll discover tiny galleries. I really loved this experience and if you’re someone who loves art and discovering new artist, I highly recommend going gallery hopping either in LES or Chelsea, I prefer LES, just because it’s a cuter neighborhood and less upscale.
Have you ever gone gallery hopping? What was it like?
It’s that time of year again! Illustration students have taken to the streets, turning FIT’s dull, concrete walls into works of art.
Chalk FIT, an annual project, allows students to create individual illustrations on the exterior walls along 7th Avenue and 28th Street.
This time around, Chalk FIT pays homage to our neighborhood Chelsea, the lively and eclectic campus our college calls home. Chalk FIT adds a colorful touch to Manhattan’s landscape. Make sure to support the work in progress by checking out all of the creative art from start to finish!