Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Crown Heights Artist Hendel Futerfas

At the 2016 graduating exhibit last year there was an unusually large turnout for Fine Arts student Hendel Futerfas. Gaiety and critiquing ensued among dozens of hip-looking exhibit-goers who spanned four generations. They endlessly arranged themselves to be photographed in … Continue reading

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Fine Artist Jennifer Lopez “courageously looks deep,” finds and portrays contrasts

“In these two paintings, I explore the concept of duality, the contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something,” says recent Fine Arts grad Jennifer Lopez.  The “something” in this dual canvas work created for her final thesis, is … Continue reading

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Illustration students interpret a “culture of calamity”

Whether the result of a New York Times assignment or a class assignment, “legions of professional and amateur artists are trying their hand at political art right now,” says Illustration Prof. Anthony Freda. The impetus: the turbulent presidency of Donald Trump. Recently, Freda … Continue reading

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Erica Ventura goes upscale in design competition

Not many clients these days “live above the store,” so to speak.  It takes a sharply inquisitive imagination and some fancy skills to know how to deck out a full-floor apartment at the Met Life Tower, complete with a spacious … Continue reading

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No limits to graduating fashion designers’ imagination

Congratulates to Our Fashion Design Seniors! From butterflies, evergreens in the frigid tundra to high school uniforms and 18th century chantilly lace, senior design students reveal the under layers of their inspiration. RUNWAY ALERT!: Selected work from graduating fashion design students … Continue reading

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Ode to Jianrong Lin’s “Momentum” series

“I always wanted to create this work. I think human bodies look best when in motion,” says Illustrator Jianrong Lin, (’16), of “Momentum,” his series of athletes in the heat of competition. Lin’s exquisite work evokes images depicted on ancient Greek urns. “What … Continue reading

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Study Abroad in India: “‘Namaste’ and a smile got me far enough”

“It’s culturally and visually so stimulating, the smells and sounds are all overwhelming in an incredible and good way,” says Photography Professor Jessica Wynne. She was mingling with the nine students she led through India as part of the International … Continue reading

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Behind Den Ly’s Pikolinos win: Great design. Great business acumen. Triumph over tragedy.

Seems simple enough. Talented BFA senior from Accessories Design sees contest opportunity. Submits a nice entry. Wins the top prize last fall for his beautiful sandal design, in a contest sponsored by Pikolinos. Spain-based Pikolinos, one of Europe’s top brands, offers … Continue reading

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The “magical feelings” that led to Upper Worlds

The lions, wolves, lemurs, monkeys and birds from the “Upper Worlds” installation are gone now.  For six months they beckoned passersby from the Fifth Avenue display window of the Mid Manhattan Library. Their purpose was a different one from the … Continue reading

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The presidential election and aftermath: Alex Golshani’s “11/9”

What happens when you expect scenes of joy, and fate provides pathos instead? “I thought I  would be photographing a celebration,” says Alex Golshani (photography ’16), about the evening of the presidential election.  “I expected to be making images of … Continue reading

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