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FIT’s gallery spaces and corridors are often filled with award-winning shows at The Museum at FIT as well as impressive student work, but the college’s world-class faculty traditionally show their own work in other venues.

Not so this month! From March 7 to 22, the School of Art and Design presents the second annual New Views: FIT Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, a juried show featuring more than 90 works, in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the exhibition is its eclecticism. Nontraditional artworks such as a maquette for a proposed Nelson Mandela memorial by Johannes Knoops, assistant professor of Interior Design, and a kickin’ pair of boots by Vasilios Christofilakos, assistant professor of Accessories Design, are positioned among traditional paintings, mixed-media pieces, and interactive installations from  a total of 17 different Art and Design programs. It gives visitors a glimpse of FIT’s dazzling scope.

Check out these standout examples from New Views.

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Assistant Professor Anne Kong, Display and Exhibit Design ’77, was named one of nine Retail Design Influencers in DDI Magazine’s September issue, for her work bringing together Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design students and the industry they’re working toward.

She’s also mad talented at building stuff.

As a prototyper, she takes commissions to create larger-than-life versions of everyday products. Like these Skullcandy headphones that she custom-built, all in different sizes, for 25 statues around New York City.

Even the FiDi bull is trying to tune us out.

She sculpted each one in foam, coated it in plaster, and sanded it smooth. Then she lay a sheet of PVC plastic over it and heated it up until the plastic started to droop. A vacuum machine underneath sucked the PVC onto the form, and voila, instant headphones. They might not have been functional, but from a marketing perspective, they worked like a charm.

She also made this enormous Clarisonic cleansing device, for a trade show. If it actually vibrated, this baby could polish the kitchen floor in ten seconds flat.

The mother of all sonic cleansing brushes.

She placed each bristle, as fine as a human hair, by hand. It took four days.

The Clarisonic brush before going into hair and makeup.

“They give you killer deadlines in this business,” she says. “And when you finish something, they’ll ask you to illuminate it.”

These feats are all the more astounding when you consider that Hue cannot make a working paper airplane.


Artist, designer, and educator Ethel Brown Camhi died on October 22, 2011. She taught Patternmaking and Fashion Design at FIT for 33 years. She also practiced and taught the art of collage. Now (through May 13), 65 of her works are on view at the Art League of Long Island.

Hue is no collage expert, but Camhi’s look surreal, whimsical, and reminiscent of bygone days. The Art League is selling them for $80 to $200, a bargain as original art goes, and perhaps an even greater steal for those who harbor fond memories of their former professor.


Let’s put it this way: The output of Bil Donovan, Illustration ’77, makes Hue feel lazy.

He recently collaborated with photographer Tatijana Schon to create these stunning photo/illo hybrids of fashionista Michelle Harper for Schon’s new magazine, As If. The photos were also displayed at Fendi Casa during Art Basel Miami.

One of Donovan's images (on Schon's photo of Michelle Harper)

And to think, instead of choosing between photography and illustration, fashion editors could have had both this whole time!

This ain't no Juicy Fruit commercial.

Donovan also recently illustrated his second book with HarperCollins, Birds of a Feather Shop Together: Aesop’s Fables for the Fashionable Set, by Sandra Bark. Hue wants to lick these shoes:

Which one of these is Lil' Kim?

Third but not last (Donovan has so much work, he probably hires drones to teach his classes) is a set of fashiony note cards for Papyrus. The stationer, not the font.

Two of Donovan's four note cards for Papyrus

Hue is planning on buying a set and sending one to Donovan that reads,

“Dear Bil,

This note card speaks for itself.

Love, Hue.”