Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

The Calculus of Jessica Wynne’s Chalkboard Photos

An FIT photography professor considers the fascinating visual abstractions expressed on the chalkboards of physicists and mathematicians. We have Professor Jessica Wynne’s remarkable project, her forthcoming book with Princeton University Press, “Do Not Erase.” In September, 2019, Prof. Wynne’s work … Continue reading

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Ielyzaveta Ignatyeva Aims to Improve Lives and Offer Dignity through Design

A common misconception about interior design, says Ielyzaveta Ignatyeva, is that it is a decorative pursuit geared toward the affluent. The sixth-semester Interior Design student has just been selected as the East Region finalist for the 2019-20 Interior Design Educators … Continue reading

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Cornelia Hediger’s LA billboard work dominates the landscape

Photography Professor Conelia Hediger’s current work on view is not a blink-and-you-miss-it experience.  Her large-format images are mounted on one of 34 Los Angeles’ billboards that are part of the Billboard Creative 2020 exhibition. Hediger’s duel photo montage, from her … Continue reading

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Optimism Rides with Skateboard Art

Skateboards may be vehicles for aerial stunts, rail stands and kick flips, but in Professor Leslie Cober’s Pictorial Problem Solving class they’re another type of canvas. For their final projects her students experimented with alternative mediums for designing skateboard decks … Continue reading

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How characters emerge for Prof. Allen Hochman’s photography students

One of the things that intrigues Photography Professor Allen Hochman is the degree of “problem-solving” required to produce a stellar image. For their Introduction to Light final projects, students had to photograph a fictional or historical character. Several here discuss … Continue reading

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Two Professors Interpret Ancient Art with Modern Technology

It was at FIT’s Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) last year where a costume design professor from the film department noticed Computer Animation professor John Goodwin at his workstation bringing the art of Greek vases to life. “She mentioned … Continue reading

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A Sustainable Design Wave From Arch & Hook

Three energetic eco-conscious students from the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design program designed and created a window display on Seventh Avenue to feature Arch & Hook hangers and inform the public about FIT’s commitment to sustainability. The window display can be … Continue reading

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Urban Studio exhibit: How surroundings shape us

The “Homegrown” exhibit at Museum at FIT from December 21 through February 8, 2020 will showcase work from Fine Arts Urban Studio club members.  Exhibiting student artists spoke about their neighborhoods, communities and what makes home. “This painting depicts my late … Continue reading

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Looking for a Place to Call Home: Jerome Walford Illustrates American Dreams

Professor Jerome Walford’s illustrations of everyday immigrant life explore aspects of the immigrant experience that merge into and enrich American culture. The images are a mix of the literal and dreamlike. The latest in his series are about to appear … Continue reading

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Dean Brown: Making Jewelry for Buildings and for People

In a forthright conversation, Dean Brown reveals his experience as a jewelry designer, being a student again, his industry experience, and what it is like being an African-American male in his major. He also talks about how a public library, … Continue reading

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