Category Archives: MFA

Rachel Rickert in the Lehman Painting Studio

The Lehman Painting Studio, or ‘Big Painting,’ was one of the first rooms I saw during my tour of NYSS in 2010.  It remains one of the showpieces of tours for visitors and prospective students today.  The skylights in the tall ceilings bring light in even during dark winter days.  The room serves two purposes.  During the Marathon, it’s a whirlwind of charcoal and frenzied activity.  Students travel from around the globe to engage fully with the act of drawing.  During the regular semester, a workmanlike hum descends as full time students begin longer projects not limited by time or scale.

I stopped in to snap a few images of Rachel Rickert painting in her corner nook at the southern end of the studio.  Her figure paintings and studies lined the walls, and the light streamed in the windows facing 8th Street.  See more of Rachel’s work here.

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Jeremy Herrmann and Sirena Laburn

I visited MFA II’s Jeremy Herrmann and Sirena Laburn in their studios to take some photographs.  These two painters serve as our student representatives, as elected by the students.  They sit on the board and act as a liaison between the administration and the student body.  Jeremy works in the Green Room Studio, a lightfilled space on the top floor of the buildings.  There are views of Greenwich Village rooftops out of the southern windows.  Sirena paints in the Fireplace Studio, a lovely workspace with a marble fireplace and a tall window.

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Ariel Kleinberg and Fukuko Harris

Ariel Kleinberg and Fukuko Harris- November 15-21

The Student Gallery is organized and run by students, and gives them the opportunity to see their work outside the studio in a different, independent context while presenting it to their peers and the public. Shows can feature finished works or works-in-progress, and are framed, curated and hung by the students themselves.

Students are also responsible for publicizing the show, mailing invitations and hosting an opening reception. The work is discussed in a seminar held in the gallery, conducted by the exhibiting students.

Exhibitions are usually two-person shows, although group exhibitions from painting and sculpture ateliers may also be featured as part of the program.

See more of Ariel‘s work.

See more of Fukuko’s work.

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Ed Praybe & Jacob Stilley in Upcoming Exhibitions

Recent alumni Ed Praybe and Jacob Stilley are part of a three person exhibition at the Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, WV.

Their paintings will be featured through the month of July.  For more information, click HERE.

Ed, the 2012 winner of NYSS’s Hohenberg award, is also part of a group exhibition opening at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.  Details can be found HERE.

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Recent Alumna’s Mural Project

Amanda Millet-Sorsa, MFA 2013, is actively fundraising in order to travel to Argentine to create a mural project.  She has been invited by the Residency program Proyecto Ace to spend time in Buenos Aires.

To find out more about her fundraising efforts and to support the project, click HERE.

To see her website, click HERE.

Attached find images of her recent work from the 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition.

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Visit from Nuremberg Art Students

Thirty students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany toured the school with their professor, Michael Munding.  The students sent in some great photos that they took while viewing the MFA Thesis Exhibition.

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Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Per usual, New York Studio School artists are putting themselves out there.  Below see a short list of upcoming events and exhibitions featuring alumni and faculty.

Asa Schick and Michael Meehan to be featured in the Painting Center’s exhibition ‘Working it Out,’ a celebration of preparatory practices and process.  June 18-July 27, 2013.

Garry Nichols featured in the NY Times Bushwick Open Studios Coverage.

Hadley Nunes, MFA 2011, has been awarded a full residency scholarship to attend the VCCA in Amherst, Virginia.

Olga Sophie Kauppinen: Paintings at WECREATENYC  

Emily Church in Interior Space: Small Scale Abstract Painting. Opening Wednesday, June 5th from 6-8pm. Library Learning Center, Ground Floor, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11201.

Andrew Seto: Lazy Reader at Theodore: Art in Bushwick.

Thomas Stavovy: Recent Work, June 1 through July 13. West Cove Studio, 30 Elm Street, West Haven, Connecticut.

Maud Bryt‘s bronze ‘Eve’ on view at the Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood exhibition in Stockbridge, MA until October 31, 2013.

Eli Slaydon in Nature / Culture’ at Front Street Gallery in Patterson, New York.

Leo Anker, Lisa Sanders and Greg Whyte in 3x3D at Gallery 212 in Dumbo.  Opening June 6 from 6-8 PM.

Instructor John Lees at Betty Cunningham– May 16-June 22, 2013.

Robert Franca in a group show at Valentine Gallery in Queens, May 21- June 23, 2013.

Hearne Pardee at Alex Bult Gallery in Sacramento, May 7-June 1, 2013.

Elisa Jensen featured in Femalenergy 3 at Woodward Gallery on the LES, May 4-June 30, 2013.

If you know of more exhibitions, email me at wcjernigan (at) and I’ll post them-

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MFA Thesis Exhibition 2013

2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Exhibition dates:  May 8 – 22
Open Daily: 10am – 6pm

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Eleanor Ray, ’12, Upcoming Exhibitions

Recent graduate Eleanor Ray is exhibiting paintings in two upcoming shows.  She is featured in a three person show at 308 at 156 Project Art Space at 156 Fifth Avenue titled Traces of Omnipresence.   Opening reception February 6th from 7-9 PM.  You can find a press release and more information HERE.

Also, Eleanor will be featured at Steven Harvey Art Fine Art Projects at 208 Forsyth Street in the Lower East Side beginning on February 13th, concurrent with the gallery’s show of paintings by Julian Bell. The show runs through March 17th.  Opening reception Wednesday, February 13th, 6-8 pm.

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