Alumni News, Spring 2016

11 Apr

Dear Alumni,

Thank you so much for your response to our recent call for alumni news, and hearty congratulations on all of your achievements, milestones, and activities.  We hope to hear from more of you for our next Alumni News round-up, which we’ll post sometime in Fall 2016.  Thanks go to Department of Art History faculty Carol Krinsky and Mosette Broderick for contributing to this post.

 Amy Cappellazzo’s (B.A. Fine Arts ’89) art advisory firm, Art Agency, Partners, which she co-founded with Allan Schwartzmann and Adam Chin, was bought earlier this year by Sotheby’s. Art Agency, Partners will lead a new fine-art division within Sotheby’s, focused mainly on 20th- and 21st-century art.  For more information, see our January 13th, 2016 blogpost 

Beth Citron’s (B.A. Fine Arts ’02; Ph.D. History of Art, University of Pennsylvania ’09) new exhibition, “Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Try to Altar Everything,” opened last month at The Rubin Museum of Art, where Beth is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. For more information see our March 7th blogpost.

Some of Sylvanus Shaw’s (B.A. Fine Arts ’02) paintings and sketchbooks were on view last month at the Spring Break Art Show. For more about Sylvanus’s work see our March 3rd, blogpost and

 Ray Ho (B.A. Politics, Urban Design and Architecture Studies minor ’09) reports, “Since graduating from NYU I’ve completed my Masters of Architecture degree at Columbia (in 2013). I recently started in a new position as project architect at Morris Adjmi Architects . Over the years, I’ve worked on everything from the Smithsonian’s master plan in D.C., to restaurants for celebrity chefs, to boutique hotels and condo towers.”

Caroline Errico (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’12) will begin her studies in the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture this fall.

Carolyn Keogh (B.A. Art History ’12) writes, “This March I will be presenting at the National Art Education Association Conference in Chicago and speaking about a series of digital workshops I have helped coordinate and teach at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The presentation will focus on how to integrate video game design in museum education settings, a topic about which I have written for the Guggenheim’s blog: please see that blog entry here. I will be presenting with a panel of educators from the National STEM Video Game Challenge, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Among other topics, the presentation will address how to effectively make space for art among other STEM disciplines. During my four years at the Guggenheim, I have become increasingly interested in bringing art and technology together to create robust programs for youth audiences.”

Carolyn Keogh teaching during a recent workshop designed for middle schoolers that focused on using the work of Vasily Kandinsky as inspiration for digital animated artworks

Carolyn Keogh teaching during a recent workshop designed for middle schoolers that focused on using the work of Vasily Kandinsky as inspiration for digital animated artworks.

Grace Choi (B.A. Art History ’13) is currently based in Manhattan working at Children’s Museum of the Arts as a Development Associate. She is also starting her second year at the Harvard Extension School, where she is pursuing a M.L.A. in Museum Studies.

As of this September, Rachel High (B.A. Art History ’13) will be studying in the evenings toward her Masters degree in modern and contemporary art at Hunter College. She will continue to work full-time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is Publishing and Marketing Assistant in the Editorial Department.

Rachel will be giving a presentation at the National Museum Publishing Seminar this May in Chicago.

Riad Kherdeen (B.A. Art History, Chemistry minor ’13) began the M.A. program at the Institute of Fine Arts in 2014 and will complete it this semester. He is writing his thesis on Masdar City in Abu Dhabi under the supervision of Professor Jean-Louis Cohen. This semester, he is also working with Professor Kenneth Silver as a course assistant for Silver’s “Paris-New York” class.

This fall will bring a significant change of scene: Riad will be moving out West to begin the doctoral program in the Univeristy of California, Berkeley’s History of Art Department. He will pursue his studies with the support of Mellon-Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study. As Riad reports, “Working with Professors Anneka Lenssen and Julia Bryan-Wilson, as well as faculty outside of the History of Art department, I will be exploring global and comparative modernisms, with a focus on the art and architecture of the Middle East and North Africa and with special emphasis on Morocco. I have proposed to work on the art and architecture of Morocco in the period between 1940 and 1960 to understand the relationship between the practices of autochthonous Moroccan artists and architects at that time and their relationship to the contemporary social, cultural, and political discourses of modernism, colonialism, postcolonialism, nationalism, Pan-Arabism, Pan-Islamism, and cross-cultural artistic exchanges, among others.”

David Bransfield (B.A. Studio Art/Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) has been admitted to the Yale School of Architecture’s M.Arch. program:  he’ll begin his studies this fall.  You can also catch a show featuring David’s work atLocal Project Gallery in Long Island City.  The show is titled “Formations of my Shadow” and is on view from April 25th-May 7th; the opening reception is Friday, April 29th from 5:00-8:00 PM (see our April 12th blogpost.)

 Ellis Edwards (B.A. Art History/French ’15) In her second semester at the Institute of Fine Arts, Ellis Edwards curated her first exhibition, eros // logos, at the 80WSE gallery at NYU Washington Square.  The exhibition was part of the NYU Curatorial Collaborative, a student-led initiative that pairs graduate IFA students with artists in the Senior Honors Studio of the NYU Steinhardt School’s Department of Art and Art Professions.  The opening of eros // logos was a great success, and the show ran from February 23 through February 27.  This summer, before beginning her second and final year of Masters study at the IFA, Ellis will be interning at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea.

Valerie Itteilag (B.A. Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies minor ’15) reports, “I recently started as the Receptionist at Victoria Hagan Interiors , a prominent Interior Design firm in New York. Victoria Hagan Interiors has been included in the AD100 (Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Architects and Designers) for many years.” Valerie is also taking two night courses at Parsons, on Interior Design and Furniture Design.

Neda Jebelli (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) has been accepted to Columbia University’s MFA program, beginning Fall 2016.

After graduating, Ellen Lei (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies, ’15) traveled to California and visited gardens, museums, and other architectural structures. The place that left the biggest impression was the Getty Center’s garden, with its beautiful architectural and horticultural arrangement. Here is a picture Ellen took of the space:

The Central Garden of the Getty Center, Los Angeles, created by Robert Irwin (Photo by Ellen Lei)

The Central Garden of the Getty Center, Los Angeles, created by Robert Irwin (Photo by Ellen Lei)

In addition to this short trip, Ellen participated in the Climate Witness Project. This project was organized by the Christian Reformed Church of North America, and the intent was to incorporate the religious community’s voice in the United Nations’ Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris. As Ellen writes, “In order for the nations of the world to commit to environmental protection, people gathered at the COP 21 Conference to discuss and establish legally binding policies to combat climate change. I was blessed with the opportunity to co-write an op-ed article on behalf of the religious organization. Entitled ‘Why climate change is a moral concern for the religious community,’ the article was published in the Newark Star Ledger online newspaper. Although it targeted the religious community, the article is informative on current climate change issues and the COP 21 Conference.”

Ellen recently landed a full time job at Department of Design and Construction, a New York City agency, as a Junior Project Manager (Office Title). The projects she is involved in concern the building and rehabilitation of Department of Sanitation of New York garage facilities.  As an advocate for the environment, she hopes to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional credentials and promote green ideas as she advances in her career.





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