October 17, 2016

MFA Computer Art 30th Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
José Carlos Casado, Trade.v03, 2015–16. Digital Sculpture Installation. Courtesy of the artist.

School of Visual Arts presents MFA Computer Art 30th Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration, an exhibition of work by department alumni. The exhibition is on view Saturday, October 22, through Friday, November 30, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City.

Founded in 1986 to encourage creative self-expression using computers and emerging technologies, MFA Computer Art graduates continue to invent new forms of artistic expression and contemporary art. Early explorations in digital art, animation and programming have expanded to include the fields of motion graphics, interactive media, digital sculpture and virtual reality.

With more than 1,000 MFA Computer Art graduates, the exhibition celebrates the accomplishments of just a small fraction of its alumni. Select projects include the evolving Every Icon by John F. Simon, Jr. (1989), an animated LED light sculpture by Erwin Redl (1995), digital paintings by Alicia Martin (2013) and an Arctic-inspired digital sculpture installation by José Carlos Casado (2001). There will also be screenings of eight Student Academy Award-winning films and other notable animation shorts created by MFA Computer Art alumni, as well as screenings of thesis projects and a sneak peek of a documentary about the department on Friday, October 28.

The MFA Computer Art department emphasizes creative experimentation and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style through a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with eight Student Academy Awards. Visit for more information.

The SVA Flatiron Gallery, located at 133/141 West 21st Street between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm, and Saturday, 10am to 6pm. It is fully accessible by wheelchair. Admission is free.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit


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