This represents a career highlight for me—I am co-curator of “The Sports Show,” on view at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, from August 22—September 19, 2015. The exhibition brings together more than 30 leading artists and designers who graduated from SVA in commercial design and advertising, film and video, illustration and cartooning, motion graphics, painting, and photography.
In assembling the more than 140 works in this exhibition, our intent was to showcase aesthetic excellence and achievement across a wide range of creative disciplines and subjects, all united by the theme of sports. The results include images of figures both unbelievably famous and utterly anonymous. Familiar sports—baseball, basketball, and football—are included, along with more niche pursuits, like surfing, roller derby, and putt-putt golf.
In addition to their shared theme, all the works in “The Sports Show” are united by the fact that their creators attended SVA. This exhibition spans the entire history of the College, from its earliest days as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School—represented by the newspaper cartoons of Bill Gallo—to the present time, as seen via motion graphics, and online media. Taken as a whole, these works speak to the changing face of media consumption and technology, as well as to the evolution of SVA from a small trade school, which enrolled 35 students in 1947, its inaugural year, to the diverse, vibrant and influential creative community that it is today.
Special thanks to SVA, the SVA Alumni Society (where I have long served as a board member,) and particularly to my co-curator, SVA’s director of Alumni Affairs and Development, Jane Nuzzo. SVA Galleries director Francis Di Tommaso and his team have brought the whole thing to life, and they deserve much credit. The initial vision of “The Sports Show” came from SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes.
Participating artists and designers:
Sarah A. Friedman
Clay Patrick McBride
Frank W. Ockenfels 3