Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Open Studios & Silent Auction TODAY!

Come for art, good company & refreshments!

The Silent Auction benefits the Graduate Art Society and will end at 8:30pm.  
The bids will start at $25.

160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

Our studios are in two buildings:

Compton-Goethals Hall Room 201 (On the SE Corner of W 140th St & Amsterdam Ave)
Shepard Hall 4th Floor (Convent Ave & W 140th St-One block east Amsterdam Ave)

Public Transportation:
Take the A, B, C, or D train to 145th OR the 1 to 137th St.

Monday, November 19, 2012

CCNY Studio MFA OPEN STUDIO 11/29 5-9pm


I am pleased to announce that CCNY Studio MFA Open Studios is coming up super soon! Please come visit the gorgeous campus of the City College of New York on November 29th from 5 to 9 pm.

The Studios in Compton-Goethals Hall (2nd floor) and Shepard Hall (4th floor) will be open to the public, and all of the artists currently in the Studio Art MFA program will be here. We'd love to talk to you about art, City College, and have some snacks with you.

In conjunction with the Open Studio there will be a silent auction of new artwork by the MFA students, benefitting the Graduate Art Society, a student organization which brings artists, curators and other arts professionals to lecture to the CCNY community.

We're looking forward to seeing you at CCNY soon!

Katie and the CCNY Studio MFA Team

Saturday, October 27, 2012

CCNY MFA Student in upcoming Venezuelan Bienal!


One of CCNY's own Studio Art MFA Students, Andrea Coronil, is going to be in the Bienal Salón Arturo Michelana in Valencia, Venezuela! It opens on the 4th of November!

We are so proud to have Andrea studying at City College with us! Her paintings are (among other things) gorgeous, energetic, spiritual, and emotionally rich. Also she is totally awesome.

This is the Bienal's 66th edition, and it is Venezuela's most recognized Bienal. It has operated for over 112 years, the longest in the nation.

Jury members Pedro Fermin, Tahía Rivero, Alfredo Fermín, Bélgica Rodríguez, Ilich Rodríguez Coronel, and Wladimir Zabaleta chose only 96 works out of the entire nation, and every variety of media.

Below you will find some links and information about the Bienal Salón Arturo Michelana.

Thanks for reading!

And don't forget to check back soon to learn more about our coming Open Studio.

Katie from the CCNY Studio MFA Team

Go Andrea!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Documentary Video about CCNY MFA Student Shannon McBride

Hi there!

I'm writing to let you know that one of our Studio MFA students, Shannon McBride, is in a new short documentary by fellow CCNY student Bernard Lee.

This documentary is great, you can see Shannon at work in her studio, making sculpture that she showed last month in In Between, at CCNY's Compton-Goethals Gallery.

Here's a link to the video. And below that you will find information about the video as posted on youtube, and Shannon's blog address.

Have a great weekend. Fingers crossed that hurricane doesn't actually head over to nyc!

Take care,

Artist Shannon McBride discusses her artistic practice, process and themes while working in her studio at The City College of New York in Fall 2012; a project by Bernard Lee. 

See more information, including images of the finished sculpture at:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CCNY MFA Student in Crown Heights Film Festival


Katie Simpson Spain here, reporting from Hamilton Heights...

A short stop motion film that I made this last spring (at CCNY, in my studio) is screening at the Crown Heights Film Festival!

November 4th it'll be on the big screen, that's a Sunday!
At 2 pm come to FiveMyles, 558 St. John's Place, Brooklyn (2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin). It's is part of the festival section for younger people - it's got fabric sculpture/puppets and is not 'adult themed' and that's hella cool with me dude...

Here is a link to the film festival page:!

And below you will find a still from the film. You can also find it on youtube at but if you can, please come to the screening. It will be fun!

Thanks for reading the CCNY Studio MFA Blog!

Check back soon for pictures of our recent group show, In Between; a biennial one of us is in; an awesome show up now by one of our very awesome professors; a documentary video of one of us working in the studio; and information about our upcoming Open Studios - which will take place the evenings of November 15th (thurs) and 16th (fri) at the City College of New York!

Go CCNY!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Visit A.I.R. Gallery to see Professor Sylvia Netzer's show, Whorl.


I'm Katie, a second year student in City's totally awesome Studio MFA program ~ as well as a new exhibitions intern at A.I.R. GALLERY. Tomorrow will be my third weekend going in. It's very exciting and I'm happy and honored to be learning all of this awesome stuff at such a vibrant and historically important gallery. I love it!

A.I.R. is a fantastic feminist membership (co-op style) gallery, and it opened in 1972 - it is the first artist run gallery for women in the US. Check out the website. The member artists are various and diverse in style and content. It's pretty darn exciting, and there are members from NY as well as national and international members. And lots of important artists have been involved with the gallery throughout the years. The show that's up now is awesome! One of the artists is a professor at City College!

Sylvia Netzer's show, Whorl, is currently up at A.I.R.! Please come see it this weekend or next week, as it's only up for a short time - and closes on September 30th. Netzer is a ceramics professor at City College, and has been instrumental in the graduate program for a long time. Her sculptural work at A.I.R. is wonderful and you totally have to see it in person! It's bright, energetic, fantastic, and in the back gallery space at A.I.R. Come over!

There are actually 3 shows up right now, the space is pretty big, it's in DUMBO, Brooklyn, at 111 Front Street - #228 (that's on the second floor, & there are elevators if you enter at 55 Washington).

One of the other current shows is by a professor I had years ago at Portland Community College (yes, in Oregon), Marie Sivak. Her work in Smokescreen is super awesome, you should come see it before it goes back to Oregon! Stone sculpture with video inside? And drawings? Yes!

And come say hi to me there, on Fridays and Saturdays (11 to 6) until mid december. I'll be at the front desk on Saturdays, but I'll be around and would love love love to talk to you about the art! There are some great shows coming up as well, so don't forget to check back in to their website for more! There will be an awesome birthday party for the gallery on November 13th (7 to 9:30) - with performances by artists like Martha Wilson (who did a wonderful lecture and studio visits at City College last year). Its going to be amazing, you should go!

And there is a great opportunity at A.I.R. right now, an 18-month professional development fellowship program and solo show opportunity for emerging and under-represented women artists, with a deadline on October 28th. There is a whole lot of information on the website about that. Check it out!!!

So, yeah! Art! Awesomeness! And a whole lot of other good stuff!!!

Like today all of us students in the Studio MFA program participated in a Beehive exercise with professor Tom Thayer, and it was one of the most fun things I've done for a long time!!! There will be more information on this blog soon about that! Damn I love that art thing!

Hope your weekend is awesome!
See you on the art side!

-katie simpson spain

(check for more info about A.I.R. and my art and fun stuff).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Upcoming Show

The second year MFA students will be taking over the gallery from September 24th to October 5th.

A reception will be held Thursday October 4th from 5-8pm.

Come see what we've been up to over the summer!

The City College of New York Art Department Compton-Goethals Hall
160 Convent Ave.
New York, NY 10031

City College Info: 212-650-7000


After two years of silence the MFA class of 2013 has taken initiative to restart the blog!