The Aftermath - Life After SVA MFA Fine Arts

January 16, 2021 - January 30, 2021
a virtual exhibition of moving images featuring SVA MFA Fine Arts alumni curated through open call
Curated by Kaja Cxzy Andersen (MFA Fine Arts 2016)

With works by Yael Azoulay (MFA Fine Arts 2016), Jason Elizondo (MFA Fine Arts 2020), Scott Ferguson (MFA Fine Arts 2017), Sid and Geri (MFA Fine Arts 2018), Aaron Hillebrand (MFA Fine Arts 2011), Georgia Lale (MFA Fine Arts 2016), Dulce Lamarca (MFA Fine Arts 2020), Isabel Llaguno (MFA Fine Arts 2018), Susan Luss (MFA Fine Arts 2016), Dominique Palladino (MFA Fine Arts 2015), Dana Robinson (MFA Fine Arts 2019), Michelle Sumaray (MFA Fine Arts 2016).

SVA MFA Fine Arts is thrilled to present “The Aftermath: Life After SVA MFA Fine Arts,” a virtual exhibition of moving images by MFA Fine Arts alumni, gathered through an open call. Curated by Kaja Cxzy Andersen (MFA 2016 Fine Arts), the exhibition will be on view from Saturday, January 16, through Saturday, January 30, at


Life after art school can feel like being in a vacuum. As a student, you’re afforded the space, time, support and community to dedicate yourself to your practice and, often, experience tremendous artistic growth as a result. Then you are suddenly cast out into the world, beyond the safety of the institution’s walls—and the silence can be deafening.

The past year has been another kind of vacuum, with fewer opening receptions, talks and studio visits, and more time to contemplate or disconnect (or binge TV shows). But regardless of the situations we are in, one thing is certain: Life still happens, and artists will make art out of that life. From mundane events to substantial struggles, from the absurd to the spectacular, this exhibition features a collection of moving image work that reflects, usually with a hint of irony, what it’s like to be an artist in the aftermath of an MFA.


Instagram Live: Thursday, January 28th between 5:00-6:30PM ET