Columbia Second Years MFA’s

We were invited to go see the studio showing of all the second year MFA students at Columbia.  You get to meet and greet the artists, see their work and perhaps strike up a relationship with one of them.  The majority of the people in the program are between 26-32.  They are all figuring out their work, some more than others.  You can see hints of brilliance in some and others haven’t got there yet and may never get there.   I always compare these up and coming artists to the start-up world.  These artists are young, raw and talented as they try and figure it out just like start-up founders.  When you see a mature artists work vs a young artists work it can be seen immediately just like a mature company that has learned many lessons on the way.  I really just like the start-up world no matter how it plays out.

emilyludwigEmily Ludwig Shaffer

lucylordLucy Lord Campana.  The beginnings of a piece.

kristinwalshKristin Walsh

derickwhitsonDerick Whitson

josezunigaJose Delgado Zuniga

andrewcannonAndrew Cannon

juliamedynskaJulia Medynska

peterlabierPeter LaBier

Allison Janae Hamilton.  This was hard to show because it was an installation of video art including paintings and objects.  This woman is off the charts talented.

notmypresidentThen the poster that two of the artists had put out and were hanging around the halls.  I grabbed on that is not sitting in my office.