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.


Comments (Archived):

  1. kirklove

    I want that Peter LaBier!!! F Bird. Dr J all the way! 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      Josh loved it too

  2. CCjudy

    Some of these are excellent and I like what you bought. Correct your sentence – I grabbed one that is now sitting….

    1. Gotham Gal

      Will do

  3. LE

    Lucy Lord Campana. The beginnings of a piece.Count me in the group that can’t see anything special in that. Meaning it’s what I call ‘random art’ that literally a person without any skill or training could create.Some of her other work is nicer (slow website) but honestly still looks like art that I could create so it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the valuehttp://www.lucylordcampana….

  4. pointsnfigures

    interesting to me how art students hate capitalism. we go to the SAIC show in Chicago. The SAIC is around the corner from my apt One exhibit had big posters denouncing capitalism. Artists forget, without the Medici Family, we probably don’t have the Renaissance. I’d like to see public policy figure out ways to enable more Medici like efforts.

    1. awaldstein

      i look at this differently.youth and art is about just that–youth and art and rebellion.its completely normal and I think healthy.the issue is us as the people who decide ostensibly what gets funded and our ethical responsibility to fund expression outside of the rigors of a P & L. we must.otherwise we end up with nothing and a world where all mirrors have black cloths on them. or worse–everything looks like us.

      1. Gotham Gal

        I totally agree with you on this