Faculty Updates

February 10th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Dina KantorSteve Brodner, and Matt Rota!


Natasha Chuk, “Vanishing Points” (l); Dina Kantor, “Water Tower, Treece, KS,” 2012 (r)

Dina Kantor converses with arts writer Natasha Chuk on Feb 15, to discuss the themes of Chuk’s recently published book Vanishing Points, and Kantor’s images from the series Treece, which are featured in the book. This event is free and open to the public, hosted by MFA Photo, Video and Related Media and Visual and Critical Studies.

"Presidents" by Steve Brodner

“Presidents” by Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner will speak at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Feb 19. He will discuss Presidents, his new book in progress, which will explore the significant events of the administrations of president William McKinley to the present.

Matt Rota at Society of Illustrators

Matt Rota at Society of Illustrators

Matt Rota won a Silver Medal for the Editorial Category from the Society of Illustrators for his illustrations for ProPublica. At the reception, he gave a brief speech about his work. Read our interview with Matt about his book here.

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Friday Hot Links

February 5th, 2016

Happy Friday! We want to share some art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.


Lois’ SOMA (Print): George and Luke Lois design for encryption. (via Steven Heller)

Uber Logo (WIRED): Uber rebrands itself, but did it logo too far? (via Kevin Brainard)

GIF Impressions (Mashable): Twitter flirts with GIFs (via Robert Stribley)

Art Bites (SVA): Ten tips for art students by art critic Jerry Saltz. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

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Student Update: Natalie Sena Murray

February 4th, 2016

Congratulations to Natalie Sena Murray, recent SVACE student! Natalie’s short film, A Good Assistant, has been selected to screen at the 2016 “Made in New York Filmmakers Showcase” on Feb 13 at The Producers Club Theater, presented by the Big Apple Film Festival Year Round Screening Series.

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“A Good Assistant,” poster

Natalie writes, “My cast and crew are very excited about this opportunity and we couldn’t have done it without our professor Sal Petrosino and our classmates in the SVACE class Digital Filmmaking I.”

A Good Assistant is a 6 minute short film that tells the story of a young woman trying her best to do a good job for her demanding boss. In this dark comedy, her preconceived notions about her villainous boss lead her down a path that changes her life forever. A teaser for the film can be found on Vimeo.

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“A Good Assistant,” production still

SVACE Digital Filmmaking I Students who worked on the project:

Natalie Sena Murray (Director/Writer/Producer/Editor), Tania Jeudy (Sound Mixer), Melquan Ali (Sound Boom), Victoria Spadaccini (Camera), Krityanee Promsarin (Camera), Chelsea Marshall (Lighting), Francine Wong (Script Supervisor), Sarah Kraus (Acting)

A Good Assistant will be featured in Block 5 8:45-10:45pm. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the box office at the Producers Club on the day of the screening.

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“A Good Assistant,” production still


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