Susan Eley Fine Art – New Voices for the Twenties part II

by | Aug 11, 2021 | Blog post

Susan Eley Fine Art is delighted to share that New Voices for the Twenties Part II is on view at their NYC gallery. It features 11 artists from as far afield as Israel, China, Canada and throughout the US. They have graduated from art departments at a range of private colleges and universities: Louisiana State University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco Art Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and SUNY New Paltz. The gallery is delighted to present such a diverse and talented scope of young graduates, whose disciplines include painting, drawing, photography, textile, printmaking and sculpture. The artists include – Luke Alex Atkinson, Lydia Crouse, Stella Egelja, Ana Maria Farina, Carley Gmitro, John J. Hartford, Brendan Kenny, Joshua Leff, Richard Liu, Josh Meillier, and Jenny Rafalson.

New Voices Part II is the second in a two part series that SEFA organized to give 2020/21’s Fine Art Students graduates an opportunity to show their work. When the pandemic caused schools across the nation to go remote in March 2020, arts institutions and departments were no exception. As students made the difficult transition to Zoom lectures and online exams, many fine arts students faced additional challenges.

What space would they make work in? How could they collaborate with others? What would they do without access to usual materials and equipment? As the 2020 school year came to a close with no end to the pandemic in sight, many students realized that they could not present their final projects in the usual year-end capacity.

With a mission to turn the spotlight onto the achievements of these young artists, robbed of normal activities by COVID-19, SEFA put out a Call for Submissions in March. The day after the gallery announced the Call, Balazs Farago, CEO of Walter’s Cube, offered his company’s software gratis to enable the gallery to expand the number of accepted applicants, both nationally and internationally. Walter’s Cube’s generous donation of its time and technology enabled SEFA to curate a series of virtual shows in a digital duplicate of their physical space on the Upper West Side in New York City.

The exhibition remains on view through Thursday, August 26. SEFA NYC is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11AM – 5PM for walk-ins, with no appointment necessary. 

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Lydia Crouse, I Could Smell Salt Interrupting It Telling About Its Life (2020), oil, acrylic, crayon on canvas 76″ x 90