Putting It All On The Table

Reception January 17
Jan 10, 2014 12:50 PM ET

January 10,  2014 /3BL Media/ - MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts presents “Putting It All on the Table,” featuring a selection of works by MFA DSI students. Curated by Kevin O'Callaghan, department faculty member and chair of 3D Design, the exhibition is on view Saturday, January 11, through Friday, January 31, at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, with a reception on Friday, January 17, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. RSVP for the reception here.

The exhibition features 25 artists from 12 countries: Elizabeth Abernathy,Covadonga AbrilAnna Luiza BragaRachel DixonJenny EmmonsCarl LandeggerAshley LarsenLaura KadamusGina KimMichelle Kwon,Meghan LazierJuno LeeXintong LiuAkshata MalhotraPragya MishraMeryl NatowRobin NewmanKate NicholsonRenzo Perez-AcostaSwar RaisinghaniRhea RakshitHaya ShaathMaria Perez TelloYuka Uogishi and Liora Yuklea

In this exhibition, each artist is given a wooden table as a platform on which to present unique cultural perspectives regarding the global issue of food. According to Cheryl Heller, Chair of MFA DSI, “Food is a primary concern for everything that lives, regardless of where it is on the food chain. Food systems and food safety are central to social innovation and essential to solving issues of poverty, health, economics, justice and environment. ‘Putting it all on the table’ is an expression that means to be completely transparent and forthright. In terms of communication, it means not holding back on the real issues.”

The MFA in Design for Social Innovation at SVA provides designers with the hands-on experience, skills and relationships with potential partners and employers they need to lead potentially world-changing initiatives for the good of society and the environment. Students are prepared to participate fully in social innovation in all its forms through a mastery of design strategy, innovation, social technologies, data visualization, leadership, game and social movement design, program execution and communication design.

The two-year, 60-credit program prepares designers to apply new strategies and models in addressing global challenges and strengthening societies. MFA Design for Social Innovation students gain hands-on experience using design in the classroom and the design lab, as well as in corporations and in the field with nonprofits and social entrepreneurs around the globe. The curriculum encompasses a broad range of issues including poverty, aging, women’s rights, food and agriculture, social justice, environment, working conditions, fair trade, education, community development and health. Applications open. dsi.sva.edu 

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