Our Orange exhibitions showcase the artwork of the School of Art MFA students in the country’s major cities. Orange 5 will take place February 14 – 18 at Unix Gallery, located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea Arts District, with a reception Thursday, February 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition will highlight selected student work in School of Art studio concentrations: ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, time-based art, and painting and drawing.
The annual Orange exhibitions are an integral part of the School of Art’s rising reputation among fine arts programs. In the latest U.S. News & World Report, the MFA in the School of Art was ranked 16th (tied) overall in public institutions and the MFA in printmaking was ranked second among all college and university programs. Our growing recognition speaks to the strength, vitality, and curiosity of our faculty and students.
The Orange exhibitions are staged in conjunction with the College Art Association annual conference, which brings together faculty, artists, designers, historians, and other arts professionals from all over the nation. Many of its attendees make their way to the galleries where our MFA students’ best work is on display. The opening reception also draws local artists, collectors, and the general public. In addition, the Orange exhibition reception functions as a School of Art alumni reunion, bringing together and enhancing our extended community.
Our students look forward to each year’s Orange exhibition and see it as a high point in their academic careers. The exhibition series presents a unique opportunity for our MFA students to give their artwork national exposure, and to make connections that prove invaluable to their future careers.
We endeavor to see that every selected student receives sufficient funding to attend the exhibition and conference. The opportunity for national exposure paired with the opportunity for travel and conference funding makes the Orange exhibitions an important recruiting tool for the School of Art.