Today, a group of Parsons Fine Arts students were featured
on a special live episode of Oprah celebrating the 10th Anniversary
of O Magazine. Oprah’s design expert Nate Berkus visited the Fine Arts studios at Parsons last week to tape the
segment about starting an art collection, which included nine students from the
undergraduate and graduate Fine Arts programs. Under the guidance of MFA
program director Simone Douglas, the students hung a gallery show in the fourth
floor studio and invited Nate and the crew inside to browse the work and the
process of buying and selling student art. Berkus left the studio with three
new pieces—one for a client, two for his personal collection.
The students are:
a BFA student who explores abstract painting through the use of medical imagery.
Bashir, an MFA student who uses his art practice as an endeavor to channel
the physical manifestation of emotion by exploring mark making and color.
Bernal, an MFA student whose work shows the microstructures in biological
life and their appearance when observed through a microscope.
Casey James Diskin,
an MFA student who believes that art exists to represent people’s surroundings,
thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and channels that in his work.
Ersery, an MFA student whose work explores the pervasion of technology in
the most public and private realms of our lives. Berkus purchased Ersery’s
piece A Human Stain for a client’s
home, and will be featured in the segment.
Herrero, an MFA student whose works are microscopic views of the insides of
Rayna Savrosa, an
MFA student whose pictorial composites combine photography and drawing to
closely study the abandoned remains of urban industrial sites. Berkus purchased
her piece Study of Bus Graveyard, San
Francisco, for his personal collection.
Gabriel J. Shuldiner,
a recent MFA graduate, studio artist, and jewelry designer whose work
highlights the subtle nuances of surface, space, form and the act of looking.
Berkus purchased Shuldiner’s piece I
Think You Should See This (Version 3.0) for his personal collection.
Smith, an MFA student whose stylized domestic scenes, inhabited by only
young girls, explore narratives of identity through the lens of childhood
experience and memory.
*To contact these students about purchasing their artwork, please inquire at the Parsons Fine Arts Department, 212.229 8942.