Conferences, Lectures, and Publications

In recent years the Visual Arts Foundation has expanded its outreach through collaboration on publications, symposia and topical lecture series.

Starting in 2015, the Foundation has supported symposia organized by Christian Scheidemann and his studio, Contemporary Conservation Ltd. Drawing international participants, the conferences examined issues surrounding preserving the intent as well as the substance of important artworks over time.

In 2016 the Foundation facilitated an innovative collaboration to create a grant competition for new critical writing in the field of lens and screen arts between SVA’s MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media and the Crossed Purposes Foundation. From eleven finalists an international panel of four judges chose the winner: writer, teacher and editor Nora Khan. As part of the award Ms. Khan’s original work, Seeing, Naming, Knowing, was published in 2019 by Rail Editions (The Brooklyn Rail) and made available digitally by SVA.

In honor of a dedicated art therapist and her passion for her work at Bellevue Hospital, the family and friends of Valery Daniels, MPS Art Therapy, ’06, created a fund to establish a lecture series, inviting major scholars and practitioners to address SVA students and the profession. The inaugural Valery Daniels Memorial Lecture was presented at the SVA Theatre in 2018.

Projects and endeavors such as these are encouraged in support of the mission of the Visual Arts Foundation.