Hannah Song, director of ARTFLOW, has joined as a guest curator.
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 we
announced the Call, Balazs Farago, CEO of Walter’s Cube, offered his company’s software
gratis to enable our gallery to expand the number of accepted applicants, both nationally and
internationally. Walter’s Cube’s generous donation of its time and technology will enable us to
curate a series of virtual shows in a digital duplicate of our physical space on the UWS.
We received just under 200 applications from graduates of state schools, conservatories,
private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Miraglia selected 24 artists for the two
separate live exhibitions; the guest curators will draw from some 70 artists for each respective