Adam Bell awarded Individual Artist Fellowship by New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Congratulations to our very own faculty member Adam Bell for being one of the 12 artists awarded an Individual Artist Fellowships by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

"Whether it's sculpture, poetry, or theater, New Jersey has long been a forerunner in the arts," said Acting Secretary of State Tahesha Way. "Our arts history is incredibly rich and its pages are thick with distinguished emissaries like William Carlos Williams and Alice Barber Stephens. I have full faith and confidence that our newest generations of artists, like those supported through this excellent program, will not disappoint."

The Individual Artist Fellowships are competitive awards to New Jersey artists in 12 rotating disciplines granted solely on independent peer panel assessment of work samples. The anonymous process is focused on artistic quality, and awards may be used to help artists produce new work and advance their careers. New Jersey artists applied for awards this year in the categories of crafts, photography and playwriting. This program is carried out in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Adam Bell pictured middle row, third from left. 

Adam Bell pictured middle row, third from left. 

Adam Bell is a photographer, writer, and educator. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2004, and his work has been exhibited and published internationally. His books include Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts (2015) and The Education of a Photographer (2006), and his writing and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Afterimage, Aperture, Foam Magazine, Paper Journal, photo-eye, The Photobook Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. Department at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Congratulations Alumni Jaime Permuth on his winning image in Latin American Fotografia 6

Congratulations to class of 1994 alum Jaime Permuth on his winning image from his latest series The Street Becomes in this year's edition of American Illustration-American Photography (AI-AP)'s Latin American Fotografia 6. This prestigious competition highlights the best photography projects conducted in or about Latin America. For more details on the competition please click here.

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A selection of twelve images from the series is currently being showcased at El Museo del Barrio in the exhibition "Nasty Women / Bad Hombres" in New York City. The debut of the Uptown Triennial organized by Columbia University will be on display through November 5, 2017. For more information, please click here.


Imagery courtesy of Jaime Permuth ©

Iris Xing Shortlisted for 2015 Sony World Photography Award

MFA Photo/Video is proud to announce that student Iris Xing is one of just 10 finalists shortlisted for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus program, and the only representative from a North American institution. This competition is the largest of its kind, with over 230 educational institutions participating worldwide, and offers global recognition to young photographers.

Xing created her winning photograph, "Amazon Burger," in response to a prompt asking students to capture an image that embodied consumer culture. Xing’s “burger” contains layers made from an Amazon box and its packaging. “Hamburgers,” she says, “are a metaphor for fast, consumable things.”

"Amazon Burger," Iris Xing, 2015

"Amazon Burger," Iris Xing, 2015

As a member of the shortlisted group, Xing received a full-frame Sony camera, which she will now use for the next round’s challenge: to shoot a series of images that document hitherto unseen or untold subjects or stories in the contestant’s place of residence.

As part of their prize, all 10 shortlisted students will be flown to London with their tutors to attend the awards gala. Additionally, each photographer’s images from this latest challenge will be shown as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at London’s Somerset House, on view April 24 through May 10.

Those who advance to the next round will earn the Student Focus Photographers of the Year title and €35,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for their school.