Each year, FIT’s School of Art and Design mounts an exhibition of the work its faculty members produce on their own time—personal work that is created away from the demands of the classroom and campus. And each year, the show has a specific theme that informs the pieces the faculty submits to the jury for selection.
This year’s exhibition is different. Indeed, it is precedent setting. This year, the exhibition committee wanted to showcase all of the disciplines in the 17 departments of the School of Art and Design in order to capture the richness of offerings available to FIT students. There was no specific theme. Rather, faculty were asked to submit one work only—a recent work that reflects their profession and current focus. Unlike other shows, there was no jury. Almost 100 faculty members responded—the largest number in the exhibition’s history. And in another precedent-setting move, the exhibition has been mounted in FIT’s John E. Reeves Great Hall—a space expansive enough to both allow—and do justice to—the full range of entries. The result, I think, is astonishing: a kaleidoscope of wonders in a multiplicity of mediums. It is a show that broadcasts the vast diversity of expression that resides under the simple umbrella of “art and design”—and it is a show that makes me very proud.
I want to thank our faculty participants for sharing these fascinating samples of their current work. My thanks to the members of the exhibition committee, chaired by Fine Arts Assistant Professor Joel Werring, for creating an exhibition that so well represents the School of Art and Design. Thanks to Interior Design Assistant Professor Johannes Knoops, curator of the show, as well as to its coordinator, Thomas Irizarry, and all of the others on the staff of The Museum at FIT who assisted him. My thanks, too, to Dean for the School of Art and Design Joanne Arbuckle for the support she provided to help make this show a success.
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President
Fashion Institute of Technology