Oasa DuVerney: Artist Talk, May 12 at 7PM


MFASO is hosting the artist Oasa DuVerney for an artist talk on May 12 at 7pm on Zoom.

Oasa DuVerney, a New York native; is an artist and mother.

Selected exhibitions, residencies and media include: (2020)2020 Women To Watch, National Museum of Women in the Arts; (2020) Twenty Twenty,Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; BLACK POWER WAVE, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY (2019); Something To Say, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY (2018); The Window and the Breaking of the Window, Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC (2016); The Brooklyn Biennial II,BRIC, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Through A Glass Darkly, Postmasters Gallery, NYC (2012); Rush Philanthropic Foundation Artist Residency(2016), Smack Mellon Studio Artist Residency(2014-2015); LMCC Workspace Residency(2012-2013); The Guardian UK, UK (2019), The Independent, UK (2016), Hyperallergic(2015, 2016),The Guardian UK,UK (2015), Palestine News Network(2013), and The New York Times(2012, 2011). She received her B.F.A. from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, and her M.F.A. from CUNYHunter College


The Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement have highlighted long-entrenched racial inequities in our society, and the continuing tragedy of the lives lost to ongoing, state-sanctioned violence against Americans of color and members of other traditionally marginalized communities. The recent murders of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are yet another example of the systemic evils that remain to be confronted and addressed.

As faculty, we stand with our students in their urgent and public demand for a different future that holds white supremacy accountable for the systemic violence rooted in the social fabric of this country. We commit to work with our students and administration to promote an inclusive learning environment and anti-racist pedagogy to guide our program and help us reclaim CUNY’s foundational principles to provide an affordable, world-class education for all.

The Faculty and Staff of the Hunter Program in Studio Art



  1. Kits will be distributed via LOCKER PICK-UP (CONTACTLESS)
  2. Kit distribution will occur FEBRUARY 16th-28th (after this time kits will no longer be available to students)
  3. You will be permitted on campus, and on the 11th floor, only when the building is OPEN (if you are unsure if the building is open they should check the Hunter website and/or call Public Safety (212-772-4447) prior, to confirm)
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  5. Each sign will contain COURSE TYPE (i.e. Painting, Printmaking, Drawing,) COURSE INSTRUCTOR, and DAY/TIME OF CLASS (see examples below)
  6. Lockers will be SECURED WITH ZIP-TIES that you will cut (clippers provided), and retrieve the kit
  1. You MUST complete the following in order to gain on-site access:  Complete the COVID-19 Training on Blackboard
  2. Download and complete the Everbridge Symptom Checker within 4 hours of arrival <https://cisweb.cuny.edu/health-screening-app/User-Instructions-for-Health-Screening-App.pdf> (If students cannot download the app, or do not have a smartphone, there is a symptom checker kiosk in the West Lobby)
  3. You must have a CUNYOne ID Card (students who do not have a CUNYOne ID Card should visit www.hunter.cuny.edu/IDCard for more information)
  4. Students who are immunocompromised or living out of state can arrange to have their kit/kits shipped (oversized or heavy items will be omitted)
  5. All kits will be mailed after the 28th of February 
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A Sense of Place: January 12-13, 2021


A Sense of Place

January 12-13, 2021 

In September 2019, our group of twelve graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College traveled to Dakar, Senegal to study with curator Koyo Kouoh and her team at RAW Material Company, a non-profit art center offering research and residency programs for artists and curators alongside seasonal exhibitions, publications, and lectures. The focus of our time in Dakar with Kouoh was how curatorial practice can make the presence of a place visible, or in her words: “How have actors, active in our local contexts and from across the creative disciplines, responded to and shaped their – our – environment? How do they collaborate? How do they tell stories and recall history? How do they create sites of possibility?”

We returned to New York with these questions in mind, and, in partnership with Kouoh, organized a symposium of programming in response, originally scheduled for March 2020, then postponed due to the global pandemic. Since that time, the question of place seems more relevant than ever. Presented now, in an online format, our symposium considers gentrification and displacement, infrastructures of surveillance, and sustainability as they relate to how artists see themselves shaping, and being shaped by, their immediate environments.

 All events are online and open to the public by RSVP except where otherwise noted.

This symposium grew out of a graduate seminar with students Chris Berntsen, Beatrice Johnson, Simon Benjamin, Renate Prancane, Leonardo Madriz, D’Arcy Blake, Malanya Graham, Alison Dillulio, Sydney Shavers, Sarah McCaffery, Daniela Mayer, and Christina Barrera

Full Schedule of Events: https://huntercollegeart.org/sop/


Art Supply Kits: FINAL PICKUP


Please email Elizabeth Lewin <artflman@hunter.cuny.edu> directly stating the class/classes you are taking and your preferred pickup date (September 30th or October 1st).

68th Street – West Lobby (Entrance Leubsdorf Gallery)

September 30th, 11am-2pm

October 1st, 11am-2pm

Note: This is your last chance to pickup/receive your kit/s

The Extraordinary at Hunter East Harlem Gallery – Closing February 29


The Extraordinary

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue and 119th Street
New York, NY

Through February 29

Hunter East Harlem Gallery is pleased to announce the selected artists from our recent Open Call: THE EXTRAORDINARY. The submissions were reviewed by a prestigious jury: María del Carmen Carrión, Project Manager, Cisneros Institute at The Museum of Modern Art; Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs, The Shed; Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, Queens Museum; and Javier Telles, international artist.

The Selected Artists: Sarah Mihara Creagen, CanadaWoomin Kim, South Korea
Firoz Mahmud, Bangladesh Yue Nakayama, JapanAnna Parisi, BrazilShimpei Shirafuji, JapanCatalina Tuca, ChileRamyar Vala, Iran

The Extraordinary is a group exhibition of eight artists who are currently in the process of gaining, or currently possess an O-1 Non-immigration Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The exhibition seeks to bring transparency to this process and at the same time, inspect the system which requires those to have “distinction” and be “renowned” in the arts—a subjective and complicated qualification. The Extraordinary is an exhibition that visa-seeking individuals will be able to list on their CVs for qualification for the Visa through the US Government. Complimentary public programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, support group meetings with other visa seekers and awardees, artist talks and tours, among other relevant events. PROGRAMMING LINE UP TO COME SOON. Stay tuned.

Sydney Shen, MFASO Lecture – February 5, 7pm

Sydney Shen, MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, Second Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

February 5, 7pm

Sydney Shen’s (b. 1989, New Jersey) sculptures and installations walk the fine line between wonder and horror, and use motifs of the macabre and abject, especially those which test the limits of the body, to point toward bigger philosophical questions about what lies beyond human knowledge. Her recent solo exhibitions include Onion Master, New Museum, New York, 2019; as well as Every Good Boy Does Fine, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna, 2019. Recent group exhibitions include Invisible-Exports (New York), Deitch Projects (New York), American Medium (New York). Upcoming exhibitions include Queens Museum (New York) and Gallery Vacancy (Shanghai).

Sydney is currently an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program. She received the Jerome Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship, Queens Museum, Queens, NY, 2019 and the Queens Art Fund New Works Grant, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY, 2018. She graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011.

Sydney’s studio-adjacent projects include co-hosting the podcast 69 Favor Taste, which explores and reframes the consumption of Asian identities; co-authoring Perfume Area, a book of prose-poetry; and making fine jewelry under the pseudonym Gesualda.

Workshop with Immigration Lawyer, part of The Extraordinary – January 29, 6:30pm

Workshop with Immigration Lawyer Aaliya Zaveri
part of The Extraordinary

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue and 119th Street
New York, NY

January 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Aaliya Zaveri, Attorney at the Masliah Firm, specializes in immigrant law. She will be on site at HEHG to review steps and tips for the O-1 Visa, and offer her expertise as an immigrant working in US law. www.themasliahfirm.com

The Extraordinary is group show of eight artists who have or are seeking an O-1 Non-immigration Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. Qualification for an O-1 Visa is based on subjective and complicated set of criteria: that individuals be “renowned” and have “distinction” in their field. The exhibition aims to bring attention and transparency to the immigration process while also critiquing this very system. The Extraordinary is an exhibition that visa-seeking artists can list on their CVs as part of the visa-qualifying process. The exhibition checklist was generated from an open call that received 123 applications from artists from 40 different countries. The eight artists included here were selected by a prestigious jury made of immigrant arts workers.

The structure that surrounds The Extraordinary aims to locate HEHG as a resource for the community and a safe place for critical discourse around the misunderstandings and misconceptions about legal immigration. Programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, an artist panel discussion, support group sessions with O-1 Visa holders, performances, and more. See full programming schedule here.

Jeffrey Meris, Let My Country Die For Me atGallery Cubed – Through January 25

Jeffrey Meris, Let My Country Die For Me

Gallery Cubed presents NEA: Network of Extraordinary

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue and 119th Street
New York, NY

Through January 25

GALLERY CUBED (GC) is a portable pop-up, a 4 x 8 foot gallery in a box. The franchise kit includes hidden electrical power, easily replaceable parts, and manageable, stackable, flat-pack, space-saving, interlocking panels that are easy to assemble. Anyone can put together the pieces to make a sturdy, load-bearing exhibition space appear out of thin air. GC’s mission is to empower communities and artists through the transformative power of a sustainable art experience. More art for more people for less money.

Inside of the walls of GALLERY CUBED, Nathan Rayman presents his curatorial project, NEA: Network of Extraordinary Artists. The NEA supports international artists applying for the O-1 US Visa or Green Card by offering them opportunities to fulfill specific requirements—exhibitions, publications, panel participation, etc.—that prove their “extraordinariness” to immigration authorities. Like HEHG’s exhibition, The Extraordinary, the NEA is populated through an open call put out by GALLERY CUBED and selected by a jury of established arts workers.

The NEA will present a series of six solo exhibitions beginning on October 16, 2019 and rotating through March, 2020. The NEA began in 2019 and serves as an inclusive, generative network at a time when the US’s original NEA (the National Endowment for the Arts) is at risk of being dismantled and money is more often channelled through the secondary art market. In this environment of dwindling support and funding for art production, the NEA calls into question the metrics used to obtain the status of an “extraordinary” or “successful” artist. How is this lofty goal made even more difficult for non-residents? How can we re-imagine existing structures so that they might yield a more inclusive dividend of success rather than creating competition, scarcity, and rejection?

Esteban Cabeza de Baca, MFASO Lecture – December 18, 7pm

Esteban Cabeza de Baca, MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, 2nd Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

December 18, 7pm

Esteban Cabeza de Baca (b.1985) grew up in San Ysidro, one of the largest border towns between the United States and Mexico and the site of last year’s migrant caravan crisis. Esteban’s work emerges from his Mestizo culture in the Southwest United States. He has attended many residencies including the Carrizozo AIR, Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, the LMCC Workspace Program and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. His works are among public and private collections worldwide, including Harvard University, The Netherlands Bank, Stern Collection, and De Heus Collection. He holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University where he currently teaches painting. Esteban’s first NYC solo show “Worlds Without Borders” at Boers Li Gallery was featured in NYTimes as an Artist To Watch Now. He lives and works in Queens, NY.

Matt Merkel Hess, American Stoneware at Thomas Hunter Project Space


Matt Merkel Hess, American Stoneware

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Through December 20
Reception: December 13, 6:30-8pm

Snakes, eagles, political figures, and snack food collide in this new body of ceramic work by Matt Merkel Hess. Drawing on 17th to 19th century stoneware crocks, 20th century song lyrics, and recent political upheavals, Merkel Hess weaves together signs, symbols and forms that embody and embrace the American experience. The work draws particular inspiration from the slimy, grotesque world depicted in the 19th century snake jugs crafted by the Kirkpatrick Brothers of Anna, Illinois, along with the verdant, joyful stoneware crocks made by David Jarbour in Alexandria, Virginia in the 1820s. Building on Merkel Hess’s previous explorations of plastic, everyday containers such as 5 gallon buckets, this new body of work includes 2 liter soda bottles, Kool Aid Man pitchers, and wheel-thrown ceramic Cheetos bags, which all deepen and expand the artist’s exploration of what it means to be a ceramic vessel maker.

Matt Merkel Hess has exhibited widely and has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, Calif.; and the Nerman Museum in Overland Park, Kansas. Born and raised in Iowa, he studied at the University of Kansas before moving to Los Angeles, where he received an MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010. Merkel Hess lives and works in New York City. For more information, please visit merkelhess.com