Category Archives: Events

New Library Drop Box on the West Side

Your department and all your classes are on the West Side of campus. But the SVA Library is on the East Side. What to do? To make it easier for west-side bound students and faculty to return materials to libary, we have installed new drop box on the West Side, located in the lobby of 133 W. 21st St.


The SVA Library Dropbox is emptied once daily with a 24 hour turn-around before the items returned are removed from your account (48 hour turn-around on weekends). All items will be back-dated upon discharge to reflect the original return date with all relevant fines forgiven from your account. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact a Circulation Manager at 212-592-2660 or


Open House – Welcome to the SVA Library

This week we are welcoming new and returning students with an open house today, tours on Thursday, and displays of some of our collection highlights. See below for some images of the library on display. Stop by and see for yourself. And if you need help finding anything or just getting started, do not hesitate to ask at the Reference Desk for help!

New students: be sure to enter the raffle to win one of our prizes. Winners will get to keep their prize book for an unlimited time period and there will be no fines!

In the picture collection:
Pictures can be checked out, like books. You can also scan them in the computer lab. To search the Subject Headings (how the pictures are arranged in files), go to:

In the periodicals (aka magazines) collection:

Books, Music, Movies:

Graphic novels & graphic design:

Movie madness:

Free Books – Free VHS Tapes!

The Visual Arts Library has Free Books and VHS tapes on offer now through this Thursday, July 11th. We are in the process of weeding and shifting, so space is limited. Items that we would normally put in annual book sale are going for FREE, so come on down and take your pick from our color coded Freebie shelves.

Writing Award Winners – April 2013

Back in April the library hosted the Humanities and Sciences Department Writing Program Awards to recognize outstanding student writing. Thanks to all who attended and made this a fun event!

Photos and the Writing Award winners below:
A good turn-out!

1st place Harris Bauer, (Visual & Critical Studies)
2nd place Monique Pelser (Photography)
3rd place AlisonCheevers (Advertising)

Memoir/Personal Essay
1st place Michael Losclzo (Visual & Critical Studies)
2nd place Josette Taylor (Graphic Design)
3rd place Sophia Zdon (Illustration)

1st place Tal Lurya (Film and Video)
2nd place Ha Lim Kim (Graphic Design)
3rd place Max Copolov (Visual & Critical Studies)

Short Story
1st place Evan DeCarlo (Film and Video)
2nd Joshua Barclay (Film and Video)
3rd Anne Clinton (Fine Arts)

Critical Essay
1st place Colleen Tighe (Illustration)
2nd place William Patterson (Visual & Critical Studies)
3rd place Seamus Light (Animation)

The event was MCed by Louis Phillips, who kept us all laughing.

Jazz stylings were provided by the Michael Hashim Trio (Michael Hashim (leader) on saxophone; Michael Howell, guitar; Kelly Friesen, bass), along with some inside musical skinny, ex. Fats Waller’s ‘Jitterbug Waltz’ was in 3/4 time, but Jitterbug music was 4/4, meaning that in spite of the title, it was engineered to gum up their dance steps.

Reminder: Writing Awards at the Library tonight

Jazz music from the Michael Hashim Trio. And remember: refreshments will be served!
The Humanities and Sciences Department presents Writing Program Contest Award Ceremony Tuesday April 23, 6 to 8pm at the SVA Library

Food For Fines: It’s back!

Have you racked up crippling over-due fines at the Visual Arts Library? Relief is on the way.
Our end of the semester “Food For Fines” starts this Wednesday, April 24th – Monday, April 29th.
How it works: You bring in a canned food* and we forgive $2 for each can.
All food will be donated to City Harvest.

*No ramen, frozen food, or perishables

Writing Program Awards at the SVA Library

Join us Tuesday, April 23rd from 6-8pm at the Visual Arts Library!
The Humanities and Sciences Department presents Writing Program Contest Award Ceremony Tuesday April 23 6 to 8pm at the SVA Library

In the Museum > In the Stacks

Here are a few shows up around NYC and their respective catalogs, in the Visual Arts Library collection.

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 at MoMA through April 15, 2013

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 : how a radical idea changed modern art / Leah Dickerman – N6494.A2 D53 2012

Gutai: Splendid Playground – Guggenheim through May 8, 2013.

Gutai: Splendid Playground / Ming Tiampo, Alexandra Munroe – N7355.5.G87 T53 2013

Drawing Surrealism at the Morgan Library through April 21, 2013

Drawing Surrealism / Leslie Jones – NC95.5.S9 J66 2012

Blues for Smoke at the Guggenheim, through April 28, 2013

Blues for smoke / organized by Bennett Simpon

Photography at Aperture

Up now at the Aperture Gallery, but only until Feb 9, so hurry:

Photography presents the work of William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Ryan McGinley, Martin Parr, Terry Richardson, and Stephen Shore, six of the most important image-makers working today. For the exhibition, curated by Ken Miller for Gallery Target, Tokyo, each photographer created images using Fujifilm X-Series cameras.

In the collection:

Small world / Martin Parr ; introduced by Geoff Dyer – TR790 .P37 2007

Moonmilk / Ryan McGinley – TR647 .M3769 2010

Terryworld : photographs / by Terry Richardson ; edited by Dian Hanson – TR676 .R52 2004 OVERSIZE

Fantastic tales : the photography of Nan Goldin / Jonathan Weinberg, Joyce Henri Robinson – TR680 .G65 2005a

William Eggleston, for now / afterword by Michael Almereyda – TR654 .E34 2010 OVERSIZE

Uncommon places : the complete works / Stephen Shore – TR660 .S56 2004

Lustig for Life

Heads up graphic design buffs. SVA’s own Steven Heller will be interviewing Elaine Lustig Cohen this Thursday night at the Museum of Arts and Design in conjunction with a show now up at the AIGA headquarters, The Lustigs: a cover story. The show features 500 book covers designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen and her husband, renowned designer Alvin Lustig.
Details: Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm / $30 general / $10 members and students
The Theater at MAD – 2 Columbus Circle – New York, NY 10019

Lustig in the stacks:

Born modern : the life and work of Alvin Lustig / by Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen – NK1535.L87 H45 2010

Front cover : great book jacket and cover design / Alan Powers – NC1882 .P73 2001

Letters from the avant-garde : modern graphic design / Ellen Lupton and Elaine Lustig Cohen – NC998.2 .L978 1996

Nine pioneers in American graphic design / R. Roger Remington and Barbara J. Hodik – NC998.4 .R4 1989

Graphic design history / edited by Steven Heller and Georgette Ballance – NC998.4 .G667 2001