Whenever anyone asks, “Where is the School of Visual Arts?” we provide them with one of the physical addresses that make up the College’s campus. But in many ways, the more accurate answer might be: “It’s all around you.”
Readers who browse the shelves at any local bookstore or library will inevitably see children’s books and graphic novels authored and illustrated by SVA alumni. Whenever prescriptions are filled at Target stores, the pill bottles are based on a design from an SVA graduate thesis project. Users of Apple’s iPhone can download games, utilities and digital animations created by former students and current faculty. Thousands of other innovative services, companies and products in an array of fields are all driven by imagination and focus that were honed at SVA.
Every year we see more and more members of the SVA community harnessing their creativity to the engine of entrepreneurship. I think this is especially worth noting in light of the current bleak economic climate. We see in our students, faculty and alumni a drive to create that continues to flourish, and I am certain that many of the entrepreneurs who will prosper as we emerge from the downturn will have names familiar to us at the College.
This still-new century will provide, as in eras past, new ideas that will entertain, enlighten, inspire and, hopefully, help solve the large and small societal challenges that inevitably arise. The products noted in the “What’s in Store” section of this issue, the television programs that are crafted by the alumni and faculty in the “Made for TV” feature, and many of the other stories of success detailed in this magazine attest to the fact that an artistic voice and commercial success need not be mutually exclusive.