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New York Academy of Art

Founded in 1982 by artists, scholars, and patrons of the arts, including Andy Warhol, New York Academy of Art is a not-for-profit cultural and educational institution which combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. Academy students are taught traditional methods and techniques and encouraged to use these skills to make vital contemporary art. Through major exhibitions, a lively speaker series, and an ambitious educational program, the Academy serves as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly skilled, conceptually aware figurative and representational art.

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The Academy has become one of the brightest lights in the city’s cultural landscape since it started in the 1980s. No longer just a school, it is now a center of progressive figurative art, producing some of the most compelling voices in the art world today.

Sui Generis by Erin Pollock

Enjoy this preview of Pollock's fascinating animation, "Sui Generis."

Animated clay sculptures battle their egos and struggle to communicate. They may suffer physical and emotional imperfections but, like humans, they’re in a constant state of transformation. Destroying and rebuilding, again and again, this mud grows into ever new iterations. The process can be cruel and absurd but empathy always creeps in to allow for tender moments of connection.

This stop motion animation is from an edition of 5 and is a length of 14:58.

Lucky Mud by Erin Pollock

Welcome to the world of Erin Pollock as she takes us on a journey that is truly captivating. The artist presents us with a preview of her stop motion animation, "Lucky Mud."

This stop motion animation is from an edition of 5 and is a length of 14:16.

Shiqing Deng

(b. 1994, China) is a Chinese painter. She is a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where she won multiple student awards, and received an MFA at the New York Academy of Fine Art, where she was awarded the Terra Foundation Artist Residency in Giverny, France. In 2016, she won first prize in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon art competition. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of China in Beijing, Da Fen Art Museum in Shenzen, and at the United Nations in New York, as well as in group shows in New York, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

Atalanta Xanthe

(b. 1996, UK) is a British sculptor and painter. After studies at Oxford University, she received her MFA in sculpture at the New York Academy of Art, where she received the David Schafer Portrait Award and was awarded the Leipzig Summer Residency in Leipzig, Germany. She has exhibited in group shows in London, Manchester, New York, and Leipzig. Her work explores the nature of home and biography and is influenced by stagecraft and theatrical settings.

Erin Pollock

(b. 1982, Alaska) is an American painter, photographer, and animator. She is a graduate of Whitman College and did postgraduate art studies at Gage Academy in Seattle and Studio Art Centers International in Florence before receiving an MFA at the New York Academy of Art. At the Academy, she was awarded the Will Cotton Grant and the Beijing Summer Residency in Beijing, China. She has staged numerous public art projects, including commissions for the City of Seattle, the City of Anchorage, Seattle Public Transit system, Seattle Art Museum, Ford Motor Company, and Microsoft. She has exhibited in group shows in New York, Florence, and Beijing and had solo exhibitions in Seattle and Anchorage. Pollock is a recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a Robert Maxwell Foundation Fellowship.