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2019-20 Student / Faculty Exhibitions

Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition
Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue

The Fashion Institute of Technology School of Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition

Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition
Instagram @fitartdesigngse
May 15 – 29, 2020

This exhibit presented the work of more than 500 student graduates, in 15 areas of study, from the School of Art and Design. The work was the culmination of each student’s unique experience in FIT’s diverse, challenging, and demanding undergraduate art and design programs. Featuring juried, award–winning, and thesis projects, this presentation was the manifestation of several years of research, experimentation, critical thinking, and artistic proficiency. The Graduating Student Exhibition advances the college’s philosophy that integrates practice in industry with theory and teaching inside the studio-including, this year, our remote studios. 

Learn more on the Art and Design page.
You can also view the students’ work on Instagram @fitartdesigngse.


full length long sleeve blue-violet sequin dress
Image: Halston, evening gown, 1972, USA, Gift of Lauren Bacall, 74.107.30
Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue
Gallery FIT
March 3, 2020 – March 28, 2020
Online Exhibition

As the “original fashion publicist,” Eleanor Lambert was a defining character of twentieth century American fashion. Over her seventy-five-year career, Lambert helped establish a number of organizations and initiatives that shaped the American fashion landscape, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the International Best Dressed List, the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award, and Press Week, which evolved into the current New York Fashion Week. Lambert worked to elevate the American fashion designer to celebrity status, and her clientele included such influential designers as Stephen Burrows, Halston, and Claire McCardell. Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue was the first exhibition to explore her tireless work in establishing New York as an international fashion capital, while simultaneously pioneering the profession of fashion publicist.

Read more about Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue.


young girl in red jacket holding hands with adult male while walking down the street
Image: Participating artist, Medina Alisultanova
Gallery FIT
December 21, 2019 – February 8, 2020

How do our surroundings shape us? From the neighborhoods we grew up in, to the natural world we inhabit and the community of people around us, our environment can greatly influence our perspective, outlook and artistic practice. In the age of the internet and global inter-connectivity, to what extent does our geographic location still inform our sense of identity?
In Homegrown, student artists of FIT's Urban Studio club explored these concepts of home, environment, and culture through various media and artistic approaches. While visiting this exhibition, the viewer is invited to ponder their own history and reflect on what home means to them.

Exhibition creatively conceived by Urban Studio President Mariel Tepper, Fine Arts BFA Advisor: Melissa Starke/Fine Arts Department. Read more about Homegrown.


installation view of gallery
Image: #DESIGN, Gallery FIT
Gallery FIT
November 19 – December 14, 2019 

We are living through a fundamental workforce transformation during which digital technology has begun to alter the skills companies are searching for. Inspired by FIT President Dr. Brown’s Workforce of the Future initiative, FIT’s Advertising & Digital Design (A&DD) BFA, Creative Technology & Design (CT&D) subject area, and Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS), worked closely with our industry partners to create a series of specialized credit courses and noncredit certificate programs that are career-driven and forward-thinking. In addition, CT&D also initiated a wide range of Guided Experiential Learning (GEL) projects and career development events in collaboration with some of the most well-known companies and brands in the world.
To celebrate the 8-year anniversary of the CT&D subject area, this year's annual exhibition, #DESIGN, showcased some of the most exciting industry collaboration projects and award-winning design projects. CT&D's mission is to initiate a transformative journey for creatives worldwide so they can enter some of the most rewarding careers in the age of digital media. We believe designers are innovators, activists, and visionaries, and our goal is to nurture the next generation creative workforce that will design digital content, products, platforms, experiences, and other solutions that leverage technology to solve business problems and to improve people’s lives. We believe the year of 2020 will be the beginning of an exciting new phase of our Creative Workforce of the Future initiative.



Black and white photo of woman lying on ground in abandoned building
Image: Courtesy of Daniella Liguori.
Gallery FIT
September 14 – October 26, 2019 

Reflections was an exhibition featuring work by ten student artists from the Photography and Fine Arts departments of FIT’s School of Art and Design. Under the guidance of Professor Curtis Willocks, the students put together an exhibition of photography, drawing, and mixed media collage. Reflections offered the visitor a look at artistic explorations and interpretations of summertime thoughts and experiences.