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Faculty Exhibition and Sale Aids Haiti

Cheri Fein, executive director, Public and Media Relations or 212 217.4700

The many meanings of light its glow or illumination, its weightlessness, its buoyancy or playfulness, how it affects color, value, or even the human spirit are interpreted in Lightness, an exhibition of work by 55 artists who also are faculty members in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The artists communicate their vision through paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture, and digital prints, as well as jewelry, mixed media, and projection. The exhibition, organized annually since 1977, is on view at The Museum at FIT through December 11, 2010. Visit

All of the art is for sale, with many of the artists donating a portion of their proceeds to Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), a Haiti relief effort.

The exhibition once again demonstrates the powerful talent of our faculty, said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. Each year, the School of Art and Design mounts an exhibition of the work its faculty members produce on their own time away from the demands of the classroom and campus. And each year, we come away from these exhibitions profoundly impressed by these artists gifts and grateful for all they can contribute to the development of our students potential.


Spirit sculpture Sue Willis, Spirit
hand-built porcelain, crystals, coral, 22.5" x 7" x 8.5"


Trurobay photograph Jessica Wynne, Trurobay"
digital c print, 14" x 21"
Insadong 4 watercolor painting Bill Pangburn, Insadong 4
watercolor on Korean paper, 56" x 33"


Joel Werring, assistant professor of Fine Arts, proposed the theme for the exhibition. Members of the faculty exhibition committee selected the works on display, with nine departments represented.

The Museum at FIT is located on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27 Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays. Admission is free. For museum information, call 212 217.4558 or visit

The School of Art and Design offers 17 majors to more than 3,800 students pursuing careers in fashion, art, and a wide range of design fields. In courses taught by a faculty of working professionals who bring industry experience into the classroom, they hone their artistic ability and design sense while acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in today's high-tech marketplace. FIT is committed to hands-on, practical instruction married to high-level creative insight. The innovative and relevant curriculum has been developed in collaboration with industry leaders and constantly evolves to keep pace with rapidly changing design and business trends.