2016-17 Student / Faculty Exhibitions


Thirteen Stories
Gallery FIT
June 10 – July 8, 2017 

The Fashion Institute of Technology was proud to present the 2017 MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition. A diverse group of MFA candidates bound together by a passion for visual storytelling presented 13 unique visions. 13 artists, 13 voices, 13 stories.

The exhibition featured work by Cristy Road, Kendall Eddy, Robert Geronimo, Claude Hodelin, Hwayeon Im, Yueming LuLu Qu, Che Saitta-Zelterman, Karen Sheetz, Deepti Sunder, Mark Wang, Emma Wasielke, Ellie Ji Yang, and Necdet Yilmaz.

Thirteen Stories exhibition poster

Image: Master of Fine Arts in Illustration Bookends Exhibition 2017 Poster. Courtesy of the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration program.

Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition
Gallery FIT & other locations
May 13 – May 25, 2017

The annual Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition presented the work of more than 800 students receiving AAS and BFA degrees from the School of Art and Design. The exhibition featured work in sixteen areas of study: Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Packaging Design, Photography, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

The projects on view were the culmination of each student's unique experience in FIT's undergraduate Art and Design programs and features selections, thesis work, and award-winning projects.

Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition 2017 Poster

Image: Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition 2017 Poster. Courtesy of FIT School of Art and Design.


Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond
Gallery FIT
March 7, 2017 – April 1, 2017
Online Exhibition

Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond explored Gilbert Adrian’s ready-to-wear and costume designs, with a focus on his innovative use of textiles. Organized by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, this exhibition was the first to analyze Adrian’s work within the context of the contemporary fashion and textile design of the mid-twentieth century.

Adrian’s relationships with prominent figures within the textile industry, such as Wesley Simpson and Pola Stout, were integral to his artistic vision. In Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond, these collaborations and other professional associations were explored alongside a selection of garments and textile samples from the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT. Included was an eye-catching gown created from a Wesley Simpson textile and illustrated by artist Salvador Dali. This dress, alongside a selection of garments, textiles, advertisements, and film clips demonstrate how Adrian’s use of printed textiles and creative construction methods made him a master of modern design.

Read more about Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond.

long evening dress in ivory rayon crinkle crepe printed with surrealist deesign of gray shattered monument stones with black shadows and yellow ancient inscriptions

Image: Adrian, evening dress, 1947, USA, printed rayon textile by Wesley Simpson/Salvador Dalí.


#TIME: 2016 Creative Technology Program Annual Exhibition
Gallery FIT 
November 15 – December 13, 2016

To highlight the importance of time as a primary design element in addition to type and imagery, the Creative Technology Program at FIT dedicated its second annual exhibition to temporal design. #TIME: 2016 Creative Technology Program Annual Exhibition emphasized visual storytelling, interaction strategies, and conceptual thinking for designing with time in mind. The exhibition will be divided into three parts: motion design, interaction design, and time-based information design, such as timelines and calendars. Each project in the exhibition displayed its own distinctive, creative approach to solving design problems using temporal design principles. It provided an opportunity for those interested in temporal design, across a range of disciplines, methods, and practices, to reflect on what it might mean to them.

#TIME showcased the best projects from Creative Technology program courses such as Kinetic Typography, Immersive-Publication Design, User Experience Design, and Design for Screen-based Media. To demonstrate the linkage between these student projects and current industry practices, selected professional projects from the alumni, faculty, and advisory board of the program were also on view.

a robotics mock-up by JWT

Image: Creative Technology Program Advisory Board "JWT"