SVA becomes the new home for Artists Talk On Art this fall
ATOA, the longest running aesthetic discussion series in the history of art, has found a new home.
After twenty-nine years of artist panels and dialogs, Artists Talk On Art, will move the series to the
School of Visual Arts starting on October 15. For the 2004-2005 season, ATOA will hold its Fridayevening
panel discussions, artist interviews, dialogs and other presentations in SVA’s state-of-theart
amphitheater located at 209 East 23rd Street in Manhattan. By popular demand, this fall,
panels will start earlier, at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM) and to end by 9:00 PM.
Founded in 1975, ATOA evenings have featured such artists as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Larry
Rivers, Leon Golub, Alice Neel, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marisol, Wolf Kahn and Will Barnet at
various locations around the city. Over 8,000, in all, have appeared. Frankly, it’s really exciting, as we
enter our 30th Anniversary year to be associated with one of the premier art institutions in the city,
indeed in the country.
SVA Provost Christopher Cyphers and Executive Director of the Division of Continuing Education
Joseph Cipri brokered the venture with ATOA, and Cipri will oversee the series on behalf of SVA.
According to Cyphers, This partnership signifies an important opportunity to build upon our already
excellent community outreach efforts and will provide some outstanding co-curricular programming
events for SVA students and faculty. A calendar of ATOA events will be posted on the College’s Web
site, http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/, in the fall.
The main meeting space at SVA is a two-story amphitheater with padded, banked seating and stateof-
the-art audiovisual systems. It sits up to 185 persons and is wheelchair accessible. A typical ATOA
event features a panel of artists, an audio-visual presentation of their work, dialog among them led by
a moderator, and questions or comments from the audience. We hope the audience will include
many current SVA students and faculty, who are welcome free of charge.
ATOA events are presented on Friday evenings unless otherwise indicated. There will be a limited
section of reserved seats for ATOA season pass-holders and others making advance reservations.
The schedule may also be found at the website http://www.atoa.org/ or by calling (212) 779-9250.
Also, see us in the Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 31st...look for the ATOA ‘Pollock’ float.
The newly expanded programming committee has done a splendid job of putting together some really
excellent panels and dialogs for fall. Thanks to our summer intern, Amber Kappes who acted as
programming coordinator for the fall panels in a curatorial role. Additionally, in part because of our 30th
anniversary which we plan to celebrate throughout 2005 many other events are planned including
a fundraising auction, a party and a commemorative panel. You might want to purchase a seasons
pass. Pass-holders are admitted free to all panels for a year and qualify for the group health plan.
How has ATOA lasted nearly 30 years and yet remained vibrant, interesting and energetic? Dedication!
Once again, let me thank our board, advisory board, staff, interns and volunteers as we approach this
important milestone. But, most of all, I thank you, for your continued patronage and support.