The Philanthropy Poster Project Exhibition at the School of Visual Arts
19 January 2018

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York hosts an exhibition titled “Actions Speak Louder than Words” at its Gramercy Gallery, between January 20th and February 10th, 2018. The exhibit, curated by Viktor Koen, consists of selected works by the SVA Master of Fine Arts Illustration as Visual Essay program.

Each student chooses a quote about philanthropy and interprets it by combining images and type in poster format, with the resulting work submitted to be considered for the Philanthropy Poster Project exhibition at the Annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy in Greece.

The SNF International Conference on Philanthropy brings together internationally renowned speakers from the fields of academia and science, as well as representatives of other foundations and institutions. The aim of the conference is to present best practices, and become the ground for the exchange of ideas and discussion on the developments within the wider field of philanthropy. Each year’s theme varies depending on current challenges, keeping at its core the four program areas of the Foundation: Arts and Culture, Education, Health and Sports, and Social Welfare. The conference is addressed to representatives of other foundations, nonprofit organizations and institutions, as well as to all those who are interested in the role of philanthropy and social giving.

The body of work developed by MFA Illustrators, along with contributions by Graphic Design students and Summer Illustration Residents at SVA, becomes a visual extension to the SNF Conference on Philanthropy by showcasing the way young artists and designers-in-training perceive the subject of giving through a literal, symbolic or purely aesthetic expression that expands beyond the cliché and commonplace. The talented and deeply international make up of SVA’s student body generates a multicultural approach to the theme of philanthropy that has evolved into a global sampling of ideas, quotes and expressions.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

More information about the Annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy in Greece can be found here.