The Art Students League of New York is proud to present our annual Final Project Exhibition, curated by Jillian Russo. Including the work of six artists who have recently completed The League’s four-year Certificate Program, the Final Project Exhibition offers graduating students the opportunity to present a cohesive body of work that represents their selected discipline.
This year’s exhibition includes work by the six 2022 Certificate Program Graduates. Agnes Collins Hunt creates large scale mixed-media collages that pair embroidery with photographic imagery and other found materials, exploring femininity, unwanted remembrances, and the human body. Kumi Hirose’s bright candy-colored collages appear playful but allude to sinister, pleasurable, and mysterious experiences. Mayumi Nakao’s stylized paintings are based on photos of the artist’s friends and family who moved to New York City from Ghana in the 1980s. Lola de Miguel creates large-scale galactic dreams in acrylic paint, and Guada Luz Cruz’s still-life painting focuses on symbolic but ordinary objects—from a soft-boiled egg to a skull. Lau Nató works in a variety of modes, including mixed-media, sculpture, and watercolor, exploring power dynamics, violence, and consumerism.
Jillian Russo is a Brooklyn-based curator and art historian. She served as Curator for the Art Students League from 2013-2018 and as Director of Exhibitions at Hollis Taggart from 2019-2021. She has organized numerous exhibitions including Remnant Romance: Environmental Works, Idelle Weber and Aurora Robson, Knox Martin: Radical Structures, The Masters: Art Students League Teachers and their Students, and On the Front Lines: Military Veterans at the Art Students League of New York. She is a contributor to the Brooklyn Rail and has written articles for American Quarterly, CAA Reviews, and Panorama. She received her PhD in American art from the Graduate Center, CUNY.
The Art Students League’s Certificate Program is designed to cultivate growth of the individual artist’s talent within The League’s renowned atelier system. The Certificate Program consists of a prescribed course of study leading to a Certificate of Completion. The prescribed course of study is a dedicated two or four-year plan tailored to meet the artist’s professional and personal interests. Students begin this semester-based program in September or January. Learn more about The League Certificate Program..
Additional information about the works can be found in the WORKS LIST.
The exhibition is also featured in Gotham To Go.
Agnes Collins, A Woman's Work
2020, paper, acrylic, oil, weaving, cross-stitch, embroidery, plastic, wool roving and wood on canvas., 50" x 50" (Title: A Women's Work)
Agnes Collins, Jane Doe
2021, image transfer, cross-stitch, acrylic spray paint, pumice, wool roving and crackle paste on canvas., 80" x 30"
Agnes Collins, Rose Cottage 2
2021, image transfer, paper collage and acrylic on canvas. , 72" x 56"
Agnes Collins, Rose Cottage
2019, weaving, cross-stitch, embroidery, beading, tufted rug, wire, pumice, mono print, paper and acrylic on canvas., 36" x 48"
Agnes Collins, Untitled
2020, acrylic, cross-stitch, paper, plaster of Paris and hand tufted rug on canvas., 60" x 50"
Guada Cruz, Breakfast
2021, oil Paint, 7.5" x 10"
Guada Cruz, Jake
2021, oil Paint, 5" x 7"
Guada Cruz, Merienda
2021, oil Paint, 7.5" X 10"
Guada Cruz, Mugshot
2021, oil Paint, 5" x 7"
Guada Cruz, Skull Study
2021, graphite, 14" x 17"
Guada Cruz, Union Square
2022, oil Paint, 12.5" x 17.5"
Kumi Hirose, A Painting Of The Future 2
2017, acrylic on canvas, 25" × 21"
Kumi Hirose, Crystal Of Love
2020, acrylic, glitter, acrylic jewels, and corrugated paper on canvas, 18" × 18"
Kumi Hirose, Five Eyes Monster
2019, acrylic, pompons, and corrugated paper on canvas, 45" × 42"
Kumi Hirose, Gift From The Sea
2021, acrylic, glitter, and acrylic jewels on canvas, 17" × 17"
Kumi Hirose, My Pet
2020, acrylic, glitter, and acrylic jewels on canvas, 18" × 15"
Kumi Hirose, Poisonous Flower Eyes
2017, acrylic, glitter, and acrylic jewels on canvas, 25" × 21"
Kumi Hirose, Secret Love
2021, acrylic, glitter, and acrylic jewels on canvas, 12" × 12"
Kumi Hirose, Star Of Hope 2
2022, acrylic, glitter, acrylic jewels, mirror, and corrugated paper on canvas, 20" × 20"
Laura Nato, Credit What
2020, mixed media, 7 x 5 ft
Laura Nato, Flow 1
2018, watercolor and ink on paper, 9" x 12"
Laura Nato, Flow 2
2018, watercolor and ink on paper, 24" x 18"
Laura Nato, Pillows
2018, mixed media, 30" x 76" x 17"
Lola de Miguel, Bold Love
2019, acrylic and markers on canvas, 60" x 48"
Lola de Miguel, Fun Lover
2019, acrylic on Canvas, 60"x 48"
Lola de Miguel, Galactic Beauty
2022, acrylic and medium on canvas, 50" x 46"
Lola de Miguel, Lasting Love
2019, acrylic, markers and recycling material on canvas, 36" x 48 "
Lola de Miguel, Out Of Chaos Comes Order
2022, acrylic and medium on canvas, 48" x 60"
Mayumi Nakao, All Dressed Up
2020, oil on canvas , 30” x 24”
Mayumi Nakao, Summer Day
2021, oil on canvas , 30” x 40”
Mayumi Nakao, Tourist (Turkey)
2022, oil on canvas , 36” x 36”
Mayumi Nakao, Tourist (Ghana)
2022 wip almost done, oil on canvas , 36” x 36”
Mayumi Nakao, Two Slices Of Pizza
2022, oil on canvas , 18” x 18”
Certificate Student Guada Cruz
Certificate Student Lola de Miguel
Certificate Student Lau Nato
Certificate Student Kumi Hirose
Certificate Student Agnes Hunt
Certificate Student Mayumi Nakao
Graduating certificate students
Certificate Student Mayumi Nakao and Kumi Hirose with Artistic Executive Director Michael Hall
Artistic Executive Director Michael Hall and certificate student Guada Cruz
Board President Robin Frank and husband
Certificate Student Kumi Hirose and Associate Director Anki King, Gallery Assistant Milagros Villanueva
Opening Reception 6/9/2022
Opening Reception 6/9/2022