NYSID Thesis Exhibitions 2012

It’s that time of year at NYSID when everyone is in overdrive–the staff is preparing for next week’s commencement ceremony, and the students are either finishing up their coursework, or in the case of the graduating students, putting the final touches on their thesis projects. Next week, these undergraduate and graduate thesis and capstone projects will be unveiled at two opening receptions.

The first opening is for the MFA & MPS Spring Thesis & Capstone Projects exhibition, and it will take place on Wednesday, May 16th from 6 – 8pm at NYSID’s Graduate Center, 401 Park Avenue at 28th Street, NYC. More than 40 projects will be on view from the MFA I, MFA II, MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments, and the MPS Interior Lighting Design programs.

The projects range from a luxury boutique fitness complex called Kinetic that is dedicated to making fitness seem as enthralling as bar hopping (designed by Tyler Bracken), to The Sutherland, a boutique hotel located on Cockatoo Island in Sydney, Australia, with each area of the hotel designed as an industrial island (designed by Kylie Sarley and pictured left).

One of the capstone projects comes from MPS Interior Lighting Design student Naoko Yamazaki, who created a sophisticated lighting design for the Toasted Oak Grill & Market restaurant in Michigan ( pictured right), her design echoing the plaid and diamond motif on the ceiling.

The next evening, on Thursday, May 17th from 6 – 8pm, will be the opening reception for the BFA Spring 2012 Thesis Projects exhibition at the NYSID Gallery at 161 East 69th Street, NYC. With over 18 projects, there will lots to see and a healthy variety of project types and styles, such as Ana Epremashvili’s design for a flagship store for famed fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Gunnhildur Gudnyjardottir’s sleek design for Hotel Gja, an exclusive hotel on Iceland’s remote Westland Island (pictured left), and Aysenur Akgul’s luxury one-of-a-kind super yacht, Perla 197, which was inspired by the allure and beauty of Tahitian black pearls.

Both exhibitions will be on view through July 25, 2012. Gallery hours are from Monday through Thursday, 10am to 5pm. The Graduate Center gallery is by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, call 212-472-1500, ext. 405 or e-mail rsvp@nysid.edu.

Phyllis Greer