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2017 AMERICA: Photography from American High Schools


  • SVA Gramercy Gallery 209 East 23rd Street New York, NY, 10010 United States (map)
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Reception: Thursday, November 30, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Free and Open to the Public


High school students throughout the United States answered the call for submissions from the BFA Photography and Video Department at the School of Visual Arts for the opportunity to exhibit their photographic work alongside their peers in 2017 AMERICA. Aiming to give voice to the newest members of the visual arts community, 2017 AMERICA showcases a wide range of perspectives and talent, featuring the work of students from 30 states and drawn from over 2,000 submitted works.

One year after one of the most polarizing elections in recent history, SVA’s BFA Photography and Video Department was eager to support and understand the perspectives of the youth whose futures will be deeply affected by the decisions made during this tumultuous time. 2017 AMERICA provides a space for up-and-coming creative talents to express themselves. Viewers will gain insight into what young American artists are seeing, thinking and making, and how they define this vast country in the present. The resulting exhibition ranges from works that are overtly political and issue-oriented to those that express a more personal view of identity and life in the United States at this moment.