Work of Two Purchase College MFA Students Chosen for Prestigious Optic Nerve 15 Video Arts Festival at North Miami’s MOCA

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Purchase College graduate students Samantha Harmon and Juwon Lee are among the 14 artists whose work was selected by the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami to be featured in Optic Nerve 15, the annual festival of short videos by artists. Harmon and Lee are both are pursuing degrees in the MFA in visual arts program in the School of Art+Design, School of the Arts at Purchase College.

“This kind of success is typical for our alumni, but less common for students still in school,” said Purchase College Dean of the School of the Arts Ravi Rajan, “Faye Hirsh, senior editor of Art in America and the coordinator of our MFA Visual Arts program, encouraged the students to apply for the festival as part of the learning experience of being a working artist. We were delighted to learn that not one, but two of our students were selected for this curated festival.”

Rajan added “this kind of professional experience is a hallmark of our MFA: a program that is taught by professionally active faculty members and augmented by visiting artists and critics each semester, together preparing students for professional success in the art world.”

MOCA’s Optic Nerve is recognized as an important forum for emerging artists working in film. A panel of world-class curators selected the 14 Optic Nerve 15 finalists and MOCA Curator and Interim Director Alex Gartenfeld will choose the winning work or works, which will be acquired for MOCA’s permanent collection. Optic Nerve 15 takes place on August 23.


Still from Juwon Lee’s work Hidden Stories of Super Mario Bros (part 3/6)

More about Purchase College School of Art+Design here

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