Student Concours 2019

April 18, 2019By Costa Vavagiakisannouncements

The Student Concours: Tradition in Atelier Education Each year from January to May, work of Art Students League of New York students is exhibited in the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery. The “Student Concours” exhibit showcases the work of all the school’s students in every discipline (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media). Each week the exhibit … Read More

The Enduring Power of a Self-Portrait

April 7, 2019By Costa VavagiakisClippings

Self-portraits raise the question of our own existence. As the artist catches the viewer’s eye, he/she can vicariously experience being the artist. This eye-to-eye contact is the purest, most direct connectedness with another human we can have in art. The artist’s eyes are directed outwardly, seeking to be seen and directly seeking you out as … Read More

Jurying the Art League’s March Open Exhibit 2019

March 24, 2019By Costa VavagiakisClippings

I juried the Art League’s March Open Exhibit 2019, which is on view in their Alexandria, Viriginia, gallery through April 7. For Best in Show I selected a painting by Jeff Lodge, Sunset Trawler, and also awarded Honorable Mentions to eleven of the one-hundred exhibiting artists. Haven Ashley interviewed me about the process of jurying. That … Read More

Shading Protocol

January 20, 2019By Costa VavagiakisStudio Notes

In my drawings done in graphite on white paper, the nude figures are set against a white wall bathed in light emanating from above. The white paper that represents the wall might inhabit at least half of the dimension of the overall format. This draws the viewer’s gaze to the white of the paper, which … Read More

A Celebration of the Creativity and Diversity of the Art Students League of New York

October 6, 2018By Costa Vavagiakisannouncements

Pop-up shows are becoming extremely popular. They are a response to the vacant storefronts and offices now common in New York City’s economic climate. The resourceful are converting unorthodox locations into creative showcases to view art. These unused spaces can liberate artists and curators from the conventional installations of white box galleries. The unexpected setting … Read More

Pop-Up Art Show #3

September 19, 2018By Costa Vavagiakisannouncements

I will be at the opening reception of Pop-Up Art Show #3 by The Perspective Collective. Curated by Momo Evans, this exhibition of twenty-three artists, including many of my students, will be on view through September 29.

Amsterdam Workshop | Day 10

September 4, 2018By Costa Vavagiakispainting abroad

6/10 | Sunday On our last day we let the participants vote on what they wanted to do. Half stayed with Rick and painted along the Prinsengracht Canal. The rest went with me on a day trip to Haarlem to visit the Frans Hals Museum. It is the home of the largest collection of Frans … Read More