Class of 2012 udate: Marissa Leah to enter the Draper Program at NYU this September

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Art education, Other, VCS Alumni | No Comments

A shot of Marissa receiving her diploma from SVA President David Rhodes during The School of Visual Arts 2012 Commencement Exercises.


This fall, VCS alumna Marissa Leah will be entering the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought, a 2-year M.A. program in the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. Here’s a description taken from its website:

The John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought, an integral part of New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to intellectual endeavor. The Draper Program is designed to answer the academic and scholarly curiosity of students whose interests draw on knowledges of more than one disciplinary specialty. The Program’s flexibility encourages students to build a curriculum that best suits their goals, while also asking them to take seriously the project of becoming scholars by providing them with courses that challenge, provoke, and elicit a high standard of intellectual exchange. A more traditional, discipline-specific department tends to require a pre-determined set of courses and requirements; students in the Draper Program create their own concentration by choosing classes from the Program, from other departments in the Graduate School, and sometimes from other NYU schools.

In a recent e-mail, Marissa told me that she’s planning to focus on Art History and Critical Theory during her graduate studies. However, she also added: “I am apprehensive to officially state what period/area specifically I plan to focus on, as I expect it to go through a process of becoming as I commence classes and see on a practical level with whom I will be working. My initial (tentative) plan is to continue my exploration of the thought in and around the Frankfurt School, and look at the physical art in, preceding, and following that period.” As part of her preparation for this, she’s been studying German over the summer. She’s also spent her time since graduation working at the Art Students League of New York, and doing a lot of reading in literature and the visual arts.

We’re all really excited for Marissa, and are looking forward to hearing how her studies evolve over the next two years.

If you’d like to learn more about the Draper Program at NYU, check out the link at the beginning of this post, and this link to in.ter.reg.num, the program’s blog. The following VCS blog posts contain a little more information about Marissa and images of some of the art she made while she was at SVA:

Special bonus image: a closeup of a tote bag Marissa designed and printed for the 2012 VCS open studios, featuring a portrait of Theodor Adorno. (Click to enlarge)

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