‘Underground Images’ brought together more than 50 of the myriad posters created at School of Visual Arts New York for display in the vast New York City subway system, offering a glimpse of the history of the College and the collective talent of its acclaimed design and illustration faculty. The exhibition took place in ‘Designforum Steiermark’ and was curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes, who has served as creative director for the posters since 2007. In the frame of the exhibtion opening, Mirko Ilic held a lecture about the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.

Beginning in the mid-1950s, SVA was in the vanguard of academic institutions in the U.S. to recognize the need for alternative marketing strategies to attract new students. SVA took to the platforms of New York City’s subway with advertising posters that were both thoughtprovoking and eye-catching, featuring the work of legendary artists like Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and George Tscherny. All practicing professionals on the faculty at SVA, they used the poster commission to explore what it means to be an artist and hone their own artistic voice. Like the College itself, the SVA subway posters have become in some way inseparable from the city as incitements to creativity and risk taking.

Since 1999, Bosnian born Mirko Ilic has been a professor at the School of Visual Arts for their MFA in Illustration program. In 2015, 38 pieces of
his artwork were included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). MoMA acquired artwork including posters and LP
designs from his Yugoslavian period. In September 2015, four of his pieces were exhibited for the first time in MoMA’s exhibition Making Music

‘Underground Images’ is organized by SVA faculty member Mirko Ilic and Francis Di Tommaso, director, SVA Galleries.
Exhibition Opening: 27.10.2017 | 19:00 | Designforum Steiermark

Photography: Creative Industries Styria