Apr. 19, 2010 

"The world’s population is more than six billion," artist Mark Kostabi once said, "and it stands to reason that at least half of them want something beautiful in their homes." With this remark, Kostabi was expressing his trademark optimism about the potentially huge market for contemporary art, including his own. (For more of Kostabi’s practical advice for artists, see his archived Artnet Magazine column, Ask Mark Kostabi.)

This thought comes to mind while contemplating the long list of spring degree shows of works by aspiring artists being held this month at art schools across the country. Art School Confidential reported on the first wave of such exhibitions earlier this month, and a few days ago enticed a text from two new grads on their MFA program (and additional submissions are welcome). But that’s hardly the end of it. One thing seems clear: We’re going to need all three billion of those art buyers.

A few more examples:

* Parsons the New School for Design is presenting an incredible series of 12 thesis exhibitions over the next two months, many of them mounted at the school’s Johnson Design Center at 66 Fifth Avenue. The BFA fine arts student show opens with a reception on Apr. 22, 2010, 6-8 pm, while the MFA design and technology thesis symposium kicks off there on Apr. 29, 6-8. On May 6, 7:30-9:30, the Parsons school of fashion presents its "Line Debut." A comprehensive list of events can be found on the PNSD website.

* Columbia University School of the Arts holds its MFA thesis exhibition May 2-23, 2010, with an opening reception on May 2, 2-5 pm, at the Fisher Landau Center in Long Island City. The show is selected by former St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum curator Anthony Huberman.

* The School of the Art Institute of Chicago unleashes more than 400 degree students on the world this spring, with 120 of them exhibiting their works the SAIC graduate thesis exhibition, May 21, at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries. The opening reception is Apr. 30, 8-10 pm.

* For art talent scouts who want to start even younger, the Guggenheim Museum has scheduled its annual show of art made by New York City public school students, grades two through six. "A Year with Children 2010," May 14-June 20, 2010, presents approximately 120 works in one of the museum’s annex galleries. Now in its 39th year, the Gugg’s "Learning through Art" program placed a dozen artists in NYC classrooms for the 2009-2010 school year, reaching about 1,200 students.

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