Cartoonists & Illustrators School is founded by Silas H. Rhodes and Burne Hogarth at 112 West 89th Street; three instructors (Burne Hogarth, Marvin Stein, and Harry Fisk) teach thirty-five students, many of whom have just returned from WW II and are taking advantage of the GI Bill. C&I offers a two-year course to train students for a career as a commercial artist. Students from the first graduating class include Dick Cavalli (Winthrop), Jerry Marcus (Trudy), and Bob Weber (Moose).
C&I adds day classes and reaches full capacity; Silas Rhodes adds courses in English, advertising, photography, photo retouching, and fine arts. The School’s three instructors are joined by Tom Gill (creator of the comic book version of the Lone Ranger), illustrator Robert Frankenberg, and precisionist painter Francis Criss.
C&I moves to a four-story building on the northwest corner of 23rd Street and Second Avenue. The yearly tuition is $450 and students are taught by twenty-one teachers in five departments.
George Tscherny is hired to expand the Design Department; Robert Weaver, Jack Potter, and Phil Hays are among the faculty to follow.
Silas Rhodes changes the School’s name from C&I to the School of Visual Arts; George Tscherny designs a School symbol, letterhead, and poster announcing the name change.
SVA moves to 209 E. 23rd Street.
SVA becomes a three-year institution of higher education, enabling students to transfer SVA credits and complete degree requirements elsewhere - an important step toward full accreditation.
Fine Arts and Photography Departments are established.
Visual Arts Gallery opens.
Film Department established.
Salvador Dali addresses students in SVA amphitheater.
Shirley Glaser named Visual Arts Gallery Coordinator; exhibitions from her tenure include “Possessions” and a 1964 self-portraits show (which includes Jim Dine, Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, and Elaine de Kooning).
Milton Glaser and Henry Wolf begin teaching evening symposia.
SVA expands Fine Arts curriculum by creating a four-year certificate program; Burt Hasen, Michael Loew, Don Nice, Paul Waldman, and art critic Dore Ashton are among the faculty.
Visual Arts Gallery becomes the Visual Arts Museum.
Visual Arts Press founded.
Media Arts Department established.
Silas Rhodes becomes SVA’s first President.
After 15 years of negotiations, SVA announces that it has been authorized by the NY State Board of Regents to confer the BFA degree on graduates of four-year programs in Film, Fine Arts, Media Arts, and Photography.
SVA celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a party held at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the evening features the presentation of the SVA 1972 Outstanding Achievement Award, given to columnist and screenwriter Pete Hamill (‘54).
SVA Alumni Society created.
Graphic Design Department established.
Film Department adds animation and video concentrations.
Art Therapy (taught in collaboration with the Bronx Psychiatric Center) and Art Education Departments established.
SVA holds its first formal commencement exercises at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Henry Geldzahler, curator of Twentieth Century Art at the Met, delivers the commencement address.
SVA holds its first year-end show in the galleries and streets of SoHo.
SVA accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Silas Rhodes steps down as President, but continues to remain active as Chairman of the Board, president of the Visual Arts Press, and later president of the Visual Arts Foundation.
SVA Board of Governors elects David Rhodes (then Vice President) to be President.
SVA opens a gallery in Tribeca.
Visual Arts Museum exhibits work by Josef Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Kenneth Noland, and Robert Morris.
Communication Arts program opens.
Silas Rhodes and His Excellency Ali Bengelloun, Moroccan ambassador to the U.S., announce the opening of SVA’s first International Studies program in Tangier, Morocco; sixty students participate in the first summer’s six-week program.
First annual “Mentors” photo exhibition is held; selected photography students are given assignments by leading professional photographers.
SVA opens the Visual Arts Gallery in SoHo.
SVA’s first graduate program, MFA Fine Arts (painting, drawing, and sculpture) opens.
MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program opens.
Fine Arts Department holds an exhibition called “8 Artists/8 Years” in the SVA SoHo gallery with work by SVA alumni Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Tod Wizon, Jedd Garet, Lydia Dona, Jane Swavely, James Wang, and Barry Bridgwood (all of whom attended SVA during the eight years between 1975 and 1983).
SVA becomes the first accredited college in the U.S. to offer an MFA in Computer Art.
Anthony Rhodes becomes Director of Continuing Education.
SVA celebrates 40th Anniversary.
Humanities Department holds its first Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists.
MFA Photography program opens.
David Rhodes establishes Art for Kids Program.
Anthony Rhodes appointed director of International Studies; he introduces new programs in London and Paris (graphic design) and Barcelona (painting).
SVA Scholarship Fund becomes the Visual Arts Foundation.
Masters Series begins; Paul Rand is the first recipient.
Paula Scher designs new SVA logo.
Interior Design program opens.
First Annual “Dusty Awards” are presented to outstanding graduating students by the Film and Video Department.
Exhibits at the Visual Arts Museum include Hans Neleman, type designer Ed Benguiat, and artists Yasuo Tanaka, Robert Weaver, and Paul Davis.
The Media Arts Department is separated into two BFA programs: Advertising & Graphic Design and Illustration & Cartooning.
Anthony Rhodes appointed Vice President for Administration.
SVA authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to offer a Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program leading to a K-12 certification in Art.
Animation curriculum fully established.
Computer Art program opens.
Three-Dimensional Design section fully established.
Korean, Japanese and Chinese Art Students Programs combined to form the Asian Art Students Program.
Visual Arts Museum holds first annual Digital Salon, a juried Computer Art show.
Yugo Next premieres at Grand Central Terminal in NYC. The exhibition features various transfigurations of the Yugo automobile into such objects as a toaster and a grand piano. The exhibition is created by students and alumni of the College’s 3-D Design program and becomes the first of an ongoing series of public art presentations.
SVA celebrates its 50th Anniversary. George Tscherny creates a new logo to visually unite SVA’s various entities.
MFA Design program opens.
MPS Art Therapy program opens.
MAT Art Education program opens.
SVA Honors David Rhodes on his 25th anniversary as president.
Visual Arts Gallery moves from SoHo to Chelsea; the opening is celebrated with “Beginning Here: 101 Ways,” an exhibition of works by 101 artists whose careers began at SVA.
MFA in Art Criticism and Writing program opens.
Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives opens to the public.
School of Visual Arts Archives established.
Silas Rhodes passes away.
BFA in Visual and Critical Studies program opens.
MPS in Digital Photography program opens.
MFA in Design Criticism opens.
The SVA Theatre, designed by Milton Glaser, opens at 333 W. 23rd Street; long-time SVA faculty member Gene Stavis appointed director in 2008.
MFA in Interaction Design program opens.
MFA in Social Documentary Film program opens.
MPS in Branding program opens.
MPS in Live Action Short Film program opens.
MFA Art Practice program opens
MPS Fashion Photography program opens
MFA Design for Social Innovation program slated to open
MFA Products of Design program slated to open
MA Critical Theory and the Arts Department slated to open