Curated by Rebecca Cuomo, Assisted by Maria Khimulya.

Show Dates: Saturday, October 4 – Sunday, October 12
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4, 6-8 PM

The word “academy” often elicits an antiquated institution: rigidly conservative and ossified in tradition, concerned with distinguishing the “fine arts” from “craft” or “trade.” While this notion may have been true for hundreds of years in the history of art, this exhibition seeks to revisit our perception of the academy. Here, the academy is understood as an institution that emphasizes creative and intellectual freedom. Through mentorship, critique, and theoretical debate, the New Academy fosters the individual and professional growth of artists. Thus the academy becomes a fluid concept, which engenders the idea of a heterogeneous and evolutionary “academic style” that varies depending on time, place, institution, teacher, and student.

The WAH Center presents “THE NEW ACADEMY: WAH BRIDGES STUDENT ARTISTS” – a multi-media group exhibition dedicated to presenting the work of students pursuing their undergraduate or Masters degrees in the arts. Based on the Bridge Concept envisioned by WAH Center Founder & Artistic Director, Yuko Nii, the aim is to create a bridge between the WAH Center’s historical landmark building and a new generation of outstanding young artists, as well as a bridge between academic styles, understood in this context as a temporal artistic style that describes the work of a student. Artists are encouraged to submit artworks in the medium of their choosing.

We are now accepting submissions for “THE NEW ACADEMY: WAH BRIDGES STUDENT ARTISTS”

Eligibility: Artists enrolled in undergraduate and Masters degree programs in the arts

Deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014

Submission Fee: $15 for one artwork submission, $5 for each additional submission. Limit 3 submissions.

Can be paid by cash or check (payable to WAH Center: 135 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211). Submissions must be sent via e-mail to: and must include the following information:

  1. A completed entry form: Download PDF
  2. Image files (jpeg, png, or tiff files, at least 72 dpi) of artwork submissions titled with the appropriate information as follows: “ArtistName_Submission#_ArtworkTitle_Medium_Dimensions_Date_Edition#” Please note: High-resolution files may be shared via Google Docs
  3. Artist statement (limit 1 page), CV (limit 2 pages), and a brief biography paragraph including the school you currently attend, your major, expected degree and graduation year
  4. Note of how submission fee has been/will be paid

Submissions will not be considered until all of the above has been received.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Rebecca Cuomo by calling 718-486-7372 or e-mailing