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Jeffrey Way, Fine Arts Faculty

Having been a working artist in New York for the past 40 years, Im very familiar with the artists and the art scene here and I share a lot of the history with students. I was at the party where Life magazine came and photographed the downtown loft party scene in the late 60s. I also threw a New Years Eve party in 1975-76 at CBGBs, and can remember when it was called Hillys on the Bowery.

When I talk to prospective students, I always describe the city as one big resource for the art student. The current art center of Manhattan has shifted from SoHo to downtown and the East Village, to the Williamsburg scene, and now its in Chelsea, in our backyard, so thats a great asset for any student of art in New York, and especially for FIT students. Weve always had good students here, but the general level has been raised significantly, partly as a result of this economic climate. The fact that were a SUNY college in Manhattan is drawing more students who mightve gone to SVA or Parsons or Pratt, and the fact that were a relative bargain is a great advantage.

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