“School of Visual Arts (SVA) honors Richard Wilde, the now-retired inaugural chair of the College’s BFA Design Department with Wilde Mind, an exhibition celebrating his life and legacy. Designed and curated by current and longtime faculty member and chair of the College’s 3D Design program Kevin O’Callaghan (BFA 1980 Media Arts), Wilde Mind spans from Wilde’s early years growing up in Brooklyn to his 50-year tenure at SVA, during which he taught more than 10,000 students and hired more than 900 faculty. Presented by SVA Galleries, it will be on view Friday, November 3, through Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City
Designed to feel like a stroll through the brilliant artistic mind of a beloved teacher and mentor, Wilde Mind tells the story of Wilde’s endless quest for creativity and desire to document and preserve visual excellence.” — School of Visual Arts (SVA)
“For the past 50 years, I have created conditions for the possibility of students to move from a reactive, automatic, predictable way of problem-solving to a state where free thought is available,” Wilde says. “This exhibition speaks of my journey confronting that challenging condition.”
Installation views of Wilde Mind at SVA Chelsea Gallery, November 3, 2023 through December 9, 2023. Photos by Adam Cable/SVA Galleries.
Images courtesy School of Visual Arts (SVA).