Collage of images from Gallatin Arts Festival

This spring, the Gallatin Arts Festival—a weeklong, community-wide celebration of NYU art—celebrated its 25th year of exhibitions. See how students honored the occasion by pushing the boundaries of knowledge, creativity, and innovation to new heights, no matter their area of interest.

1. On the opening night of the Festival, over 40 student exhibits showcased Gallatin’s array of creative endeavors, from interpretative dance to multimedia political critiques.

Glass door with sign that says "Gallatin Arts Festival"

2. While Gallatin students design their own specialized concentrations by taking courses at NYU’s many schools and colleges, the Arts Festival helps bring varying fields into dialogue with one another within the shared space of a gallery.

Professor speaking before audience

3. The exhibits were often personal, political, and all things in between. For instance, Saanya Ali, whose concentration centers on mixed media storytelling, traveled to Greece to photograph, video, and interview families seeking asylum in refugee camps.

Viewers looking at children's portraits

4. Elsewhere, writer and designer Rogue Fong told stories through her project, Dollhouse, an exhibit combining two interactive spaces: a physically constructed dollhouse and a virtual reality simulation of one.

Person with V.R. headset

5. The abstract rooms and light displays of Rogue’s physical house allow viewers to fill in the spaces with their own imaginative stories, while the virtual reality version offers an intricately detailed, immersive experience.

Abstract display of house rooms

6. Despite our cultural tendency to mass-produce cheap goods, Max Thoeny built his own consumer-grade 3-D printer that churns out tiny pieces of homemade furniture, reconnecting viewers to the miracle of making something yourself.

Max standing in front of his 3D printer

7. Commissioned by Gallatin’s Embodied Magazine in 2016, Felix Chan’s photos capture the annual Bushwig Festival in Queens, a celebration of queer and drag performances that burst with life.

Viewers looking at framed photographs

8. The abstract paintings of Eirdís Ragnarsdóttir may seem playful and bright, but they also deconstruct the fantasy of the female and notions of the “ideal” body as seen in popular media.

Abstract painting of wavy shapes above water

9. Breaking the barrier between artist and audience, David Bologna’s performance piece let viewers dress him in wild costume combinations.

David, dressed in long coat and platform shoes, laughing as someone picks additional article of clothing for him to wear