Tribeca Ball - Behind the Scenes

Monday night was the New York Academy of Art's Tribeca Ball. The annual event is held to raise money and generate exposure for the school and students. Attendees include art collectors, critics, faculty, family, friends and a host of celebs, including Joan Rivers, Parker Posey, Matt Lauer, Mary Kate Olsen, Cindy Sherman, and so many more.

For me, the most exciting part of the night was seeing my fellow classmates' studios on display. The studios that the guests viewed were hardly our typical work spaces. Our artwork is usually hanging on walls encrusted with paint and obscured by loads art supplies. In the weeks leading up to the event, students spent hours clearing out their studios, cleaning, painting the walls, and curating their spaces. 

Here are some shots of students prepping their studios.

Luckily we made it through without any ladder injuries! 

My studio space almost ready for visitors.

Kerry Thompson hanging his iceberg painting.

Lisa Manley, MFA 2013

Nic Bandy, MFA 2013
Nicholas Sanchez, MFA 2013

Daniel Bildoeau's studio set-up in progress. 

Adam Carnes making some final touch-ups.

Jessica Augier, MFA 2013

Aleah Chapin, Fellow 2013

Samuel Detch, MFA 2013

Zoe Suenson-Taylor, MFA 2013

Meg Franklin, MFA 2013

Nicolas Holiber, Fellow 2013

Zoe Sua Kay, MFA 2014

Tim Buckley, MFA 2014

As we prepared our studios, the building itself was transformed into an amazing party venue.

My anatomy instructor Roberto Osti getting ready for his anatomy demons during the party.

The party festivities on the fifth floor included walls of faculty and alumni artwork.

Floor meeting and toast before the night begins!

A toast to all of the 2nd years!
You provide so much inspiration, and your studios looked amazing. 

All dressed up and ready to go! Meg Franklin, MFA 2013

Robert Fundis, MFA 2013

Jon Beer, Fellow 2013

Me with my painting in the portrait gallery.

Amanda Scuglia, MFA 2013

Cameron McCool, MFA 2013

Yunsung Jang, MFA 2013

Heather Personett, MFA 2014

Jess LaRotonda, MFA 2013

Aleah Chapin, Fellow 2013

Mei Ge, MFA 2014

Elisabeth McBrien, MFA 2014

Madeleine Hines, MFA 2014

As an emerging artist, the night provided a tremendous learning experience.
Madeleine Hines will be blogging here throughout the academic year about her first year at the Academy and moving to New York City. Check the label "First Year Experience" or "Madeleine Hines" for more posts about her first year at the Academy.


  1. Great blog entry by Madeleine Hines (MFA 2014) covering the recent Tribeca Ball.

    Don't miss the art and studios in person at the upcoming Open Studio night at the New York Academy of Art in Tribeca.

    FRIDAY APRIL 19, 6-9pm
    Open to the Public

    Discover the Academy
    Tour Artist Studios
    Meet Faculty and Students

    Five floors of paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints produced by the Academy’s uniquely talented MFA candidates.