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Seven School of Art Alumni Featured in 2019 Whitney Biennial

POSTED ON: March 1, 2019

Robert Bittenbender, Soulful Gardener, 2016. Aluminum, plastic, wood, glass, and dry gourds, 46 x 46 x 15 in. (116.84 x 116.84 x 38.10 cm). Private Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Lomex, New York
Robert Bittenbender, Soulful Gardener, 2016. Aluminum, plastic, wood, glass, and dry gourds, 46 x 46 x 15 in. (116.84 x 116.84 x 38.10 cm). Private Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Lomex, New York

2019 Whitney Biennial recently announced participants in this year's exhibition and it includes works from seven alumni of the School of Art. Brian Belott A’95, Meriem Bennani A’13, Robert Bittenbender A’12, Tomashi Jackson A’10 (also an adjunct instructor in the School of Art), Eric Mack A’10, Keegan Monaghan A’08, and Wangechi Mutu A’97 will all have their work showcased in the prestigious exhibition of American contemporary art opening May 17 and running through September 22. 

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