Arts and Culture Converge at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

Architect Richard Meier speakes with Dean Judith DiMaio of the NYIT School of Architecture.

From art to architecture, television to the big screen—the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway has it covered. Since its opening in October 2009, NYIT has hosted many distinguished guests and entertaining events for members of the NYIT and New York City community.

Painter Sophie Matisse.

Television producer Jim Geoghan (B.F.A. '69).

During the spring 2010 semester, the auditorium featured the artwork of renowned painter Sophie Matisse, great-granddaughter of French painter Henri Matisse. To complement the exhibit, NYIT hosted “A Conversation” between Sophie Matisse and New York gallery owner Francis M. Naumann on Feb. 24, during which the two passionately discussed their experiences, inspirations, and insights on art and culture. NYIT students and members of the New York City arts community had the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session following their discussion.

On March 11, NYIT welcomed world-renowned architect Richard Meier, managing partner of Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP and NYIT’s 2009 honorary degree recipient, for a presentation to alumni, students, and architects. Meier presented his various projects, shared photos of his award-winning designs and buildings, and discussed his experiences and thought processes in creating some of the world’s most impressive architectural designs.

The event, which also included a book signing by Meier and a reception, was hosted by Dean Judith DiMaio and the Friends of NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design, which consists of alumni dedicated to developing working relationships among the architecture, construction, and interior design industries and NYIT.

Leaders in Hollywood came to NYIT on Feb. 22 when NYIT graduate Jim Geoghan (B.F.A. ’69), the Emmy-nominated executive producer of Disney Channel’s The Suite Life on Deck and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, shared his journey from student to successful television producer. Geoghan’s witty and inspiring presentation was the inaugural lecture of NYIT’s Department of Communication Arts Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.

In addition, writer-director Tim Blake Nelson premiered his film, Leaves of Grass, on March 26 at the auditorium. Afterward, audience members had the opportunity to hear about his experiences working on more than 40 films during a question-and-answer session led by Brad Balfour of the Huffington Post and BMBMedia.

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