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Quirky Pieces by Art Students Go on Display in TriBeCa

 About 50 students will display their works in the exhibit, which runs from May 20 to June 7.
New York Academy of Art Student Show
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TRIBECA — A 3-D painting of an ice cream truck, a large, glittery eye and a sculpture of a Buddha-like baby gazing at his navel will soon go on display in TriBeCa in an exhibit of art students' work.

About 50 quirky pieces by graduating MFA students from the New York Academy of Art will be shown at the 111 Franklin St. school, known for its progressive figurative art training.

The free show is slated to run from May 20 to June 7.

"[The Academy's] model for art education demands intensive training that ultimately leads to a unique, personal vision," said Peter Drake, the school’s dean of academic affairs and curator of the show, in a statement.

"These visions are on full display in our halls, from finely rendered observational paintings and emotionally fraught sculptures to romantic digital collages and drawings that seem straight out of film noir."

The exhibit will feature a variety of paintings, sculptures and multimedia works. Paintings include playful pieces, like Matt Stanton's reimagining of Diego Velazquez's famous "Las Meninas," this time including toys instead of a royal family. The show also has more somber, abstract images of war.

The “MFA Thesis" exhibit at the New York Academy of Art's Wilkinson Gallery, 111 Franklin St., is slated to run from May 20 to June 7. Admission to the gallery is free, and it is open to the public from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day, or by appointment.