William Powhida (b. 1976, New York) is an artist-critic living and working in Brooklyn. For several years Powhida worked as an art critic for the Brooklyn Rail while developing his own artistic practice. Powhida’s work, reflecting his critical background, displays a concentrated fascination with the politics of access and the powers that control the assignment of value in the artworld. All roles are fair game, from nouveau-hot artists and the market-setting collectors that buy them, to the branded dealers that sell the work and the critics paid to provide intellectual justification for the prices.

William earned his BFA from Syracuse University and his MFA from Hunter College. He is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York, Platform Gallery in Seattle, and Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.

Bill has also been selected for artist residencies at The Headlands Center for the Arts, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and the Lower East Side Printshop.


Alan Lupiani (b. 1965, Rochester, New York) earned both a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA in Arts Administration from Binghamton University in 1988 and 1991 respectively. He then proceeded to complete three years of summer art residency on full scholarship at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate NY from 1992-1994, serving as the art school’s head Teachers Assistant in 1994. He has been with the AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program since 1997.

In 2006, Lupiani created a media persona as comedic street reporter, working with Hollywood actor and personality Tom Green and also directing and producing his own LIVE internationally streamed webcast entitled, “Dear Immaculately Groomed Italian Guy” which attracted thousands of viewers each week.

From 2010 to the present, Lupiani has pursued his art practice by means of social practice, curating and painting. He participated as an “art world reporter” in the critically acclaimed group show #class @ Winkleman Gallery in 2010. He also has made appearances in 2010 and 2011 at Art Basel Miami Beach, conducting an “art insider” panel discussion @ Winkleman Gallery ABMB project #rank in 2010, and interviewed all of the gallerists participating at the “SEVEN” art fair in 2011.

More recently, Lupiani curated the group show “So Real” at Radiator Arts in 2013, featuring the work of seven professional artists including the work of John Gerrard, who represented Ireland in the 2009 Venice Biennale.

You can contact Alan by emailing him at alan@aicad.org. His direct line is 917.613.8135.

Oversight Committee

Deborah Obalil, President, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design
Jay Coogan, President, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Chair of the NYSRP Oversight Committee
Mary Colleen Heil, President, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
Stephen Beal, President, California College of the Arts
Ray Allen, VP Academic Affairs & Provost, Maryland College of Art
Gary Shillet, Chief Financial Officer, School of Visual Arts