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Student and Alumni Spotlight


Ruth Rodriguez obtained her MLS in Library Sciences from Queens College in 2013, and her MFA in Fine Arts from Lehman College in 2018, where she focused on Printmaking/Installation. The New York Times wrote an article about Ruth in 2019, How a Bronx Librarian Spends Her Sunday. She was recently in a show at Transmitters Gallery. Earlier in the year, she was selected to be part of the Bronx Museum AIM fellow for fall 2020.

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Patrick Perry (MA 20’) and a group of former Lehman MFA Graduates launched a new project space, Empty Set, in the Port Morris section of the Bronx this past February. Perry exhibited his MA thesis project as the inaugural exhibition. This season will include solo exhibitions by Rachel Sydlowski (MFA 15), Peter Hamlin (MFA 16’), Sarah Rowe (MFA 13), Sima Schloss (MFA 17), Lizzy Alejandro (MFA 19), and Vanezza Cruz (MFA 14). Other exhibitions include Sohhee Oh and “Expect Some Discomfort” curated by David Rios who is the director of education at The Manhattan Children’s Museum. In addition to being a founding member of Empty Set, Perry was recently included in Revelations a group exhibition in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is trained as a jeweler and has an interdisciplinary art practice that incorporates aspects of photography printmaking and sculpture.


Amanda Saviñón is a Dominican-American photo editor, photographer, and artist from New York City. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Lehman College City University of New York, she has worked with publications such as Vogue, GQ, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Refinery29,, and New York Magazine.

In 2014, Amanda founded, a lifestyle platform focused on feeding the conscious minds of modern women through storytelling and interviews, popular culture, and self-discovery.

While Amanda has worked primarily in the global fashion and news industries, her personal work focuses on self-knowledge through self portraiture. Visit website.

Currently, Amanda is a Photo Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek and resides in The Bronx.


Jessica Spence is a Jamaican-American artist whose work is inspired by her life, and topics relating to black female identity. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Hartwick College, and an M.A. in Art Education with a concentration in Painting from Lehman College, The City University of New York (CUNY). She works predominantly in portraiture and is based in New York. 

Jessica was recently featured in Beyonce's Black Parade Route as well as O Magazine and The Jealous Curator blog.