Columbia Artists Featured in Project Gallery V Group Show

BY William Hutton, December 1, 2021

Recent graduates of the Visual Arts MFA are featured  in a new online exhibition with New York-based Project Gallery V. Ivana Carman ’21, Kevin Claiborne ’21, Noga Cohen ’21, and Keli Safia Maksud ’21 are among the thirteen artists whose works are on display in an exhibition curated by alumna Farah Mohammad ’21.


Founded by Columbia graduates Cary Hulbert ’16 and Trinity Lester (CC ’20) in September 2020, Project Gallery V is an online exhibition space committed to supporting artists from diverse backgrounds at all stages of their career. 


Mohammad’s exhibition, Time Won’t Tell, explores themes of inheritance, transgenerational trauma, love and activism. Some artists in the exhibition take stock of where we are as a society, while others look at what it means to be left with things unsaid. They note bitter-sweet connections with loved ones and explore family histories.


No longer counting on time to be a balancing force, the thirteen artists in Time Won’t Tell highlight social structures that continue to misrepresent and restrict, asking viewers to embark on a sincere quest to consider the personal and political changes they would like to imagine now.  


Ivana Carman is a contemporary painter based in New York City. She earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Columbia University. She was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant in 2020 and was featured in ArtForum’s 2020 spotlight series.   

Kevin Claiborne is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist living and working in Harlem. His work examines intersections of identity, social environment and mental health within the Black American experience. He holds a BS in Mathematics from North Carolina Central University, an MS in Higher Education from Syracuse University and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University.  


Noga Cohen is a New York-based artist. She earned her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and is the recipient of the David Berg Foundation Fellowship, Artis Contemporary Fellowship, and a Brevoort-Eickemeyer Fellowship for 2019-20. 


Keli Safia Maksud is a Kenyan-Tanzanian-Canadian-Muslim-Christian visual artist and writer located in New York. Maksud earned her BFA in Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, a Diploma in Art and Curatorial Studies at the New Centre for Research and Practice and an MFA from Columbia University.  


Farah Mohammad is an artist living and working in New York. In 2021, she received her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University. Mohammad was featured in the School of the Arts' “Conversations with Artists in Art Getting Art” series where she discussed her time as a student with Communications Fellow Audrey Deng. 


Time Won’t Tell runs online until December 30, 2021 and can be viewed here.

Ivana Carman, Note That Day, 2019, acrylic on canvas

Noga Cohen, Head Over Heels, 2021, mixed media (foldable table, plastic, wax, fiberglass)

Keli Safia Maksud, Untitled Composition I, 2021, cyanotype dyed in Mate Tea.