Program Overview

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 New York Arts Practicum, a summer arts institute where participants experientially learn to bridge their lives as art students into lives as artists in the world. The program is structured around apprenticeships with mentor artists, a critique seminar where participants produce work without access to their institutional facilities, and site visits to artist workspaces, galleries, and museums.

The intensive eight-week program offers participants a structured environment to experience the challenges of life as an artist and demystifies the many ways one can be an artist today. Mentees work in their mentor’s studio two to three days per week, meet Monday and Tuesday evenings for a critique seminar, and convene Fridays for site visits in artist studios, galleries, and museums. Past participants called the experience: demystifying, life changing, and an inspirational reality check.

By working with an artist on a day-to-day basis, participants gain a view of their near futures as artists, learning models for negotiating a creative life outside of school. Regular Mentors include: Brendan Fernandes, Kate GilmorePablo HelgueraMarisa Morán JahnSteve LambertSimone LeighJen LiuEva & Franco MattesMary Mattingly, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Nontsikelelo MutitiNot An Alternative, William Powhida, Doreen Garner & Kenya (Robinson)Brad TroemelPenelope Umbrico, Clement VallaMarina Zurkow.

Mentors lead critiques structured around developing strategies for creating work without institutional studio facilities. Practicum mentors lead seminars on their work, or related topic; these sessions are intimate views into their in-progress work, with a focus on process.

Program Director Michael Mandiberg facilitates critique seminar, and guides site visits to artist studios, galleries, and museums, many of which will include conversations with curators and gallerists.

Past Mentors and Site Visits:

Last year’s mentors and visitors included: Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels at Jack Shainman Gallery, Ingrid Burrington, Taeyoon Choi, Angela Dufresne, Kerry Downey, Brendan Fernandes, Doreen Garner & Kenya (Robinson), Mariam Ghani at the Queens Museum, Ingrid Haftel at the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Heather Hart, Pablo Helguera, Lindsay Howard, Marisa Morán Jahn, Octavia Knox at Pace Gallery, Steve Lambert, Ernest Larsen & Sherry Millner, Kristin Lucas & Joe McKay, Jacqueline Mabey, Mary Mattingly, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Daniel Palmer, Stephanie Pereira at Kickstarter, Julie Perini, William Powhida, Hatuey Ramos-Fermín at the Laundromat Project, Greg Sholette, Paul Soulellis, Dannielle Tegeder, Brad Troemel, Stephen Truax at Cheim and Read, Penelope Umbrico, Clement Valla, Stephen Zacks and members of Collaborative Projects, and Marina Zurkow.

Application Details

The eight-week New York Arts Practicum runs from June 5th to July 28th, 2017. The application deadline is March 16, 2017. 

Tuition for the program is $2900, with some financial aid available.

Academic credit is possible through arrangements with students’ home institutions.

You can read more about the program description and application here on our website. For questions, please see the FAQ, or contact us at