Program Overview

The New York Arts Practicum is 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. 2018 Mentors include:

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 were Chloë Bass, Taeyoon Choi, Brendan Fernandes, Doreen Garner, Heather Hart, Pablo Helguera, Marisa Morán Jahn, Simone Leigh, Mary Mattingly, William Powhida, Kenya (Robinson), Dannielle Tegeder, Brad Troemel, Penelope Umbrico, and Clement Valla. In addition to working with mentors, we had site visits with Park McArthur at the Whitney Biennial; Simone Leigh at Marcus Garvey Park; Amy Ritter and Devra Freelander at Socrates Sculpture Park; Geetha Thurairajah at Interstate Projects; and Brendan Fernandes at Recess. We visited the Guggenheim Museum with curator Anna Harsanyi; visited the studios of Sherry Milliner, Ernie Larsen, Amy Khoshbin, and Christopher Willauer; and had individual critiques with guest critic Wendy Vogel. As a group, we visited galleries in Chelsea, Harlem, and the Lower East Side; toured the Ribuoli Digital International Print Center; offices; Studio Museum Harlem; New Museum; Eyebeam; and Artsy headquarters. We also participated in the Art+Feminism / Artsy Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and MoMA Wiki Loves Pride edit-a-thon.

Application Details

The eight-week New York Arts Practicum runs from June 4th to July 27th, 2018. The application deadline was March 12, 2018. 

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

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

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