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. 2019 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 co-facilitators Michael Mandiberg and Valerie Werder facilitate critique seminars, and guide site visits to artist studios, galleries, and museums, many of which include conversations with curators and gallerists.

Past Mentors and Site Visits:

Last year’s mentors were Chloë Bass, Kerry Downey, Doreen Garner, Marisa Morán Jahn, Baseera Khan, Amy Khoshbin, Chelsea Knight, Jen Liu, Mary Mattingly, William Powhida, Dannielle Tegeder, Penelope Umbrico, and Clement Valla. In addition to working with mentors, we had site visits with American Artist at Eyebeam; Aliza Shvarts at the Whitney Museum; and Betty Yu of Chinatown Art Brigade at Fourth Arts Block. As a group, we visited galleries in Chelsea and the Upper East Side, and met critic and gallerist Lynn Maliszewski for a walking tour of the Lower East Side. We visited MoMA with curator Kelly Sidley; visited the studios of Quinlan Maggio, Trudy Benson, Sacha Yanow, Dora Budor, and Joseph Liatela; and had individual critiques with guest critics Wendy Vogel, Brendan Fernandes, Jacqueline Mabey, and William Powhida.

Application Details

The eight-week New York Arts Practicum runs from June 3th to July 26th, 2019. The application deadline is March 11, 2019. 

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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