New York Arts Practicum, Call for Applications Summer 2012
Applications are being accepted for the 2013 New York Arts Practicum, a summer arts institute for current students and recent graduates to learn experientially in order to bridge their lives as art students into lives as practicing artists. Participants complete apprenticeships with mentor artists, produce work for critique without access to their institutional facilities, and learn about contemporary practices through site visits to artist studios, galleries, and museums.
The 8 week intensive program offers participants a supported environment to experience the challenges of life as an artist, seeing the many different ways one can be an artist today. Mentees work in their mentors studio two to three days per week, meet Tuesday evenings for a critique seminar, and convene Fridays for site visits in artist studios, galleries, and museums. Past participants called the experience: demystefying, 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. Mentors for 2013 include: Chloë Bass, Brendan Fernandes, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Pablo Helguera, David Horvitz, Marisa Jahn/REV-, Jen Liu, Josh MacPhee/Interference Archive, Brad Troemel, Penelope Umbrico, Andrew Norman Wilson, Caroline Woolard.
Critique is structured to develop strategies for creating work without institutional studio facilities. Practicum mentors lead seminars on their work, or related topics. Last year several seminars leaders shared intimate views into their in-progress work, with a focus on process. Others created specific events for their seminar, such as David Horvitz’s “Life Drawing” session.
Program Director Michael Mandiberg guides site visits to artist studios, galleries, and museums, many of which will include conversations with curators and gallerists.
Past Mentors and Site Visits:
In the inaugural year, Steve Lambert, Jen Liu, Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, and Caroline Woolard were guest critics. Sara Greenberger Raffery, David Horvtiz, Eva and Franco Mattes, Trevor Paglen, Penelope Umbrico and The Yes Men lead seminars. Site visits took place with artists Brody Condon, Pablo Helguera, Marisa Jahn, Matt Levy, Kristin Lucas, Jill Magid, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Joe McKay, Lize Mogel, Graham Parker, William Powhida, Mark Tribe, Kevin Zucker, and Stephanie Pereira at Kickstarter, and with curators such as Amanda McDonald Crowley, Risa Needleman of Invisible Exports, Steve Sacks at Bitforms, Magda Sawon at Postmasters and Artie Vierkant at Stadium. Visits included galleries from Chelsea to Bushwick, Dia Beacon, MoMA and the Met.
The 8 week New York Arts Practicum runs from June 10th to August 2nd, 2013. The application deadline is March 1st, 2013. Apply here.
Tuition is $2900, with financial aid available.
Academic credit is possible through arrangements with students’ home institutions.
The New York Arts Practicum went really well this summer, and will be running again this coming summer. I saw so much personal and artistic growth from the 10 participants over the short but super intense 8 weeks. Many of the participants were calling their experience: demystefying, life changing, and an inspirational reality check. The participants spent those 8 weeks meeting with artists and curators, working in their mentors’ studios, and making work for critique without access to their collegiate studio facilities. We met Tuesdays for a critique seminar, and Fridays for all day site visits in artist studios, curator talks, and visits to museums. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between life as an art student and making art outside of school.
In the inaugural year, participants worked in the studios of David Horvtiz, Eva and Franco Mattes, Caroline Woolard, Sara Greenberger Raffery, Jen Liu, Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, Graham Parker, and Mark Tribe; each of these mentors led a seminar, or was a guest critic. Steve Lambert was a guest critic. Trevor Paglen, Penelope Umbrico and The Yes Men lead seminars. We had site visits with Brody Condon, Pablo Helguera, Marisa Jahn, Kristin Lucas, Jill Magid, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Joe McKay, Lize Mogel, William Powhida, and Kevin Zucker. We met with curators such as Amanda McDonald Crowley at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Risa Needleman at Invisible Exports, Stephanie Pereira at Kickstarter, Steve Sacks at Bitforms, Magda Sawon at Postmasters and Artie Vierkant at Stadium. We visited Christian Marclay‘s clock, galleries in Chelsea, Lower East Side, and Bushwick, and went to MoMA and the Met.
William Powhida led an afternoon walk to the remains of the Williamsburg gallery scene. Charting a rapid rise and fall, and loss of community. Powhida emphasized the importance of Bushwick learning the lessons from the mistakes made here. The photo above is the start of the walk, in front of the former site of Dam Stuhltrager, a gallery that left for Berlin.
Sitting on the steps of the defunct Roebling Hall gallery Powhida told stories and talked to the participants about the importance of community. The building is now luxury condos.
In front of the former space of Bellweather, a gallery that moved to Chelsea before closing. The space is now a laundromat.
At the end of the walk in front of Perogi, one of the few galleries left in Williamsburg
Talking about alternative economies with Caroline Woolard at Eyebeam, before beginning the final critique
Steve Lambert talked about the genesis of the Center for Artistic Activism, before serving as a guest critic for the final critique.
Ben Lerchin’s final project.
Emily Martinez looking at Matthew Brinkley’s final work.
New York Arts Practicum visit with Marisa Jahn at the Studio Museum, where Marisa talks to the participants about her Bibliobandido project.
Afterwards we met with Graham Parker for a ranging conversation about football, performance art, English literature, and computer spam
At the end of the day, Kevin Zucker talks about his new paintings with the New York Arts Practicum Participants
A few days later we met with Kent Rogowski, who talked to us about his book and his new body of work.
We visited Eva and Franco Mattes at their apartment for a conversation about their recent video interventions and performances in online forums such as Chat Roulette, YouTube, and Counter Strike. In the middle, we took a break on the patio. We closed off the seminar with a viewing/taping of their secret video.
Parker Shipp, Franco Mattes, and Tatiana Leshkina chat
Kyle Petreycik, Ben Lerchin, Meaghan Scanlan, and Matthew Brinkley share a laugh