New York Arts Practicum

2015 New York Arts Practicum

New York Arts Practicum, June 8-July 31, 2015
Application deadline: March 22, 2015.

Apply now to the 2015 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. Past participants called the experience: demystifying, life changing, and an inspirational reality check.

Curious about the program or the application process? Join Program Director Michael Mandiberg for a Google Hangout on Saturday, February 28th at 3:00 PM EST or Friday, March 13th at 3:00 PM EST. RSVP to:

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. 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 Summer 2015 and their Practicum Descriptions
Brendan Fernandes will be preparing exhibitions and exploring dance and movement.
Kate Gilmore will be developing new work, editing videos, and organizing her archive.
Pablo Helguera is planning a large performance and researching upcoming projects.
David Horvitz will be working on things. You can help.
Marisa Jahn is working on a series of public art projects.
Steve Lambert will be working to: Rebuild, Maintain,and  Grow.
Jen Liu will be shooting a new film, choreographing, and 3D animating.
Mary Mattingly is working on collaborative, public sculptures this summer.
Jennifer & Kevin McCoy are going down the R&D tunnel and using the blockchain to authenticate digital art.
Not an Alternative is planning an exhibition, field expedition, and public interventions as "The Natural History Museum."
William Powhida is working on a solo exhibition and with Jennifer Dalton on a public art project about housing.
Kenya (Robinson) is making multiples of the #WHITEMANINMYPOCKET.
Brad Troemel will be doing research and experimenting.
Clement Valla will be researching alternate histories of photography, mining the museum and making sculpture.
Marina Zurkow is preparing a gallery show and working on the Field Guide to the Dark Ecologies of New York.

Last year’s mentors and visitors included: Sonel Breslav at Murray Guy, Sean Joseph Patrick Carney at BHQFU, Courtney Childress at On Stellar Rays, Julia Christensen, Zoe Crosher, Not An Alternative, Kate Gilmore, Pablo Helguera, David Horvitz, Robert Hult at Klaus von Nichtssagend, Marisa Jahn, Miao Jiaxin, Steve Lambert, Ernest Larsen & Sherry Millner, Martha Moldovan at David Zwirner, Leigh Ledare, Simone Leigh, Michelle Levy at EFA Project Space, Jen Liu, Matthew Lyons at The Kitchen, Eva and Franco Mattes, Mary Mattingly, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Douglas Paulson at Flux Factory, Stephanie Pereira at Kickstarter, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Sara Reisman at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, Magdalena Sawon at Postmasters Gallery, Brooke Singer and Stefani Bardin at La Casita Verde, Benjamin Tischer at Invisible Exports, Brad Troemel, Penelope Umbrico, Clement Valla, Madeline Warren and Yuta Nakajima at Hauser and Wirth, Andrew Norman Wilson, Letha Wilson, Ed Woodham, and B Wurtz. You can see documentation of these visits on our Flickr page.

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