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 eight-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' studios 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 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. Mentors for 2013 include Brendan Fernandes, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, David Horvitz, Jen Liu, Josh McPhee/Interference Archive, Eva and Franco Mattes, Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, Brad Troemel, Penelope Umbrico, Caroline Woolard. More will be added prior to the March 1st application deadline.
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 (pictured above).
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, 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 eight-week New York Arts Practicum runs from June 10th to August 2nd, 2013. The application deadline is March 1st, 2013.
Academic credit is earned through arrangements with participants' home institutions.
For program description and application please see the website www.ArtsPracticum.org. For questions, please see the FAQ, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.