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Fine Arts: Residency in Contemporary Practices

Session 1: June 1–July 1, 2021

Session 2: July 6–August 6, 2021

4 undergraduate studio credits per session

$3000 per session

This intensive studio residency, hosted by SVA’s MFA Fine Arts Department, has been designed for artists working in both medium-specific and cross-platform modes of production that aim for the intersection of art and ideas. Taught by distinguished members of the MFA Fine Arts faculty, the residency fosters a culture of rigorous practice and contemporary thought.

Each artist will have use of a private studio in a location central to New York City’s gallery districts, museums and alternative hubs for culture and technology. Daily studio visits from renowned artists, curators and theorists support an ongoing discourse among an international community of fellow artists. In addition to concentrated work in the studio, artists will attend lectures, gallery walks, museum visits and workshops that support a professional art practice. Through focused creative engagement with the history and criticism of contemporary art, participants will be encouraged by a faculty of leading artists and scholars to take their work to the next level, aesthetically and conceptually. Faculty and guest lecturers will represent a variety of contemporary perspectives.

While the focus of the residency is on content and critical discourse, work in a variety of media is supported and encouraged, including drawing, painting, photography, performance, installation, digital and interactive media, electronics, sound, and all modes of experimental practice. Artists committed to a single form or medium can expect to delve deeper into the material concerns of their practice. Residents are also invited to consider the sociopolitical potentiality of art practices situated outside the paradigm of individual authorship, via forays into social practice and public forms. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to create an inclusive space for artistic research, activated by the spirit of inquiry.

Participants will have access to SVA's Visible Futures Lab and the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art tools for both digital and traditional fabrication. The printmaking studio is available for an additional fee, and provides access to silkscreen, etching, lithography, letterpress and digital facilities. Participants must have a working knowledge of the printmaking process they wish to use in order to be granted access. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition.

Faculty and guest lecturers have included: Dara Birnbaum, Jodie Lyn-Kee-ChowMedia Farzin, Mark Thomas Gibson, Miguel Luciano, Angel Nevarez, Seph RodneyDavid Ross, Jerry Saltz, Mark Tribe and Caroline Woolard.

NOTE: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program.

Safety is our priority. Therefore, we will be monitoring the current health situation and travel restrictions before confirming any programs. In addition, specific facility access will be subject to health and safety guidelines adopted by the College.

For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies email residency@sva.edu.