June 15-26, 2020


2 undergraduate studio credits 

My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind—without selective interest, experience is an utter chaos. Interest alone gives accent and emphasis, light and shade, background and foreground—intelligible perspective, in a word.

William James

This two-week intensive is designed for writers, artists, and curators of all levels and backgrounds interested in gaining in-depth experience of art writing. Ten full days will be spent examining individual art works in New York City’s incomparable collections—including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Frick Collection and New Museum—as well as visiting exhibitions in Chelsea and the Lower East Side. Daily writing exercises and assignments will focus on a wide array of art, from ancient to contemporary, and will emphasize direct observation and imaginative description. Workshops with poets to explore different forms of writing, as well as visits to artists’ studios in New York will be included. Group discussions focus on selected readings of exemplary art writing taken from criticism, poetry, philosophy and theory, and we will also analyze each other’s work. Every participant will leave with a portfolio of writing, to be assembled in a class zine. No prior experience necessary—all you need are an open mind and a sense of adventure.

The Art Writing Summer Intensive is housed within the MFA Art Writing Department, located steps away from the Chelsea Gallery District. Participants will have access to the Art Writing Research Library, computer workstations, printing station, reading room and a seminar room in which group workshops and writing sessions will take place.

The residency will be led by Jarrett Earnest, author of the forthcoming book What it Means to Write about Art: Interviews with Art Critics (David Zwirner Books, fall 2018). He co-edited the volumes TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail (with Lucas Zwirner; David Zwirner Books, fall 2017) and FOR BILL, ANYTHING: Words and Images for Bill Berkson (with Isabelle Sorrell; Pressed Wafer, 2015). From 2014-2017 he was faculty at the free experimental art school Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU) and has been the critic-in-residence at the LeRoy E. Hoffberger school of painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (fall 2017, spring 2016).

For further information or questions regarding SVA’s Summer Residencies e-mail residency@sva.edu or call 212.592.2188.