6 points Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
May 21 - June 29 Instructor: Gregory Amenoff
*Information on the Summer 2013 Programs will be available in December of 2012.
The Advanced Painting Intensive mentors a group of up to twelve students through individual and group critique, technical tutorials, exposure to the New York gallery and museum worlds, and lectures and critics by nationally known visiting artists. The six-week, six-credit workshop is based on the elements and structure of Columbia’s MFA degree program and is tailored to those who are interested in challenging and advancing their work in an immersive and nurturing environment. Additionally, the workshop is geared to those who desire to develop both a strong visual portfolio and a written package appropriate for applications to MFA programs.
The Advanced Painting Intensive is led by Professor Gregory Amenoff, the Chair of Visual Arts at Columbia University. Professor Amenoff has exhibited his paintings nationally and internationally for four decades and was one of the founders of Columbia University’s prestigious MFA visual arts program. His work and resume can be seen at http://gregoryamenoff.com.
The Advanced Painting Intensive features the following elements:
--Individual studio spaces on 115th Street and Broadway, New York City
-- Individual critiques by faculty
-- Group critiques
-- Lectures by nationally known artists
-- Visits to galleries and museums in New York City
-- Tutorials on materials and techniques
-- Tutorials on assembling portfolios appropriate for applications to MFA programs
-- A workshop on career development
-- A workshop on the development of a strong artist statement
This is a studio-based program, modeled on Columbia’s MFA program. Students must be prepared to do substantial independent work in their studios throughout the six-week term, in addition to the participating in these program elements:
Early in the first week of the program each artist gives a brief slide presentation of their work to the group and primary faculty.
This is the core of the program. Each artist is visited by the two primary faculty in their studios to discuss, evaluate and encourage growth and clarity in their studio production. Conversations in this setting can be wide ranging extending beyond direct discussion of works of art to discussions of films, novels, science, history etc.. All studio exchanges are intended to enrich and broaden the scope and depth of each artists work and thinking.
Each week a prominent painter presents a lecture followed by an individual studio visit with each artist in the program. There are five lectures in weeks two through six.
A Materials and Techniques Tutorial and Workshop:
There is a half-day tutorial on the materials and techniques of painting. This workshop is geared to the needs and requests of the artists in the program.
There is group critique at the end of week three of the program. The critique is led by the primary faculty. Each artist presents their work to the group over the course of the day. There is a final group critique at the end of week six.
Professional Practice Seminar:
This weekly seminar serves to develop each artist’s skills in areas such as writing artists statements and grant applications, presenting work in formal lectures and learning to evaluate and connect to resources and opportunities. This class is taught by a specialist in professional development for artists. Additionally, the primary faculty is available for consultation regarding the quality and character of various graduate programs throughout the United States.
Critical Issues Seminar:
A weekly seminar with readings and discussion on key issues in contemporary art. Readings for this class are provided in advance of each week’s seminar.
NYC Field Trips:
Both guided and unguided visits to museums and galleries in New York City are a part of each week's programming. These visits, in some cases, tie in to issues and discussions in the Critical Issues Seminar.
At the end of the program in week six there is an exhibition of student work at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts to celebrate the work done in the program.
Portfolio and application review: (Optional)
For those artists who are applying for graduate programs, the tuition includes a portfolio and application review and consultation in November or early December 2012.
Applicants must have a B.A., B.F.A., or equivalent. Students earning their BFA or BA by May 2012 or May 2013 must demonstrate a level of sophistication in both their work and thinking appropriate for this class.
*Information on the Summer 2013 Application will be available in December of 2012.
In addition to the standard online application, you will be asked to provide the following:
Statement of intent. Up to 500 words. Please include your educational background, including degrees and independent courses, and your reasons for applying to the program.
Reference. Name, title and contact details for a referee who is familiar with your work. Please include a note on how you know this person.
Academic Transcripts may be requested but are not required for the initial application.
10 digital images. You must submit your portfolio online via SlideRoom. Instructions, signup and login information is here: http://columbia.slideroom.com
The Advanced Painting Intensive is a 6-credit course. Summer 2012 tuition rate per point is $1,392 -- or, $8,352 for a 6-credit course -- to provide a guideline for estimated costs. For more information, please visit ce.columbia.edu/Summer-Sessions/Tuition-Fees.
This course also has a $500 studio fee, to cover costs of cleaning and general maintenance of private artist studios during the course.
Limited housing in university dorms will be made available to Advanced Painting Intensive students on a first-come, first-served basis. Details to follow in mid-February.
Wonderful program. I enjoyed how it pushed me conceptually far beyond where I was upon entering.
This program was a successful and unique opportunity for me to push myself to reach new places in my work and develop the transition from undergraduate to hopefully graduate work in the future. I hope it will be offered to other individuals in the future.
I am so glad I’ve done this. It has been incredibly useful. I’ve grown so much as a painter and feel I understand the contemporary art world more.
Gregory and Arlen as well as the other students provided a powerful community to foster creativity and critical thinking towards art. I would strongly recommend it to graduating seniors, especially ones interested in Columbia and the NYC art world.