Summer Visual Arts Course | Advanced Painting Intensive

Session 1: May 22 to June 30, 2017 | MTWThF
6 points
Instructor: Gregory Amenoff & Lauren Silva

For course schedule and location, please visit the School of Professional Studies summer site here.
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“The intensity of the program made my output even more productive and valuable. The visiting artists combined with weekly critiques by full-time professors pushed us all to work our hardest and it definitely paid off!”
- Advanced Painting Intensive, Summer 2015
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 critiques 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

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

Program Elements
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:

Individual critiques
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.

Visiting Artist’s Lecture
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.

Group Critique
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.

Final Exhibition
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 2013.

The application deadline for this course is April 1st, 2017. Applications from domestic students received after April 1st will be considered based on remaining available space in the course. International students must apply by April 1st.
Applicants must have a BA, BFA or equivalent. Students earning their BFA or BA by May 2017 must demonstrate a level of sophistication in both their work and thinking appropriate for this class.
In addition to the standard online application, you will be asked to provide the following:
  1. 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.
  2. Ten digital images. You must submit your portfolio online during the registration procedure.
Tuition & Fees
Students can review tuition and fees here.
In addition to Columbia tuition, a $500 Studio Fee will be assessed.
Limited housing in university dorms will be made available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be sent a link to the Housing application, once admitted to the course.

The program was amazing, enriching, intense in a good way. New for me was the encouragement to experiment without having to explain everything, and that was a serious art school revolution.
-Advanced Painting Intensive Summer 2012
For questions about School of the Arts summer courses, including those concerning admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Professional Studies summer team at, or 212-854-9666. With questions about specific course content, please contact Visual Arts Departmental Representative for Drawing & Painting Gregory Amenoff at
About the Instructor

Gregory Amenoff

Gregory Amenoff  (b. 1948) is a painter who lives in New York City and Ulster County, New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and Tiffany Foundation. He has had over fifty one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty museums, including the Whitney Museum of America Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He served as President of the National Academy of Design from 2001-2005. He is a founding member of the CUE Art Foundation where he serves on the Board and as the Foundation's Curator Governor. more


Born in the Bay Area in 1987, Lauren Silva received her BA from UCLA and her MFA from Columbia University. In 2011, she also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her paintings have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, and New American Paintings. Silva lives and works in Brooklyn.

“This program was exactly what I needed to prepare for graduate school and the next steps in my art career.”
- Advanced Painting Intensive, Summer 2015

“Feedback from Gregory was some of the most substantial and educational conversations I’ve ever had about my work and took my work to a completely different level. Gregory has a very personal approach, and is equally committed to each student.”
- Advanced Painting Intensive, Summer 2015

“This was one of the most important and impactful courses ever. I feel that I have been challenged and through that I have grown in my artistic confidence”
- Advanced Painting Intensive, Summer 2015

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