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Overview

The art world is a complex and opaque field, requiring the knowledge of key structures, players and processes to navigate successfully. This course provides the basic tools to assist artists in building and managing their careers. The course offers an overview of some of the key changes affecting the contemporary art world, from the rise of the art fair to the significance of new and interactive media. Students actively work on building and presenting a portfolio, writing a successful artist statement, speaking about their work extemporaneously, navigating social media, and applying for residencies. Each participant develops a dynamic, long-term plan best suited to their work and artistic vision.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Understand the primary structures, players and processes of the art world to navigate it successfully.
  • Grasp the key changes affecting the contemporary art world, from the rise of the art fair to the significance of new and interactive media.
  • Develop a dynamic, long-term plan best suited to their work and artistic vision.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    July 10 - July 21, 2017.
    Monday - Friday: 2:30 PM - 5:00PM.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Jonathan VanDyke is a visual artist based in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions have appeared at 1/9unosunove in Rome, Loock Galerie Berlin, Four Boxes Gallery in Denmark, and Scaramouche in New York. Recent performances and commissions have appeared at Storm King Art Center, Este Arte in Uruguay, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, The National Academy Museum, and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. His work has been widely reviewed in publications, including Art Forum, TimeOut New York, Art Papers, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Modern Painters and Art Review. He has served as a faculty fellow at The University of Chicago, Illinois State University, The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies, and Krabbesholm Academy in Denmark, and currently serves on the faculty of both the Low-Residency and Devised Performance MFA programs at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. VanDyke received his MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College.

    Suzanne Schultz is the owner of Canvas Fine Arts, which she founded in 2007 to assist visual artists with their careers. CFA now represents over one hundred artists whose work is commissioned and exhibited internationally. Schultz is a co-host for BNN TV’s It’s all about Arts, and is a contributor to the publications Revolt, Art Chaser and The Boston City Paper. She has been invited to lecture at the prestigious Copley Society, Art New England Magazine and Providence Arts Club. Schultz is a member of Independent Curators International and a board member of The American Friends of Masterworks Museum in Bermuda.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics


    • Building and Managing a Career as an Artist

    • Important Changes in the Contemporary Art World

    • Creating and Presenting a Portfolio

    • Social Media

    • The Artist Statement

    • Applying for an Artist Residency



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  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    2-week courses: $2,350 per 2-week course. One 2-week with one 4-week: $5,700.

    This course is closed for registration. Please contact publicprogramsNY@sothebysinstitute.com for more information.
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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Suzanne Julig, Director, Summer Study NY
    Email: publicprogramsNY@sothebysinstitute.com or Request Information

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