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How does the art world work? This course contextualizes the roles of various organizations, institutions and individuals within the global art landscape, and provides students with an overview of the art world today and the interdependent links between art, business and the market. Those exploring career paths in the arts or considering a career change, will benefit from the expertise of leaders in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. These include curators, directors, writers, specialists, market reporters, artists and advisors at such organizations as museums, galleries, foundations, artist estates, auction houses, art fairs, and public relations firms. Through lectures and site visits students will gain an understanding of the numerous professional paths available in the art world.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Learn about the various industries in the art world and how they interrelate.
  • Explore a variety of career trajectories through interaction with leading experts in their fields.
  • Engage in sustained reflections about art and being a professional in the art world.
  • Explore and learn to navigate the contemporary art landscape in New York and beyond.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    July 10 - August 3, 2017.
    Monday - Thursday: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM.
  • Faculty


    An arts management, creative development and strategic planning executive, Helen Allen was named by Crain's New York Business as one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars”. She was a founding partner of the (e)merge art fair, as well as founder and Executive Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair. In her nine years as Executive Director of Ramsay Fairs she orchestrated the U.S. introduction of the company and its signature event, the Affordable Art Fair. Her professional history also includes leadership positions at a New York art gallery, art advisory firm, auction house and museum.  Allen has served as a communications and arts consultant for corporate and private collectors and non-profits, and lectures internationally about the art market and arts industry business development. She holds an MA in Fine and Decorative Art History from Christie's Education/Royal Society of Art, and a BA in Art History from Duke University.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The Art World Today

    • The Interdependent Links between Art, Business and the Market

    • The Numerous Professional Paths Available in the Art World

    • Contextualizing the Roles:
      Organizations, Institutions and Individuals in the Global Art World

    • Career Paths in the Arts: Non-Profit and For Profit Sectors

    • Navigating the Contemporary Art Landscape

    • Artist Management and Estate Management

    • Writing and Publishing
      Marketing and PR

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  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    4-week courses: $3,750 for one course or $7,000 for two 4-week courses. One 4-week with one 2-week: $5,700.

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Suzanne Julig, Director, Summer Study NY
    Email: or Request Information

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