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Navigating the New York Art Scene

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Navigating the New York Art Scene

A discounted tuition rate is available for individuals who are interested to enroll in two or more Sotheby’s Institute of Art In-Person Professional Courses within the same term. Contact our admissions team at for more information and a discount code.

Diving into the exhilarating New York art scene, this in-person course offers exclusive insights into the operations of today’s art world through the exploration of its global center.

This course for established and aspiring art world professionals alike takes participants into the crucial spaces of New York City -the global art market’s epicenter where contemporary art is produced, displayed, and sold. The city offers one of the most dynamic art scenes in the world, providing the ideal backdrop for exploring the links between art, business, and the international art market. Lectures and site visits will introduce participants to recent trends in art as well as key themes and concepts of contemporary art to understand how they influence the art that is being created today.

For those exploring career options in the vibrant art scene or considering a career change, as well as established professionals aiming to consolidate their knowledge, this course offers invaluable insights into the numerous professional paths available in the global art world by providing in-depth exposure to exclusive small-group conversations with professionals from both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors including artists, art dealers, curators, art fair managers, gallery owners, auction specialists and marketing professionals.

Deadline to Register: March 18

  • Price
    You may select your preferred local currency as the payment option.

    Enroll in 2 or more In-Person Professional Courses within the same term for a discounted rate, contact admissions for a discount code.
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  • Date
    Spring | April 1 - 5
  • Time
    10am – 4pm EST
  • Duration
    5 Days
  • Location
    New York
  • Topics
    • Art Business,
    • Contemporary Art
  • Language
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Learning Outcomes

  • To identify the key players in New York’s contemporary art scene, from artists and curators to dealers and auction house specialists.

  • To understand the variety of career trajectories within the art world and what it means to be an art world professional, as explained by leading experts in the field.

  • To navigate confidently the contemporary art landscape in New York by exploring venues and neighbourhoods of contemporary art activity.

  • To become familiar with the most important and critically acclaimed artists, styles, and trends of the most recent years and terminology specific to the art world.


Dr Kathy Battista

Faculty, New York

Dr Kathy Battista is a writer, educator, and a curator of exhibitions in museums, galleries, and non-profits. Her research is primarily focused on cross generational feminist art, in particular performance and body-oriented practice. She is the author of New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice and Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London as well as co-editor of Creative Legacies: Artist Estates and Foundations. Battista has over twenty years of leadership positions in the art world. In 1997 she founded the Interaction program at Artangel, a renowned public art agency in London. She founded the MA Program in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, which she helmed for 11 years.

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  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Key Players in the New York Art Ecosystem
    • Gallery Operations in Different Market Sectors
    • Institutional Challenges and Opportunities
    • The Future of Technology in the Art Market
    • Collection Building and Art Acquisition
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 alumni around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.

  • Requirements


    We highly encourage participants with at least 3 years of post-graduate work experience for a smooth and successful course experience.

    English Language Requirement

    Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English.

    Age Requirement

    Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older.

    For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.