Art Business

Please note this course is at capacity and no longer accepting applications. 



Get a behind-the-scenes look at New York’s art world and discover how art is created and traded.


This course will provide an insider’s look at New York’s vibrant contemporary art market through gallery, auction house, and studio visits. Students will gain an understanding of both primary and secondary art markets and the newest digital art commerce developments coming out of New York, as well as about other globally important art markets. Students will attend lectures on the various businesses that deal contemporary art as well as engage with prominent artists, gallerists and auctioneers. The series of lectures and tours throughout the city and its immediate surroundings will identify the key personalities and most influential venues that contribute to the rich, varied dialogue about contemporary art and its trade. This class will also address the relationships between the marketplace and the not-for-profit sector with a special focus on museums — a notable facet of New York’s cultural landscape.


Site Visits:
Visits will include a combination of trips to both commercial and non-profit art venues, such as museums, as well as artists’ studios and other places of business related to art production and sales.


Site visits may include:

  • Sotheby’s auction house
  • Artsy’s headquarters
  • Top galleries, such as David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, Salon 94, Lévy Gorvy, and Gagosian
  • Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood: the epicenter of commercial art dealing in New York
  • Harlem and the Lower East Side of Manhattan: the newest neighborhoods to become home to cutting-edge artists, galleries, and museums
  • Collectors’ homes


Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Students will hear firsthand about the inner workings of the art industry from speakers that will include artists, gallerists, art fair directors, and online art sales entrepreneurs.


Guest speakers may include:

  • Auction house experts
  • Gallery owners
  • Marketing specialists for galleries and museums
  • Collectors
  • Artists


Materials Fee: $195


Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art


Course Instructor:

Tim Goossens began his career in New York as an Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1, organizing the exhibition Between Spaces (2009). He has worked with artists such as Joan Jonas, Patti Smith,, Yoko Ono and Ceal Floyer, and has curated projects including Listen Up! India’s first public sound-art exhibition (Co-curated with Diana Campbell-Betancourt, New Delhi, 2014), Till I Get It Right (Labor, Mexico City), Dark Paradise (Nara Roesler, Brazil, 2013), Mary Beth Edelson (Suzanne Geiss Company, New York, 2013), and Larger than Love (Berlin Biennial,2012). Goossens is a Director at Envoy Enterprises and Adjunct Curator at The Clocktower, one of the oldest non-profit art spaces in New York.

Term Dates

Term dates and course availability depend heavily on instructors’ schedules.

  • Term 3 Grades 10 - 12 & Graduating Seniors July 7 to July 19 Term Closed
  • Term 4 Grades 10 - 12 & Graduating Seniors July 21 to August 2 Term Closed

This summer, we’re offering more than 10 unique courses for Summer Institute students. Explore the full summer schedule to learn more about course dates and grade eligibility.

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What is an Intensive?

Intensives immerse students in a single subject area for the entire two-week Institute term, with the goal of cultivating comprehensive knowledge of that discipline. This thorough approach to learning enables students to develop deeper insights about the field by closely investigating its inner workings.

Course Highlights

Summer Institute enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional careers. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

  • 1

    Students will visit collector’s homes, artist studios, and galleries. Trips may include a peek behind the scenes at the Sotheby’s auction house, a private tour of a collection in a collector’s home, or a visit to the Guggenheim Museum before opening hours. Outings will focus on the neighborhoods that have been home to cutting-edge artists, galleries, and museums, such as Chelsea, Harlem, and the Lower East Side.

  • 2

    Students will hear firsthand about the inner workings of the art industry from speakers that will include auctioneers, gallerists, art fair directors, and online art sales entrepreneurs. On visits to gallery districts, students will get to hear from gallery owners about the day-to-day dealing with artists and collectors.

  • 3

    The course is ideal for students who love looking at art or creating art themselves and are interested in turning this passion into their life’s work. Students will learn how to identify steps to prepare for a career in the art industry.

  • 4

    Students will examine art production, learn about the various art market outlets and their newest technologies, and explore future opportunities for artistic innovation.

Summer Institute Faculty

Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders and professional experts in the art world. Each faculty member structures their course around real-time conversations defining their professions and helps students master the unique forces at play in the art world.

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Experience New York

  • New York City New York City

    With New York City as their campus, students will have access to all the city has to offer, attending field trips, site visits and special events.

  • Speaker Series Speaker Series

    Summer Institute students have unique opportunities to connect with the most accomplished artists and art professionals working today.

  • Housing Housing

    Summer Institute students have the option of living on campus in the university dormitories or commuting to class from their local residence.

  • Dining Dining

    University cafeteria-style dining halls serve a wide variety of healthy alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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