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Summer Session – Help Desk: Group Crit

Beatriz Milhazes. Sinfonia Nordestina, 2008; Acrylic on canvas, 96 7/8 X 144 7/8 inches

This Summer Session we’re going Back to School, and today we bring you a question from our arts-advice column Help Desk about how to get the most out of an MFA program. Group crits can be the most nerve-wracking and rewarding aspects of an MFA, and here Bean Gilsdorf, Whitney Lynn, and Rhonda Holberton weigh in on the best ways to make sure yours are both[…..]

Summer Session – I Reviewed Art Grants for 3 Days & Here’s What I Learned

Nick Cave. Heard, 2015 (performance still); Detroit, MI. Courtesy of the Artist and ArtNews.

This Summer Session we’re going Back to School, focusing on the intersections of artistic practice, education, and the roles of various institutions. Today we bring you an excerpt from an article by Sarah Brin, who volunteered with the California Arts Council to review art grant proposals. Brin offers some advice and general findings based on her experience to help future artists find success when they[…..]

Summer Session – Everybody Needs Wiggle Room

David Robbins giving everyone permission for Wiggle Room.

This Summer Session we’re going Back to School, and today we bring you a piece from our friends at Brooklyn Rail by interdisciplinary artist and author David Robbins, who is known especially for his “retirement” from contemporary art and his transition to “independent imagination.“ Framing the idea of “wiggle room” as a literal room, Robbins encourages artists to take the space that they need in order[…..]

Summer Session – Resolutions: Task Force on the Use of Human and Animal Subjects in Art

Art Orienté objet. Que le cheval vive en moi (May the Horse Live in Me), 2011 (performance still); performed at Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Our final Summer Session is going Back to School, and in addition to exploring pedagogy and education in the arts, we are also providing resources for art practices and education within institutional forms. Today we bring you a resolution passed by the College Art Association on the use of human and animal subjects in art, which outlines the association’s findings on using living subjects within an artistic[…..]

Summer Session – Listen to the Teacher: A TA and Teacher Resource Manual

Suzanne Lacy, Maps, 1973. Happening at CalArts, Valencia, CA. Pictured, Left: Bia Lowe, Stanley Fried, Susan Mogul, Vanalyne Green and an unidentified student; Right, Detail of Maps. Photos: Suzanne Lacy. Courtesy of the Artist.

This Summer Session we’re going Back to School, and while we are exploring all forms of learning, we are also providing resources for those engaged in formal education. Today we bring you a guide for teaching from Karra Shimabukuro, the same professor who started the crowdsourced project How to Prep for Grad School If You’re Poor featured previously as part of this Summer Session. Shimabukuro’s TA and Teacher[…..]

Summer Session – Help Desk: MFA vs. Residency

Pat O'Neill. Horizontal Boundaries, 2008; still from color film, sound,
23 mins.

With Fall right around this corner, this Summer Session we’re taking some time to think about what it means to go Back to School, whether that has to do with self-directed learning, formal education, or pedagogical strategies. In that vein, today we bring you an article from our arts-advice column Help Desk addressing the differences between an MFA and a residency, and how that comparison reveals different[…..]

Summer Session – Joanne Greenbaum by Jeremy Sigler

Untitled, 2012, oil and ink on canvas, 90×70 inches. Images courtesy of the artist; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; greengrassi, London; and Nicolas Krupp Gallery, Basel.

For this Summer Session we’re thinking about going Back to School, and today from our friends at BOMB Magazine we bring you Jeremy Sigler’s interview with Joanne Greenbaum. In it, Greenbaum and Sigler talk about the problem with teaching as an artist, the value (or lack thereof) of crits, and their ongoing love affair with academically out-of-vogue modernism and its tenets of originality, authenticity, and revelation. This interview[…..]