Summer 2013: New York City

Reconnaissance & Reaction: New York City

In this three-credit, four-week studio intensive, participants will focus on an investigation of the New York City environment, its history and multi-cultural structure.

Students will explore ways of connecting to the New York City environment through immediate, quick processes such as drawing, photography, videography, journaling, writing, and interaction, and will also work to develop adjunct ways of engaging the concerns of your individual major studios. You will be working towards finding understanding within the issues of locality – how the environment specifically provokes a visual response in the studio.  With the larger group, and individually, participants will visit a number of galleries and museums, culturally significant sites, and the city of New York itself. You will be pushed to develop a number of strategies geared towards an understanding of the environment around you in order to establish a real working environment where you are continuously engaged in the reconnaissance/reaction process.  Working artists from around the New York City area will visit the studios for personal and group critiques and discussions. These interactions will help you place your process firmly within current dialogs, as well as give you a strong sense of what it is like to live and work as an artist in New York.

Participants will reside in the residence halls at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The neighborhood is primarily residential and its many retail businesses reflect the ethnic and social diversity of the population. The western part of Chelsea has become a center of the New York art world, with many art galleries located in both new buildings and rehabilitated warehouses. Nearby subway stations make it easy to access all that New York has to offer.

Studio spaces are located in the vital arts district of DUMBO in Brooklyn, just across the East River from Manhattan, an attractive neighborhood of cobblestoned streets and industrial buildings converted to restaurants, stores, galleries, artists’ studios, and other cultural resources. The area has emerged as one of New York City’s premier arts districts, with a cluster of for-profit art galleries as well as not-for-profit institutions.


July 6 - August 3, 2013

Academic credit

Participants will earn three credits in an open studio elective, or may apply to participate in this travel program through a directed study with the instructor, pursuant to a successfully completed directed study proposal being signed by all appropriate parties and submitted to the registrar's office. See the registrar's office for directed study forms and guidelines.


James Woodfill, assistant professor of painting

Program cost

3 credit hours:   $3,675.00

*Due to the nature of this program, all participants are required to register for 3 credit hours.

The cost includes tuition, dorm lodging at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Chelsea, studio space in DUMBO, a 30-day unlimited ride Metro Card, visiting artist sessions and museum fees. Transportation to and from New York, meals and supplies are not included. Students will need to provide their own linen for the dorm rooms.


Feb. 15: Completed applications including all required accompanying documentation and a $250 non-refundable program deposit are due. Completed applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. to the international studies coordinator in the Academic Resource Center on the second floor of Jannes Library, and the program deposit must be paid in the business office on the second floor of Vanderslice Hall.

Applicants will be contacted by the international studies coordinator via email the following week regarding acceptance into the program.

March 1: The first half of the total program cost is due in the business office.

March 15: Payment for the final half of the total program cost is due in the business office.

The application

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