A yearlong practicum is a unique feature of the Art Market: Principles and Practices MA program. Its outcome is the creation of two public programs -- a panel of art world experts discussing a current art market topic in the fall, and an off-campus contemporary art exhibiton in the spring. Both are entirely conceived of and implemented by the students with the able guidance of long-time graduate faculty member Beth Servetar.
Applying the knowledge and skills over the course of two years, the graduate students not only develop the theme of their exhibition and select the artists, they also negotiate the use of a commercial gallery space, secure the loans, write the press release, design the exhibition postcard and catalogue, create the website, prepare the opening reception, and install and de-install the show. This process invovles a great deal of discussion, persuasion, compromise, coordination, and plain hard work. This year’s exhibition, Piece of Mind, explores how ten contemporary artists present and interpret the accretion of different kinds. For their group effort -- which is not only the culmination of their graduate studies but also a professional achievement in the public realm -- the twelve curators deserve most hearty congratulations.
Katherine Jánszky Michaelsen, PhD
Chair, Art Market: Principles and Practices
School of Graduate Studies, FIT/SUNY
Anna Casillas, Jacob Coley, Sara Goldfarb, Anya Komar, Debra Kowalski, Briana McKinnell, Allison Mital, Lucas Natali, Susie Parker, Andrea Renaud, Osman Can Yerebakan, and Pilar Zevallos.
The curators are candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Art Market: Principles and Practices at FIT. More information on this two-year program here.
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