Saturday, April 24, 2010

Transart Institute offers an international MFA program

MFA Creative Practice
Transart Institute offers an international MFA program for working artists to develop a sustainable creative praxis with three summer residencies in Berlin; two winter residencies in New York City and one-on-one advisement during two school years - wherever you work and live. The low-residency program leads to a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Practice.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Good & Cheap Grad Schools:

School that are free, cheap and okay, recommended to us by Paul Ramirez Jonas when he was here:

Carnegie Mellon
USC (University of Southern California, for a year or two more)
Tyler (part of Temple University)
VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University)

For more advanced and perhaps older students I have heard that Stanford will pay you to go there.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


For Monday March 15, bring to class for discussion your research on Paul. Look for reviews online. See and read links below.

Paul Ramirez Jonas creates as he speaks. He builds his pieces from found systems and pre-existing texts—everything from diaries to footpaths to sheet music. What others would call re-inventions, he calls re-enactment, following the blueprints laid out in the originals. Considering himself merely a reader, he treats these systems and texts as a score, where the act of “reading” can take the form of a performance, sculpture, photograph, or video.

Paul's Website HERE

Interview with Paul HERE


An artist chosen from international gallery list (see early entry for this assignment on this blog)

New Crit and Class Discussion Schedule for 2nd Half of Spring Semester

Mondays will be Discussion on YOUR topic/article/artist. Thursdays will be critiques for the rest of the semester starting Thurs. March 25. So we have now have a crit EVERY WEEK (group 1, one week, group 2, the next), until each of you have had three more crits. You will have only two weeks between your group’s crit.

Monday March 15:
Paul Ramirez Jonas research due and discussion
Work day

Thursday March 18
Artist research paper due
Discussion of papers

Monday March 22
Alex brings in topic for discussion
Work day

Thursday March 25
Crit Group 1

Monday March 29
Kris brings in topic for discussion
Work day

Thursday April 1
Crit Group 2

Monday April 5
Tine brings in topic for discussion
Work day

Thursday April 8
Crit Group 1

Monday April 12
Jeremy brings in topic for discussion
Work day

Thursday April 15
Crit Group 2

Monday April 19
Shane brings in topic for discussion
Work day

Thursday April 22
Crit Group 1

Monday April 26
Final personal work evaluation due, written, one page. See syllabus.

Thursday April 29
Crit Group 2

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Check this out! See inside the studios of New York artists:
The Museum of Modern Art, via its hip contemporary outpost in Queens, P.S.1, has entered the futuristic world of online cyber-communities with its new Studio Visit website. Described as a web initiative devoted -- like P.S.1’s forthcoming “Greater New York” exhibition -- to “emerging artists working in the five boroughs and the greater New York area,” the site invites artists to make a “virtual presentation of their studios” via uploaded jpgs and vids. As a result, many of the participants -- an incredible 460 artists are online already -- have posted images of their buildings and workspaces along with shots of their works. The site even includes a map of the city with all the studio locations marked.


The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation has announced the 30 recipients for 2009 of its $20,000 awards to American contemporary artists in its biennial competition established 32 years ago (and now administered by Artists Space). The winners were selected from a list of more than 400 artists, gathered by nominations by art-world professionals. In addition to considerations of quality and promise of the work, candidates were also evaluated in terms of “timing,” e.g., “the amount of critical or commercial recognition” their careers have received.

Recipients are Derrick Adams (Brooklyn), Diana Al-Hadid (Brooklyn), Dawolu Jabari Anderson (Houston), Lisa Anne Auerbach (Los Angeles), Andrea Bowers (Los Angeles), Tania Bruguera (Chicago), Matthew Buckingham(Brooklyn), Beth Campbell (Brooklyn), David Colosi (Brooklyn), Kate Gilmore(New York), Josephine Halvorson (Brooklyn), Michael Hurwitz (Phialdelphia),Colter Jacobsen (San Francisco), An-My LĂȘ (New York), Judy Linn (New York),Katherine Newbegin (Brooklyn), John Newman (New York), Sarah Oppenheimer (Brooklyn), Ann Pibal (North Bennington, Vt.), Matthias Pliessnig (Philadelphia), Julika Rudelius (Brooklyn), Matt Saunders(Baltimore), Joseph Scanlan (New York), Gedi Sibony (Brooklyn), Dean Snyder (Providence, R.I.), Alison Elizabeth Taylor (Brooklyn), Christopher Taylor (Central Falls, R.I.), Phoebe Washburn (New York), Suara Welitoff(Cambridge) and Joe Zane (Cambridge).

The members of the awards jury were United States Artist project directorAmada Cruz, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art assistant curatorApsara DiQuinzio, Cranbrook Academy director Gerhardt Knodel, Boston Museum of Fine Arts curator Jen Mergel, critic John Perreault, artist Martin Puryear and Yale University School of Art dean Robert Storr.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Two Page Written RESEARCH PAPER on One Artist, due Thurs. Mar. 18:

Write a two-page double-spaced, detailed paper on a professional artist of your choice from one of the high-profile contemporary international galleries LISTED BELOW.

You must find an artist represented by one of these galleries that you are NOT familiar with. You must find an artist that has at least three reviews and one interview or feature article available online, all of which you must have read along with looking at every image possible of their work. From this research, write a thoughtful and insightful paper on how this artist thinks and works. Find an artist whose work either relates in some way to your own, or whose work you would like to influence your work. Discuss this connection in your paper.

If the paper is not well written you will receive an automatic F. (use the writing room) Remember, this is a research paper. Do the research, and make it thoughtful and insightful. Find an artist you will enjoy researching.

Gallery sites:

Friday, January 22, 2010


Group A, Monday Feb. 1
Group B, Thursday Feb. 4

Group A, Monday Feb. 22
Group B, Thursday Feb. 25
(midterm grade)

Artist Research Paper Due March 18

Group A, Monday Mar. 22 (Visiting Artist Paul Ramirez Jonas, guest)
Group B, Thursday Mar. 25

Group A, Monday April 19
Group B, Thursday April 22

Final Evaluation Paper Due April 26

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Critique Group A:

  1. Waugh, Ginger Elise
  2. Prah, Eric James
  3. Plemmons, Alexandra
  4. Phillips, Kristopher
  5. Nugent, Jennifer Marie
  6. Murphy, Shane
  7. Moore, Max
  8. Fisher, Jeremy

Critique Group B:

  1. Beima, Paul F.
  2. Delman, Justine
  3. Dias, Daniel
  4. Duverny, Julienne
  5. Jaite, Elizabeth
  6. Mcpherson, Therese
  7. Molinari, Natalie Maria
  8. Szczepanski, Tine

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