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New York: The Big Apple's Art World and Studio Scene

May 17-June 12, 2015

(Registration Deadline: March 23, 2015)

This summer course is a rare opportunity for students to live, work, meet, and mingle with the New York art world. Students are given their own studio space in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and live as practicing artists in apartment-style housing in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan. Each suite has a common area with a small kitchenette and double occupancy bedrooms. Studio spaces are located in the famous 20 Jay Street building in DUMBO in Brooklyn, across the East River from Manhattan. As one of the premiere neighborhoods in the five boroughs, DUMBO is teeming with art and artists, as well as magazine and film shoots. Among the highlights of the neighborhood are the award winning Brooklyn Bridge Park and the newly renovated 1922 Jane's Carousel housed in a pavilion designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. Nearby subway stations make it easy to access all that New York has to offer.

Students gain privileged and intimate access to New York's museums, galleries, and artists' studios. Each week is filled with visits from practicing curators, writers, and artists, as well as "lab time" spent in the studio making work for the Open Studio. Past visits have included studio visits with Andrew Lenigan, Natalie Jeremijenko, Pablo Helguera, Mildred's Lane, Matthew Barney, Ellen Gallagher, Heide Hatry, Andrea Fraser, Matthew Ritchie, Eve Andrée Laramée, Brian Wallis (Director of the ICP), and Ernesto Pujol among others.

Students are required to attend weekly artists seminars and studio visits, keep a visual and written journal, give a presentation on a New York City topic of their choice, and present work for the Open Studio at the end of the month. 

Fees include housing and studio space, but not transportation to New York.


Paul Jeanes is a 2006 graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA and of the University of North Carolina Asheville, where he earned his BFA in Painting in 2002. He teaches a range of courses in the Foundation and Painting Departments including the "Alchemy of Image Making," which focuses on exploring an alchemical approach to artistic creation.

Janet Olney is a painter and educator in the Baltimore metro area. She received her MFA from of the Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA in 2014 and is a recipient of the Henry Walters Travelling Fellowship. She has exhibited in group shows in Boston, New York, and throughout the Mid-
Atlantic region.

Program Fees

  • $4,900 includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in General Fine Arts. Credits may apply as Studio Elective.
  • Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $85 per credit above the $4,900 base fee (contact program coordinator below).


Contact program coordinator Paul Jeanes at

Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors--18 years or older with a valid passport--who have completed at least one year of college. For all programs, credits can be applied to Studio Elective. For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at or 410-225-2219.