Summer Visual Arts Intensive

This 4-week intensive offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate studio and art history students an opportunity to come together for mutually enriching exploration and dialogue. Seminarswriting and field work are structured to facilitate both independent inquiry and collaboration.The session will culminate in a student collaborative project responds to and reflects their field experience and research. The SVAI is eligible for 4 credit hours through Ohio Wesleyan University.

By the end of the session each student will have:
  • Acquired an overview of contemporary art practice in NYC
  • Developed a critical vocabulary through first-hand encounters with artists and  curators  and their work
  • Participated in a project that instructs them in the collaborative dynamics of professional arts practice

SVAI Details

Students will explore New York’s diverse art worlds through visits to: artists’ studios, workspaces, museums and galleries, and engage with artist’s curators and educator. SVAI Director, Riad Miah collaborates with a wide range of guests artists, curators, galleries and museums during the four week intensive.
Participants for past SVAI have included:                                        Carrie Gundersdorf, Artist,  John J. O’Connor, Artist represented by Pierogi Gallery,  Paul D’Agostino, Writer, Curator, Artist,  Eileen Jeng, Curator and Operating Manage for RX Art,  Sangram Majumda, Artist, and Professor at MICA,  Jennifer Samet, Curator and Contributing Writer for Hyperallergic, Consultant Eliza HollisterSVAI Alumnae,  Jenny Coates, Artist.                                                                                             Site visits can include MoMA,  MoMA PS1,  Dia:Beacon, Wave Hill,  The Cloisters,  Metropolitan Musem, Governors Island, Storm King Center and more.


Who can apply: Students who are currently enrolled at, or have graduated within two years from, an accredited college and university are eligible to apply. Admission is competitive. Preference may be given to studio and art history/curatorial studies majors; however, students from other majors with experience and a keen interest in the visual arts may apply.

Application Requirements: The SVAI application is on line.  You will be required to provide a brief letter describing your interest in the course, and what you hope to gain from the immersive experience; and two letters of recommendation from sources who can speak to your suitability for the program.                                    Work Samples: for Studio Artists/Majors, 10 digital images of artwork (you may submit a disk or  provide a link); for Art History Majors and those with an interest in curating museum/gallery work or teaching:  Two samples essays on art topics.

Application Deadline: SVAI will be accepting applications until May 15, 2017 on a rolling basis.                                                 Apply click here Summer Visual Arts Intensive Application.   For inquiries:

SVAI 2017: Cancelled for Summer 2017

The NY Arts Program is making an exciting move to
new student quarters and offices in mid-town Manhattan.
This transition schedule has had an unforeseen|effect on
our 2017 summer calendar and we we must cancel
the 2017 Summer Visual Arts Intensive session.
We will see you for Summer 2018!

 SVAI 2018:  Check back soon for
dates for SVAI Summer 2018

SVAI 2016 Student Collaborative Project                   Video by SVAI Alumni Claudia Guiffre