Summer painting program in Paris

For the second year Columbia University of New York City is offering an Advanced Painting Intensive Program which will run for six weeks from May 21st-June 29th, 2012.  Columbia faculty along with many painters of national stature will be visiting and lecturing over the course of the six weeks. Last year they hosted painters as diverse as Marc Handelman, Josephine Halvorson and Francesca Dimattio all of whom gave lectures and made individual studio visits.

The Advanced Painting Intensive is conceived as a mini-post-baccalaureate studio program compressed into a six week time-span.  Each student will have an individual studio with 24-hour access on the Columbia University campus. The program aims to attract artists who have either a B.A. or a B.F.A. or who are at an advanced level in their work and who wish to participate in a very active program that will require a high level of commitment.  Each student will be expected to focus on the development of a coherent body of work in preparation for graduate admission or for other professional opportunities.  Last year was extremely successful and I can report that 7 of the 12 artists who participated are applying to graduate programs armed with strong portfolios.


The program structure includes many features of Columbia’s MFA program.

•    Regular one-on-one critiques of students’ work
•    Weekly Group critiques
•    Tutorials on painting materials
•    Lectures and discussions on movements and ideas in 20th/21st century painting
•    Weekly lectures (at least four) by contemporary French painters followed by individual critiques of student work
•    Field trips to museums and galleries in Paris and environs
•    A final exhibition within the Reid Hall campus

Admissions Criteria:
The online application is now available. Please click here. The deadline for the application is March 2, 2012, and you will be notified of your status in the course no later than May 2, 2012.
In addition to the standard online application, you will be asked to provide the following:
  1. Statement of intent.  Up to 500 words.  Please include your educational background, including degrees and independent courses, and your reasons for applying to the program.
  2. Reference. Name, title and contact details for a referee who is familiar with your work.  Please include a note on how you know this person.
  3. Academic Transcripts may be requested but are not required for the initial application.
  4. 10 digital images.  You must submit your portfolio online via SlideRoom. Instructions, signup and login information is here:
Tuition & Program Fee: $6,790
The rate of $6,790 covers 4 points of Columbia University credit, a materials fee, and a studio charge.
Optional Housing:
Optional housing is available in dorm-style single accommodations, with en suite bathrooms, in close proximity to Reid Hall. Detailed information will be published in January. The estimated housing cost for the 4 weeks of the program is $800.

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