September 21, 2017

The Shandaken Project Expands With New Fellowship in New York City

NEW YORK—The Shandaken Project, a free residency and fellowship program founded in 2011 in upstate New York, has announced plans to open Paint School, a fellowship program for contemporary painters, Artnet’s Brian Boucher reports. Shandaken Projects, the organization responsible for its upstate and city programs, will accept applications to Paint School until October 20.

Paint School will place twelve artists, curators, critics, scholars, and other cultural producers in a lecture-based master class in semi-monthly meetings in New York for six months beginning in December 2017. Working from the examples of “alternative educational initiatives like Black Mountain College, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Core Program,” Paint School will not administer degrees, but is designed to “enrich the discourse of contemporary painting through peer exchange.” Artists Faith Ringgold, Byron Kim, Howardena Pindell, Josephine Halvorson, and Ulrike Müller will serve as the inaugural faculty.

The program’s establishment arrives shortly after the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, a prominent and free alternative art school, announced it would cease operations. Shandaken Projects founding director Nicholas Weist said Paint School emerged from discussions within New York art world about the financial burden of formal higher education in fine arts. “We see education as a new means by which we can extend our focus on process, research, and experimentation to a context that’s urban and largely centered on production. Pedagogy is a great way to carve out specific moments for pure thought.”

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