Artist Training

An article in today’s New York Times caught my eye. Titled "Commerce Joins Art to Train Yale Architects", it discusses an experiment at Yale University to incorporate "real-world demands" at the year-end review for budding architects. Previously, all reviews were overseen by other architects. This is a marked change that will include developers (their eventual clients) in the review process.

How long did it take them to come up with this? Seems like it should be fairly standard, yes?

It’s amazing that a similar process hasn’t been implemented across the board in art schools as well.

While some art students have contact with curators, critics and gallery dealers who might jury their art or make special presentations to them, as far as I know, an overall program of consistent contact with the REAL artworld isn’t the norm.

Is it because most art professors themselves don’t have contact with the real artworld? Are they sheltered by the halls of the university and their regular paychecks?

What if . . .
What if art students had regular critique sessions with collectors, critics, gallery dealers, and curators? What if their promotional materials and business plans were scrutinized before they ever left college? (Business plans?! In art school?!)

I’m just thinking outloud here, but we might be able to eliminate a whole class of shocked art-school graduates who are unaware of the real-world demands facing them.


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