New York Studio

In-person registration begins on Monday, February 22, for all summer study-abroad courses (including New York).

Open to all visual artists, this three-week studio course set in New York City focuses on a discussion of interdisciplinary art practices with an emphasis on contemporary dialogues through the lens of painting.

New York Studio

Instructor: Linda Geary
June 12–July 2, 2016

AICAD Studio check-in: Sunday, June 12
AICAD Studio checkout: Sunday, July 3

Interested students should contact Linda Geary ( to start the registration approval process.


The class visits the studios of artists who live and work in the area and, through these studio visits, structures its own discussions around questions of contemporary perspectives in art.

The course provides daily studio time during which students work on projects that have been previously proposed to ensure the best use of studio time.

Materials, the transportation of work, and time management are discussed in a meeting before students meet in New York.

In addition to visits to painters' studios, participants visit (as a group and individually) galleries, museums, and performances to provide additional class content.

Gallery guides, city guides, and the general layout of the museums and galleries are discussed prior to the trip so students can focus on the exact venues that interest them and best relate to their work.

Each student is provided with an individual studio space (about 12 x 18 ft.) at the AICAD Studios in the DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) district in Brooklyn, right on the East River with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge looking over to Manhattan.

The program takes place in an enormous renovated building -- full of arts organizations -- within an architecturally designed space located at 20 Jay Street, Suite M10.

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Past Participating Artists (partial list)

Polly Apfelbaum, Justin Adian, Njedika Akunyili, Katherine Bernhardt, Cecily Brown, Esteban Cabeza de Baca, Mary Carlson, Dawn Clements, Will Cotton, Nicole Dash, Jules de Balincourt, Paul DeMuro, Erik Denbreejen, Tony Feher, Keltie Ferris, Maureen Gallace, Jeffrey Gibson, Kate Gilmore, Daniel Gordon, Joanne Greenbaum, Marc Handelman, Elizabeth Hauser, Matthew Higgs, Jim Hodges, Jacqueline Humphries, Matt Keegan, Lauren Luloff, Keith Mayerson, Allan McCollum, Eric Sall, Fanny Sanin, Lui Shtini, Amber Swanson, Alfred Tomaselli, Patricia Treib, Charline von Heyl, Wendy White


This trip has changed the way I feel about being a working artist. I am so happy that I discovered this class and made it happen. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. The things I learned on this trip are going to be VITAL to the way I experience the art world from now on.

Every artist visit and meeting was on point and important to me as a painter. I don’t think anything could have been better.


Undergraduates: Completion of at least sophomore level by summer 2016 and instructor approval
Graduate students: Instructor approval

In addition students must be in good academic, conduct, and financial standing for the 2015–16 academic year.

Course Satisfies

For undergraduates this course satisfies a Studio Elective or Interdisciplinary Critique.
For graduate students this course satisfies a Grad-wide Elective or Fine Arts Seminar requirement.

Program Fee

The tuition for the New York Studio is unique from CCA's other off-campus summer courses; its tuition is the same as a regular 3-unit on-campus summer course.

Also unlike CCA's other off-campus summer courses, students may be eligible for regular financial aid (including CCA scholarships) as long as they are enrolled in at least six units for the summer.

See Summer Financial Aid »

The summer registration fee is $50.

Included in program fee:
3 credits, individual AICAD studio space, guest artists / studio visits

Not included in program fee:
airfare to and from New York, accommodations, meals, local transportation, travel insurance (Note: Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. Participants are encouraged to purchase their own travel insurance.)

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All CCA summer courses are coordinated by the Office of Special Programs.

Housing Options

Students are responsible for arranging their own housing, which gives them the flexibility to extend their stay in New York on either side of the class dates.

Once students have been notified the class has enough enrollment to proceed, they are encouraged to secure housing as soon as possible.

American Dream Hostel offers an economical four-person dorm room, private single rooms, and doubles. (See also alternative hostel accommodations.)

For a 10-week minimum stay, housing is available through The New School. This housing is termed "intern housing," but encompasses all summer interns and college students, whether they are affiliated with The New School or with other colleges and universities.

For an entire summer in New York, housing is available through the School of Visual Arts or through Educational Housing Service.

Educational Housing Service charges a membership fee on top of their room rates. Their summer housing is available from early June to mid- or late August. Check the individual residences for exact dates.

Also check for listings on Airbnb and Craigslist.

After registering, you may contact Carol Pitts with the Office of Special Programs at to share your contact information with other students who might be interested in working together to find housing in New York.


Office of Special Programs
Oakland campus, Ralls 201

Nina Sadek
Dean of Special Programs

Carol Pitts
Operations Manager, Special Programs