Summer in New York

Graffiti, New York

Open to all visual artists, graduate and undergraduate, this three-week studio course set in New York is open to the discussion of interdisciplinary art practices with an emphasis on contemporary dialogues around painting.

New York Studio

Instructor: Linda Geary
June 10–28, 2013

Visiting artists: TBA
(visiting artists in 2012: Tony Feher, Eric Sall, Alex Hubbard, Katie Bell, Jeff Gibson, Rachel Hayes, Hudson, Lauren Luloff, Kate Shepard, Eric Sall, Wendy White, and B Wurtz)


The class visits the studios of artists who live and work in the area and, through these studio visits, structures its own discussions and projects around questions of new and traditional perspectives in painting in 2013.

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 relate to their work best.

Each student is provided with an individual studio space (about 12 x 18 feet) 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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Partial list of artists visited in past years
Charline Von Heyl, Wendy White, Lauren Luloff, Katie Bell, Ezra Johnson, Jeff Gibson, Hudson (director of Feature Gallery), Tony Feher, Cecily Brown, Jules De Balincourt, Alex Hubbard, Franklin Evans, Jackie Sacoccio, Lilly Wei, Nicole Eisenman, Kate Gilmore, Matt Keegan, Jim Hodges, Keltie Ferris, Eric Sall, Patricia Treib, James Siena, Urs Fischer


Undergraduates: completion of sophomore level by summer 2013 and instructor approval.
Graduates: instructor approval.

In addition students must be in good academic, conduct, and financial standing for the 2012–13 academic year.

Course Satisfies

For undergraduates, this course satisfies a studio elective requirement or Interdisciplinary Critique; for graduates, a gradwide 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 course in the fall 2012 / spring 2013 academic year. Also unlike the other off-campus summer courses, students may be eligible for regular financial aid (including CCA scholarships). See Summer Financial Aid. The summer registration fee is $50.

Program fee includes
3 units, AICAD studio, guest artists / studio visits

Program fee does not include
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 travel insurance on their own.

Please make sure you read the links related to the New York Studio in full:
Code of Conduct

In-person registration begins on Friday, March 1, for all Summer Study Abroad and Off-Campus courses (New Mexico, New York, and Texas). Students should register no later than Monday, March 25. If you are interested in registering for this program after March 25, please contact the Office of Special Programs, 510.594.3710, to check on availability.

If you were unable to attend the information session for this course, but would like to register, please contact Linda Geary to start the approval process.

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 ten-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.

Check for listings on Airbnb and Craigslist

Once you have registered for the course, you may contact Carol Pitts with the Office of Special Programs at to let her know that you would like to provide your contact information to other students interested in sharing or subletting in New York.


Office of Special Programs
Oakland campus, Ralls 201

Nina Sadek
Dean of Special Programs

Carol Pitts
Operations Manager, Special Programs