A nonpartisan seminar-colloquium, The Art & Law Program seeks qualified, open-minded and self-motivated individuals with a genuine and rigorous attraction to critical thought and debate. In particular, The Program welcomes candidates who are open to controversial dialogue and who seek to challenge their respective practices. Applicants' work need not engage the law directly.
With this in mind, there is no exhibition or paper presentations which conclude the Program. Rather, participants are highly encouraged to produce – on their own – a static or non-static material with what is learned, or unlearned, during and after The Program. Please note that the Program is not for everyone. Applicants are encouraged to study and fully understand the mission of the Program and speak with alumni regarding the Program’s structure and expectations of its participants.
The Art & Law Program fully believes in freedom of speech and in protecting that freedom when others attempt to restrict it. To that end – and in response to the recent and ongoing debates concerning freedom of expression within educational settings – The Art & Law Program has adopted the following resolution.
The Art & Law Program fellows are required to attend 13 weekly seminars and participate actively in seminar discussions. Fellows will meet once a week for a 3-hour seminar. Spring term Fellows are expected to attend an end-of-program weekend-long retreat at Denniston Hill artist residency. Fall term Fellows are expected to participate in a 7-minute pecha-kucha presentation. The pechakucha presentations will take place in New York City and be free and open to the public. Please note that these are separate terms and thus accepted fellows will attend only the term to which they applied (fall or spring).
There is a $1200 nonrefundable participation fee. Please note that the Program requires a serious time commitment on your part. Lengthy and dense readings are assigned, and fellows are expected to actively contribute to seminar discussions. Although the seminars are scheduled for three hours, seminars frequently extend beyond that.
Applicants with a minimum three-year professional record are preferred. Visual artists, architects, film makers, writers, and curators may apply. Applicants with backgrounds in art, art history, art criticism, architecture, philosophy, business, economics, sociology, urban planning, political science and history are strongly encouraged to apply. This list is non-exclusive.
Fall and Spring Terms
As of 2016, the Program will now offer two terms: a fall and spring term.
Spring 2017 term will run from February 4th to late-May 2017. Seminars will be held at the Cornell Art Architecture Planning headquarters at 26 Broadway in New York City. Applications for the spring 2017 term are now closed.
Fall 2017 term runs from September 12 to December 12, 2016. Seminars will be held at the Cornell Art Architecture Planning headquarters at 26 Broadway in New York City.
Applications are now on Rolling Admissions basis. The Rolling Admissions deadline for fall 2017 is August 1, 2017. Applicants who apply through Rolling Admissions can expect to receive a decision from us 1 to 2 weeks after their application. Our admissions process is competitive—each year we get many more applications than we have spaces for, so if you'd like to increase the likelihood of acceptance or need to know of an acceptance or rejection as soon as possible, obviously the sooner you apply the better it is for you. Non-US based applicants are strongly encouraged to apply sooner rather than later.
How To Apply
Applications for the fall 2017 term are now open. This page contains all the necessary application instructions. The online application form is available here. There is no application fee. As noted above, applications to the fall 2017 term are now on a Rolling Admissions basis with a Rolling Admissions deadline of August 1, 2017.
You may submit your work sample along with your other information via the online application form. If you would prefer to mail your work sample, please mail them to the following address:
Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Program Director & Founder
The Art & Law Program
310 Powers St., Suite 3L
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Visual Artists, Architects, Designers and Film makers:
15 images of recent work and/or up to 10 minutes of recent audio and/or video projects (may include more than one audio or video). Please include an image list detailing title, date, materials, and dimensions or running times.
Writers and Academics:
Two recent writing samples, totaling no more than 30 pages, double spaced. You may also include a link to your blog or other website containing your writings.
A writing sample no longer than 15 pages and 7 images of recent curated exhibitions.
If you do not fall into any of the above categories, please include any materials, via either Zip file and/or hard-copy, that you think will define you and your work. Please detail, in this first 250-word essay, why this program would benefit you, and conversely, how you would benefit the program given your particular application.
Selection and Notification Process:
Fellows will be selected based on the strength of their application, self-initiative and self-motivation. Candidates may be asked to interview as part of the application process.
Application inquiries should be sent via e-mail to: email@example.com.