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The two-year Master of Arts curriculum combines classroom studies, field trips, internship opportunities, and practical experience in creating, implementing, and promoting an exhibition.

In addition to classes in modern and contemporary art history, studies include:

  • writing for the art market
  • gallery design and operations
  • the business and marketing of art
  • art law and professional ethics
  • appraisal
  • exhibition planning and design
  • computer technology for the art world

Every spring the graduating class organizes an off-campus exhibition of contemporary art. The students develop the exhibition theme, select the artists, locate gallery space, secure loans, negotiate contracts, design the catalogue, write promotional materials, wall text and labels, organize the opening reception, and install and staff the show. The 2009 exhibition,The Ghosts of Coleridge, explored the increasingly porous boundaries within our world of ever-expanding forms of visual experience. Anotherrecent exhibition, LOCUS,examined the ways in which people explore their sense of space.

Students must write a qualifying paper that may take the form of a research paper or article, exhibition proposal, grant proposal, or business or marketing plan, among other options. Examples have included a grant proposal for ecological public art programs, strategic fund-raising solutions for American art museums, presentation and making of contemporary sound art, 30 years of contemporary Chinese art in the New York art market, and taxidermy and contemporary art.

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