Ten Frostic School of Art Majors visited NYC for 4 days of gallery and artists studio visits in Chelsea and Brooklyn. The group also had arranged meetings with commercial gallery directors and curators in its first collaborative project with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst groundbreaking outreach program. Students were also able to connect with the curator and two artists that will be a part of the January 2012 exhibition at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, "Im Over Here Now".
The first WMU Frostic School of Art students to join the program are Rebecca Brand, Vanessa Clifton, Ricardo De Sousa Costa, Jeremy Emmendorfer, Joel Fisher, Alexa Kus, Shawn Lefevre, Veronica Ptaszynski, Elizabeth Sauer, and Leonardo Siciliano.
The trip ended with visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim's retrospective exhibition of the Italian Contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan.
NYPOP is about making connections that lead to a career in the visual arts. The program brings university students to the work places of contemporary professionals in New York City. The experience encourages students to believe in the possibility of a career for themselves. On-site sessions examine contemporary aesthetics in concert with an insider's perspective on the current professional scene. We seek answers to the many practical questions that stem from a student's desire to become an artist, curator, art writer, and museum or gallery worker.