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2010 Bohemian Workshops NYU


NYU Bohemian Workshops, June 7-28



This 3 week immersion program was offered as an alternative to the conventional classroom experience and presented students with the opportunity to explore cultural institutions of Prague and the Czech Republic, and to work directly with noted Czech artists in the studios of Artmill. The session ended with an exhibition of student work in Prague.



The first part of the session (5 days) took place in Prague, where students participated in a series of lectures focused on Czech art, politics, society, and contemporary culture, interspersed with excursions to artist studios, national and artist-organized cultural institutions, Arts Academies and independent galleries (where several of the lectures took place). NYU-Prague affiliated faculty as well as noted Czech historians and artists presented lectures on various subjects including art criticism and theory.


From Prague students traveled to ArtMill, 120km south of Prague in the forested countryside of Southern Bohemia. For 12 days students worked as apprentices to leading Czech arts professionals including painters, sculptors, photographers, installation and multi-media artists, designers, and architects. This intensive learning session was based on the guild models of the Renaissance. During these studio sessions students also participated in guided excursions to national and local museums and castles, galleries, and local artists studios. Students experienced local culture and community interaction of this unique region while living near artmill, visiting sites and meeting local artists. Students worked in the studios for approximately 8-10 days in their chosen media.


Upon completion of the studio work session, students returned to Prague for 4 days. During this time we continued with studio and academic visits as well as planned and installed the exhibition. Students prepared for a traditional Czech Vernissage (opening) of their work, with Czech music and food.


Steinhardt Art Faculty member Carolanne Patterson and Artmill Director Barbara Benish participated in the masters program and were with students each day to assist with the development of artistic concepts, design, and presentation of work for the exhibition.


By participating in this immersion course students developed historical and critical perspectives about their chosen subject, and gained awareness of the Central European contemporary artistic practice.


Visiting Mentors & Lectors in 2010:

Several outstanding artists came to work one on one with the students this year. Among them was Martin Zet , a leading Czech conceptual artist, who turned the students upside down. Learning to think outside-of-the-box is what we are trying to do, and Mr. Zet fulfilled that on the day he took students for a walk around the lake with tall walking sticks. An artist must learn to see the world differently, and sometimes that includes leaving the laptop behind and swimming home. 


Also joining us either in Prague or at the Mill were:

Jana Preková, Costume & Stage Designer

Štěpánka Šimlová, Artist: The mill of dreams / Mlýn snů
Tomáš Ruller, Artist
Dr. Ludvík Hlaváček, Director of the Center for Contemporary Art Prague
Jan Urban, Professor, NYU Prague
Ivan Kafka, Artist and our guide for a stimulating visit to see the graduating work of the students at the Academy of Art, Architecture, Design in Prague


For further information please contact:

New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development


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