Undergraduate Master Class Program


Program Description

The Master Class program invites prominent artists to the Academy to teach intensive workshops. Master Classes provide opportunities for intensive interaction with professional artists working in a variety of media and from a broad spectrum of cultural viewpoints. Working closely with these artists and through exposure to their opinions, motivations and working methods, students gain insight into how artists approach the making of art and respond to the work of others.

Undergraduate Master Classes

The Academy offers weekend Master Classes for students enrolled in undergraduate art programs. Classes are open to students in all art disciplines and majors. All accepted applicants receive full-tuition scholarships. Students awarded a Master Class are responsible for overnight accommodations, transportation, food and materials for the two-day workshop.


Open to applicants in one of the following categories:

  • Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate art program
  • Graduates of a Bachelor’s program who are not currently enrolled in a Master’s program

Judy Fox Sculpture Master Class

January 4-5, 2020

Fox Master Class Supply List

Judy Fox received her BA from Yale University and trained in sculpture at Skowhegan School and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She received an MA in Art History and Conservation from the Institute of Fine Art at NYU. She has participated in numerous private and public exhibitions around the US and internationally including solo exhibitions at PPOW (New York), ACE Gallery (Beverly Hills) and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris), and group shows at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, the Tate Museum (Liverpool), the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Venice Biennale and Kunst Werke (Berlin). Fox has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and is a 2006 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and a 2009 Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is represented by PPOW Gallery.

Steven Assael Drawing Master Class

January 11 – 12, 2019

Assael Master Class Supply List

Steven Assael (Senior Critic) attended Pratt Institute. He has taught at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts and is a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Charles Roman Award and ED Foundation Grant. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and reviewed extensively. He has had solo exhibitions at Forum Gallery, New York, and has been included in group shows at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, the Flint Institute of Art in Michigan, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Queens Museum of Art, the New York State Museum in Albany, and the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago. He had a ten-year retrospective at the Frye Museum in Seattle, Washington. Lindenhill Books has published a book on his drawings, and articles on his work have appeared in ARTnews and Art in America. Assael is represented by the Forum Gallery in New York.

Vincent Desiderio Painting Master Class

January 11 – 12, 2019

Desiderio Master Class Supplies List

Vincent Desiderio (Senior Critic) received a BA in fine art and art history from Haverford College. He subsequently studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely in solo exhibitions at the Marlborough Gallery and Greenville Museum of Art, and group shows at MoMA P.S. 1, the New Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum and the Kemper Museum (Kansas City). He is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Everson Museum of Art Purchase Prize, a Rome Grant from the Creative Artists Network and a Cresson Traveling Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1996 he became the first American artist to receive the International Contemporary Art Prize awarded by the Prince Pierre Foundation of the Principality of Monaco. His works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse), Galerie Sammlung Ludwig (Germany), the Greenville County Museum of Art (South Carolina) and the Indiana University Museum of Art. He is represented by Marlborough Gallery.

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The New York Academy of Art is a graduate school that combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. We believe that rigorously trained artists are best able to ... Read More

The New York Academy of Art is a graduate school that combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. We believe that rigorously trained artists are best able to realize their artistic vision. Read less