High School Arts Career Day

The students on the trip have been discussing many of the issues and topics that we discussed
regarding, decision making, preparedness for life, networking, finding a passion and surprise changes
in direction. It's wonderful to hear them mull over these things with new perspectives and insights.
I too, always feel reinvigorated and inspired after our trips!  I really appreciate getting to see behind
the scenes such a variety of fulfilling careers!

-Teacher, Millennium High School

For more than thirteen years, ArtTable has partnered with select New York City public high schools to plan a day that introduces students from diverse backgrounds to the rich possibilities of career options in the visual arts.  The ArtTable’s High School Career Day in the Visual Arts has given students an opportunity to learn about careers in the arts while gaining special access to cultural institutions. This annual program, usually held in May or June, provides a chance for students to meet and interact with leading professionals in the visual arts, who are drawn from ArtTable’s broad membership base in New York City.  These members all have offered to provide a behind the scenes look at their place of work and to share with these young students information about their career paths and what education and background their jobs entail.  Students are encouraged to ask questions, and to inquire about programs or internship opportunities for teens.

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This year, ArtTable’s New York Chapter hosted three High School Career Days across New York City. Students visited galleries, museums, a digital print studio. a graphics design firm, and an art conservation studio.  Learn more about the 2016 program below.
2016 High School Arts Career Day in the Visual Arts

High School of Fashion Industries, Manhattan
May 17, 2016
Led by Lori Shepard and Denise Penizzotto

Students from the High School of Fashion Industries' Graphics and Illustration Department visited C & G Partners, a graphic design and exhibition design firm. Keith Helmetag, one of the founders, showed a PowerPoint presentation featuring two recent projects: the identity and signage for the new Yankee Stadium and the Star Wars costume exhibition in Times Square. All were thrilled to see the traditional art skills as well as the latest technology used by the design firm. The group then went to  New York University's Grey Art Gallery, where Lucy Oakley, head of education and programs discussed the current exhibition Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000, focusing on American prints and textiles, areas of study that are part of these students' curriculum.  A graduate student guide spoke about the variety of careers within the gallery that these students might not realize existed. The last stop of the day was the Hebrew Union College Museum to meet with Laura Kruger, director and curator. Laura narrated her trajectory in the world of art and business before leading the students into the galleries discuss the exhibition planning and back stories of the special exhibition Evil, featuring an incredible variety of images and techniques from the twentieth to the twenty-first centuries.

Millennium High School, Manhattan
May 25, 2016
Led by Rachel Selekman and Sharon Reaves

Students from Millennium High School spent the day in the Chelsea art neighborhood starting at Art Care, a conservation studio, where they spoke wirh Harriet Irgang Alden, a painting conservator who talked about a range of conservation practices and techniques. Afterwards, they visited Ribouli Digit, where they met with cofounder and printmaker Jennifer Mahlman-Ribouli, and saw a number of printing methofd and finished editions. After lunch, the students went to the Asya Geisberg Gallery to meet with owner/director Asya Geisberg, and gallery manager Hana Fruchtenicht, who talked about her career path to becoming a gallery manager. The day ended at the Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, where students met with co-owner Betsy Senior ,who spoke with them about the gallery, her career, the art market, and working with artists. The students also had an opportunity to view the gallery's two current exhibitions of etchings, including a show of Martin Puryear's etchings,

Juan Morel Campos School, Brooklyn
June 2, 2016
Led by Lori Shepard, Aleya Lehman Bench

Students from the Juan Morel Campos School visited two uptown museums, to which none of them had ever been. At the Guggenheim Museum, the group was greeted by Sharon Vatsky, director of school and family programs, who spoke about the architectural design of the building and the origin of the collection. She challenged the students to think of all the potential jobs needed in the museum and then distributed copies of an organization chart, showing the wide range of museum positions/jobs at the Guggenheim, accompanied by definitions of those jobs. This discussion on art world careers included the importance of internships. The students were also able to visit the permanent collection, and preview a special exhibition. The last stop was the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. In the galleries, Kim Robledo-Diga, deputy director of education and interpretation engaged the students with new interactive technology tools, enabling them to further explore the visual materials presented and for them all to become curators. In discussing career paths, Kim emphasized that creativity and having fresh ideas were desirable skills tonhave to work in a design museum for any jobs for that matter.

Thank you to ArtTable's 2016 High School Visual Arts Career Day member coordinators: Rachel Selekman, Sharon Reaves, Lori Shepard, Denise Penizzotto and Aleya Lehman Bench; to ArtTable intern Jonquil Harrison; and to the teachers, volunteers, and participating institutions who helped to make this year's program possible.