2015 | High School Arts Career Day

Never have I seen so many bright, well-behaved girls absorb and retain
all that was offered at the venues we visited- they're still talking about it.

-Teacher, High School of Fashion Industries

For more than twelve years, 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 program is a chance for public high school students to meet with leading professionals in the visual arts to learn more about the work they do and the education, training, and preparation that is required by each profession. Students are encouraged to ask questions, and to inquire about programs or internship opportunities for teens. If you would like to help plan career days for high school students in your area, please contact us

This year, ArtTable’s New York Chapter hosted five High School Career Days across New York City. Students visited galleries, museums, auction houses, studios, and non-profit organizations. Learn more about the 2015 program below.

2015 High School Arts Career Day
Young Women’s Leadership School
May 11, 2015
Students from Young Women’s Leadership School met at Susan Eley Fine Art for a tour and talk led by gallery owner and ArtTable member Susan Eley. The students met artist Allison Green who spoke about her career and work on display. After a short walk to Fox Gallery, the students explored the gallery space and enjoyed lunch and a presentation with artist William Dilworth. ArtTable members and High School Career Day volunteers Susan Eley and Annette Fox led a discussion with the students about their career paths in the art world.

Juan Morel Campos School
May 13, 2015
Students from Juan Morel Campos School met at RxArt with founder and president Diane Brown, and Operations Manager, Eileen Jeng. The group next visited Lesley Heller Workspace where Lesley Heller and Assistant Director, John Baber, spoke about their work operating a gallery in the Lower East Side. Next, the students attended a behind-the-scenes tour of Betty Cuningham Gallery with founder, Betty Cuningham. During lunch the group participated in a discussion with art consultant, Lori Shepard; and International Studio & Curatorial Program’s Special Projects Manager, Juliana Cope. The group ended their day at the New Museum, where Assistant Curator, Helga Christoffersen led a tour of the 2015 New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience.

High School of Fashion Industries
May 15, 2015
Students from the High School of Fashion Industries visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art where Mia Fineman, Curator of Photography, led a tour of the Department of Photographs. The group later attended a gallery talk and had an opportunity to explore the museum. The students next visited the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, where members of the Communications and Decorative Arts Curatorial Departments led a tour and presentation. The day ended at Doyle New York, Auction Galleries where the group attended a presentation with Louis LeB. Weber, Director of Media and Communications.

Hunter College High School
May 22, 2015
Students from Hunter College High School met at Rustin Levenson Art Conservation Associates with Associate Conservator, Jean Dommermuth. The group went on to visit Nancy Hoffman Gallery to view Viola Frey: A personal Iconography before meeting with Julian Calero at ShootArt Studio, a photography studio specializing in fine art documentation and reproduction. Afterwards the group visited James Cohan Gallery before a pizza lunch on the High Line. Finally, the students met with Anneliis Beadnell at P.P.O.W to discuss Timothy Horn: Supernatural before ending their day.


Millennium High School
May 27, 2015
Led by ArtTable members Rachel Selekman and Sharon Reaves, students from Millennium High School met at Two Palms Press to meet the staff of the fine art print publisher, and were given a demonstration by Craig Zammiello, Master Printer. Afterwards, the group visited the offices of artnet where they met with Senior Photography Specialist, Susanna Wenniger before lunch. The group ended their day with a visit to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council where Aisha Cousins, program assistant, spoke with the students about non profit organizations and career paths in the arts.

Thank you to ArtTable's 2015 High School Visual Arts Career Day member coordinators: Juliana Cope, Susan Eley, Annette Fox, Donna Harkavy, Rachel Selekman, Lori Shepard, and Rosa Tejada; and to the teachers, volunteers, and participating institutions who helped to make this year's program possible.  


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