The next application period will begin in the fall of 2015, at which time applications will be available on The Drawing Center’s website on this page.
Open Sessions is a two-year program created by Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators, as a platform for artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through conversation, public programs, and gallery installations. The participants selected for Open Sessions are artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, poets, theorists, scientists—anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open Sessions fosters a dynamic, ever-evolving conversation with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product. We understand drawing as a practice both concrete and metaphorical, a space for assertion, conjecture, and digression. All programming is developed in conjunction with Drawing Center staff around the questions, ideas, and approaches that concern the selected artists.
Open Sessions is a two-year commitment. The content for all Open Sessions programs comes directly from participants, who share an interest in an ongoing dialogue with their peers, though it is not necessary that they participate in every program. Open Sessions participants will be included in brief, group exhibitions in The Drawing Center’s Lab gallery, each in association with a public program of their design. Programs are intended to be experimental and artist-centered. Installations and/or programs are held approximately every other month. At the end of the two years, a Main Gallery exhibition will present selected aspects of the accumulated knowledge and/or questions generated by the artists during their time in Open Sessions. Open Sessions seeks to forge alliances with partner institutions to expand audience and exhibition platforms.
In addition to the Open Sessions Curators, four artists are selected as Open Sessions Fellows. The 2014 Fellows are Kamrooz Aram, Nathan Carter, Emilie Clark, and E.V. Day. Fellows will lead in the selection of each new group of Open Sessions artists, and will also organize a collaborative event for Open Sessions artists.
Applications will be considered from artists outside New York who have creative ideas for participating from afar, as well as artists who will be in New York for only a portion of the two years. Long-distance and international applications are welcome, with the understanding that more time in New York will mean more opportunities for participation. There are no fees associated with Open Sessions. However, no funds for travel or housing/studio space are available. The current Open Sessions period runs from January 2014 to January 2016. The next application period will begin in the fall of 2015, at which time applications will be available on The Drawing Center’s website.
The full list of Open Sessions 2014-2016 artists is below:
Colleen Asper & Marika Kandelaki
Matt Bua & Maximilian Goldfarb
Lea Cetera & Alexandra Lerman
Marlon de Azambuja
Brad Killam –
Daniel Lichtman & Laura Morrison
Credits: Open Sessions is made possible by Faber-Castell and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.