- Student Voices
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
NYSRP has really opened me up to the idea of an individualized studio practice. The time in the studio is a time of experimentation and play that is really fulfilling. Working with my peers and the dialogues that arose through informal conversation with them, seemed to be the best tool for development of my ideas. New York is so much fun and has so much to offer in terms of people and places.
- a shop with hand and power tools for carpentry and small sculpture
- a large seminar-reading-presentation room
- 20 individual studios with quartz lights, outlets and studio furniture (and large windows for 6 studios)
- DSL internet connection with WiFi
- Apple pre-Intel Power PC G5 and Apple Intel iMac G5 computers
- Adobe CS4 software programs
- Final Cut Studio Pro
- 2 Hewlett Packard printers
- Canon scanner
- 2 DVD projectors
- Blu-Ray DVD player connected to NetFlix and YouTube
- a photocopier
- a fax machine
- a wide-screen TV-VCR
- exhaust fans
- vented toxic spray booth
- air conditioning
- and a fully equipped kitchenette with cooking and eating area.
Program participants should bring the computers, cameras, camcorders, software and other equipment they may need for their particular projects.
Several of the SVA facilities (listed below) are available for use by the NYSRP students with advance registration, and will require a usage fee. Fees for these facilities will be listed at the start of the semester.
Digital Imaging Lab
Large Format Digital Printing
Specialized Computer Use – This is for students who want to use the Computer Art Departments Macintosh or PC computers in order to work on their own projects without the guidance of a faculty member. Students are expected to have a full working knowledge of both the software and hardware they will be using. Permission of the Computer Art Department chair is required.
Printmaking Workshop – Undergraduate students not enrolled in a printmaking course and who would like to use the printshop facilities to work independently must register for Printmaking Workshop Access. Prerequisite: Two semesters of printmaking or permission from the printmaking coordinator. Access is available during printshop hours that do not conflict with ongoing courses.
Sculpture Center – For undergraduate students who want access to the Sculpture Center. Students will work independently. Prerequisite: Two semesters of sculpture or permission from the Sculpture Center manager. Note: Access is available during Sculpture Center hours that do not conflict with ongoing classes.
It is important to remember that SVA, on the east side of Manhattan, is not near the NYSRP, and labs/workshops may be inconvenient to access regularly. It is for that reason that we advise students coming to the NYSRP as photography majors or wanting to use the photography facilities at SVA to bring their own equipment.
Each New York Studio Residency Program participant who has chosen the Independent Studio Option will have a studio measuring 8 x 12 feet (2.4 x 3.65 meters) with 3 walls.
8 of those studios are divided by sliding walls and are larger. Of those 8, 6 have 2 large walls with the third being a window wall looking out on the street with either west or south light.
All studio walls and floors are freshly painted each semester.
There are 20 studios. If in any semester there is a studio unoccupied it is offered to an Internship Option participant or participants, although Internship participants rarely have time for studio work because of the demands of their employment.
Each studio is equipped with a work table, chair and 4 to 5 quartz track lights. Participants may bring in any other equipment or furniture relative to their work or comfort. Students wishing privacy may install a curtain across the open side.
The New York Studio Residency Program has established a rule that no one person has the right to dominate the program space and that each participant shall be able to create her or his art work in an atmosphere of peace and quiet.
For those reasons several established regulations are in effect at all times in the studios:
- no smoking;
- no alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
- no music without headphones;
- no loud sounds of any kind;
- no entering another’s studio without permission.
The set-up of the studios and the established rules parallel those practiced in the studios of the more than 100,000 professional artists in New York.