Independent Study Program

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York, NY 10013


Apr 01, 2020


Jan 23, 2020

The Independent Study Program (ISP) consists of three interrelated parts: Studio Program, Curatorial Program, and Critical Studies Program. The ISP provides a setting within which students pursuing art practice, curatorial work, art historical scholarship, and critical writing engage in ongoing discussions and debates that examine the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of artistic production. The program encourages the theoretical and critical study of the practices, institutions, and discourses that constitute the field of culture.

Each year fifteen students are selected to participate in the Studio Program, four in the Curatorial Program, and six in the Critical Studies Program. Curatorial and critical studies students are designated as Helena Rubinstein Fellows in recognition of the substantial support provided to the program by the Helena Rubinstein Foundation. The program begins in early September and concludes at the end of the following May. Many of the participants are enrolled at universities and art schools and receive academic credit for their participation, while others have recently completed their formal studies.


All Applications Must Include:

-A clear indication of which program (studio, critical, or curatorial) you are applying for
-A resume or C.V. including name, address, and telephone number (school and/or permanent)
-School you are currently attending or have attended, degree program, and expected date of graduation (may be included in your C.V.)
-Two letters of recommendation (may be sent under separate cover)
-A statement discussing your work, educational experience, and intellectual interests (no more than 2 pages)
-An application fee of $15 (make check order payable to Whitney Museum of American Art)