Read below to learn how Muse Scholars have engaged with the visual arts both on and off campus through partnerships with New York museums and galleries, attendance at special events, and more.
A professional society based in New York City, the Society of Illustrators was founded in 1901 with a mission to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history. The Society encourages high ideals through exhibitions, lectures, education, and by fostering a sense of community and open discussion.
Muse Scholars and other Hunter students receive free admission to the Society's Museum of Illustration as well as discounts on admission to sketch nights and other special programs.
The Muse curriculum incorporates visits to the Society, with
students participating in a drawing session led by Society artists and taking a private collections tour inside Society headquarters, located in a historic New York carriage house on East 63rd Street, just blocks from Hunter's main campus.
Hunter College's partnership with the Asia Society and Museum - the nation's most prominent organization working to increase dialogue with Asia - gives Muse Scholars and other Hunter students free entry and discounted rates to special programs.
The Muse curriculum incorporates visits to the museum - located just a block north of the Hunter Campus - with scholars attending exhibitions such as Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao, Iran Modern, and Sarah Sze: Infinte Line (photo right)
Muses may also apply to the Asia Society's internship program, which each year reserves three spots for Hunter College students to work on issues of policy, business, education, arts, and culture.
Muse Scholars and other Hunter students receive free admission to the Western world's most comprehensive collection of Himalayan art, with six floors of changing exhibitions ranging from traditional art to contemporary works from India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, China and Mongolia.
The Muse curriculum incorporates visits to the museum, with scholars attending exhibitions and other events at the Rubin.
Visiting museums and galleries, attending artist talks and working with contemporary artists - both on and off campus - are all integral parts of the Muse experience.
At Hunter, students receive free entry to Hunter's esteemed art galleries: The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery (west building of main campus), The Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, (just north of the Chelsea galleries), and The Artist's Institute. Hunter Art Department faculty are always on hand to provide a deeper look at some of the galleries' exhibitions. At the Leubsdorf, Muse Scholars have received special tours of William Anastasi: Sound Works, 1963-2013 and Peripheral Visions: Italian Photography in Context, 1950s-Present, (photo, upper right). The Muse Scholar Program also partnered with Leubsdorf to organize an exhibition of ART21 Presents William Kentridge: Six Drawing Lessons during the Spring 2014 semester.
Students have also attended a discussion at Hunter's Roosevelt House between Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel and 2011 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Eric Fischl, among many other events.
In New York City, Muse Scholars have visited the International Center of Photography (photo, left), Center for Book Arts, Walter DeMaria's New York Earth Room, the Asia Society, the Rubin Museum of Art, the High Line, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other institutions.
During the Spring 2013 semester, Muse Scholars took a tour of several art galleries in Chelsea. The highlight of the trip was The Pavel Zoubok Gallery on West 26th Street, where owner and Hunter alumnus Pavel Zoubok spoke with the Muses about building his career as a New York art dealer (photo, right).
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Julia Jong (Class of '16) is currently a museum intern at the Asia Society Museum, supervised by the head of museum education programs. "Through this internship, I get an inside look into how a museum and its corresponding cultural and educational programs are run," said Jong. "I am learning about the different operations within museum education, including docent training and tour scheduling, and I am doing research to assist with the preparation of teaching materials for upcoming shows. The Asia Society has been a wonderful resource for me."
Marie Coneys (Class of '16) will have artwork (photo, lower right) featured on thealbum cover of For the Boats, to be released by the band State Lines in January 2013.
"For the Boats was intriguing to me because, although I am a fan of their music, I've grown up around boats my entire life," said Coneys, who is active in Long Island's hardcore music scene.
Coneys has worked primarily in computer graphics and photography, with some forays into printmaking and painting. During her time at Huntington High School, Coneys won five Best in Show awards at the Long Island Media Arts show and one of the twelve Astoria Federal Savings Calendar awards, among other honors. She intends to double major in Fine Arts and Art History.
Kelly Wang (Class of '14) is a trained Chinese brush painter with experience in both the curatorial and business sides of the art world, thanks to a series of internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, China Institute and the Chinese Porcelain Company. See one of Wang's paintings below (right) or by viewing this pdf.
"I thought I was going to be a journalist before I worked at the Met, but that internship changed everything for me, making me realize that my love of Chinese paintings could translate into a solid and rewarding profession in which I could continue to do my own painting," Wang said. "I believe it is possible to find a balance between doing what you love and doing something that involves what you love."
Clubs and groups
Join Art Historians at Hunter or another arts club on campus. Find out which clubs meet your interests by using Hunter's Student Group Management System (SGMS).
The Hunter Department of Art is a union of three distinct areas: Art History, Studio Art and the Galleries. Students can receive a B.A. in art history, or a B.F.A in studio art, or minor in art history.
Students can practice many media, can study art history and theory, and can help curate shows and write catalog essays, gaining practical experience as well as knowledge. This holistic approach - seeing the department as a manifold of activities and study opportunities - is a distinctive aspect of studying in the Department of Art at Hunter College.
The urban environment is inherently conducive to fostering the department's triadic, holistic aspect of study. The global art world - an integration of production, curating, and historical analysis - is at Hunter's doorstep and is part of daily life at Hunter. The faculty actively uses New York's art-rich environment to meet learning goals and to shape courses to incorporate engagement with the surrounding environment.