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Work Sample Reviews

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Work Sample Reviews help artists and students prepare for the realities of artistic careers through a behind-the scenes tour of professional review panels.


Work Sample Reviews give participants an in-person and behind-the-scenes experience of an artistic review panel. With the guidance and expertise of NYFA Consultants and NYFA Staff, participants receive individualized feedback regarding their application presentation, and are offered the unique opportunity to ask panelists questions. Work Sample Reviews provide crucial insights into the panel selection process, and can help strengthen any application for funding, educational programs, residencies, and exhibition opportunities.


Following NYFA’s Work Sample Review application guidelines, participants prepare and submit digital applications via the online Submittable platform. Applications include work samples, resumes, and work statements, which are all pre-reviewed by our consultants. During the review, NYFA Consultants and NYFA Staff provide critical and constructive feedback on each participant’s submissions in front of the class. This format also allows participants to learn from others' submissions in a supportive and friendly environment.

Our list of NYFA Consultants is comprised of arts professionals working as curators, consultants, artists, and educators.


For educators: NYFA Work Sample Reviews are a powerful component of any program or syllabus, and have already been implemented in graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs, as well as independent organizations across the country and internationally. Participants in varying disciplines – including visual and time-based art – will benefit from this invaluable experience.

For individual artists: at different stages in their career, NYFA Work Sample Reviews will provide feedback that will strengthen their application material. We encourage participation from artists working in the following disciplines: Architecture, Environmental Structures and Design, Choreography, Crafts and Sculpture, Digital and Electronic Arts, Fiction, Folk Arts, Interdisciplinary Work, Music and Sound, Nonfiction, Painting, Photography, Playwriting and Screenwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Drawing and Book Arts, and Video and Film. Please check our website for upcoming dates and programs.

The NYFA Work Sample Review provides a very practical, detailed glimpse into how a panel might interpret and respond to images, video, and work statements. Through this process students learn to pay more attention to others' criteria than to their own predilections for presenting work. That's not to say that they distort their work or their intentions, but that they become more objective about seeing how their work is perceived by an outside audience...This is an invaluable experience. 
-Rebekah Modrak, Professor, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan


Oliver Butler, Director and Co-Founder of The Debate Society
Alexander Campos, Museum Professional and Independent Curator
Bart Keijsers Koning, Owner of LMAK Projects and Curator
Louky Keijsers Koning, Owner/Director of LMAK Projects, Curator, and Art Historian
Michelle Levy, Interdisciplinary Artist and Curator
Stephen Maine, Art Critic, Curator, and Educator
Larry Ossei-Mensah, Senior Curator at MOCAD and Co-Founder of ARTNOIR
Judith Page, Artist, Curator, Writer, and Educator
Chad Stayrook, Artist, Curator, and Gallery Director
Katarina Wong, Artist and Independent Curator


For more information, or to schedule a Work Sample Review for your group or class, please contact NYFA Work Sample Review Coordinators at



Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong (Finalist in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design ‘16)

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