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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.


The Work Sample Review is a unique professional development program that gives 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 rare opportunity to ask panelists questions. Work Sample Reviews provide crucial insight into the panel selection process, and can help strengthen any application for funding, educational programs, residences, and exhibition opportunities.


Following NYFA’s Work Sample Review Guidelines, participating artists prepare and submit digital applications via NYFA’s online Submittable platform, including work samples, resumes, and support statements. All applications are pre-reviewed by consultants before the mock-panel. During the Work Sample Review, NYFA Consultants and NYFA Staff share constructive feedback on each individual application in the context of a live-jury mock panel. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions or respond to inquiries throughout the experience.


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.


Oliver Butler, The Debate Society
Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts
Bart Keijsers Koning, LMAK Gallery
Louky Keijsers Koning, LMAK Gallery
Michelle Levy, interdisciplinary artist
Stephen Maine, painter and writer
Larry Ossei-Mensah, Senior Curator at MOCAD & Co-Founder of ARTNOIR
Judith Page, artist, curator, writer and Director of Programs at Tree of Life Artists Foundation
Chad Stayrook, Artist and Co-Founder/Co-Director at Present Co.
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 workreview@nyfa.org.



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

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