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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 recreate the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships Award panel process, giving participants a behind-the-scenes view of NYFA’s artistic review panels. Work Sample Reviews provide valuable insight into the selection process that can strengthen any application for funding, residencies, and exhibition opportunities. Participating artists follow NYFA’s application guidelines to submit images, videos, music, or literary manuscripts through our customized review platform. On site at NYFA during the review, participants will receive feedback on their application presentation, artist statement, and work samples. Evaluation is provided by a select group of arts professionals.


Participants prepare and submit digital applications online, including work samples, resumes, and artist statements, utilizing a similar interface used for NYFA’s awards and grants. Then, professional art consultants and NYFA staff will provide critical and constructive feedback when participants come to NYFA's offices in Brooklyn (reviews can also take place off-site) to view their submissions in the context of a live-jury panel.


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, EFA Project Space
Stephen Maine, painter and writer
Larry Ossei-Mensah, Independent Curator & 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)