Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists

Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists

Are you a visual artist in need of some career advice? Register for a one-on-one session with an arts professional and get the feedback you need to build your artistic career.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce a new session of Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists, a program designed to provide artists with practical and professional advice from arts consultants. Register now for 20-minute, one-on-one appointments with up to three arts professionals to ask questions and receive actionable tips for advancing your arts career.

Date and Time: Monday, May 8, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cost: $38 per 20-minute appointment*

*Three appointment limit per artist

TO REGISTER, click on “Register here” under the name of the consultant you would like to meet with and select a time slot from the scroll down menu located on the top right of the registration page. To make the most of your “Doctor’s Hours” appointment, read our Tips & FAQs here. For questions, email [email protected]

Can’t make it on May 8? Keep an eye out for upcoming Doctor’s Hours including Doctor’s Hours in Mandarin on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Lair East and Doctor’s Hours in English on Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, September 12 at New York Foundation for the Arts. Registration will open at least two weeks before each event.



Jan Garden Castro, Art Historian and Critic
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Castro is a contributing editor at Sculpture Magazine (with 17 cover stories), Ceramics Art and Perception, and other periodicals; author of The Art & Life of Georgia O’Keeffe (Three Rivers Press, 1995) and Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne (Japan Association of Art Museums); and an arts lecturer, essayist, curator, and poet. Castro’s fields span art history, world literatures, and philosophy. Her writings, some viewable at and at, cover a range of topics, media, and world cultures. Castro has written about emerging to eminent artists including Louise Bourgeois, Zang Huan, Wangechi Mutu, Maya Lin, and Alexander McQueen to name a few. Before moving to New York, Castro won two national awards as well as local awards as a co-founder, executive director, editor, and program director for River Styx, a St. Louis-based nonprofit arts corporation focusing on multicultural, interdisciplinary arts programs in performance and in print.

Guido Garaycochea, Manager New New Yorkers, Queens Museum
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Born in Peru, Garaycochea is a Latino immigrant naturalized American artist who works at the Queens Museum as the manager of the program: New New Yorkers. Garaycochea is also the co-founder, curator, and Artist-in-Residence Program director of Expressiones Cultural Center in New London, CT, a non-profit organization that promotes understanding between the Anglo and Hispanic communities through the arts. He studied art at the “Escuela Nacional Superior de Bellas Artes del Perú” and graduated with several awards and honors. He later received a second Bachelor in Aesthetics degree and a master’s degree in History and Theory of Art in Chile, where he taught for many years. Garaycochea moved to the United States in 2004, and taught from 2004 until 2016 at Mitchell College in New London, CT; University of Connecticut, Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT; and York Correctional in Niantic, CT. In 2013, Garaycochea moved to New York City to resume art studies, graduating with a MFA degree from School of Visual Arts in 2015. That same year, he was Artist-in-Residence at More Art / Engaging Artist, focusing on volunteering and working with immigrant elders. 

Sara Guerrero, Director of Education & Public Engagement, No Longer Empty
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Guerrero is a curator and researcher of art and critical pedagogy who designs projects at the intersection of the fields of education, sociology, ethnography, art history, and community organizing. She currently directs the educational and public engagement department at No Longer Empty, and is completing a doctorate in art theory at the Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity & Nation (TrAIN) at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Guerrero piloted Art & Literacy, a multidisciplinary and multilingual public art education program with immigrant communities that’s now in its tenth year, with New New Yorkers at the Queens Museum in collaboration with the Queens Public Library. Her ethnographic work on migration and diaspora has been published in academic essays and in sociologist Robert Courtney Smith’s award-winning book, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants (University of California Press, 2005). She founded a permanent seminar for Latin American Art Theory at University of the Arts London (which continues) and has curated exhibitions on Poblano communities in New York and practice-based doctoral work by artists from around the world. Guerrero is a part of the curatorial network of Independent Curators International and serves on the board of Local Project, Inc., a volunteer-run arts space in Queens, NY.

Graciela Kartofel, Editor, ArtNexus
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Kartofel is corresponding editor of ArtNexus magazine, an art historian, and graduate of the Liberal Arts College at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1976). She created the Latin American Modern and Contemporary Art History Program for UNAM-Mexican National Autonomous University, Mexico City, where she was part of the faculty for more than a decade before coming to New York. She is lecturer and visiting professor in different universities, among them Cristóbal Colón University, Veracruz, Mex.; Universidad Michoacana in Morelia, Michoacán, Mex.; the Hochschule für Künstleriche und Industrielle Gestaltung in Linz, Austria; and Hunter College in New York, NY (in relation to a curatorial program). She works as critic and independent curator specializing in Contemporary Art and Latin American Art.

Susan Mumford, Think Smart About Art
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Mumford is an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator, and author who’s a game-changer in the 21st century art world. While running a gallery in Soho, London, she founded the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a non-profit trade network with three chapters: London, New York, and Global. AWAD’s mission is to facilitate business and collaborations between and for women art dealers. Several years later, she started a social enterprise called Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. Its motto: “Art is your life. Make it your living.” is also the title of Mumford’s first book, published by Be Smart About Art Publishing in 2015. While she’s based in London, Mumford spends a time traveling to the USA and Continental Europe visiting art fairs, delivering lectures, facilitating panel discussions, and more.

Hallie Ringle, Assistant Curator, Studio Museum of Harlem
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Ringle is assistant curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her recent exhibitions include Video Studio: Meeting Points, Palatable: Food and Contemporary Art, Salon Style, and Concealed: Selections from the Permanent Collection. She co-curated Richard Hunt: Framed and Extended with Lauren Haynes in 2016. She has a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

William Stover, Independent Curator
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Stover has been a curator of contemporary art for over 16 years and has held positions in a number of important and diverse institutions including the Carnegie Museum of Art; New Museum of Contemporary Art; Independent Curators International; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Stover is currently an independent curator and consultant to private collections in New York City.

Patterson Sims, Independent Curator, Writer, and Consultant
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Sims is the former president and current co-chair of the Board of Independent Curators International. He directs two artist foundations and serves on the boards of three others. Sims has worked in the visual arts since 1969, and was director at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey from 2001-2009. His career as a museum professional also includes serving as deputy director for education and research support at the Museum of Modern Art. He was previously associate director for art and exhibitions and curator of Modern Art at the Seattle Art Museum from 1987 – 1996, and was the first curator designated to oversee the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he worked from 1976 – 1987 and co-curated four Whitney Biennial exhibitions. He began his career as assistant director of O.K. Harris Works of Art, in the then newly-developing arts district of Soho, in 1969. Sims has written about and organized solo exhibitions of numerous artists including Ellsworth Kelly, John Storrs, Jan Matulka, Viola Frey, Joyce J. Scott, Fred Wilson, Claire Zeisler, Willie Cole, Betty Woodman, and Hedda Sterne.

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Photos: Multilingual Doctor’s Hours, 2016, Photo credit: Priscilla Son

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