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How does the art world work? This course will explain the links between art, business, and the market by exploring the roles of various organizations, institutions, and individuals within the global art landscape. Those exploring career paths in the arts or considering a career change will benefit from the expertise of leaders in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. These include curators, directors, writers, specialists, market reporters, artists and advisors at such organizations as museums, galleries, foundations, artist estates, auction houses, art fairs, and public relations firms. Through lectures and site visits, participants will gain an understanding of the numerous professional paths available in the art world.

What you will learn…

  • To identify the various careers in the art world and how they relate to each other.
  • To understand the variety of career trajectories within the art world and what it means to be an art world professional, as explained by leading experts in the field.
  • To navigate confidently the contemporary art landscape in New York and beyond.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    June 3-14, 2019

    2-week course

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to if interested in our 2020 summer program.

  • Faculty


    Helen Allen, Adjunct Faculty, Summer Institute, New York

    Click here to view all of our faculty members. Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders, and professional experts in the art world.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The Art World Today

    • The Interdependent Links between Art, Business, and the Market

    • The Numerous Professional Paths Available in the Art World

    • Contextualizing the Roles of Organizations, Institutions, and Individuals in the Global Art World

    • Career Paths in the Arts: Non-Profit and For-Profit Sectors

    • Navigating the Contemporary Art Landscape

    • Artist Management and Estate Management

    • Writing and Publishing

    • Marketing, PR, and Communications

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses. We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to some of the questions you may have about summer courses in New York, including international concerns and basic course advisement.

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment


    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3350 ($5700 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$1950 ($4300 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($3700 Total)

    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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