Paint School Exhibition

Paint School Exhibition

September 13 through 22, 2018

The FLAG Art Foundation

545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor


Shandaken Projects will present an exhibition of its new program Paint School September 13 to 22, 2018, on the 9th floor of The FLAG Art Foundation.

Paint School is a free master class in the theory and practice of painting produced by Shandaken Projects. This lecture-based program brings twelve fellows together with six individuals widely recognized as among the most exceptional painters working today, with the aim to enrich the discourse of contemporary painting through peer exchange. Applications for the next session of Paint School will open in mid-September.

The Paint School exhibition will feature new work by members of the inaugural (2017-18) cohort including: Benny Merris, Caroline R Kent, Cynthia Daignault, Crys Yin, Gloria Maximo, Iman Raad, Jarrett Earnest, Lindsay Marie Burke, Matthew Dale Fischer, Morgan Mandalay, Sophie Grant, and Tim Wilson. These individuals were mentored through Paint School by artists Byron Kim, Ulrike Müller, Howardena Pindell, and Faith Ringgold, as well as Ian Alteveer, curator of Modern and Contemporary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. The theme of the inaugural session of Paint School was “the future of painting.” The program used pedagogy and discussion to investigate this theme and welcomed individuals of all career levels as participants.

Inspired by alternative educational initiatives like Black Mountain College, Paint School is unaccredited but extraordinarily rigorous, and presented in the style of a post-graduate fellowship. Meetings of this program took place throughout New York City, at partner institutions including The Cooper Union, New York University, Abrons Art Center, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, among others. Applications for the 2018-19 session of Paint School will open in mid-September for individuals of all career levels. This free program runs December through May each year.

Shandaken Projects supports cultural advancement through public programs and artist services. These opportunities are focused on process, experimentation, and dialogue, and are aimed particularly at important but under-served individuals. Through our free residency programs Shandaken: Governors Island and Shandaken: Storm King, our free educational initiative Paint School, and our commissions, public programs, and exhibitions, we create possibilities for cultural practitioners to forge new pathways in their work and in the world. We believe that research, experimentation, and the pursuit of new ideas are vital steps in the progress of culture, and that the creative community must safeguard space for them. We provide an alternative organizational model and significant opportunities for this community in an independent environment. Shandaken Projects is intentionally small-scale.

The FLAG Art Foundation, founded in 2008 by art patron Glenn Fuhrman, is a non-profit exhibition space that encourages the appreciation of contemporary art among a diverse audience. FLAG presents four to six exhibitions a year that includes artworks by international established and emerging artists, borrowed from a variety of sources. FLAG invites a broad range of creative individuals to curate exhibitions and works in-depth with artists to provide curatorial support and a platform to realize their own solo exhibitions.

FLAG’s innovative approach to foster dialogue around contemporary art includes producing artist talks, artist-led workshops, and exhibition tours for school and museum groups. Based in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea art district, FLAG and all its related programs are free and open to the public.