School of Visual Arts
July 2- 29, 2016
SUNY Fredonia


Co-Sponsored by the New York State Art Teachers Association

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NYSSSA School of Visual Arts is now accepting applications for Summer 2016!  Click here to submit your application.

The School of Visual Arts wants you to experience life as a working artist next summer. This New York State Summer School of the Arts program is specifically designed to emphasize art experiences that cannot normally be undertaken during a 45-minute school period. You will work in the studio with drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, figure, and interdisciplinary arts under the direction of noted exhibiting artists/educators. Related activities will include drawing and painting from a live model, trips to farms and lakes in the area, and experience with art processes that include welding, casting, direct carving, modeling life-size objects in clay, and experimenting with a variety of printmaking techniques.

In addition to pursuing direct art processes, you will have the unique opportunity to work and live with 95 other student artists on an attractive college campus and to establish career goals while sharing in this rewarding precollege program. Because of the in-depth experience and number of class hours this program provides, students are more than fulfilling the requirements for one full unit of high school credit. Appropriate documentation is sent at the close of the program.

Studio and residential spaces are provided at SUNY Fredonia , a public comprehensive college offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a BFA in Art with concentrations in areas such as sculpture, animation/illustration, ceramics, drawing/painting, graphic design, media arts and photography.

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Application Process

To apply to the School of Visual Arts, you must be a New York State student currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12. You must complete the Application Form and must also write a brief statement about your artwork and what you would like to learn from the School of Visual Arts. Please mail your application to the address on the form at least one week before the regional selection drop off date. You must bring to the regional selection site the following:


You may submit your work directly to Albany by March 4, 2016 for adjudication with your Application Materials!  Once your work has been reviewed, NYSSSA will mail your portfolio back to you.

Send your Portfolio to:  NYSSSA, Cultural Education Center, Room 10D79, Albany NY 12230.



You must submit a portfolio or red rope envelope containing at least ten, but not more than fifteen, completed works for review by the regional selection committee. Large paintings, framed paintings, sculpture, and ceramic pieces should be presented through photographs (with at least two views of three-dimensional pieces). 

All of your artwork must fit within the portfolio. Portfolios containing artwork which extends beyond the dimensions of the portfolio will not be accepted. Each of your works should be clearly numbered and marked with your name and high school. We strongly encourage students to submit artwork from direct observation. Included in the submission should be a self-portrait from observation (not a photograph). We encourage you to submit your sketchbooks. Slides and small photos should be placed in an envelope and taped to the inside of the portfolio. As part of the Application form, students must write a brief statement about their art work and what they would like to learn from our NYSSSA School of Visual Arts program.

Note: Maximum Portfolio Size: 31” × 42”

Portfolios should be hand delivered to any one of the regional selection sites during the time period specified on the schedule of Selection Sites. If you are unable to hand-deliver art work to a regional site, you may send your portfolio to Albany- work must be postmarked by March 4, 2016 for Albany Mailed Porfolios.

Return of Artwork:

You may pick up your portfolio at the regional Selection Sites during the dates listed on the schedule. Portfolios sent to Albany will be returned to your school by United Parcel Service. All students will be notified of the regional committee's decision by mail in April.

Note: Every precaution will be taken in handling student art work. However, the sponsoring organizations cannot assume responsibility for work at regional Selection Sites or in transit. Every effort will be made to see that your work is protected and returned to you intact.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The School of Visual Arts will hold its annual four-week program from July 2-29, 2016. Total cost of tuition, room, and board will be $2,200.

NYSSSA's summer programs are open to all New York State students currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12 who qualify through the audition process. Tuition, room, and board costs should not discourage any talented young artist from auditioning. Tuition assistance is available. Tuition assistance forms are mailed to students after the audition process. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual economic need.

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