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Yale Norfolk School of Art 2021 

May 22 – July 2, 2021

The Yale Norfolk School of Art, established in 1948, is an intensive six week undergraduate summer residency program  for rising seniors.

Byron Kim and Lisa Sigal, the Yale Norfolk School of Art co-directors, are pleased to announce the 2021 session will take place with consideration for the safety and health of the students, faculty, staff and the Norfolk community. At this time Yale Norfolk School of Art is moving forward with plans to accommodate sixteen students who will live in cottages on The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate (the campus) and work in the newly renovated Art Barn. Only students who are planning to graduate in 2022 are eligible to be nominated for the program. Students who will have graduated by 2021 are not eligible to apply. Students will follow a curriculum of Yale College art courses including Critical Studies, Advanced Image Making, and Senior Studio. Students are given individual studio spaces as well as access to digital printers, computers and some basic traditional printmaking facilities. 

The resident faculty for 2021 will be Byron Kim, Lisa Sigal and Ayham Ghraowi, joined by four Teaching Fellows selected from recent graduates of Yale’s MFA program and two coordinators chosen from presently enrolled Yale MFAs.  In 2021 the themed public lecture series is “The Shape of Empathy.” Curriculum and readings will be developed around this topic. The summer of 2021 at YNSA will be unlike any other; there are many issues to resolve leading up to the session, please be in touch to join a Zoom forum on January 29th with the co-directors to discuss the forthcoming application process, the quick turnaround for nominations, questions about funding student application fees, the campus safety, and other health precautions. 

Yale Norfolk is a once in a lifetime experience for young artists and is seeking full support ($2000 fee) from all home institutions for their accepted students to attend the program. By successfully completing the program, the students can receive 4 course credits or 12 units towards their respective degrees. This link between Yale Norfolk and participating schools is an important educational partnership that supports young artists in a vital moment of growth. So many of Yale Norfolk’s alumni go on to make significant contributions to the field of art and credit Yale Norfolk with a profound impact on their lives and art. Individuals may not apply directly to the program; rather, they must be nominated by a dean, program chair or other academic official at their home institution. Students interested in being considered for nomination should inform their deans and department chairs.

The application deadline is scheduled for March 1-5  , 2021 for students who have been put forth by the faculty nomination deadline of February 15 (tentatively) , 2021.