Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

 Q. What is the deadline for applications?

Deadlines for Fall 2019 Applications: The MAIN DEADLINE is: August 17th - $25 Application Fee LATE DEADLINE: August 25th 12 midnight - $35 Application Fee. Apply TODAY to enter to win one class free and promo about your work on our IG page!

Also Bonus: *Applicants who apply now also enter a lottery to win a free class and online promotion of their work!

Fall applications accept applications in late July + August, and Spring Sessions accept applications in in early January, and Summer Sessions accept applications in may.

Q. What is Nyc Crit Club?

Nyc Crit Club hosts grad-school style group critique classes every semester and independent studies of serious artists work for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. Our goal is to support and strengthen the work of every artist in the group collectively. Classes have expanded to also include critiques of writing and professional practice material in our summer and monthly classes. Critiques are held at different artist’s studios as well as at galleries and art spaces around the city. Participating artists take turns hosting and sharing their work in their studios. Members present on a rotation to the group and via text in pairs.  At the end of the semester, a guest critic joins the course for critiques! Field Trips are held year round and all members and alum are invited!


Q. How did Nyc Crit Club start?

Hilary Doyle founded NYC Crit Club classes in it's current form in Summer of 2017.  Doyle was inspired by wanting to build a community and opportunities for her colleagues and past students from Purchase College, Brown University, and Rhode Island School of Design. NYC Crit Club also had an earlier version Doyle started which ran from 2013-2015 which included artists from RISD and Rutgers, VCU such as Katie Bell, Loie Hollowell and Kimo Nelson and many others. Soon after starting NYCC in it’s current form Catherine Haggarty joined in fall 2017 and helped NYCC build more community and classes per week. Recently Claudia Bitran has joined as another class leader. NYCC, now enters it’s third year with over 90 participants each semester attending 4-5 weekly classes!


Q. Who is eligible for classes? 

This is a critique course for serious visual artists over 21 years of age. Participants currently range in age from 22 to 60 years old. Most participants have received a BFA or MFA's prior to attending the class. It is recommended that applicants have completed at least an undergraduate degree in art or have a body of work equivalent to a degree in art. All participants must be open to the critique process, as that is the foundation of the process. Participants do not require a studio. 


Q. Where are classes held?

Galleries and artist studios mainly. The whole class joins in critique of the 4-5 artists who present at an artist studio each week.


Q. Do you need a studio to participate in NYC Crit Club?

No studio needed! Artists present work at other artists studios in groups each week. Around 40-50% of artists in NYCC have studios. 

Q. Do you need an art degree to participate?

It can help prove seriousness in the application but it is not required.
That said most people accepted in the class do have BFA's or MFA's or equivalent body of work already. 


Q. Can I drop in?

Drop in’s will not be permitted this Fall since we want to reserve slots for dedicated members who are the ones the most impacted by the class but Summer classes may be open to drop in’s AND we now offer monthly classes before slots fill up!

Q. If I am just dropping in do I still need to apply with $25 application fee? (summer only)

Yes, this helps us both process and jury your application and register you in a class if accepted or if you are already a past member. 


Q. If I am applying to a few programs such as an ISP and weekly classes this semester do I need to pay again for another application fee?

You just need to send one application fee per semester session for us to process all your applications. If you already paid for this semesters application you do not need to pay extra if you want to join other classes.

Q. Why is there an application fee every semester? Can I have the fee waved?

We run a small school with a very small operation of artists. The application fee covers some of the cost and time it takes for 3 artists to process, jury and register over 100 applications not to mention marketing, website building and logistical costs. For this reason the application fee cannot be waved. Thank you members for helping keep us afloat!

Q. Does the application fee cover the first classes?

Those accepted must also pay for every class this semester. 

Q. If I am unsure about classes can I start and withdraw with out paying for the rest of classes?

This almost never happens since most people love our classes, however you can withdraw if you like and would not need to pay for the remainder of classes. Those who withdraw mid semester do risk not being accepted again in future and may no longer be invited to our events.

Q. What if I was rejected from NYC Crit Club? Is there a chance I can gain acceptance in the future? Any advice.

Yes! For those rejected we encourage you to apply again. We advise you put your strongest work most prominently on your websites or in the email you send us. Take care to photograph your work very well in a clean environment and make sure to have a CV listing your accomplishments. Also please follow all the rules on our application page and read all info on our websites carefully.

Q. What if I want to join weekly classes but just cannot afford it right now?

For anyone who absolutely cannot afford to attend weekly classes, we also consider reduced pricing work study for accepted artists based on need. If needed, please explain in the feedback section of your application and also email us about it:

Q. What is the Attendance Policy?

Weekly class attendance and payment this fall is mandatory for all classes in order to present with guest critics in the middle and DIY show at the end of the semester. One or 2 missed classes can be made up by attending field trips or other classes. Classes are non refundable and non transferable.

Field Trips: which include artist talks will be held on weekends once or twice a month are optional or used as make up classes.

Q. What if I am much too busy for weekly classes?

All the more reason to have a scheduled time every week for thinking about your art and it’s growth! The schedule can help busy artists as deadlines for creating new work. If you work during class or are not available for weekly mon, tues, or weds classes perhaps monthly classes or ISP’s could be a better fit!? See about us page for info on these classes.

Q. When and how do artists pay for classes if accepted?

After receiving an email each week members register via our secret online calendar which only members can access. If accepted you will be given a schedule to follow along with.


Q. What are artists judged on in the application?

Artists are judged on their work mainly but also on their CV, and/or artist statements on the websites in their application. Make sure to put your best and most up-to-date work in the website link. Quality over quantity please! It is good to have an up-to-date CV and Artist statement on your website or email to us at after you apply if not on your site.

Q. What if I do not have a website with images, cv or statement? 

Send us ten images, CV and statement via email to after filling out the rest of the application. 

Q. What if I make time based work or work that is physically too large to bring to a critique physically?

NYCC has certain select weeks we can provide projectors to help those with large or time based work to show on screening days which will be scheduled. On weeks without projectors available artists can also present work on laptops, printed photos or iPads too. 

Q. How is payment accepted for the ISP?

We accept one-time payments around the time of the studio visit or in 4-5 weekly installments to help better serve artists. Please email us if you have any questions at

Q. Can I do just one month of ISP or is it ongoing?

A. Yes you can do either! Let us know. To work with both Catherine and Hilary it is the cost of two ISP's.

Q. What if my studio is far out from NYC?

You are welcome to join and bring work to us if you do not mind traveling from far away however we typically only visit studios within a reasonable distance from others (Manhattan, Brooklyn typically) so that artists can easily make it to classes after work. You can also always present work at other artists studios! If you are too far away to attend you can also always do an ISP with us via facetime. 

Q. What if I live in another city all together? 

For those outside of the city we offer Independent Studies with studio visit options via Factime or you may drop-in from out of town if accepted into either program. We also get artists who commute from long distances each week!

Q. What are the outcomes of participating in NYC Crit Club?

NYC Crit Club is partially what artists make it for themselves. Many members build community and grow in their work through feedback from critiques. Members also participate in shows in studios at the end of many of the classes. Several artists have grown and used NYCC as a spring board for success such as acceptance to residencies, gaining acceptance into MFA programs at RISD, Columbia, Purchase college to name a few. Others have built a portfolio of work towards a solo show. We notice that members who attend multiple semesters/ years build more opportunities through connections made with artists and curators in class. Doyle and Haggarty who both curate have curated many artists based on the merit of their work in NYCC into various exhibitions as well.

Q. What if am a curator, writer or gallerist and am interested in coming in to watch/join in too? 

A. If you are interested in joining us as a voice or observer please email us and we would love to have you join in the conversation: If you are a curator, gallerist, artist and also want to attend the class for feedback on your work you must apply and be accepted to participate. 

Q. What is NYC Crit Clubs Diversity and Inclusion philosophy?

NYC Crit Club’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement 

NYC Crit Club aims to foster a safe, open minded and creative space for artists of all backgrounds. It is our  intent that artists from diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well-served by NYC Crit Club. The diversity that artists bring to this class is viewed with respect as strength, benefit and asset in our classes. It is our intent to present materials and activities that are inclusive and respectful of diversity: gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, culture, perspective, and other background characteristics. Your suggestions about how to improve the value of diversity in this course are encouraged and appreciated. Please let us know ways to improve the effectiveness of our commitment to respect and equality for you personally or for others anytime by emailing us Thank you!

Q. How to I join for the field trips and one day workshops across NYC?

Field trips and other small class workshops are available to artists participating in a class or past alum on select dates (usually Saturdays or Sundays).

Q. I have a question not listed here or in the about page!

A. You can always email us! We would love to hear from you —->

Banner Image Credit:  Janel Shultz Studio with work on the left by Mariel Rowling