Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is NYC Crit Club?

NYC Crit Club hosts weekly grad-school style group critiques of serious artists work. Our goal is to support and strengthen the work of every artist in the group collectively. 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 three-week rotation to the group. At the end of the semester, a guest critic joins the course for critiques!


Q. How did NYC Crit Club start?

Hilary Doyle founded NYC Crit Club classes in it's current form in Summer of 2017.  NYC Crit Club was originally inspired by a crit club Doyle started in NY in 2013-2015 which included artists: Katie Bell, Claudia Bitran, Kimo Nelson, Karen Lederer, Corydon Cowansage, Loie Hollowell, Tamara  Johnson, Rachel Klinghoffer Rita Deluc and others.  In Fall 2017 Catherine Haggarty joined and helped build more classes per week. Now starting it's second year NYC Crit Club has had over 70 participants each semester! 


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. Many 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. 


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% of artists in Crit Club have studios. 


Q. When are classes this Spring?

Fall 2018 Dates & Times for the Weekly Membership
Classes are held weekly 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enrollment will be on either Mondays (Feb 5th to May 7th every week) OR Wednesdays (Feb 7th to May 9th every week)

Field Trips:

weekends TBD


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 in the class do have BFA's or MFA's already.


Q. Can I drop in?

Drop-in’s are added to a weekly schedule and can drop in to anytime to join the discussion. Drop-ins may also present work up to 2x for a 5- 10 minute critique at the end of class but cannot participate in midterm or guest critiques. We encourage drop in’s to attend more than just their own critiques.


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

Yes, this helps us both process and jury your application and register you in a class if accepted. 


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

No- You just need to send one application fee per semester for us to process your applications.

Q. Does the application fee cover the first classes?

No- The application fee pays for our jurying, processing of applications, operations, website and marketing budget and those accepted must also pay for every class attended.


Q. When do I pay for classes?

After receiving an email each week please register with the Venmo RSVP's.


Q. What are artists judged on in the application?

Artists are judged on the work, 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. It is good to have an up-to-date CV and Artist statement on your website or email them to us to 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. 


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

NYC Crit Club 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. 


Q. How is payment accepted for the ISP?

We accept one-time payments of $150 around the time of the studio visit or in five $30 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. If you prefer to start with one month let us know if you would prefer to work with Hilary or Catherine.


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

If you cannot afford to join the classes please either elaborate in your application or email us at to discuss your situation. We can offer select artists work study options for artists for discounted or free classes in a trade for a work exchange. These work study scholarships are also merit based. We do not want anyone to not be able to attend for financial reasons.

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 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? 

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!