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Step inside the New York art world through an exclusive summer arts partnership with Christie’s.

July 5 - July 18, 2020
Program Fee:
Campus Dormitory
Ages 14-17
Program Fee includes:
Tuition, air-conditioned housing, 2 meals per day, use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, and staff accompanied airport transfer(s).
Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of designated arrival and departure days, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.
Through an exclusive partnership with Christie’s Education, Art Now offers an exciting insight into the fast-paced art world of today. Go behind the scenes at one of the world’s preeminent auction houses and enjoy lectures and expert guided visits to New York City's galleries, private collections and world-class museums.  New York is your classroom, and we take full advantage of all it has to offer as one of the most vibrant art centers in the world. Hands on teaching and unique access to top art professionals and movers and shakers, makes this summer arts program a truly one of a kind experience.
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  • JULY 08 • MOMA


  • 08.30am • BREAKFAST
  • 10.00am • SEMINAR I
  • 11:30am   SEMINAR II
  • 01.00pm • LUNCH
  • 03.00pm • MUSEUM VISIT
  • 07.00pm • ACTIVITIES
  • 08.00pm • DINNER
  • 11.00pm • CHECK-IN

The Christie’s summer arts curriculum is designed to be inspiring and interactive. Our morning lectures reflect the strengths of the faculty and experts at Christie’s, as well as the resources of New York City, and incorporate field trips, expert speakers, and hands-on learning opportunities. Curricula is created to foster students’ ability to think critically and group projects harness collaborative work. 

Step Inside the Art World

Our summer art students participate in two daily lectures each morning with an emphasis on participation and engagement. All morning lectures take place in the magnificent Christie’s location at Rockefeller Center. Students have exclusive access to lecture rooms, an arts library and picturesque rooftop terrace overlooking midtown Manhattan. You are literally in the center of all the action. Lectures introduce students to many different aspects of the art world in a dynamic and authentic way.

Lecture topics are as follows:

  • The New York Art World

  • Contemporary Art and Identity Politics

  • Museum as Frame

  • The Power of the Collector

  • Mapping the Art World

  • The Art Market

  • Art and the Law

  • The Auction House


Summer art courses are designed and taught by an accomplished and passionate faculty representing the best and the brightest in the art world. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to challenge and captivate students. In addition to Christie’s faculty we will endeavor to bring in special visits from experts at different Christie’s art departments.

Academic Director, Christie's Education New York

Véronique Chagnon-Burke graduated from the École du Louvre where she earned a postgraduate certificate in Museum Studies. She holds a Licence en Histoire de l’Art, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), an M.A. in History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has taught a wide range of subjects at Queens College, Parsons School of Design and Hunter College. Her museum and research positions have included work at the Museum of Modern Art and the College Art Association, and she has also worked at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris.

Program Director, Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market

Julie Reiss gained her  M.Phil and Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Curatorial Fellowship by the Guggenheim Museum, and was Assistant Curator for Contemporary Art at the Jewish Museum. She taught courses on 20th century art at Hunter College and SUNY Purchase and is a regular lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A pioneering scholar in the field of installation art, she has also taught courses on site-specific art at the Cooper Union.

Guest Lecturer

Alex Rotter is Chairman of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christies Americas. Having forged a 16-year long career as a key figure in the contemporary art world, Alex works on consignments and sales at the highest levels. Alex is recognized as a leading authority in the contemporary art world with significant international experience of working with collectors, estates and artists. He recently oversaw the sale of the Last Da Vinci- Salvator Mundi as well as Andy Warhol’s Sixty Last Suppers.

Afternoon Visits

Learning extends beyond the classroom with daily visits to some of New York’s most iconic museums and galleries as well as visits to private studios and collections. Most visits incorporate a specially selected guide or expert for a deeper perspective, but you will of course have plenty of free time to explore and make some of your own discoveries. Proposed visits for this year's summer art program:
  • The Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Art on the Highline
  • Studio Museum of Harlem
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Chelsea Gallery crawl
  • Private Collection of Bernard Lumpkin
  • DIA Beacon
  • Materials for the Arts, Long Island City
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Nari Ward
  • The Guggenheim
  • Cooper Hewitt Museum
  • The Hort Collection
  • Gagosian Gallery


When not in class, students enjoy a full and varied schedule of extracurricular activities to choose from as well as free-time to explore in groups. All excursions and activities are included in the program fee, so students are never at a loss for something to do.


Every afternoon and evening students will have the opportunity to join an activity organized by Summerfuel staff, or spend time relaxing on campus or exploring Manhattan neighborhoods. 

Past Favorites Include:

Movie Night
Fro-Yo Runs
Glow Soccer
Lip Sync Battles
Frisbee Golf
Capture the Flag
Jewelry Making
Talent Night Coffee House
Murder Mystery Night
Water Balloon Fights
Late Night Breakfast
Casino Night
Summerfuel Olympics


The city of New York provides a vibrant background for exploration and discovery, and every weekend, we take full advantage of all that it has to offer. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore the city, visit historic landmarks, and indulge in every cuisine imaginable. New York sightseeing will be customized to include additional options based on student interest and current events in the city.

Times Square

There is nothing quite like the flashing lights and neon signs of Times Square. Filled with stores, restaurants, costumed characters, and musicians, it is a must-see of NYC.

Storm King Art Center

Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, its 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers provide the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time


Central Park

At the center of it all, Manhattan’s largest and most famous park boasts acres of open fields and woodlands, a zoo, concert venue, and restaurants. This is a fantastic spot to lounge in the sun, play sports with friends, and explore an oasis in the middle of the bustling city. 

Soho Shopping

This famously artsy neighborhood is one of New York City’s prime shopping districts. Explore the charming streets and hit all the best boutiques and designer outposts. Take a break for a bite in a street-side café.

Beach Day

Summer is not complete without a trip to the beach. New York offers a number of beaches to explore, boasting sun, sand, and the classic American boardwalk.

Yankees Game

If the Yankees are in town we'll enjoy a day at the ball-park to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.



Columbia is an oasis in the midst of Manhattan’s bustling city blocks. Set apart from the surrounding neighborhood, the clearly defined campus center has lush green lawns for sunbathing, kicking a soccer ball, or just connecting with friends.  Focused arts coursework will be balanced with games on the quad, movie nights, ice cream and coffee runs, sightseeing, and shopping. 



At Columbia, fully air-conditioned bedrooms are shared doubles on a single-gender hallway with bathrooms just down the hall.  Housing is within easy walking distance of dining and classrooms. Summerfuel will use student responses to the housing questionnaire to pair roommates and group students in gender specific residence groups.  Senior Staff will also live in residence and are available to help with any issues 24/7.

Neighborhood Highlights

Students have access to the surrounding Morningside Heights neighborhood, which offers a plethora of cafes, restaurants, and shops, as well as the local subway station, connecting you to the rest of New York City.


Summerfuel students enjoy 2 meals a day throughout the program. While at Columbia, meals will be at Ferris Booth Commons where food stations offer varied options, including vegetarian and vegan fare, an omelet station, deli bar, salad stations, pizza, and more. Columbia dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences.  Meals will be provided off-site during excursions.  Please advise Summerfuel of dietary needs during the application process. 


The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Each program has two distinct specialist teams – one to manage residence life and one to manage academic success. Each staff member is carefully vetted using a written application, personal interview, professional reference check, and required background check.


Residential staff includes a director, senior staff, and one resident advisor (RA) for every twelve students. RAs live on each hall and work to create an inclusive and supportive residential community. RAs serve as mentors and active leaders to aid students in every aspect of their summer experience. Senior Staff also live in residence and are available to address student safety, concerns, conflicts, and emergencies, at any time.


Summerfuel students are required to attend all classes each day, and attendance is taken at every class. During free time, students may choose between an organized activity or an individual pursuit such as classwork, laundry, or relaxing in the dorm. Students have freedom to explore with friends within an area surrounding campus defined by the program director. In the evenings, students check in with residence staff who will also use that time to catch up on the day’s events. Students are honor bound to follow safety protocols both on and off campus, and are required to use the buddy system during free time. 
Read our full code of conduct here


While the Columbia University facilities and surrounding area are quite safe, students and staff will take typical precautions of living in a large, active city.  All Columbia dormitories, academic buildings, and dining hall require a swipe card to enter.  Dormitories will have public safety personnel in the lobby area, and both bedrooms and bathrooms require a key for access.