Artists and Curators Unite At SchoolHouse Projects

by Alex R. Travers

It’s different. SchoolHouse Projects, a pop-up exhibition/studio space intended specifically for independent art projects, offers both artists and curators a centrally located space in downtown Manhattan to showcase their work.  Imagine a studio program that not only helps emerging artists, but allows them to work with curators to put on their own in-house shows and you’ll get some idea of how valuable this is. For example, on October 24th, artist James J. Williams III and curator Jamie Sterns combined forces for their mixed media show titled Two-Step Death Trap. James is freshman; Jamie is a sophomore. But the paintings, photographs, and objects that lined the barn-like space, christened Old School, at 233 Mott Street were met with high praise at Wednesday evening’s opening.

And there’s more. In total, SchoolHouse Projects offers twenty studio spaces (studios will become available November 1st for month-to-month rentals). The organization is also affiliated with SPRING/BREAK Art Show, a new curator-driven fair that runs during New York’s acclaimed Armory Arts Week every March. SPRING/BREAK Art Show aims to provide the public with new accessibility to locations within Manhattan for exhibitions that promote emerging talent for some of New York’s most promising artistic voices. With emphasis on the role of the curator, and a single exhibition theme, the fair creates a not-for-profit dialogue with the art industry at large. It’s that special.

For more information on SchoolHouse Project, visit their website here.

For more information on SPRING/BREAK Art Show, visit their website here.