This workshop with instructor Charlene K. Lau will provide an overview and break down the various components of applying to graduate school programs in art practice, history and theory. It will walk participants through the whole process of preparing your application from finding a potential advisor, timelines and the nitty gritty of various application requirements. Please note that we will focus on the written aspects of applications rather than portfolio reviews. Participants are invited to bring and share writing samples, artist statements, statements of interest and research proposals that may be used for their graduate school applications. Please bring lots of questions for discussion.
Charlene K. Lau is an art historian, critic and Curator of Public Art at Evergreen Brick Works. Her research interests include the historical and contemporary avant-garde in art and fashion, the Gesamtkunstwerk, time-based media, and transgression. She has held fellowships at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Parsons School of Design, The New School; and Performa Biennial. Charlene has also held teaching positions at Parsons School of Design, OCAD University, Ryerson University, Western University and York University. Her scholarly voice and curatorial work have been featured in The Guardian, PAPER, The Goods by Vox, The New Yorker and Studies in Costume & Performance; and her scholarly work has been published in Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, Fashion Theory, Journal of Curatorial Studies, The Routledge Companion to Fashion Studies (2021) and Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Contexts and Global Practices (Routledge, 2018). She has written art criticism for Artforum, Theatlantic.com, The Brooklyn Rail, Canadian Art and frieze, among others.