The Contemporary Figure – D0408-19

Date: Jun 24 - 28, 2019

Skill Level(s): IV i

Instructor(s): Njideka Akunyili Crosby & Doron Langberg

Tuition: $1,200
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45



In recent years, representational work and work that involves the body has found new urgency in the contemporary art world. This workshop helps artists push their personal practice forward by focusing on the figure and its relationship to identity and personal history. Through individual studio visits, group critiques and presentations, students gain insight into established contemporary artists’ methods as well as develop concepts and skills.


Students should bring all materials needed to make their paintings. They may work in oil, acrylic or other painting mediums.


This workshop consists of studio time, critical discussions, group critiques, presentations and individual studio visits.


Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria and lives in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was awarded Financial Times Woman of the Year. Recent solo exhibitions include Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby at The Baltimore Museum of Art, alongside Prospect.4, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker in New Orleans.

Doron Langberg received his MFA from Yale University. His work is shown nationally and internationally and has been reviewed in Art in America, Artsy, ArtCritical, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Portfolio Review Required:

Thank you for your interest in our Level IV painting workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Since a portfolio review is required, the instructions on how to submit your portfolio are provided here.

In order to conduct the required portfolio review, we will need to see digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) sent directly to Anderson Ranch Studio Coordinator, Lauren Peterson, via email at Please include 10 images of 10 works. Additionally, please include an image identification list that includes: title, media, dimensions and year. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Lastly, please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. These materials must be submitted as a single PDF (less than 10 MB) to be considered.

Please include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, Lauren Peterson must receive portfolios by Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. If you are accepted, a deposit of $500 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment.

Please note, if we receive your materials after Feb. 8, you will be considered on a space-available basis.

Thank you for your interest in our advanced painting workshops. Please feel free to contact Liz Ferrill with any questions at or 970/924-5076.

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