Marc Dennis, Associate Professor of Art



One of my favorite things about teaching at Elmira College is being able to offer students an opportunity to live and work in New York City as part of my Term III course called "Project DUMBO," an all encompassing intermediate to advanced off-campus experience examining the general to specific challenges of the life of a young artist in NYC. This course is by all means a very unique and rare opportunity for any art major or other student interested in art and/or the business of art.

Jackson Pollock
Students at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in front of Jackson Pollock's "Autumn Rhythm"

It is respected and warranted for a student to want to enroll in this course for many reasons, two of which are very fundamental; post-baccalaureate degree development and career development, which refers to learning more about the making of art, art criticism, art theory and contemporary art. The course as a whole allows for any and all students to meet many people and make connections, which are vital with respect to career potentialities.

Students at Shaq's Show
Students at the Flag Foundation visiting "Size Matters" an exhibition curated by Shaquille O'Neal

New York City has always been and remains a mandatory stop for any and all young serious artists, therefore having the opportunity to live and work in NYC, in particular in DUMBO, an acronym for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass," a thriving artist’s community, is one of the more influential and inspiring experiences for any student artist.

Check out the magazine article on the course PDF icon

Check out the students' Project Dumbo 2010 blog.