Discussing works of art with painters, sculptors, print makers, and photographers in their studios; meeting with critics and dealers in Chelsea galleries; analyzing works in the Museum of Modern Art; visiting public art projects around the city. Every fall, students share these incomparable experiences on Drew’s Semester on Contemporary Art.

Program Calendar

The Semester on Contemporary Art is offered every fall semester. Classes begin in late August and end in mid-December.

Fall 2018 Program Director

Professor Kimberly Rhodes, Professor of Art History

Academic Program

The New York Semester on Contemporary Art is one of the highlights of Drew’s art and art history programs. While it is a mandatory course for all Drew art and art history majors, students from any background with an interest in art would appreciate this fascinating program. Students meet weekly to discuss timely issues and then journey into New York City two days a week. A thorough exploration of the art scene in New York includes viewing exhibits in Chelsea and the Lower East Side, visiting museums such as the New Museum, the Whitney, and MOMA, and personally meeting with several prominent artists in their studios. Through this intimate interaction, students can experience the center of the contemporary art world firsthand.

The semester examines the important issues surrounding contemporary art. Among the topics you address are critical theory and method; art historical background; and the broader issues of politics, nature, the self, feminism and multiculturalism.

The New York Semester on Contemporary Art is an eight-credit program in which you enroll in two required courses (a four-credit option is also available). To complete a full, sixteen-credit semester, students may enroll in courses normally offered on campus.


To participate in the New York Semester on Contemporary Art, you must:

  1. be a junior or a senior
  2. have completed ARTH 306/Early 20th Century Art
  3. be in good disciplinary standing


Applications are due by March 10.


The cost of this program is included in your semester tuition, and is comprehensive of round-trip transportation to New York City from Madison, and program-related events and activities.

Financial Aid

All of your Drew University financial assistance, whether merit or need-based, may be applied to all Drew-sponsored semester programs.