Current Antioch students Cristian Perez-Lopez ’17 and Coco Gagnet ’18 have had the opportunity to participate in administrative internships at The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), one of New York’s most prestigious residency programs as well as the fourth largest in the world.
Tailored for professional growth, the programs serve as an active mediator, creating visibility and immersion for all of its residents in New York City. ISCP’s programming is conceived to facilitate dialogue and collaboration. Talking about her experience at ISCP, Coco says ISCP “helped to confirm that my primary passion might be creating accessible spaces in which this dialogue can occur.” Integrated activity areas including the Residency Programs, Exhibition Program, ISCP Talks and Offsite Projects, make ISCP an unparalleled platform for producing, presenting and contextualizing contemporary art through a diverse range of international perspectives. ISCP masters the act of social engagement, opening up its doors to the Brooklyn-based community with exhibitions, offsite projects, talks, and an annual event called Open Studios.
One of the greatest aspects of doing a co-op with ISCP is the abundant networking that takes place every day. Such opportunities occur with residents from all over the world who specialize in various mediums including videography, photography, visual arts, painting, sculpture, and multimedia, critics who come and visit once or twice a month, gallerists from all over NYC, and art lovers. There are opportunities to expand your networking beyond the art world with the NYC-based consulates, federal departments, and more. Cristian re-evaluates his time at ISCP, claiming that “interning there helped [Cristian] establish connections and expand [his] networking skills” to a degree he never imagined.
To be able to work in an organization like ISCP is not only a great opportunity, but undoubtedly a blessing in disguise. Undergraduate and graduate students only dream of opportunities like this, and Antiochians are only a cover letter away from having it.
*All photos generously provided by ISCP’s archives and remastered by Cristian Perez-Lopez