Take your art career to the next level. Apply to Abrons Crit Club!



  • Get feedback and professional advice from a new group of artists, instructors, and guest critics!

  • Improve your work for applications to residencies, graduate schools, and group shows.

  • Broaden your art community and get into a group show at Abrons Art Center with Abrons Crit Club!

Abrons Crit Club Info

Class structure

For a majority of the weekly classes, participants bring work (or images of work) for feedback from the teacher, group, and guest critics. Classes are held at participating artists studios and at our base at Abrons Art Center. Host artists share their work for a longer crit at the start of class, followed by crits of the rest of the groups work. Guest critics join in for crits periodically to be held at Abrons. Homework is due every other week. Participants also have the option to drop in and join with any artwork they like for critiques- participants may bring 1-2 pieces or more depending on homework. Email us for further details listed in our syllabus. 

Home work

HW assignments will be given with reasonable 1-2 week due dates with artists mostly presenting bi-weekly. Students are encouraged to attend all classes even if not presenting.  Sketching and drawing will be the focus of the first half of the class assignments followed by more individualized assignments, later culminating in a slide presentation of your work, and show of chosen works of art at Abrons Art Center. If students have a second or another piece they would like to bring and show with homework for critique they are also allowed to bring what they choose for critique any week they like.


We critique as a group to help improve each artist's work week-by-week. To get the most value out of each critique experience, each critique is tailored to what you would like feedback on and homework. All students in the class should be open to change in their work so that they can really grow.  Students can choose to try out optional assignments to complete for the following class, or receive feedback on what’s working and what can be improved upon.  



Enrollment is now open for new session starting September 20th, 2017. 

September 20th -November 29th (no class Thanksgiving week) 

Weekly classes, Wednesdays 7-9 pm (may be subject to change or an added day) 


Can't join for all classes? You can just drop in when you can, but email in advance to check availability!


We meet weekly at Crit Club members' studios or our base at Abrons Art Center. Abrons Art Center is at 466 Grand Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan NY. (email nyc.critclub@gmail.com for more info on where we will go next!) 


Who can enroll in this course?

This is a course for serious visual artists over 21 years of age. It is recommended that you have completed at least an undergraduate degree in art and are open to the critique process, as that is the main aspect of the course.


What to Bring?

Bring 1-2 pieces: Homework due that week and/or instead one artwork you want a crit on. Also, bring a sketchbook and pen for notes.

Presenting emailed jpg with a projector instead when crits are at Abrons is also an option- just please email jpgs to us a day or two before class. 


Affordable Pricing for Artists*

If you make under $35,000 a year the class is just $15 per individual class, paid to Abrons Art Center.

If you make over $35,000 the class is still only $25 per class.  *Much like college classes, each prepaid class is non-refundable.


Abrons Crit Club is coordinated and taught by artist and co-instructors Catherine Haggarty and Hilary Doyle

Catherine Haggarty is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in 1984, she received her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and is currently the co-director of Ortega y Gasset in Brooklyn.Haggarty is the recipient of the ESKFF Emerging Artist Grant and Residency, DNA Gallery Residency, Vermont Studio Center Residency and most recently, The Look e Listen Residency in Marsielle France (2017). Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic and Two Coats of Paint. Her curatorial work and writing include Curating Contemporary, The Curator, Ortega y Gasset Projects, White Box and Proto Gallery. Teaching experience includes but is not limited to Rutgers University, Princeton Day School, Philadelphia Mural Arts and One River School of Art and Design.

Hilary Doyle received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Doyle has exhibited in galleries such as Field Projects, Parlour Bushwick, Trestle Gallery, Parallel Art Space, Airplane, Vox Populi, the Phoenix Art Museum and Erin Cluely gallery in Texas and has had solo shows at the Active Space and Brown University. Her work has received press coverage in Hyperallergic, Bushwick Daily, and New American Paintings Blog. Doyle is a recent recipient of a residency at Mass Moca Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams Mass. Doyle has taught at Brown University and Purchase College and will also be teaching at RISD in the Fall. She curates with Reid Hitt as HR Curating and was co-director of Projekt722 gallery for three years.

Apply Today!*

Email: NYC.Critclub@gmail.com 

To Apply email a link to your website (that includes Images of your work, Resume/cv or bio, and Artist Statement) to NYC.Critclub@gmail.com.  

OR (if you do not have a website): 5 jpgs of your work (under 1mb each), resume/CV or bio and Artist Statement

Please add a note on how often you will be able to attend classes in the body of the email also.

*Those who apply sooner have a better chance of gaining acceptance into the class! Classes may cap depending on enrollment, per week.


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Credit: Top Image: Paintings by Madelyne Harmon, Colleen Blackard, and Mark Zubrovich (From original crit club iteration of artists)