To challenge dominant pedagogies and curricula found throughout higher and continuing education and develop a truly liberal arts space where freedom is explored through critical discourse and camaraderie, fully developing an equitable, open and democratic society for all.
studioELL is a Brooklyn-based, hybrid, transient, higher education fine art learning space that offers online and physical courses, residencies and programs in studio art. We are most interested in re-imagining what fine art experiences in higher education look like.
studioELL courses are offered to artists at any level of their career, regardless of degree or level of education. Courses are practice-based and are intended to help artists develop their ongoing studio practice. Part critique, part studio visit, part higher education, part continuing education, studioELL reconsiders the possibilities of education and support by constructing new spaces for critique and development, with the understanding that we all have much to offer each other throughout our careers.
studioELL is a not-for-profit, artist-run space. Registration fees are supported by our Scholarship Program to help make courses accessible to all. Generous support for our programming has been provided by an anonymous donor. Programs have also been supported by a variety of donors, art programs and community partners.
WHO WE ARE
We encourage critical thinking and civic action through art. We compel students, artists, academic institutions, galleries and museums to question how art is made, taught and how it can be disseminated for the benefit of all. We are a growing, evolving entity and look to each other and our communities to challenge our ideas. We blur the lines between fine art and the everyday inundation of cultural content omnipresent in the visual experiences around us.
We are artists and everyday citizens. We believe art belongs to all, not a few. We appreciate that to be part of a meaningful democracy is to be an informed and active participant in the processes that affect our day to day. We contribute to an active and lively cultural identity that is free from corporate sponsorship or funding restraints.
studioELL was founded in the summer of 2015 in London, UK as part of galleryELL which was a transient gallery created in 2008 in Brooklyn, New York, by installation artist and curator, John Ros. galleryELL was created with the idea that, though we understood the current art culture in New York, and though we knew we existed within its framework, we also considered ourselves to be offering something new and exciting to the disenfranchised and marginalized artists of New York City. galleryELL ended its programming in 2016 and studioELL took the helm with a focus on higher education and artist connectivity with a focus on studio practice.
In architecture, an “ELL” is an extension or addition to an existing building at a right angle. Though it is part of the original structure, it is defined and distinct from it. An “ELL” is also a measurement taken with the body, the former English unit of length for cloth (equal to approximately 45 inches, the breadth of one’s arms), without tools; it is self-contained and self-reliant. The self-reliance of the “ELL” serves as a touchstone for all we do.
The health, economic, environmental and voting crises continue to expose the worst systemic disparities in our democracy. On the backdrop of a complete lack of leadership, the militarizing of our police and constant surveillance — unnecessary death and violence against our most marginalized continues. We must fight against the systemic violence pervasive throughout our society.
ACKNOWLEDGING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
studioELL acknowledges the Munsee Lenape and Canarsie as the original custodians of the land on which we currently work. We also respectfully acknowledge all Indigenous Peoples and pay our respects to the ancestors, elders and all relatives and relations, past, present and emerging.