The Summer Program offers emerging to mid-career artists a unique opportunity to be immersed in an intense week of critiques and discussions spanning a diverse and challenging range of historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives of artistic practice within the stimulating environment and rigorous framework of Whale & Star. It is limited to 15 participants and 2 auditors. Auditors attend all sessions, but do not present their own work.  


The 2013 Summer Program faculty is to be announced.


Critiques are the heart of The Summer Program. Each participant will present (via digital projection) images of his/her work twice during the Program to which the faculty will respond. Each presentation can include up to 10 images. The tone of these critiques is respectful, but intense and direct.  In addition, each participant is asked to present questions that are of concern to him or her, and works throughout the week in the refinement of an simple artist statement. The faculty might offer daily lectures, presentations, and lead focused discussions on art practice and theory. 


Although subject to change, the schedule will follow this general format.

8:30-9:00 AM
Breakfast at Whale & Star
9:00-10:00 AM
10:00-11:00 AM
Noon-1:00 PM
Lunch at Whale & Star
1:00-1:30 PM
1:30-2:30 PM
2:30-3:30 PM
3:30-4:30 PM
4:30-5:30 PM
5:30-6:00 PM


Participants who do not live in Miami can stay at the Marriot Biscayne, two participants to a room, if requested.  Transportation is arranged to and from the hotel on a daily basis. Whale & Star will host a simple breakfast, light lunch, and afternoon snack.


2013 The Summer Program Fees (including tuition and meals) is $950 for participants and $750 for auditors. Accommodations with double occupancy at Marriot Biscayne can be arranged for an additional $450.  In addition to other forms of payment, arrangements can be made for credit card payment.

Financial Assistance

Whale & Star offers up to four half-tuition need-based scholarships.


The application consists of a written statement, exhibition history, reason for coming to the Summer Program, and ten samples of work.  These materials must be sent as email attachments to (please limit each image to 1 MB).  The application deadline for the 2013 Summer Program will be anounced in December 2012.