As the Founder and CEO of Kunstraum, Nadja prides herself on reaching out to a wide and evergrowing range of artists--all ages, experience levels, points in their career. Kunstraum welcomes everyone into our coworking studios and we would like to expand this even further through teaching. Nadja has an extensive background as an artist and an educator, having taught at institutions such as the P.I. Art Center in Manhattan, Brooklyn College, City College, and Columbia University, and the Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Nadja uses the video and technical skills that she teaches in her own practice, giving her a fully-rounded point of view as an instructor.
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Kunstraum has been thriving in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill/South of the Navy Yard neighborhood since 2015. Born out of necessity to foster collaboration between visual artists, architects, curators, designers, filmmakers and writers, the Kunstraum model features excellent gallery and studio spaces, networking, research opportunities and discourse for creative production. As the instructor, Nadja would love to start out by scheduling a "meet & greet" with the prospective student(s) to discuss their desires, availability, Kunstraum's mission, etc. This will be held in one of our coworking lofts, sunny gallery spaces where you can sit down and discuss the desired lessons.
The Kunstraum team is made up of five practicing artists/curators, all equipped with formal arts educations. Nadja Verena Marcin, Kunstraum's Founder and CEO, has been a practicing artist and educator for ten years. She graduated from the Visual Art Department of New Genre, School of the Arts at Columbia University, New York in 2010. She's also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster, Germany. Since then, she has traveled the world teaching and touring her art work while also managing to write for esteemed arts publications such as Hyperallergic.
Kunstraum charges $125 for a one-hour lesson and $200 for a two-hour lesson.
During her time studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster, Nadja began by teaching courses on technical tools and skills such as iMovie, Final Cut, DVD Studio, and Lighting Design, all things that she uses in her own artistic practice. From there, when she went on to study at Columbia University, she kept teaching classes on those skills as well as the Adobe Suite and special lessons on Video-Performance. After graduating, Nadja expanded her teaching to the rest of the world, teaching courses on Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice, Experimental Film Production, and video and performance art. Finally, Nadja founded Kunstraum with the mission to break down the hierarchy of the modern day art world. To do this, she initiated our Studio Visit Program, which is made up of monthly studio visits between Kunstraum's artist members and many well-versed members of the art world, both local and international (curators, collectors, critics, gallerists, etc.). She would like to expand this now to interested parties outside of Kunstraum members.
Currently we have only provided opportunities like this for our artist members, who range extremely in experience, age, and medium. Some come to us straight out of school while others have been working for decades and just need a space of their own. We welcome all levels of experience and knowledge.
Every summer we put on a Member Show to exhibit the work of any interested Kunstraum Member. This past year we held "A quick turnaround (so I'm pretty turned around)", featuring the work of seven Kunstraum artist members and two Kunstraum staff members. It was a great opportunity for our community to connect even further and then embrace our artistic network during the opening reception. Members were able to connect with each other as well as other members of the art world outside of Kunstraum. We'd love to eventually come up with a way to do this for incoming students as well.