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About GhostsBeforeBreakfast

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    Art History

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  1. I’m essentially daydreaming about where I could be in the next decade and I’ve decided to casually look into art law. I’m interested for many reasons that I won’t divulge, but I’m largely already considered a young leader in my specialized field and think getting a JD and focusing in variable/complex media art law could be interesting. Anyway, what are the best programs for art law and why?
  2. This is wise. It's so hard to predict the future and even foolish to try and do so. My emotional instincts go through very strong flows of feeling the need to do a PhD for personal reasons and personal achievement. Maybe I should talk to my potential advisor about it, as we have luckily already met at functions, and attend some Q+A sessions at the program(s) I'm considering. I'd probably wait a few months to do this, since it's prime application season for those who are serious about entering for next Fall and I'm not ready for that. I guess these steps would make the situation feel more prese
  3. I've been thinking about doing something crazy lately but will probably convince myself that it's a bad idea sooner than later. I have an MA. I'm essentially third in charge at my company, doing work directly related to my field and sometimes specific to my concentration. Yet, I personally feel unfulfilled in putting off a PhD and would like to feel more connected to academic circles and challenging academic work. Considering that my placement and hopefully indispensable nature at this company would allow the flexibility of attending courses, conducting research, and writing papers is it
  4. This is a simple question I rarely see on here. It might seem obvious at first but I imagine there is a greater amount of nuance between answers than one would expect. So, especially if you think your reasoning is nuanced, why do you/did you want a PhD in Art History? And maybe the smaller question should be, how confident are you that you will be [subjectively] successful upon receiving your doctorate?
  5. Many people I've looked up to over the years, including now, have told me that I should enter a PhD program. The thing is, I don't know what I want out of my career anymore and a PhD makes less sense now than it did before I embarked on my MA; This is due to many complicated political aspects in my industry, whether it be curatorial work or teaching. The problem is that I have a lot of ideas which I'd like to write about and professors keep encouraging me. They tell me the only way I will have time to write and publish is if I have institutional backing and enter a PhD program. Is it enou
  6. This is pretty discouraging. People keep asking me to apply to PhD programs but I can't make financial sense of it, among other contemplations. After taxes it seems virtually impossible to surirve where I'm from, especially with previous student loans. And this is coming from a person who is great at pinching pennies.
  7. Both Christie's and Sotheby's Education programs have alumni at major galleries, such as Pace, Gagosian, and David Zwirner. Plenty of graduates from these programs also work in auction houses, although I'm pretty sure they only choose a small selection of people from each cohort to work directly at the affiliated auction house right after graduation. The point is, if you're exclusively interested in art market-related work, they are respected enough to get you these positions. That being said, as you probably know, their tuition is extremely high. If you're interested in working outside of for
  8. I applied in March and was waitlisted for my top choice. I think it's worth a shot.
  9. It's unbelievably early but I'm strongly considering taking a year off from graduate school to pursue the 12-month internship at MoMA. I think I have a good chance this time around, considering my recent research, work experience, and certain recommenders. At the same time, how often do people get accepted that are mid-way through their MA? I could wait until I graduate but something in my gut says that now is the right time.
  10. I despise endnotes. I'm a strictly Chicago Style footnote user. Naturally, I used footnotes for my writing sample and attend one of the best graduate programs for my field.
  11. Two quick things: 1. Look into PAYE or "Pay As Your Earn," if you're dead-set on attending an unfunded MA program. 2. It doesn't hurt to contact POIs if you are applying as an MA student, especially if you already have a concentration, or even a thesis, in mind. You'd be surprised how much attention MA students get from professors if they are confident in their research topics and have a fresh perspective.
  12. I'm curious to know if anyone is still waiting on any acceptances or rejections, this late in the season?
  13. I'm not 100% understanding why people are so afraid of six figure loans when PAYE and IBR are options.
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