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The Exhibition Lab Class



(L to R) Eva Fazzari, Francis Minien and Aleya Lehmann Bench, from The Exhibition Lab Exhibition, 2017.

From January to May, you will meet 5 times with me at Foley Gallery for a 3-hour rigorous group critique session.  Our goal will be for each of you to excel and pursue your own vision. We will create an environment that supports this through honest and smart criticism.

In addition, each of you will have a one-on-one session with me for approximately 40 minutes.  Here, we will go over the finer points of your work and discuss individual changes and approaches you can implement. 

In May, a final edit will be made and each photographer will then have the opportunity to exhibit their work in an exhibition at Foley Gallery, opening in June.

This is how The Exhibition Lab was originally conceived.  I invite you to contact me, find out more details and share any questions you might have.  This is a unique opportunity to share the experience of working together, receive guidance and feedback, enjoy a growing community and gain recognition and support to ensure a dynamic experience for everyone.

I invite photographers from all disciplines to apply.

- Michael Foley 


How to Apply

This class is open to all levels by application only.  Simply submit 8 images from a cohesive body of work along with a hundred word artist statement and why you would like to join.  Each jpg should be no larger than 1 MG.  In addition, you may be asked to come in for an interview.  If accepted, you will be given a link to sign up and make payment. 


Full tuition for this class is $895.  This package includes five 3-hour critique sessions (three of which will be with an additional co-leader), one 40-minute individual review, and participation in the Exhibition Lab Exhibition in June.  Payment can be made in two installments of $447.50.


How classes work

Each class is 3 hours long and limited to 8 students.  Classes will be led by Michael and on 3 occasions, he will be joined by an industry professional (curator, editor or photographer).  Last year we were joined by Andrew Moore, Martine Fougeron and Elinor Carucci.  Classes run from January to May.  You must be able to attend at least 4 of the 5 critique sessions


Elinor Carruci reviews work from The Exhibition Lab.

Martine Fougeron reviews photographs from the Exhibition Lab.

Critique Dates

All classes are from 6:30 to 9:30 on Thursdays:



One-on-one meeting times/days TBD.  

All classes are held at Foley Gallery, 59 Orchard Street, New York, NY  10002

If you have already taken classes at the Exhibition Lab, you still must apply. 


What is the Exhibition Lab?

The Exhibition Lab was co-founded by Michael Foley in 2010 as a study center for fine art photography dedicated to learning by critique.

Located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the gallery space of Foley Gallery, the Ex Lab will function as a hub for the study of photography outside of traditional academic venues. 

Classes are small in size to encourage participation and interaction. The overarching goal of the Ex Lab, in addition to imparting knowledge and fostering dialogue, is to provide fine art photographers with a ‘home base,’ a place of learning, discourse, and community. Michael Foley's expertise as gallery owner and academic, and the Lab’s location within the walls of an established and celebrated gallery, will be the foundation of the Lab’s connection to the professional community.


The Exhibition Lab Exhibition, Opening Reception, 2017

About Michael Foley

Michael Foley opened Foley Gallery in New York in the fall of 2004 after several years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery, and Yancey Richardson Gallery.  He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography. He is the co-founder of The Exhibition Lab, a study center for fine art photography dedicated to learning by critique.

The gallery is located at 59 Orchard Street between Grand & Hester Streets on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. 



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