Lydia Kutko Art Consulting
Lydia Kutko Art Consulting
New York City Art Advisor and Art Consultant
 

[REFRAME]

The first Contemporary Art Education & Business Program for the Department of Correction in New York City.

[REFRAME] is a contemporary artworld program serving the inmate population at Rikers Island Correctional Facility followed by an art jobs training program post-incarceration. Created by Lydia Kutko Art Consulting, [REFRAME] is a first of its kind program to be implemented by the New York City Government Department of Corrections.

 
 

2018 partnership with

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From Jails to Jobs

On March 31, 2017 Mayor de Blasio announced Rikers will close. Over the next 10 years, funding will go to rebuilding lives not prisons. This is a historical moment for NYC and the criminal justice system.

“Everyone deserves a second chance. We’re working to break the cycle of returning to jail for those in City custody by making sure they have opportunities to learn and grow while in jail, and connecting them with the re-entry services to support a pathway to stability when they leave,” Mayor Bill de Blasio.

[REFRAME] is a contemporary artworld program serving the inmate population at Rikers Island Correctional Facility followed by an art jobs training program post-incarceration. Created by Lydia Kutko Art Consulting, [REFRAME] is a first of its kind program to be implemented by the New York City Government Department of Corrections.

Each course featured content from the following program themes:

Oppression
Focus on the artistic practice as a tool to engage with adversity in a positive way.  How are contemporary artists responding to social, economic, political and religious issues?  How are those issues the same or different than inmates’?

Expression
Dive into various artistic styles and methods.  Inmates will view slideshow examples of art made throughout the boroughs. They will learn how to analyze a work of art by looking at color, line, shape, material, light, and subject. Each inmate will be asked to select a work of art to analyze and present their discoveries to the group.

Profession
We invite art professionals from various fields to discuss their career and what challenges and triumphs they’ve encountered. This presents opportunities for inmates to learn about art jobs that may be available to them.

Corporate Partners

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Program Curators 

 
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lydia kutko

Lydia successfully launched [REFRAME] in 2017 and is now running the program's 2018 season.  As principal of her art consulting practice, Lydia brings a wealth of knowledge and advanced qualifications to her consultancy.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master’s Degree in Art Market from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  She brings more than a decade of experience working in a creative consultative capacity for Government, Wealth Management, Legal, Appraisal, and Media firms, as well as Individual Collectors, Interior Designers, and Art Dealers.

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LAUREN BECK

Lauren is an east coast native, who was fascinated by the magnificent art she saw on childhood trips to the National Gallery and Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, an interest in service took her path a different direction, though she continued to develop these interests. After serving five years as an officer in the United States Coast Guard, Lauren decided it was time to turn her passion for the arts into a new career. She gained gallery and art fair work experience in Los Angeles, and then moved to New York for her education. Lauren is a 2013 graduate of Christie's Education with an M.A. In the History of Art and the Art Market. A strong interest in Auction House operations led her to pursue a position within Christie’s Client Service, and she has been a proud member of the team since March of 2014. She is currently a Supervisor in the department, and leads the front of housepayments, collections and registration teams, as well as the gallery assistant program. 

 

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