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Discover how to apply your interest in art and science to a future career path! The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Bard Graduate Center present Art Detectives, a free virtual summer course for rising juniors and seniors in high school.

This free and remote four-week summer course is a unique opportunity to study with a variety of museum conservators, scientists, and PhD students working in the fields of art conservation and cultural heritage science. Art Detectives will gain an understanding of studio art practice, materials identification, as well as the philosophy and ethics surrounding the research and preservation of cultural heritage. Art Detectives will practice close observation and examination techniques, learn about technical art history and scientific analysis to identify materials, explore methods used to distinguish a forgery from an authentic work of art, and uncover the science involved in the preservation of time-based and digitally born art. Learn about career pathways in the fields of art conservation, collections care, museum education, and applied sciences. The summer course will culminate with participants presenting a case study to community audiences, utilizing various scientific methods to trace the life of an artwork.

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Important Dates

Summer 2021 Program Dates

July 6–July 29, 2021
Monday–Thursday, 12:30–4 pm on Zoom


Application Deadline: April 23, 2021
Acceptance Notification: May 14, 2021




Learn more about BGC’s other summer program for teens, the Lab for Teen Thinkers: Historical Archaeology and Material Culture. Learn more and apply!