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Copyist Program

Set up your studio in The Met. The Copyist Program offers time and space for artists to develop an artwork through intimate study in the Museum's galleries.

Copyists have created reinterpretations of original artworks in The Met collection since 1872, engaging with objects spanning more than 5,000 years of history. The program celebrates intensive technical study, deep observation, and encourages sustained engagement with a diverse range of media, including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, and textiles.

Three images of artists copying textile, painting, and sculpture in the galleries

Artists interested in working in the galleries may apply to participate in a free eight-week session during the fall semester (October–December) or the spring semester (February–March). We accept online applications only. Please read the Copyist Program Terms and Conditions (PDF) and Guidelines for Requesting a Work of Art to Copy (PDF) before applying.

University, college, and atelier groups are welcome on a case-by-case basis and depending on availability. For more information or questions not addressed in the application materials, email

Visitors may sketch in the galleries at any time using pencil only. Please see the Museum's Sketching and Copying policy under Visitor Tips.

The application deadline for the fall 2017 semester is Sunday, September 10 and the due date for the spring semester is Sunday, December 10. Applications submitted after the fall due date will be considered for the spring semester. Apply for the Copyist Program.