Frequently Asked Questions


Why aren’t there any new assignments coming out right now?

After three years and sixty assignments, we were ready for a break! Also we thought you needed more time to respond to the existing ones. There are so many good ones just waiting for you to do. Another factor, is that we wanted to take the time to make a book that gathers together a selection of assignments and adds a number of new ones. Subscribe to our channel for news, and keep your eyes out for news of new assignments after the book comes out on April 14, 2020.

Are there deadlines?

Nope. These assignments are designed to be responded to whenever the spirit moves you. We follow the hashtag #theartassignment on Instagram and Twitter, and sometimes repost responses, no matter how long ago the assignment was issued.

Can I submit more than one response?

Of course! We often receive multiple responses from community members, and we like that.

I can’t do one of the assignments because of a very good reason. Why did you make an assignment that I can’t do?

We strive to present a super wide range of assignments that represent the many different ways artists work. While we try to make each assignment as accessible as possible, we understand--and hope you do, too--that there are a large number of assignments and we don’t assume you will do all of them. We also hope that if circumstances preclude you from completing an assignment now, it might become possible in the future. Also, please remember you can interpret a given assignment any way you like. Make it work for you.

How are featured artists selected?

Sarah Urist Green makes these selections based on a wide variety of factors, with the goal of presenting a diverse range of artists working in a wide variety of media, using many different approaches, and living in disparate locations. If you’d like Sarah to consider featuring you or an artist you know, feel free to post your idea on Twitter or Instagram and tag us or email us: We likely won’t write back, but trust that we’ve received it and are grateful for your input.

Why haven’t you been to my town?

There are so many great artists working in so many great places, and there are only so many days and travel dollars in the year! We do our best to get to new places and have a long list of cities we’d like to travel to and artists we’d like to feature.

I’d like to screen an episode of the series in my classroom or exhibition, or for an event. Do I need permission?

Nope. Please feel free to present these videos in a wide range of contexts. The videos are made to be shared, and it makes us happy when they are shared widely. No need to ask permission, but we always like hearing about how it goes! Post about your event or what your classroom does in response with #theartassignment to your social media platform of choice.

I’d like to interview you or invite you to speak. How do I do that?

Thanks for your interest! It depends on timing and schedules, but feel free to reach out and we’ll respond if it’s feasible:

Does The Art Assignment offer internships?

Only occasionally, because we’re so rarely in one place long enough for it to be a valuable experience for the intern. Please feel free to submit your resume and a brief note that mentions where you live and what you could contribute to the series: You will likely not receive a reply, and that’s not because we don’t like you, it’s because we’re too busy and aren’t taking on any interns at the moment.