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YO Ukraine!

Our second selection for the #5WomenArtists challenge in honor of Women’s History Month is artist Deborah Kass.⁠⁠Yesterday, she worked with staff from the Brooklyn Museum to wrap her iconic yellow sculpture OY/YO “to show solidarity with Ukraine and its diasporic communities worldwide fighting for sovereignty and democratic freedom.”⁠ The Brooklyn Museum explains:⁠⁠“Kass hailed ‘Glory to […]

#5WomenArtists!

Women’s History Month 2022 In 2016 the National Museum of Women in the Arts created the #5WomenArtists challenge in honor of Women’s History Month. Since its inception, we have shared 5 women artists that are connected to the rich history of the Art Students League. ⁠⁠⁠⁠We begin this year with a double feature of League […]

The Forgotten Centre for Black Culture & Art in New York City

In 2021, The Art Students League of New York, in partnership with the Romare Bearden Foundation, presented Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists. The exhibition was the first introductory survey to focus on Cinque Gallery, the innovative non-profit artists’ space dedicated to promoting the achievements of Black artists from its founding in 1969 until its closure […]

The Most Exciting Sculptor in NYC

In Episode 3, Andrew meets monument maker Tanda Francis in her Brooklyn studio. She teaches him how to plan for large-scale public sculptures in three steps. They also discuss how she got started with sculpture, inspiration from NY artist/instructor Barney Hodes, and take a visit to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. Follow […]

Jas Knight — An Art Lover Becomes an Art Maker

An Art Instructor Is Also a Lifelong Student. I didn’t play all day…All I did was draw —Jas Knight via the Museum of Fine Arts Boston For Jas Knight, painting was a part of growing up. He pursued excellence in his work from a young age. At seven, he was selling paintings. A year later, […]

Mariana Oushiro—An Abstract Painter Finds Freedom

An Abstract Sense of Freedom. We all walk in someone else’s path until you find your own. I wouldn’t walk as freely if I didn’t have [my instructor at The League], Jill Nathanson. —Mariana Oushiro via Artmakers Mariana Oushiro first came to New York City from Brazil on vacation. On trips to the Museum of […]

Brenda Berkman — A Trailblazer Starts A New Path

A Pioneer Takes Up Printmaking It’s surprising even to me that I would have changed from Brenda Berkman, fire officer, to Brenda Berkman, printmaker. —Brenda Berkman, via Smithsonian Brenda Berkman has lived her life in revolutions. She began her career as a lawyer. In the 1980s, she fought for the right to follow her true […]

Meet Athena LaTocha

Athena LaTocha, who has studied with Michael Pellettieri at The League, is the subject of a major profile in The New York Times. Originally from Alaska, she is from the Lakota and Ojibwe Peoples of the Northern Plains and—when moving to NYC—she studied printmaking at The League with instructor Michael Pellettieri.⁠ Ms. LaTocha is known […]

#NationalCookieDay

Guess what? It’s #NationalCookieDay! Yep, I just gave you a perfik excuse to INDULGE in the holiday sugar rush and ⁠fetch yourself a cookie 😋⁠⁠⁠Enjoy this still life painting by League artist Yuri Tayshete who studied with instructor Karen O’Neil in her “Still Life Painting” class. These gingerbreadpersons look too scrumptious to eat. It’s time […]

A Thanksgiving That Looks Like All of Us

Artist Hank Willis Thomas and photographer Emily Shur re-imagined Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want,” one in a series of four iconic paintings inspired by FDR’s 1941 speech to Congress. ⁠⁠The story goes that in 2012, Hank Willis Thomas saw a poster of Norman Rockwell’s painting of a family seated around a holiday table and “decided […]

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