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Alumni Spotlight: Janet Sawyer

I was among the students in 1963 who were seeking a deeper way to realize our commitment to our art than could be found in the current offerings of our schools. I had come to Brooklyn from Virginia where I was an art student at Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond. The previous summer I had met […]

March 15, 2021 · Alumni

Student Exhibition: Alison Causer, Molly Must, and Erica Newton

Student Exhibition:Alison CauserMolly MustErica NewtonMarch 1st – 14th, 2021

March 1, 2021 · Student Gallery

Exploring Bas-Relief

“Exploring Bas-Relief” opens Monday, February 15th in the Student Gallery. The exhibition features works from the Fall 2020 Sculpture Master Class “Bas Relief: Form and the Perceptual” with Jilaine Jones. The students worked in clay, paper, cardboard, cast molds and experimented with wax in an effort to explore maximum space in minimal depth. On view […]

February 15, 2021 · Student Gallery

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Ariane Guelich

The Virtual Sculpture Marathon with Bruce Gagnier, at first a compromise solution, has been in many ways a discovery for me. My initial disappointment of not being able to come to New York because of its exceptional current situation was soon outshone by new connections with peers each committed to their own concentrated practice in […]

February 8, 2021 · Marathons

Alumni Spotlight: Geoffrey Stein

I first heard of the New York Studio School from a newspaper article, and took my first Drawing Marathon with Dean Graham Nickson in the spring of 1991. I learned about perceptual drawing, space in a drawing, positive and negative space, the picture plane, warm and cool colors, and plasticity. I was hooked. I took […]

January 19, 2021 · Alumni

Alum Don Kimes Interviewed by Art Historian Barbara Rose

“I went to five different schools, but as I’ve said, the place that had the greatest impact was the Studio School of the 1970s. There I met dozens of artists, but the ones who had the greatest impact were the ones who had a strong conviction that art was the most important thing in the […]

January 19, 2021 · Alumni

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Sam Kelly

The Summer 2020 Virtual Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson & Guests was a wonderful experience. I am very thankful to the New York Studio School for offering this program during these difficult times. Fran O’Neil, Charity Baker, Sam Levy and Graham Nickson did a fantastic job running the program and it was an experience that […]

January 12, 2021 · Marathons

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Patty Hudak

I was delighted to be able to attend “Abstracting the Landscape” Virtual Drawing Marathon, with Fran O’Neill from my home in northern Vermont. The pandemic lifestyle has enforced my intimacy with the forest surrounding me, so the ability to focus and process my drawing research, in the community of other artists, with direction from O’Neill, […]

January 5, 2021 · Marathons

NYSS Instructor Karen Wilkin’s article “How Art Lovers Weathered the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020” in The Wall Street Journal

Enjoy NYSS Instructor Karen Wilkin’s article “How Art Lovers Weathered the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020” in The Wall Street Journal. “The New York Studio School, where I teach art history (remotely) in the MFA program, now has full-time remote students from all over the world and well-known alumni, based as far away as California and Australia, […]

December 21, 2020 · Faculty

MFA II Student Exhibition: Jack Albrittain & Ann-Marie Mountford

MFA II Student Exhibition: Jack Albrittain Ann-Marie MountfordDecember 14th 2020 – January 17th, 2021 Artist StatementAnn-Marie MountfordI create my work, frequently in series and often in relief, through mixed-media collage or structure, continually drawing from life and my imagination, to explore and develop new images, juxtaposing vibrant color against more muted hues. I am influenced by […]

December 17, 2020 · Student Gallery

Alumni Studio Visit: David Rich

NYSS: Describe a typical day in the studio. David Rich: At present I paint from late morning into evening or night. In the past my schedule involved teaching during the day and painting at night. I usually have a couple of new paintings in progress, as well as a couple of older paintings being significantly […]

December 16, 2020 · Alumni

Student Perspective: Halle Dillon MFA 2020

I first learned about the New York Studio School as an undergraduate through my college professors at Hollins University. I understood it was a serious art school for committed artists but moving to New York City for grad school seemed like an impossible dream to me at the time. After graduating from Hollins, I joined […]

December 7, 2020 · Student Perspectives

Student Perspective – Marathons: Mimi Kwon, MFA 2021

Art is a poem. One word is very important in my life, one picture, and one moment of painting is very special. That has a power and that is my motivation to be an artist. I fondly remember my first Marathon Drawing in 2019 with Dean Graham Nickson, which was a really wonderful experience in […]

December 1, 2020 · Marathons

Alumni Spotlight: Carlo Cittadini, MFA 2019

While at the New York Studio School, I discovered how to paint with my guts. As I was pushed to work faster than my brain could think, I learned to have a visceral experience that is raw, immediate, and stunning. And then to look.  I learned about making, but I also learned about myself; I’ve […]

November 23, 2020 · Alumni

Student Perspective: Jamie Allen MFA 2020

The choice to continue my education was less in pursuit of an MFA, and more so in finding a community that would nurture my growth as a studio artist.  I ultimately decided to apply to the New York Studio School after a series of encounters which showed that this was, undoubtedly, the perfect option for […]

November 17, 2020 · Student Perspectives

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Samantha Howard

  I have been drawn to the Marathons at the New York Studio School since the time I became familiar with the School. The very notion of a Marathon of any kind is intriguing, and of course appeals to a certain type of personality. I am not being trite in admitting I am a runner, […]

November 3, 2020 · Marathons

“Game Changer: Mercedes Matter” in Gagosian Quarterly

Lauren Mahony and Michael Tcheyan pay homage to the founder of the New York Studio School in Gagosian Quarterly. Mercedes Matter’s devotion to art and artists, manifest in her founding of the New York Studio School, was instilled in her early on. Born Jeanne Carles in Philadelphia in 1913, the future artist, writer, and educator […]

October 28, 2020 · History

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Lisa Wilde

Clintel Steed’s Sacred Geometry Marathon was a transformative experience for me. Because of COVID restrictions, a limited number of students were allowed to attend this Marathon and we were “podded” into two large studios. We all wore masks, including the instructor and the model.  The structure of our days was like other Marathons – Clintel […]

October 28, 2020 · Marathons

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Heidi Chapson

In a previous life, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, worked in the music industry, and eventually wound up in the technology space. But the two themes that have remained consistent throughout these years has been drawing and painting. Admittedly, there have been dearth periods, just as much as there […]

October 20, 2020 · Marathons

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Rebecca Jones

My work always improves dramatically after participating in a New York Studio School Marathon. With that in mind I decided to make most of the virtual content offered this September and enrolled in the Fall 2020 Virtual Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson & Guests. I have participated in many of the Studio School Marathons and […]

October 12, 2020 · Marathons

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