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Category: Alumni

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Ella Leidy

“Are you an image maker or an image seeker?” The question, posed by Dean Graham Nickson, caught me off guard. I didn’t know how to respond, not least because it dovetailed so neatly with the questions I had lately been asking myself, that had led me to the New York Studio School in the first […]

August 31, 2020 · Alumni, Marathons

Student Perspectives – Virtual Marathons: Mary Shea

In 1983 I moved to New York to study at the New York Studio School. I was only able to stay for one semester because I realized quickly that I couldn’t afford New York, but during the brief time that I studied with Mercedes Matter and Ruth Miller, I saw that I wanted to be […]

August 6, 2020 · Alumni, Marathons, Student Perspectives

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Madeleine Matsson, MFA 2019

Madeleine Matsson, MFA 2019 shares her experience in the Arbor Vitae Landscape Painting Marathon both in person in Summer 2019 and VIRTUALLY in Summer 2020. After graduating from the New York Studio School in 2019, I attended Arbor Vitae Landscape Painting Marathon, with Graham Nickson and Fran O’Neill. That marathon opened up my eyes to […]

July 27, 2020 · Alumni, Marathons, Student Perspectives

Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Whitson Ramsey

I am a painter from Mississippi and have been interested in attending a Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson for almost two years. I must admit I was skeptical about what the Drawing Marathon would be like online. I imagined that the large scale works I had seen made during a marathon and the immersive experience […]

July 27, 2020 · Alumni, Marathons, Student Perspectives

Alumni Studio Visit: Maryna Bilak, MFA 2014

NYSS: Describe a typical day in studio. Maryna Bilak: Since I have to balance my studio practice with motherhood, I don’t have a regular schedule and my typical day in the studio is extremely chaotic and ever changing. It reminds me of my early years when I painted around people en plein air with changing weather, changing light, and all the […]

July 16, 2020 · Alumni