Founded in 1875 by artists and for artists, the Art Students League of New York has been instrumental in shaping America's legacy in the fine arts. Many renowned artists have honed their skills at the League, which is dedicated to sustaining the great tradition of training artists. Today, more than 2,500 students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, study at the League each month.
Currently, the League offers more than 130 courses taught by a faculty of approximately 80 artists at its flagship Manhattan location. The League also offers an international residency program as well as ongoing critiques, workshops and exhibitions at Vytlacil (24 miles north of Manhattan). Throughout the year, students also participate in lectures, seminars and workshops presented by noted figures in the art world.
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Just Some of the Prominent Artists Who Have Studied or Taught at the League
Click on the artists' names to learn more about them. Click the following link for information about current League instructors.
Founded by Artists, For Artists
Established by artists for artists, and continuing to hold to its founding principles, the League is an atelier school in which the language of art is taught and developed through immersion in the practices of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and assemblage. With an emphasis on mastering skills and visual thinking, students engage in the process of making art. The format of ongoing classes allows students to learn at their own pace and from prominent artists who have a range of artistic philosophies and approaches. They also learn from their fellow students, many of whom have years of experience and add to the rich atelier learning environment.
The League offers the finest quality of art education for students at all levels. There are no prerequisites for enrollment or membership. By dedicating its tuition fees and a significant portion of its endowment to underwriting the cost of instruction, the League ensures that all who wish to attend can do so at affordable cost. Continuous courses, workshops, residencies, apprenticeships and exhibition programs are available to help guide each student through their own self-directed course of study.
The main campus in Manhattan, in the center of the world's most culturally vibrant city, is situated in a landmark building that has been the League's home since it was built in 1892.
The League Residency at Vyt
On a pastoral 15-acre estate just north of New York City, The League Residency at Vyt supports working artists by providing intensive focus through an international residency program. Nestled in the historic lower Hudson Valley’s beautiful landscape, Vyt is a meeting place for masters and colleagues around the world. Vyt fosters professional development by offering residents individual space to freely focus on their craft with facilities including north-lit studios, seven private bedrooms, a bronze foundry, metal forge, walk-in kiln and welding shop. Hosting ongoing critiques, Open Studios, exhibitions and workshops, The League Residency at Vyt is an integral part of the Art Students League of New York’s enduring mission to train great artists. Click here to learn more, or apply to Vyt.