The League Residency at Vyt

Building on the esteemed reputation of the Art Students League of New York, the League Residency at Vyt provides support to emerging, established, and teaching artists by bringing them together with masters and colleagues for intensive focus through an international residency program. Click here to apply to be an artist-in-residence at The League Residency at Vyt.

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The League Residency at Vyt fosters professional independent development for working artists. Hosting exhibitions and workshops, Vytlacil is an integral part of the Art Students League of New York's enduring mission to train great artists. Residents are given space and time to freely focus on their craft as well as ample opportunity to engage with a supportive society of artists and League staff who embody the creative spirit.

"I think that Vyt has the perfect balance between an extremely well organized structure, with efficient and able staff, and the freedom for artists to do what they want. The studio facilities are excellent as are the apartments. The setting at Vytlacil is idyllic, set in wooded gardens and the neighboring towns are charming and full of interest. The public bus service to Manhattan in 1 hour is a big plus. The interaction with the staff, visiting artists and the residential artists themselves, is very important. Being at Vyt allowed me to work undisturbed and to produce in 2 months what would normally take 1 year."

     — Steve Downey, Vyt Resident Alumnus



Affectionately known as “Vyt,” the property and funding was a gift to The Art Students League of New York from the family of Modernist artist and League Instructor Vaclav Vytlacil. A meeting place for artists from around the world, the League Residency at Vyt encourages you to hone your art making in a spacious and pastoral setting. Set on fifteen wooded acres in the Lower Hudson Valley – just 24 miles north of the cultural center of New York City – Vyt enables artists-in-residence to craft their own mix of focused work, community with other residents, opportunity for studio conversations and critiques with visiting artists and League instructors, and inspiration from New York's museums and galleries. Located near the historic hamlet, Sparkill, the campus is also surrounded by the well-known Hudson River Valley villages of Piermont and Nyack.

Since its start in 2007 as a progressive extension of the League's legacy in "pluralistic and inclusive education" in the arts, The League Residency at Vyt has hosted more than 400 artists from around the world including Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Pakistan, India, Ireland, Japan, Nigeria, Korea, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom. 

Residents enjoy 24-hour access to studio spaces and private bedrooms, accommodated either in the Residence Hall or in Vytlacil's 1890 Victorian home.

Three residents are housed on the 2nd floor of the Vytlacil House, which also contains a shared kitchen, bath, and laundry facilities.

Four residents are housed in the Residence Hall, an ADA-compliant live/work facility completed in 2010. With sleeping, cooking, and bath areas in each residence room, studio space is included with living quarters in two units, while the other two units share a large studio separate from their living quarters.

The 1st floor of the Vytlacil House contains a library, office, and public restrooms, as well as exhibition space in the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery.


  • Click here for application information
  • Read LINEA's handy checklist for what to pack for your artist's residency
  • Pastoral 15-acre campus nestled in the scenic lower Hudson River Valley
  • Surrounded by historic and natural attractions (near Nyack, Piermont, Tappan)
  • Convenient access to public transportation to New York City
  • Group trip to New York City, with a tour of the League's landmark building on 57th Street in Manhattan
  • Private Bedrooms
  • 24/7 access to studio spaces
  • Communal lunch provided once a week
  • Studio conversations with visiting artists, critics, historians, curators, and League Instructors
  • Scheduled weekly runs for groceries/supplies
  • Fresh eggs!
  • Specialized equipment such as a bronze furnace, ceramic kilns, forging, and welding
  • Art library and reading room
  • Campus-wide wi-fi internet
  • Click here for location & directions to Vytlacil
  • $2,800 for a 4-week residency session
  • Scholarships
    Applications for limited, merit-based, competitive scholarships are open to professional, emerging, and teaching visual artists over the age of 18.
    The League Residency at Vyt is supported by grants from the Sara and Yasuo Kuniyoshi Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (2012), the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the Ruth Katzman Scholarship Fund in loving memory of her parents, Lilian and Max Katzman.


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