The Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery At Vytlacil

Set in modernist painter Vaclav Vytlacil’s historic Victorian home in Rockland County, the exhibitions at the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery enrich the resident and visitor experience at The League Residency at Vyt. Hosting six exhibitions per year, the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery focuses on exhibitions by the Art Students League of New York’s exceptional faculty and friends. See Upcoming Exhibitions, below.



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Marilyn Friedman , Karen O'Neil, John Varriano

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2-5pm
on view: November 8, 2015 - January 10, 2016 

Marilyn Friedman, Painted Head,
fired clay with burnished pigment, 8 x 8 x 15 in

Karen O'Neil, Red Hot Peppers, Seed Pack, and Glass Dish,
oil on linen, 10 x 10 in

John Varriano, Vicki, oil on linen


Starting as a figurative sculptor, Marilyn Friedman’s work grew to express the rhythms, dynamics, and motifs of the human form. This brought her to develop a vocabulary in the responsive medium of clay, where forms led to content. Her recent work is part of a conceptual vessel series exploring the themes of time and the female form. She has won numerous scholarships, grants, and awards for her portrait, figurative, and abstract works, and was recently awarded the 2014 Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in recognition of her work as a sculptor.

Ms. Friedman studied sculpture at the University of Siena, Italy, and received a degree in Art History and Sculpture from Stony Brook University. Upon graduating, she attended the Art Students League of New York, where she received several grants and scholarships including the John Hovannes Memorial Merit Scholarship, Johnson Atelier Residence Scholarship, two Concours Awards for Sculpture, four consecutive Nessa Cohen Memorial Fund Grants for Sculpture, and The Tucker Fund Scholarship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She was appointed to the Board of Control, and her work is in The Art Students League Permanent Collection.

She received many awards for her sculpture including the Excalibur Bronze Award for Portraiture, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club; Katherine Thayer Hobson Award for Portrait Sculpture, Pen & Brush Club; Gold Medal of Honor for Sculpture, National Arts Club; Youth Awards Commendation, National Sculpture Society; In Memorium Award for Sculpture, 73rd Annual Allied Artists of America Exhibition, and the Dessie Greer Prize for Portrait Sculpture at the National Academy of Design 161st Annual Exhibition.

Her work is in many private collections and has been exhibited at galleries throughout the Northeast, including recent exhibitions at the Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Pomona Cultural Center, and The Belskie Museum of Art. Her work is installed in La Paix Sculpture Garden, the Nightengale Garden, and the Erika and David Boyd Sculpture Garden.

Ms. Friedman’s career includes consulting for the Department of Conservation at the Museum of Modern Art, on the sequential sculpting process of the Matisse Back Series for the exhibition, Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917. She has taught Foundation and Advanced Sculpture, and Clay Portraiture at Parsons School of Design, and Clay Figure and Portrait Seminars at Montoya Art Studios. She has taught at the Vytlacil Campus of the Art Students League of New York, and was on the Sculpture Faculty of the National Academy School of Fine Arts, where she gave the illustrated lecture, From Naturalism to Abstraction. She is currently an instructor at The Art Students League of New York.

Karen O'Neil says she loves "the visual chaos, energy and excitement of our visual world.  Organizing this chaos into a readable, balanced composition is the challenge of my working life as a painter. Getting as much light, gravity and movement as I can is my goal  – painting large on a small canvas.  Using color relationships to create exciting contrasts and space,  I am seeking to transfer this energy to the viewer – to experience the visual “buzz”! I’m enjoying the push/pull (Hans Hoffman’s color and space theory – he is one of my many painting heroes) of the spaces in these works.  I am composing, and playing with the visual weight of color.  Glass is visually interesting to me because it is invisible.  Glass is heavy in the physical world.  In painting, it becomes weightless, but it’s pattern provides the visual movement in the work. I am also constructing with the paint – large, directional brushstrokes become the construction planes of each work.   The painting feels complete when the abstract shapes in the work relate together and the illusion of form is created."

O’Neil was born in Boston, received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, 1984, and studied with George Nick. She also studied with Henry Hensche in Provincetown, Mass. 1984. Recent regional exhibitions have included a solo exhibition at Artworks Gallery & Studio, Scranton, PA, group exhibitions in Woodstock, Olive, and Kingston, NY as well as the Belskie Museum, Closter NJ. She has been written about in The Jealous CuratorThe Highway is my HomeViva Bang Bang, Starr Struck, and The Artists Magazine. Karen O’Neil’s work is represented in numerous private collections.  Corporate collections include Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, NY;  Pfizer Pharaceuticals, NY;  Kingston Hospital, Kingston, NY;  HVFA, Kingston, NY. O’Neil is an instructor of painting at The Art Students League of New York, and The Woodstock School of Art. For more information, see and

John A. Varriano is an award-winning representational artist for 25 years, exhibiting extensively in juried shows and galleries on the East Coast.  John has won various awards for his oil paintings, including the 2015 Allied Artists of America ‘Florence and Ernest Thorne Thompson Memorial Award’,  ‘Best in Show’ at the National Art League’s Annual Exhibit in 2012, first place at Gardiner Plein Air Show in 2012, and ‘Best in Show’ at  UCJF’s 14th Annual’ Fall for Art’ Show in Kingston in 2010.  In 2012, John was one of a select few chosen to exhibit his work at the Chelsea International Fine Arts Competition sponsored by Agora Gallery.  In 2006, he was selected to attend an exclusive 10-day painting retreat sponsored by American Artist Magazine at the Forbes Family’s Trinchera Ranch in Colorado.

John teaches figurative, portrait , and landscape  workshops at the Art Students League in NYC,  and is a regular instructor at the Art Center of Northern NJ.   He also teaches workshops in the Hudson Valley at his Gardiner studio.  He is a founding member of Gardiner Open Studio Tour,   John’s portrait commissions are included in numerous private and public collections, including the Yale Club in NYC.  For more information, email johnvarriano[at]





July 11 - September 26, 2015


See LINEA - The Artist's Voice
for an online catalogue of the exhibition.

Curated by League Artist Naomi Campbell,
our first summer exhibition features over 30 diverse
works from artists living in and influenced by the rich
artistic culture in the lower Hudson Valley.

Gary Abramson, Rich Alexander, Garin Baker, Susan Barrasi, Anne Bell, Kathleen Benton, Laurel Boeck, Kris Campbell, Charis J. Carmichael Braun, Amy Digi, Heather Douglas, Carol Flaitz, Marilyn Friedman, Barbara Smith Gioia, William Graziano, Jee Hwang, Eric David Laxman, Daniel Lombardo, Fred Maltzan, Elena McCabe, Kathryn Mecca, Patti Mollica, Mary Parker, Laurie Peek, Diane Rosen, Edward Schmidt, Ellen Singer, Joseph Squillante, Kathleen Sykes, John Varriano, Frances Wells, Cheryl Wheat, Jacob Zurilla




 Hugo Bastidas
Indications of the Process
March 14 – May 9, 2015

Hugo Bastidas, Study for Grand Connectedness,
2015, oil on linen, 16 x 16 in.

Lorrie Goulet
Sculpture, Painting and Other Expressions
December 6, 2014 – February 8, 2015

Lorrie Goulet, photo courtesy of the artist

 Peter Homitzky
Landscapes, Still Lifes, New Paintings
Sept. 13 – November 16, 2014

Peter Homitzky, Alpine, 1989
oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in.




Naomi Campbell
May 3
July 6, 2014

Naomi Campbell, Spawning, 2013,
acrylic and metal on canvas, 74 x 40 in.

Bill Behnken
March 8 – April 28, 2014

Bill Behnken, Manhattan Chiaroscuro,
2013, aquatint, 21 x 20 in.

Catherine Redmond
Painting on Paper and Canvas
December 14, 2013 – February 16, 2014

Catherine Redmond, Cloud Cover,
2013, 14 x 11 in.




 Bruce Dorfman
The Italian Kimono: Select Works 2003-13
October 5 – November 30
, 2013

Bruce Dorfman, The Italian Kimono,
2003-2013, combined mediums, 72.5 x 74 x 4 in.

 Frank O'Cain
Abstracted Landscapes
July 13 – September 15, 2013

Frank O'Cain, Summer [series: Pond],
1975-2006, oil on linen, 96 x 72 in.

James Garvey
 Visual Forensics: Drawing & Forging
April 6 – June 2, 2013

James Garvey, Riddle of Impulse,1984, steel, 64 x 11 x 11 in.;
Figure Sketch 3431, 2009, ink on vellum, 24 x 36 in.




Mark Safan
September 15 – November 10, 2012

Mark Safan, untitled, 2012, mixed media on canvas

 Grace Knowlton
Sculpture and New Paintings
November 17 – January 12, 2013

Grace Knowlton, Finished Unfinished, 2012

Hans Witschi
January 19 – March 16, 2013

Hans Witschi, Self-Portrait 2, 2003, oil on canvas




Vaclav Vytlacil  
Summer of ’63: Work from Martha’s Vinyard
January 8 – February 19, 2012

View & purchase original work from the exhibition

Vincent Capraro
Old Soul, Modern Master
March 3 – April 22, 24 2012

Vytlacil Alumni Show
May 6 – June 24, 2012







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