2022 Grants and Scholarships Application Guidelines

The Art Students League of New York is delighted to offer the following Grants and Scholarships through the annual Merit Competition. Unless otherwise stated, Grants include tuition for one full-time class for the Regular Session (September-May) plus a cash award and are open only to members. Scholarships are open to all current and prospective new students, and provide tuition for one full-time class for a Regular Session. Partial tuition scholarships are also awarded.

 

Please carefully read the following information prior to beginning your application.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE/SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Create a free online account on Submittable.
  • Required fields are marked with a red asterisk (*).
  • Completed and signed application form (Note: applicants to the McDowell Travel Grant will be asked to submit a notarized affidavit).
  • Submit three (3) digital images of artwork to be judged.
  • Artworks in multiple panels (diptych, triptych) must be submitted as single image files.
  • Individual works of sculpture may be photographed from multiple angles, but must be submitted as a single image file.
  • Student ID number is required; jurors will only be able to identify entrants by ID number.
  • New students applying for a scholarship must create a League account to obtain a Student Identification Number by clicking here.
  • Optional information: The Art Students League is able to designate certain scholarships based on donor intent. Providing the information below is voluntary, but can help the Art Students League distribute awards more effectively. This information has no bearing on the competition itself, which is judged solely on the basis of presented artwork.
  • Save each file in JPEG format, no larger than 2 MB (megabytes).

 

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY

 

  • Students apply to ONE of three categories: Realism, Abstract, or Semi-Abstract/Semi-Objective
  • Open to students working in any medium
  • Prior Merit Scholarship recipients are ineligible
  • League Membership is not required
  • New students applying for a scholarship must create a League account to obtain a Student Identification Number by clicking here
  • Recipients of a tuition scholarship must enroll in classes for the 2022/23 Regular Session and fully use the scholarship by May 31, 2023. Scholarships may not be deferred.
  • International students must have appropriate visa status allowing full-time study at time of application and for the 2022/23 Regular Session

 

 

GRANTS ELIGIBILITY

 

  • League membership in good standing at time of application (status may not be Lapsed or Dropped). Please click here for further information regarding membership and membership status.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in class(es) at the time of application and competition.
  • Eligibility for grants is keyed to registration hours AND areas of concentration. For example, students who have been registered full-time in only a sculpture class will not be eligible for painting grants. Please see Available Awards (below) for complete details.
  • At time of application candidates must have completed a minimum of 1,120 cumulative class hours (full-time and/or part-time, excluding workshops).
  • Past recipients of a specific grant may not reapply for the same grant (exception: Nessa Cohen Grant), but may apply for other grants (based on eligibility).
  • International students must have appropriate visa status allowing full-time study at time of application and for the 2022/23 Regular Session.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

CONTACT

Questions regarding eligibility and class hour requirements may be directed to Thomas Tacik, tel: (646) 838-9138; e-mail: [email protected].

 

COMPETITION AWARD LIMIT POLICY

Students may apply to only one Merit Scholarship category (Realism; Abstract; Semi-Abstract/Semi-Figurative). Eligible students may apply for any number of grants, but may receive only one award during the competition. Students who apply for more than one grant, and subsequently win an award, will be withdrawn from other awards of lesser value. Students winning a scholarship and then a grant automatically cede the award of lesser value.

 

GRANTS ELIGIBILITY and CLASS HOURS

Eligibility is based on registration hours in regular and online classes (excluding workshops and uninstructed sketch), regardless of full-time or part-time class status. Following are approximate equivalents for class hours and monthly registration: 1,120 hours = at least 16 months of full-time classes or more than 32 months of part-time classes.

 

GRANTS ELIGIBILITY and MEMBERSHIP STATUS (does not apply to Scholarship eligibility)

 

Applicants for grants must be members in good standing. Students are strongly advised to verify membership status before submitting an application. Members whose status is Dropped or Lapsed will not be eligible. Members whose status is “Lapsed” may simply renew by paying dues for the current year. Members whose status is “Dropped” must submit a written/signed “Request for Reinstatement” for consideration by the Board of Control, which meets monthly from September to June. The Annual Registration Fee (paid every 12 months by all registered students) is not equivalent to paying annual Membership dues and does not constitute League membership.

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION

 

The League is committed to maintaining an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination or harassing behavior in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school administered programs. All students have equal access to the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available at the League. Both League policy and law prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, race, color, disability, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or sex. All students meeting the eligibility requirements who have submitted their work in accordance with the instructions above will be considered.

 

All students meeting the eligibility requirements who have submitted their work in accordance with the instructions above will be considered.

 

Application Due Date: May 15, 2022.

AFTER CREATING A SUBMITTABLE ACCOUNT CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION.

Click Here to Apply

Jurors will review all applications by June 15. Winners will be announced shortly after.

 

AVAILABLE AWARDS

 

Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant

Two awards of $15,000 and full-time tuition for one class during the regular school year

In addition to the requirements listed above, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • Travel and study in Spain for at least four (4) months
  • Open to students whose focus is painting in any medium or style

 

Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant

One award of $10,000 and full-time tuition for one class during the regular school year

In addition to the requirements listed above, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • Travel/study in Europe for at least two (2) months, to include Paris
  • Open to single (unmarried) students working in any medium or style

 

The following Terms & Conditions are required only for applicants for the Gonzalez/Edwards and/or McDowell grants:

  • Recipients of the Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant must agree to travel to Spain and remain there for study in the field of painting for four (4) months, to begin using the grant prior to August 30, 2023. Recipients must also agree to send progress reports to the Board of Control.
  • Recipients agree to submit a travel itinerary with budget, and a personal statement detailing what they plan to accomplish with the travel grant.
  • The recipient of an Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant must agree to travel to Europe and remain there for study for at least two (2) months, to begin using the grant by August 30, 2023. The recipient must also agree to send progress reports to the Board of Control, including one report from Paris.
  • Recipient must be unmarried.
  • Recipient must agree to submit a travel itinerary with budget, and a personal statement detailing what they plan to accomplish with the travel grant.

 

Kuniyoshi Award Painting and Printmaking

Two awards of $7,500 and full-time tuition for one class during the regular school year

In addition to the requirements listed below, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • This grant is awarded to students of painting or printmaking in any medium or style
  • If eligible a student may apply for both awards but may receive only one Kuniyoshi Award
  • Past recipients of Mason, Kesson-Masterton, Lysun or Sherwood, Brody Gaston Grants are not eligible for the painting award
  • Past printmaking recipients of the Nessa Cohen Grant or the Will Barnet Grant are not eligible for the printmaking award

 

Nessa Cohen Grant

Two awards of up to $5,000 and full-time tuition for one class during the regular school year

In addition to the requirements listed below, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • Open only to students of sculpture, drawing, printmaking and watercolor
  • Students who have won this grant twice are not eligible 

 

Ann and Bruno Lucchesi Grant

One award of $3,000 and full-time tuition for one class during the regular school year

In addition to the requirements listed below, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • Open only to students of traditional representational sculpture in clay
  • Past double-recipients of the Nessa Cohen Grant and past recipients of the Lucchesi Grant are not eligible for this award

 

Doreta Kesson Masterton Grant

Gregory Lysun Grant

Phyllis Harriman Mason Grant

One award each of $3,000 and one full-time class for the regular school year

In addition to the requirements listed below, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • Open only to students of traditional representational painting in oil
  • Past recipients of the Mason, Kesson-Masterton, Lysun, Roux Grants are not eligible for this award

 

Harvey Dinnerstein Grant for Realist Art

One award of $1,000.

In addition to the requirements listed below, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • Open only to students of traditional representational painting and drawing
  • Past recipients of the Mason, Kesson-Masterton, Lysun, Roux Grants are not eligible for this award

 

Lloyd Sherwood Grant

Two awards of $3,000 and one full-time class for the regular school year

In addition to the requirements listed below, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • Open only to students of abstract painting or mixed media
  • Past recipients of the Sherwood, Brody Gaston, or Barnet Grants for abstract painting or mixed media are not eligible for this award

 

Bruce Dorfman Grant for Mixed Media and Assemblage

One $1,000 award of credit to the Art Students League Art Store and one full-time class for the regular school year

In addition to the requirements listed below, the following details are specific to this grant:

  • Open only to students of mixed media and assemblage 

 

Merit Scholarship Realism // Abstract // Semi-Abstract/Semi-Figurative

Full-time tuition for one class during the regular school year. Applicant must choose only ONE category for the merit competition. Past merit scholarship recipients are no longer eligible for the merit scholarship competition.

Special awards may be available based on class registration. Partial tuition scholarships will also be available.

 

 

For a full list of scholarship funds, please click here. To download a PDF of these guidelines, please click here.