Permanent Collection

As a life drawing instructor at The Art Students League from 1898 to 1943, George Bridgman created mural-sized drawings, illustrating his technique of using geometric forms such as boxes, cylinders, and triangular wedges to outline the fundamental shapes and movements of the human body. Executed quickly using large rolls of inexpensive paper, in a variety of colors, the drawings were intended as lecture illustrations that would be discarded. George Bridgman, Untitled Drawing Panels (detail), charcoal on paper. 5 x 9 ft. Collection of The Art Students League of New York.

Since its inception, The Art Students League has collected outstanding works created by students and instructors.

This database presents a small selection of highlights from its permanent collection that is comprised of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and combined media by artists including William Merritt Chase, Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Sloan, Peggy Bacon, Isabel Bishop, Reginald Marsh, Peter Blume, Alexander Calder, Dorothy Dehner, Edwin Dickinson, Burgoyne Diller, Jan Matulka, Milton Avery, Charles Alston, Will Barnet, and hundreds more.

Efforts are underway to catalogue and digitize these holdings with the aim of presenting a comprehensive and authoritative database for the public.

We welcome inquiries about the permanent collection, which can be addressed to Anki King, Associate Director, Gallery and Exhibitions.