Life drawings, known as académies, served as a conduit for the European academic training nineteenth-century American art students craved. Pam Koob writes about their creation and significance during the Art Students League’s early history.
What does “becoming an artist” mean? Some people simply have an impulse to create. They are artists by nature. Some strive to become skilled artists and enjoy that quest for its own sake. Then there are artists who also want to share something they have created by exhibiting their work. Open juried exhibitions are a way to get started exhibiting your work publicly.
Virtually every artist, from the time of cave painting to the dawn of non-objective art, will tell you they paint what they see. Painting what you see seems like the most obvious and simplest thing in the world…until you try to do it.
Each May, over the course of one week, the Art Students League conducts a competition for grants and scholarships judged by invited professionals from New York City’s arts community—artists, gallerists, academics, and critics.