Over the years notable artists like James Rosenquist, Lee Bontecou, and Cy Twombly have received scholarships to study at the Art Students League, underscoring the importance of philanthropy to the fulfillment of the League’s mission. Those gifts, often provided by artists and their families, connect one generation of artists to the next generation of rising talent. During the week-long scholarship and grant competition this past May, judges reviewed the work of 254 applicants to award 15 grants and 37 merit scholarships. The judges—artists, gallerists, academics, and critics from New York City’s arts community—were Sigmund Abeles, Hugo Bastidas, Jeffrey Bergen, Marcus Burke, Lisa Farrington, Richard Heinrich, Morton Kaish, Tom Freudenheim, Ben Schonzeit, and Lois Wagner. Presented here are the winners of the top grants for 2017.