The Art Students League began awarding major grants to students in 1930. The Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant, earmarked for travel in Europe by unmarried students, was the first and continued to be the only cash award until 1995, when the Phyllis H. Mason Grant—for “traditional” painters—was established. In 1998, the Nessa Cohen Grants were added, offering monies to printmakers and sculptors for special projects. The Xavier Gonzalez & Ethel Edwards Grants provide stipends to artists for travel in Spain and were first awarded in 2002. This year 366 students competed for nine grants. The following slideshow is a selection of winners’ submissions.
Sonomi Kobayashi, Float, 2013. Etching, sugar lift, aquatint, chine-collé, 16 x 12 in. Recipient of the Will Barnet Printmaking Grant.
Susie Amato, Mike the Pollack Died Today, 2013. Oil on linen, 56 x 48 in. Recipient of the Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant for 2013.
Carole Hallé, String Figure, 2012. Wood and stone, 23 x 7 x 7 in. Recipient of a Nessa Cohen Grant for 2013.
Yasuaki Okamoto, Sign, 2010. Oil on canvas, 34 x 42 in. Recipient of a Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant for 2013. Photo: Tokio Kuniyoshi.
Melesio Mendoza, Homage to the Americas, 2012. Limestone, 16 x 11 x 11 in. Recipient of a Nessa Cohen Grant for 2013.
Rob Esmay, Pigeon and the Twenty-minute Breath Mint, 2012. Oil on linen panel, 16 x 20 in. Recipient of the Doreta Kesson Masterton Grant for 2013.
Michael Wilson, The Fool, 2012. Fabric and acrylic, 8 x 5 ft. Recipient of the Kuniyoshi Award for 2013. Photo: Helen Dwork.