The Grant Winners’ Exhibition 2019

The Art Students League is pleased to present the culmination of an annual competition that awards $200,000 in grants and scholarships to students. This exhibition showcases the recent work of twenty-four exceptional artists who received major grants in 2017 and 2018, which were awarded by a jury of professional artists, critics, and gallerists. These grants, made possible by generous donations, offer full-time study at the League, inspirational travel, and expansion of artistic practice.

The Grant Winners’ Exhibition
October 10–29, 2019
Opening Reception: October 10, 6–8 pm
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
The Art Students League of New York

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–8:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

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Preeti Varma, Innsaei #2, 2017,
oil paint and oil sticks on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Recipient of the Kuniyoshi Award for Painting for 2018

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
An artist is so much at ease when there are requisite resources to create. This grant allowed me to keep a designated studio space, which in turn enabled me to focus as a full-time practicing artist. It also provided me the opportunity to extend myself by working in larger scale formats.

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Yasuaki Okamoto, The Answer of Can Nonhuman Animals Commit Suicide, 2019,
lithograph with hand coloring, edition of 10, tryptich, 30 x 40 in.
Recipient of the Kuniyoshi Award for Printmaking for 2018

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
I have been able to experiment with high-quality materials for my stone lithography work. I was also able to visit to Berlin to see the art world there and start a new project.

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Vidhi Mehrotra, Garden Of Eden, 2018,
acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
Recpient of a Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant for 2017

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
I am a firm believer that nothing in life is a coincidence. The travel grant happened to me at a time when I needed a restart. Travelling, meeting different people, immersing myself in a different culture, art, music, and food was like living a dream for me.

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Beatrice Lewis, Untitled, 2019,
acrylic paint on aluminum foil on canvas.
Recipient of the Fantasy Fountain Fund Travel Grant, Marchutz for 2017

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Laura Santiago Monteiro, Rue Saint Jacques, 2017,
acrylic on canvas, 26 x 34 in.
Recpient of a Fantasy Foundation Fund Travel Grant — Paris for 2017

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
I went to France to study for a month at the Paris American Academy. During that month we were pushed to create a solid body of work. We had access to a studio, life drawing and painting sessions, art history classes in incredible museums, and field trips to draw and paint en plein air in that gorgeous city. Our teacher was incredibly knowledgeable and gave us a rich analysis of the artworks we were seeing. The classes were small, and we received a lot of feedback. It was a one-of-a-kind opportunity that I certainly wouldn’t have had otherwise. It definitely made me feel a lot more confident about my work and encouraged me to push myself artistically.

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Gaby Vargas, Untitled, 2019, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 in.
Recipient of the Marilyn Laurie Grant for 2017

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
With the grant’s support I was able to spend more time painting, and I purchased better materials. My overall output increased significantly last year.

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Clarissa Payne Uvegi, Betty in Broad Rimmed Hat, 2019,
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
Recipient of a Doreta Kesson Masterton Grant for 2017

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Hipólito Torres López, Puente San Martín, Toledo Spain, 2018,
compressed charcoal and sepia chalk with pastel on watercolor paper, 35 x 25 in.
Recipient of a Nessa Cohen Grant for 2018

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
I spent the entire summer, June through October, mostly in Toledo, Spain, plein-air painting. The grant has helped me to have that long stay doing what I love in this Romanesque-Gothic-Moorish city, the ancient and first capital of Spain, where El Greco made his home.

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Santiago Apolo, Reflection #1, 2017,
plaster w/oil patina, 10 x 7 x 7 in.
Recipient of a Nessa Cohen Grant for 2017

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Alecia Chenoa, Evelyn Reading, 2018,
oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in.
Recipient of a Marianne Brody Gaston Grant for 2017

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
Receiving this grant was confirmation that my art is speaking for itself. And the monetary award allowed me to attend workshops to develop skills that I want to incorporate into my work.

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Christopher LoPresti Jr., Luca Giordano Copy, Fallen Angel Being Banished (detail), 2019,
oil on panel, 36 x 24 in.
Recipient of a Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant for 2017

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
Receiving the grant allowed me the opportunity to travel and see museums in seven different countries. I copied and studied from the Old Masters and tapped into a rich vein of traditional artmaking. The experience of constantly moving, creating, and studying enriched my own understanding and experience as a visual artist.

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Michelle HS Lim, Self-portrait, 2018,
oil on linen, 13 x 12 in.
Recpient of the Roux Family Grant for 2018

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
The grant gave me courage to visit Russia, where I had never been. The timing was perfect because the biggest Ilya Repin retrospective was on view in Moscow, an once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of his paintings in one place. This visit brought me to other Russian masters: Kramskoy, Shishkin, Kuindzhi, Serov, to name a few. And Rubens in the Hermitage, which I will never forget. Observing their every stroke so closely was a surreal experience. It was a short visit but provided a prodigious education, which will take more years for me to digest.

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Robert Esmay, Banksy, 2019,
oil on polyester on panel, 18 x 14 in.
Recipient of a Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant for 2018

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Ezra Bookstein, Weight of the World, 2019,
hydrocal, 24 x 14 x 12 in.
Recipient of a Nessa Cohen Grant for 2018

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
The grant has provided a full-time opportunity to pursue my sculptural ideas without the burden of tuition and subsequent pressure for outcome.

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Nelsena Burt-Spano, Garage, 2019,
mxed media, lawn sprinkler, pumice and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 38 x 8 in.
Recipient of the Lloyd Sherwood Grant for 2018

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Elizabeth Latella, Pappa Bruz, 2019,
pastel on canvas, 24 x 18 in.
Recipient of a Fantasy Fountain Fund Travel Grant to Paris for 2017

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Seon Young Kim, Terry, 2019,
acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Recipient of the Gregory Lysun Grant for 2018

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Jessie Taylor, The Ghosts of Hampton Falls, 2018,
stone lithograph, 17 x 24 in.
Recipient of the Kuniyoshi Award for Printmaking for 2017

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Satoko Takahashi, Girl with a Sword, 2019,
oil on canvas, 60 x 40 in.
Recipient of the Phyllis H. Mason Grant for 2018

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Mi Jung Kwon, Monsters II, 2019,
acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 in.
Recipient of the Donn Russell Grant for 2018

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Chin Yin Katz, Cat 1, 2018,
alabaster, 5 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 7 in.
Recipient of the Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant for 2017

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Joseph Mounaji, Do Not Shoot, 2018,
oil on canvas, 54 x 32 in.
Recipient of the Roux Family Grant for 2017

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
The grant gave me some time to think things over, about the present and future of my journey, and where I would like to take my art. Art is a thing that evolves and one should evolve with it.

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Sergio Cabrera, In the Weapon, 2018,
concrete, 22 x 10 x 2 in.
Recipient of a Nessa Cohen Grant for 2017

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Janet Fekete, Still Life of Nature, 2018,
magnetite rock, magnets, steel, 13 x 9 x 7 in.
Recipient of the Will Barnet Grant for 2017

How did receiving a grant empower your work?
Receiving a grant allowed me the freedom of time to explore new materials. My work gained a focus and a closer collaboration with nature. The recognition was also a great encouragement to continue my journey.

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