|The Art Students League of New York was founded in the spring of 1875 when a shortage of funds forced the National Academy's school to close. Since that time, it has been a major force in the course of events that caused the art capital of the world to move from Europe to New York City. Intimately involved with almost every significant art movement in this country, the Art Students League's roll of students and instructors represents many of the titans of American art.|
The League is not a conventional educational institution. There are no entrance requirements and no prescribed course of study. It grants no diplomas, and has no compulsory attendance. The study of the nude and draped figure, of composition, and of perspective, form the core of the classes taught. Based on the principles of the Parisian ateliers, the students choose their instructors - each an accomplished artist free to teach as he or she chooses. It is the experience of the League that the student comes with the purpose of being developed into an artist. The League imbues the student with the understanding that success as an artist depends on one's ability to improve himself - through skills and mental development.
This exhibition features both instructors and students of the Art Students League.