A Birthday Extravaganza for the Art Students League, May 11 and 12

The Art Students League celebrates the 125th Anniversary of its landmark building on 57th Street with “[STartUP],” a series of exhibitions, auctions, open studios, and parties May 11-12.

Studio models carouse backstage at the Art Students League’s 140NOW event, a celebration commemorating the 140th anniversary of the League’s founding

An original art [STartUP], the Art Students League of New York was launched by artists determined to experiment with new techniques and forms of expression. Today thousands of students — from beginners to mid-career artists — study and work at the League with renowned instructors in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media.

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the League’s building on 57th Street, we’re throwing open the doors May 11 and 12 for a two-day extravaganza of parties and open-house events.

Reception & Auction
Friday, May 11, 7–10pm
Peruse “historic” pop-up galleries of instructor, student, alumni and young artist work

Open House | Open Studios
Saturday, May 12, 11am–3pm
Demos, workshops, films, food, for all ages. Tours and Live Sketch — even you can model!

House Party
Saturday, May 12, 8pm–11pm
Another legendary League party
Dancing, costumes, of course sketching, and over-the-top FUN

Students and Instructors from the League have shaped the course of American art. Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Rosenquist, and Ai Weiwei are just a few of the League’s illustrious alumni.

Today, classes, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and professional development programs continue the League’s legacy of supporting students who intend to make art a profession, and cultivating a spirit of community among artists.

Join us and give your work a new [STartUP]. For more information and tickets, visit theartstudentsleague.org/startup.