The permanent collection of
the Art Students LEague of New York

Since its early days, the League has collected outstanding works of students and instructors for its permanent collection. Today there are nearly 2,000 works including prints, paintings and sculptures. The collection contains works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Winslow Homer, John Sloan, Vaclav Vytlacil, Burgoyne Diller, Dorothy Dehner and Will Barnet.
Each year, the Board of Control purchases new works from the students Red Dot Exhibition for inclusion in the collection. In 2010, Isaac Pelepko, Satoshi Okada, Yukako Ishida, and Antonio Masi, were added to the collection. View the most recent purchases for the Permanent Collection here.

The permanent collection works are shown throughout the year in League galleries, including the main Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, but also in the League office and lobby. As former curator Pam Koob said, “The Permanent Collection allows the past to speak to the present.” Donations from League supporters help conserve this valuable treasure. The images below depict just a few of the many gems in the League's Permanent Collection.  


Images from The permanent collection

George Grosz (1893-1959), The Crucified Ham, 1950, Oil on canvas, 28 x 21 in.
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), Dead Rabbit and Copper Pot, 1908, Oil on canvas, 19 x 23½ in.
William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Fish Still Life, 1908, Oil on canvas, 26¼ x 30½ in.
Jan Matulka, Still Life with Horsehead and Phonograph, 1930
Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922), Landscape, 1889, Oil on canvas, 18 x 31½ in.
Nathaniel Dirk (1895-1961), Boisterous Squall, watercolor, 22 x 30 in. Former League instructor
Masaaki Noda (b. 1949), Echo, silkscreen, 30 x 22 in. Former League student
Roberto Franzone (b. 1948), Prometheus, granite, 12½ x 8½ x 7 in. League student
Antonio Masi (b. 1940), Caution-Slippery When Wet, 2010, Watercolor on paper, 40 x 60 in.
Daniel Greene (b. 1934), Portrait of Robert Beverly Hale, 1976, pastel, 50 x 36 in. Former League Instructor
William Behnken (b. 1943), Of Land and Sea, 2001, aquatint, 11 x 16¾ in. League Instructor
James Rosenquist (b. 1933), Headlines, 1976, etching, 5¾ x 11¾ in. Former League student
Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003), Marx Brothers Collage with Sheet Music, 2000, lithograph, 19 x 17 in. Gift of Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, Former League student
Edwin Dickinson, Gas Tank, 1937, oil on canvas, 25¼ x 30½ in. Former League Instructor
Burgoyne Diller (1906-1965), Untitled, 1931, crayon on paper, 19½ x 12 in. Former League student
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Untitled, 1896, lithograph, 4 x 7 in. Former League Lecturer
Howard Russell Butler (1856-1934), Sunset from the Cliff, Ogunquit, Oil on board, 16 x 21 in.
John Fabian Carlson (1875-1947), The Pink Kimono, 1906-07, Oil on canvas, 31.25 x 24 in.
Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), Untitled, 1897, Oil on canvas, 8.5 x 11 in.
Dorothy Dehner (1901-1994), Virgin Island Still Life, 1932, Oil paint on canvas, 18 x 14 in.
Sidney E. Dickinson (1890-1980), Untitled, 1910, Oil on canvas, 16.25 x 20 in.
Frank Vincent Dumond (1865-1951), Trout Stream, Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in.
Ernest Fiene (1894-1965), Mirror Reflections, 1962, Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.
John Sloan (1871-1951), Connoisseurs of Prints, Etching, 4¾ x 7¾ in.
Theodore Stamos (1922-1997), Sounding #2, Oil on canvas, 18 x 48 in.
Harry Sternberg (1904-2001), Steel, 1935, Lithograph, 11¾ x 20¾ in.
Allen Tucker (1866-1939), Boat on a Lake, 1921, Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in.
Allen Tucker (1866-1939), Apple Tree, c. 1925, Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.
Vaclav Vytlacil (1892-1984), Mexican Cockfight, 1963, Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
Will Barnet (1911-2012), Portrait of Djordje Millicevic, 1967, Oil on canvas, 37½ x 21½ in.
Will Barnet (1911-2012), Woman Reading, 1970, Serigraph, 37¾ x 27¼ in.
Nell Blaine (1922-1996), Mountain Towns, 1953, Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 in.
Ben Frazier Cunningham (1904-1975), Lacocoon, 1958, Oil on canvas, 38 x 17 in.
Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1893-1953), Bananas and Plums, 1926, Oil on canvas, 20 x 15 in.
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), But in His Duty Prompt at Every Call…, 1911, Charcoal on paper, 20 x 16 in.
Charles Alston, Red, White, and Black, Oil on canvas, 60 x 40 in.
Eugene Edward Speicher (1883-1962), Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe, 1907-08, Oil on canvas, 22½ x 17½ in.

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