The League Residency at Vyt



Building on the esteemed reputation of the Art Students League of New York, the League Residency at Vyt provides support to emerging, established, and teaching artists by bringing them together with masters and colleagues for intensive focus through an international residency program. Affectionately known as “Vyt,” the property was a gift from the family of Modernist artist and League instructor Vaclav Vytlacil. A meeting place for artists from around the world, the League Residency at Vyt encourages you to hone your art making in a spacious and pastoral setting. Click here for application information.


The League Residency at Vyt fosters professional development for working artists. Hosting exhibitions and workshops, Vytlacil is an integral part of the Art Students League of New York's enduring mission to train great artists. Residents are given individual space to freely focus on their craft as well as ample opportunity to engage with a supportive society of artists and League staff who embody the creative spirit.

"I think that Vyt has the perfect balance between an extremely well organized structure, with efficient and able staff, and the freedom for artists to do what they want. The studio facilities are excellent as are the apartments. The setting at Vytlacil is idyllic, set in wooded gardens and the neighboring towns are charming and full of interest. The public bus service to Manhattan in 1 hour is a big plus. The interaction with the staff, visiting artists and the residential artists themselves, is very important. Being at Vyt allowed me to work undisturbed and to produce in 2 months what would normally take 1 year."
—Steve Downey, former Vyt Resident




Set on fifteen wooded acres in the Lower Hudson Valley – just 24 miles north of the cultural center of New York City – Vyt enables Residents to craft their own mix of focused work, community with other residents, studio conversations with visiting artists and critics, and inspiration from New York's museums and galleries.

Since its opening in 2007, the League Residency at Vyt has hosted more than 380 artists from around the world including Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Ireland, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, and Thailand and the United Kingdom. Located near the historic hamlet, Sparkill, the campus is also surrounded by the well-known Hudson River Valley villages of Piermont and Nyack.

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Residents enjoy 24-hour access to studio spaces while accommodated in a fully-accessible residency building with live/work areas, as well as in Vytlacil's former 1904 Victorian home. Three Residents are housed on the 2nd floor of the Vytlacil House in single bedrooms, with a shared kitchen, bath, and laundry facilities. The 1st floor of the House contains a library, office and public restrooms as well as exhibition space in the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery.

Four Residents are housed in our new Residence Hall, an ADA compliant live/work facility completed in 2010. With sleeping and cooking areas as well as bathrooms in each residence room, studio space is included with living quarters in two units while the other two units share a large studio separate from their living quarters. 

The House contains a library, office and public restrooms as well as exhibition space in the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery.


  • Single bedrooms
  • Pastoral 15-acre campus nestled in the scenic lower Hudson River Valley
  • Surrounded by historic and natural attractions (near Nyack, Piermont, Tappan)
  • Convenient access to public transportation to New York City
  • $2,800 for a 4-week residency session
  • Communal lunch provided once a week
  • Scheduled weekly runs for groceries/supplies
  • Fresh eggs!
  • 24/7 access to studio spaces
  • Specialized equipment such as a bronze furnace, ceramic kilns, forging, and welding
  • Art library and reading room
  • Campus-wide wi-fi internet
  • Studio conversations with working artists and League instructors
  • Group day trip to New York City, with tour of the Art Students League’s landmark home on 57th Street in Manhattan


The League Residency at Vyt is supported by grants from the Sara and Yasuo Kuniyoshi Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (2012), the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the Ruth Katzman Scholarship Fund in loving memory of her parents, Lilian and Max Katzman.

Applications for limited, merit-based, competitive scholarships are open to professional, emerging, and teaching artists over the age of 18 from the U.S. and abroad.

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The League Residency at Vyt is a member of The Alliance of Artists Communities and Res Artis.






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