Critics at Vyt

Visiting artists, critics, League instructors and art historians are invited to come to Vytlacil to speak with artists-in-residence at Vyt. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback, expand your network, ask questions, and gain a deeper understanding of how your artwork resonates with others. Visiting Artists have included Grace Knowlton, Karen Wilkin, Mark SafanMax Ginsburg, Laura Straus, Catherine Redmond, Hugo Bastidas, Naomi Campbell, Lynn Stein, Karen Wilkin, Bruce Dorfman, Hans Witschi, Tyrone Mitchell, Silya Kiese, Ted Schmidt and others. We encourage you to meet with them! 

Grace Knowlton

"I began as a painter, and at a certain point I started to make my paintings three-dimensional. In the process, I discovered form and space--in short, I began making sculpture, but still with a strong interest in surface--line, color and texture. She says, "The elements we will deal with are form, space and surface; we will experiment with interplay and balance, using various materials of our choosing."

Grace Knowlton has traveled freely through various art forms, methods and materials. Her work includes photographs, drawings, paintings and sculpture made from both natural and synthetic materials. She was graduated from Smith College with an MA and BA in Art, and received an MA in Art and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions, and her work is represented in many public collections including the Smith College Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Newark Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and others.

Ms. Knowlton recently retired from being a League Instructor at the League's 57th Street location.

 Catherine Redmond

Catherine Redmond is a New York artist living and working in the Garment District in Midtown Manhattan with her Border Collie, Molly. After an undergraduate education at Cornell University and Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton, she spent five years at The Art Students League of New York. Since then Redmond has devoted herself to formal queries into the tensions and unexpected adhesions between the internal and the external psychic stage. “This is where it all plays out, all the dramas,” she acknowledges.

Redmond's work has been shown in: Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Babcock Galleries, NY; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; The Cleveland Museum of Art; Contemporary Art Center, Cinncinati, OH; Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco; Cranbook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hill, MI; David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, New York; Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art; Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art; Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont; MB Modern, NY;

She is in public and private collections including: The Art Students League of New York, The Butler Museum of American Art, Citibank of New York, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Luther College, Decorah, IA, Museo Carmelo Fernandez, Venezuela, Northern Trust, Chicago, Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, OH, Reading Museum, Reading, PA, and Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA.

 Read an interview in LINEA with Catherine Redmond here.

Mark Safan

"Abstraction can still tell us much about the world, ourselves, and painting itself. As one of many painterly idioms it has been the one of choice for many painters of the last century and remains so for many today. Through various approaches that participants will bring to the project, we will examine how and why abstraction best suits our expressive needs with a focus on the question of meaning itself.  If we understand the language of abstraction we can be more precise in its usage."

Mark Safan studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara; the San Francisco Art Institute; and the Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hans Witschi

"I integrate ugliness, to make the world more beautiful."

Hans Witschi, born 1954, is a visual artist who studied painting in Zurich under Gustav Guldener in the 1970s. He moved to New York City in 1989 when he received the Studio Grant by the City of Zurich. Witschi”s works have been shown at the Shedhalle (Zurich), Kunsthalle Palazzo (Basel), Ursus Books (New York), Kunsthistorisches Museum Schloss Ambras (Innsbruck).

His work is in numerous collections including the Rockefeller University, the Graphic Collection of the National Library in Bern and the Mus"e d'art et d'histoire de la Ville de Neuchatel. He is the recipient of the Federal Visual Art Fellowship of Switzerland (1992).

The documentary "Witschi Geht" from Paolo Poloni was shown at the Locarno Filmfestival 1992, the Filmfestival Montreal 1993 and diverse television stations throughout Europe and depicts besides the life of the artist Witschi's emigration to the US.

It has been said about his work that his paintings of human beings are incompatible with the familiar images which persecute us day and night. He presents no idyl, no mythical scenes, nor utopias; neither does he depict sexual obsessions, nor irruptions that veer off into Surrealism. Just those people twisted in space. He paints nightmares, that which has been collectively repressed, left in the dark; that which had better not appear in the wealth of images of a brilliantly simulated world.

To purchase Hans Witschi’s monograph please click here.

Lynn Stein

Lynn Stein has been the Artistic Director and Curator for RoCA, Rockland Center for the Arts in Rockland County N.Y. since 2011. She is responsible for developing, curating and programming 5 exhibition spaces including the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. She has collaborated with hundreds of artists and has curated over one hundreds exhibitions while simultaneously maintaining her own art practice.

“Trusting my imagination is my truth,” says Stein, who notes that she has a passion for exploring what makes us unique, who "paints what she wants, what she needs, and who and what she wants to be and know." She says her process has evolved into a "much more fluid, spontaneous personal process that I am in control of. I approach my work like short stories concerning my interaction with my subjects the moment the photos were taken.”

Her gouache paintings on paper are autobiographical, layered with deeply personal meaning. Using her iPhone, she collects objects, color combinations, architectural spaces, and people. She haunts the halls of Facebook with its unlimited resource of ideas and inspiration.


Max Ginsburg

Max Ginsburg has taught drawing and painting at the High School of Art & Design (1960–1981); School of Visual Art (1984–2000); and the Art Students League, where he currently teaches classes and workshops (1997–2000 and 2008–present). Ginsburg received his BFA from Syracuse University in 1953 and his MA from the City College of New York in 1963. However, it was not these schools, but his father, the portrait painter Abraham Ginsburg, who taught him how to paint realistically.

Most recently Mr. Ginsburg has sought public venues to reach larger audiences with his message to promote realism in form with realism in content.  Recent solo shows were held at the Butler Institute of American Art (Ohio, 2011); Salmagundi Club (New York, 2011); Missing Peace Art Space (Ohio, 2009); and the Martin Luther King Labor Center (New York, 2008). Mr. Ginsburg has recently come out with a coffee table art book, Max Ginsburg Retrospective.  This 192-page book may be ordered at

Among his many awards, his most recent was the “Best in Show” at the Art Renewal Center 2010/2011 Salon competition for his painting War Pieta.  Two of his paintings, Bus Stop and War Pieta, have been selected by the World Art Museum to tour five Chinese museums in Beijing, Shanghai, Hunan, Sichuan and Guangdong in 2012, along with work by other League instructors, through an organization of leading American and Chinese realists called ACOPAL.  From 1980 to 2004, Mr. Ginsburg was one of the leading illustrators in America.  

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Hugo Bastidas

Hugo Xavier Bastidas was born in Quito, Ecuador. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his MFA from Hunter College.  His awards include a Robert Smithson Scholarship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Pollack-Krasner Grant and a NJEA Grant. Other solo exhibits include those at the Gyeongnam Museum of Art, Gallery KunstDoc, and Bonn Gallery—all in Korea. His digital artwork is represented by Gallery Boreas (Lenox, MA and Reykjavik, Iceland) and has been included in the DiVA shows (in Paris, Cologne and NY) and the AAF (NY). He is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Design and is represented in their collection. Mr. Bastidas is also a member of the Century Association (NY), and represented the US in the Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 1999) and the Sharjah Biennial (UAE, 2001). His work is in collections worldwide.

"His painting can be appreciated as a second generation of the rebirth of representational painting in the late 20th Century in the United States. But unlike the paintings of Mark Tansey, these quasi-conceptual monochrome artworks generally do not critique art theory - or challenge art world dogma. Like Tansey's paintings they are also monochrome, but they stay within the color palette of white and black. As a second-generation practitioner, Bastidas also joins the mission to rethink representation, and to look more closely at the content of representational modes of expression, to exploit the language of the embedded idea within the pictorial structure itself. His subjects vary from social and or political concerns, to complex pictures that conflict visual perception against cerebral comprehension."
    - “Autobiography as Critique” by Howard McCalebb 2014, Dada Post, Berlin Germany 


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