“An unforgettable experience. I could not have imagined this kind of forest and nature just 30 minutes away from Manhattan. I visited all the recent exhibitions in New York City.”
—Galina Manikova, Norwegian artist
"A wonderful residency at the Art Students’ League, Vytlacil Campus in Rockland County, New York. The ambience was great, the staff helpful, the scenery brilliant, and the quick access to Manhattan exciting."
---Brian Crawford Young, Scottish painter; see his December 6, 2010 blog entry http://briancrawfordyoung.blogspot.com/
"I'm finding this experience at Vytlacil incredible. Doors of creativity keep opening".
—Matthew Beall, American artist Read Matthew's Blog during his residency at Vytlacil Campus.
“The Vytlacil program offers its residents a supportive, encouraging environment that nurtures the creative process. I would encourage any artist looking for a residency program to apply to Vytlacil.”
—Robert Windle, Californian painter and art educator
“My desire was to experiment and explore. I was thrilled with the freedom for self-direction and being able to attend classes. I have been overwhelmed by the care and attention the staff has provided – exceeded all expectations.”
—Valerie Aune, Floridian painter
“I appreciated so much space, the welcoming relaxed atmosphere, and of course—Manhattan.”
—Patricia Doyle, painter from Ireland
"The residency was perfect. Everyone was supportive and helpful.”
—Ed Giorgano, American painter
“In my short two-week stay here, I have learned a great deal from your skillful and knowledgeable instructors.”
—Jaco van Schalkwyk, South African painter
“We all came to learn and have a quintessential artists’ experience, which I believe everyone who visits here will. Amazing people, amazing instructors and a place that has a VIBE like nowhere else…I am sad to leave, but I am returning home, nourished, inspired and excited about the future.
—Alice Lang, Australian sculptor
“The time we have had here has enabled us to refine our practice and without this experience we would never feel as confident to tackle the art world.”
—Ellie Bates and Jessica Hannan, English collaborative multi-media artists
“I guess when an estate is gifted as a place for artists to come and work together it cultivates a spirit of giving. I’m touched by how kind the staff and the students and the other residents have been.”
—Zoe Dockery, American artist
"The environment is very peaceful, and profoundly influenced my thoughts and creative outlook."
—Arlissa Vaughn, American artist
"This residency has been one of the most inspiring and creative times I’ve experienced in my career as an artist. It was a perfect mix of savoring the delights of Manhattan—the galleries, museums, the various districts—and working and living in such beautiful and conducive surroundings."
—Katherine Boland, Australian artist
"I love what Vytlacil is about. It brings together art and nature and wonderful people. I loved the winding hilly roads, the quiet and gentle hamlets, the verticality of the landscape, and the charming personality of the estate...Vytlacil is a testimonial to the art spirit."
—Howard Gladstone, American artist
"This experience has truly been therapeutic for me. It has given me a chance to slow down and look very closely at what I want to do and where I want to go with my art and my life. And that’s of great value and import for anyone to take back."
—Dipti Bondre, Indian artist
"My Vytlacil residency gave me the much–needed kick–start that was required to get my creative juices flowing. It has allowed me to pursue several ideas, which have floated around in my head for the past few years, but were blocked by procrastination. Nurtured by the environs, the instructors, the residents, and especially the staff, I have come to a personal epiphany. My two-week residency was more than I could have anticipated!"
—Robert Mammarella, American artist
"I feel like Vyt has helped give me directions—and totally renewed my passion."
—Case Jernigan, American artist
"Once upon a time, an email arrived from the Vytlacil Campus and turned my life around. It was an acceptance letter for a scholarship that made me take a leap, not only across the Atlantic Ocean…, but also one from my private little bubble into the real world of art, where I’m only beginning to realize what greatness is yet to be discovered by those who wish and dare."
—Kirstin Frogner, Norwegian artist
"I am so grateful to have been offered this opportunity to make work and grow in peace. But I am also excited to go back into my life with that I have learned…Thank you for creating such a warm, inviting, and inspiring place. This month was probably one of the best of my life."
—Eva Zuckerman, American artist
"Flowers blossoming in amazing colors. Every day is a treat, every day is a surprise…Lifelong friendships with other residents, staff, students, and teachers. Something to treasure and take away with me forever."
—Tiziana Borghese, Australian artist
"It was just what I needed to push my artistic ambitions. The quiet studio space, the helpful staff, and the amazing teachers helped me reach a new understanding about myself and my work."
—Danny RosenHanst, American artist