A Legendary Community of Artists

Founded by Artists and Supporting Artists Since 1875

The Art Students League of New York has been instrumental in shaping America’s legacy in the fine arts. Many renowned artists have trained and taught at the League. Today, more than 2,500 students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, study at the League each month.

Home to Many of the Greats; And Those Who Aspire to be Great

Yes, O’Keeffe, Pollock, Rothko, Nevelson and Ai Weiwei studied here, along with scores of other prominent artists. But today’s students at the League share the same passions that those greats brought to their art.

Rooted in Tradition; Dedicated to Non-Conformity

The League was founded by students breaking away from the National Academy of Design. That independent spirit remains at the League today, where students pursue their work unconstrained by dogma, politics or burdensome tuition. The format of ongoing monthly classes allows students to learn at their own pace  from prominent artists who have a range of artistic philosophies. Please view the short film below to see why the League may be the place for you to pursue your art.


The League educates students in the language and process of making art in an environment where anyone who wishes to pursue an art education can realize his or her full potential. The League fulfills this mission by offering accessible, affordable, high quality education and instruction in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture (including welding and bronze casting), and assemblage.

Board and Staff

You can access the staff directory here.

Financial Reports

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Just Some of the Prominent Artists Who Have Studied or Taught at the League

Click on the artists’ names to learn more about them. (Follow this link for a listing of all current League Instructors.)

Ai Weiwei Will Barnet Louise Bourgeois John H. Twachtman
George Bellows Thomas Hart Benton Lee Bontecou Frank Vincent DuMond
Alexander Calder William Merritt Chase Kenyon Cox Robert Beverly Hale
Thomas Eakins  Helen Frankenthaler George Grosz Clark Hulings
Childe Hassam Hans Hofmann Al Hirschfeld Donald Judd
Yasuo Kuniyoshi Roy Lichtenstein Reginald Marsh Frank Mason 
Hildreth Meière Louise Nevelson Georgia O’Keeffe Thomas E. Otterness
Jackson Pollock Richard Pousette-Dart Robert Rauschenberg Frederick Remington
Norman Rockwell James Rosenquist Mark Rothko Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Ben Shahn Nelson Shanks Cy Twombly Vaclav Vytlacil





weiwei with capProminent Former Students



KnoxMartinClass1975 - Version 2Prominent Instructors