Members

Membership & Board of Control

Please Note: E-mails are the primary source of contact from the League.
You can use the Member Information Update Form to verify or supply us with your current e-mail address.

There are currently 4,000 members of the Art Students League of New York. As is reflected in the name, the League was started by art students who were determined to have a school where their needs and opinions were able to be voiced. As part of this idea Membership was formed. The first members were those students (and one instructor) who would determine the structure and set down the parameters to guide the institution. Moving forward members were elected who showed the passion and commitment to the study of art and were willing to show their support and participate in the perpetuation of the League. What started as a grand experiment has resulted in a unique institution over 140 years young. Location, facilities, and even the classes taught have changed over the years – but not the passion and commitment of its membership.

Becoming a Member

“Members” of the Art Students League are different than students enrolled in classes. Students become eligible for membership after they have completed a certain amount of hours of study at the League. Please read the document linked here to learn how to apply for League membership. The next opportunity for New Member election will be the October 5, 2016 Members Meeting. The deadline for completion of the entry in the membership Candidates Book is September 1, 2016.

Membership Benefits

  • Free admission to Members’ life sketch classes (Mon.–Fri., 5:00–6:30 pm)
  • Reduced admission to weekend sketch / painting classes (at $8 per session)
  • Copies of League publications – Lines from the League and annual Course Catalog
  • Voting rights and participation at the League Member Meetings (3 per year: April, October, December)
  • Eligibility to serve on the League’s Board of Control
  • Eligibility to apply for League grants and scholarships
  • Eligibility to apply for certain Exhibition Outreach events throughout the year.
  • Eligibility to have exhibition information posted in special Members’ display case (Main Hall of the League’s 57th Street building)
  • Eligibility to List your artist website on the League’s Pinterest board.
  • Eligibility to List your exhibit online on the League’s Pinterest board.

Membership Status: Renewals, Reinstatements, Voting Status

Regular Member vs. Life Member

After ten years of active membership (upon the eleventh payment of dues) a member will be considered a Life Member of the Art Students League, entitling the member to all the privileges of membership—without any annual dues.

Renewals

The membership year runs from September 1 through August 31 of any given year.
Annual Membership renewal payments, currently $35, are due August 31st of each year, regardless of the date of your initial payment.
Please note, the payment of the annual dues is the responsibility of the Member. In the past , the mailing of Renewal Letters was a courtesy by the League, which may be discontinued in future, and does not mitigate the Member’s responsibility in any way.
Please note that Membership dues are not the same as the annual Student Registration fee.

Lapsed & Dropped Members

Lapsed: Members who do not renew by August 31st become Lapsed Members.
Dropped: Failure to renew within twelve months of becoming a Lapsed Member results in a member being Dropped.  A Dropped Member is ineligible for membership benefits and must apply to the Board of Control for reinstatement.
A Reinstatement Request Letter (generated by the Registrars) and signed by the member, must be submitted to the Membership Dept. by the Thursday prior to the monthly Board of Control Meeting. Reinstatement will cost $70.
2016 Deadlines for Submission: Sep. 8, Sep. 29, Nov. 3, 2016
Note: There are no BoC meetings in July and August.

Member Active / Inactive Voting Status

This voting status does not affect your Membership status.
Active voting status is a Member designation for those who vote or attend Member Meetings on a regular basis by either returning (completed) the yearly Ballot, OR by attending  one of the three (3) yearly Member Meetings—October, December, April. Not doing one of the above will result in your status becoming inactive.
To restore your active voting status you will need to request a status change from the Board of Control. However, this request cannot be submitted within 30 days of a members vote.

Note: Keeping your address and other contact information up-to-date is crucial to our being able to mail our publications and other important information to you. Please use the Member Information UPDATE FORM whenever you have any changes to make.

 

Key Dates for Members

2015–16 Summer Session Mon., June 6 – Sat., Aug. 20, 2016
2016–17 Regular Session Tue., Sept. 6, 2016 – Sun., May 28, 2017
Members Meetings Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, Wed., Dec. 7, 2016

 

For a listing of upcoming holidays, school closings, and other important dates, please see our Academic Calendar.

 

The League Remembers

The League remembers its deceased members here.

 

Contact Us

Please include your name and League ID# with all correspondence.

Serving on the Board of Control

The Art Students League of New York is governed by the Board of Control, which is annually elected by the membership. If you are a member in good standing of the League and are interested in serving on the League’s Board of Control, please fill out the downloadable application questionnaire.

As you fill out the form, please keep in mind that members of the Board are expected to:

•    Attend Board meetings, of which there are ten a year, September through June
•    Serve on at least two Board Committees, which meet as needed
•    Make a yearly financial contribution to the League within your means

Also, please be aware that while serving on the Board, you are ineligible for League awarded scholarships and grants.

The completed questionnaire along with your resume should be returned to Ken Park in the League communications office (on floor 4 1/2) or e-mailed to kpark@artstudentsleague.org. When the questionnaire is received, a member of the BoC Search Committee will contact you to arrange for an opportunity for you to discuss your interests with a Board member.

We thank you for your interest in serving the League through Board membership.

The Board of Control
The Art Students League of New York