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.
Core Support to the League’s Artist-In-Residence
The League Residency at Vyt fosters professional independent 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 space and time 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, Vyt Resident Alumnus
Historic Roots, Modern Branches
Affectionately known as “Vyt,” the property and funding was a gift to The Art Students League of New York 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. Set on fifteen wooded acres in the Lower Hudson Valley – just 24 miles north of the cultural center of New York City – Vyt enables artists-in-residence to craft their own mix of focused work, community with other residents, opportunity for studio conversations and critiques with visiting artists and League instructors, and inspiration from New York’s museums and galleries. Located near the historic hamlet, Sparkill, the campus is also surrounded by the well-known Hudson River Valley villages of Piermont and Nyack.
Since its start in 2007 as a progressive extension of the League’s legacy in “pluralistic and inclusive education” in the arts, The League Residency at Vyt has hosted more than 400 artists from around the world including Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Pakistan, India, Ireland, Japan, Nigeria, Korea, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom.Residents enjoy 24-hour access to studio spaces and private bedrooms, accommodated either in the Residence Hall or in Vytlacil’s 1890 Victorian home.
Three residents are housed on the 2nd floor of the Vytlacil House, which also contains a shared kitchen, bath, and laundry facilities.
Four residents are housed in the Residence Hall, an ADA-compliant live/work facility completed in 2010. With sleeping, cooking, and bath areas 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.
Sustaining Great Artists—Vyt at a Glance
Tuition & Scholarships
Tuition for a four-week residency is $2,800. Applications for limited, merit-based, competitive scholarships are open to professional, emerging, and teaching visual artists over the age of 18. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
Critics and Residents at Vyt
Each month, we select 5 people from a broad range of artistic philosophies to visit with residents in critiques and studio conversations. Discover the full list critics here. For a complete list of our former artists-in-residence click here.
About Vaclav Vytlacil: Modernist Painter and League Instructor
In the Spring of 2010, The New York Times obituary of internationally-acclaimed artist Louise Bourgeois singled out her study at The Art Students League with teacher Vaclav Vytlacil, the modernist painter whose home and studio were donated in 1996 to create the League’s Vytlacil Campus. Sixty years earlier the paper’s art critic, Howard Devree, ranked Vytlacil alongside Braque, Matisse, Picasso, and Ben Shahn. Vytlacil, he wrote, “both as teacher and painter, [is] a decided force in contemporary American painting.”
Vytlacil (1892-1984), born in New York to Czech immigrant parents, was a longtime teacher at the Art Students League who played a role in promoting European modernism here in the 1930’s. As a founding member of the American Abstract Artists in 1936, he pushed actively for the recognition of homegrown American abstraction.
In addition to teaching at the League, “Vyt” taught at the Minneapolis School of Art, University of California at Berkeley, Queens College, and the California College of Arts and Crafts. His works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. He was an early and active supporter of civil rights and environmental causes.
Today, Vytlacil’s legacy lives on not only in his arresting abstract canvases, but in the work of his students. In addition to Bourgeois, he taught leading artists Robert Blackburn, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Cy Twombly, Knox Martin, Frank O’Cain, and Catherine Redmond.
Vyt’s devotion to making and teaching art is also carried on through The Art Students League of New York’s international artist-in-residence program, The League Residency at Vyt. A gift from Vaclav’s family, the Art Students League received property and funding to develop a place where artists from around the world may immerse themselves in the environs and creative spirit of his estate.