Bruce Dorfman – The Art Students League

Bruce Dorfman

Bruce Dorfman, The Weight of Light, 2016, canvas, wood, metal, paper, fabric, acrylic, 65 x 62 x 6 inches.

Bruce Dorfman has had fifty-four solo exhibitions in New York, the United States and abroad. His most recent exhibitions include: June Kelly Gallery NYC (2018); Past / Present: A Retrospective, Monmouth University, NJ, (September–December, 2016); Ways and Means, UBS Gallery, by Norte Maar, NYC (July–October, 2016); June Kelly Gallery, NYC (September–October, 2015); The International School, The Museum at Cloisters, Loule, Portugal (August–October, 2015). University of Iowa Museum of Art at The Figge Museum, Iowa (January–June, 2015); Making / Breaking Traditions: The Teachers of Ai Weiwei at the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, Art Students League (2014); Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (2011); Kouros Gallery, NYC (2010).

Bruce Dorfman received a major Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award/Grant for 2017.  He was also the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation award/grant in 2008. Dorfman is the recipient of many other additional awards, grants and fellowships including: New York State Council on the Arts; Fulbright Fellowship; Rockefeller Foundation; U.S. Department of State; Arts East Foundation, Washington, DC; New York World’s Fair Invitational; National Academy of Design; Des Moines Art Center; Butler Institute of American Art; and Atelier Mourlot, Paris, France.

His work has been written about extensively, including: an interview in LINEA, the ASL journal (December 2016);  an essay in the online journal “First Things,” by Maureen Mullarkey, (September, 2015); as well as reviews in The New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, and City Arts. His art has also received critical attention in a wide range of periodicals, catalogs and monographs. Magasinet Kunst (Denmark, 2011) featured a color essay about the artist and his art.

Bruce Dorfman has been teaching at the Art Students League since 1964, including the League summer school in Woodstock, NY, 1964–1972. Dorfman has also taught at the New School, Syracuse University, the Everson Museum, and was Artist-in-Residence at the Norton Museum, FL. He was a guest-artist and lecturer at museums and art institutions in Venezuela, Portugal and France from 1993 to 1996.

Bruce Dorfman studied at the Art Students League with Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Arnold Blanch and Charles H. Alston. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he studied with Stuart Edie, Mauricio Lasansky and art historian Roy Seiber.For additional information, including representation, visit:


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Bruce Dorfman Monday − Friday Mornings 8:45 am–12:30 pm $280; Part Time (2 Days/Week) $155 Class runs through May