2022 05 22
From life: 4th drawing competition of the figure (nude)
parlor, Skylight, & Rockwell gallery

May 22, 2022
9:30 AM | Doors open for to participants in Skylight gallery
4:00 PM | Contest winners announced
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Drawings may be viewed by the general public
Salmagundi Library Committee and Alexander Katlan
A R T I S T   E L I G I B I L I T Y
Open to Salmagundi members and non-members
All schools of art, ateliers, academies, and artists national and international are eligible. Limited to 45 artists.
For waitlist, please contact Alexander Katlan at (718) 445-7458 or alexkatlan@aol.com
Registration | $55 per artist
Available only through Eventbrite; tickets will not be sold at the door.

This will be a one-day on-site competition, in which artists work from life.


Cash prizes have increased since the last competition! | $4,500

1st prize | $3,000 + Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials

Purchase prize for the best drawing | The drawing will enter the Salmagundi Club permanent art collection; subject to SCNY Board of Directors’ approval. The 1st prize winner will receive a one-year complimentary membership in Salmagundi.

2nd prize | $1,000 + Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials

3rd prize honorable mention | $500 + Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials

It is through the generosity of Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials, that all art materials have been made available for all three prizes.


This competition will follow a blind judging process, which requires artists to not put a signature on their drawing. If a signature is found, the artwork will be disqualified from consideration. Artists may also choose to be omitted from being judged for prizes, if they so choose.

M E D I U M   L I M I T A T I O N S

Artists may use graphite, pencils, charcoal, red sanguine, silverpoint, and white pencils / chalk on toned paper. Medium such as pastels, colored inks, ink wash or colored pencils are not valid for this competition.

Artists must draw within the size limitation of 18″ x 24″ to be considered for judging.

D R A W I N G   S P O T S

Upon entering the skylight gallery, each artist will draw a number and proceed to the easel spot assigned to that number, for one of the four models. Easel locations may not be changed or traded.


Easels are limited; up to 8 available for +$10
Artists must add the Easel add-on when purchasing their Eventbrite ticket.

If easels are no longer available via Eventbrite, Alexander Katlan may be contacted prior to the event to be added to the waitlist.


Three models will be positioned in the skylight gallery, Rockwell gallery and parlor. Each model will hold a single pose for five hours; breaking every 20 minutes for 5 minutes.

C O V I D – 1 9   P R E C A U T I O N S

Depending on mandates surrounding COVID-19, this competition may be postponed if conditions warrant in NYC. If postponement of the competition is required due to COVID, refunds of tickets will be issued via Eventbrite. Any artist cancelling his or her ticket will need to provide 48 hour’s notification by emailing alexkatlan@aol.com.
A COVID form will be sent to artists and assistants in advance, and must be filled out and turned in at the Club upon arrival. Temperatures will be taken upon entering the Club and proof of vaccinations required. We request that participants wear masks.

To comply with safety protocols, three models will be participating in three different galleries. The following procedures have been adopted for the protection of the artist competitors.

Drawing by Michelle Doll

S P E C I A L   T H A N K   Y O U

Cash prizes were made possible through the generous donation of a private foundation.
Special thanks to the following for their assistance: Alexander Katlan, Claudia Seymour, Jacob Collins, Roger Rossi, Carole Teller, Joan Marie Palmer, Dylan Gillespie, Donna Prizzi, Tahseen Ali Kahn, Dan Bunn, Anthony Almeida.

P A N E L   O F   J U R O R S

Three distinguished artists of the New York Metropolitan art scene will serve as jurors.

“Grand Central Atelier core instructor Gregory Mortenson (b.1976) is one of the most accomplished in a new generation of painters who have embraced the rigors of training in the atelier tradition. After completing his undergraduate studies at Southern Virginia University, in Buena Vista, he spent two years studying classical painting with Patrick Devonas and William Whitaker. He then moved to New York City, where he completed the four-year curriculum at the Grand Central Academy of Art under Jacob Collins, followed with two additional years of training in Collins’ private studio. Mortenson emerged from this lengthy apprenticeship with an impeccable classical technique that allows him to present exquisitely turned form and tonal rendering of great subtlety. This prowess is most evident in his portraiture, where the precision of description and delicate paint handling give quite a breathtaking sense of presence to the subject.”
American Artist Magazine

Mario Andres Robinson was born in Altus, Oklahoma, where he resided with his family before relocating to New Jersey at the age of twelve. Robinson studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In 2014, Robinson was chosen to be a brand ambassador for Winsor and Newton art materials. He is the author of Lessons in Realistic Watercolor, a comprehensive guide of the artist’s watercolor techniques (Monacelli Press).

The work of Mario Andres Robinson fits squarely within the tradition of American painting. Robinson’s finished works bear a close affinity to the masters of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Containing few references to modern life, Robinson’s work has a timeless and universal quality, and exhibits a distinct turn-of-the-century stylistic aesthetic. The images he chooses, which refer to a bygone era where solitude and reflection were abundant, also provoke frequent allusions to the paintings of Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. Mario Andres Robinson is an exhibiting artist member (EAM) of the National Arts Club, an artist member of the Salmagundi Club and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. His work has been featured several times in The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Watercolor Magic, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur and on the cover of American Artist Magazine. In the February 2006 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Mario was selected as one of the top 20 realist artists under the age of 40.

Michelle Doll’s paintings capture quiet, intimate moments hinged on personal connections between her subjects. Her paintings are imbued with femininity and introspection, and explore the themes of love, desire and connection. She was born in Canton, Ohio and received her BFA from Kent State University and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. She was awarded the Prince of Wales / Forbes Foundation Travel Grant in 2006, received an Artist in Residence at Eden Rock on St. Barths (French West Indies) in 2008, The Bennett Prize Honorable Mention in 2018 and received a 2019 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Doll’s paintings have been exhibited in the US and internationally in cities such as New York, San Francisco, London and Basel, Switzerland. Michelle Doll lives and works in Hoboken, NJ. Doll is represented by Lyons Wier Gallery in NYC, Galleri Ramfjord in Oslo, Norway, and Albemarle Gallery in London, UK.