From life: 6th oil portrait sketching competition


August 21, 2022


Parlor, skylight gallery, & Hartley room


Registration | $55 per artist
Available only through Eventbrite; tickets will not be sold at the door.

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9:15 AM | Doors open to participants
10:00 AM | Competition begins
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM | Lunch break
12:15 PM – 3:00 PM | Competition resumes
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Jurying
4:00 PM | Contest winners announcement
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Drawings may be viewed by the general public

Artist Eligibility

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


Salmagundi Library Committee


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


Cash prizes | $4,500

1st prize | $3,000 + Chelsea Classical Studio fine art materials

Purchase prize for the best painting | The painting will enter the Salmagundi Club’s 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

Cash prizes were made possible through the generous donation of a private foundation.

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 painting. 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.

Medium Limitations

The paintings should be done in oil. No turpentine is allowed; only odorless mineral spirits or non-toxic, odorless turpentine substitute. No painting can be larger than 16” x 20”.

Painting Spots

Upon entering the skylight gallery, each artist will draw a number and proceed to the easel spot and model assigned to that number. 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.


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

Special Thank You

Special thanks to the following for their assistance: Alexander Katlan, Claudia Seymour, Jacob Collins, Roger Rossi, Carole Teller, Dylan Gillespie, Donna Prizzi, Tahseen Ali Kahn, Dan Bunn, Anthony Almeida, Anthony Belov, Ben Marino.

Panel of Jurors

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

Ricky Mujica was born in NYC. He is an award winning figurative painter, husband and father. Among his awards are 1st place (the Cadmium award) TRAC2019, 1st place Lore Degenstein ninth annual figure competition, 1st place April Round TRAC 2015, the Florence and Ernest Thompson memorial award, finalist several times in the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, NOAPS, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists and an honorable mention in Figurativas Barcelona. His paintings have been exhibited and are in collections all over the world. He has a Signature status with the Portrait Society of America, is a member of the Poets and Artists Collective, and proudly teaches painting at the Art Students League of New York and is on the faculty of the Florence Academy, School of Atelier Arts, and St. Peter’s University masters program.

Jon de Martin‘s work centers on the human figure within an environment with an emphasis on 16– 18th century drawing techniques, but applied to contemporary subject matter. He stresses the importance of drawing from both life and the imagination as the ultimate goal in composition and picture making.

His work has been exhibited at the Albright Knox Museum, the Cameron Museum, the Arnot Museum, the Florence Griswald Museum, the Butler Museum of Art, and the Beijing World Art Museum. He has exhibited at the Hirschl & Adler Gallery and had a one-man show at the John Pence Gallery. DeMartin has taught life drawing and painting for more than twenty-years at schools including the Arts Students League, the Grand Central Academy of Art, the Janus Collaborative School of Art and Studio Incamminati. He is the author of Drawing Atelier – The figure: how to draw in the classical style, which has been translated into Chinese and French.

Liz Beard is best known for her work done from life and draws inspiration from visual beauty and the poetry of experience.  Large scale figure narrative paintings as well as simple but sensitive still-lives invite the viewer into reflection. Her education includes a BFA from Miami University of Ohio, a classical training at Ingbretson Studio, the Academy of Realist Art Boston, and Grand Central Atelier.  Her education included working exclusively from life and this practice remains at the center of her art-making process. In addition to painting, Liz teaches at Grand Central Atelier in NY where she is challenged by the energy and talent of her students.  She is proud to have been born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and is currently living in Sunnyside, New York. She works full time on her art in a studio in Long Island City, Queens.

Rodrigo Mateo is an artist  currently residing in New York City. He works as resident artist and instructor at Grand Central Atelier cultivating his passion for painting.  His current interest includes still-life and symbolic narrative works done mostly from live models and observed scenes in nature.