From life : 5th drawing competition of the figure

May 21, 2023

parlor, skylight gallery, & Hartley room


Salmagundi Library Committee

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

9:15 AM | Doors open to participants
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Competition
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Jurying, pizza for artists
4:00 PM | Doors open to the public
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Contest winners announcement

Artist Eligibility

Open to Salmagundi members and the public
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
No refunds of tickets will be available to artists in the competition by Eventbrite. Any artist cancelling will need to provide 48 hours notification.
Pencil sketch from low angle of Caucasian person with bangs and her hair in a bun with a neutral expression


This will be a one-day on-site competition, in which artists work from life. Full figure or partial figure drawings are acceptable.


$4,500 in cash prizes awarded:

1st Prize / Purchase prize | $3,000 + Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials certificate + a one-year complimentary membership for Salmagundi. The artwork will enter the Salmagundi Club’s permanent art collection, subject to SCNY Board of Directors’ approval.

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

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

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.

Medium Limitations

The following media are permitted for this drawing competition: graphite, pencils, charcoal or red chalk/sanguine. Silverpoint is allowed. Toned paper and white pencils/white chalk are allowed. No colored pencils, pastels, colored or black inks are not permitted. Because of space restrictions no drawing/board may be larger 16” x 20”.


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.


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.


To comply with Covid safety protocols, four models will be participating in three different galleries: 10 to 12 artists will work around each model, thus maintaining the six foot separation needed for the safety of the models, participants and assistants.

Each model will hold a single pose for five hours (breaking every twenty minutes for 5 minutes). The highly experienced models are Kimmah Jones, Nellie Suppa, Aja Mahogany and Giovanni Ortiz.

Sketching location

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.


The artists may sell their drawings if they so choose when open to the general public at 4pm. The first prize winner is a purchase prize and becomes part of the Salmagundi collection subject to Board approval.

Panel of Jurors

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

Jon Brogie
Jon Brogie has his arms folded in a dark button-down. Plants sit on a desk behind him. He has a mustache and a beard.

Jon was born in California and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned his undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Arizona State University, where he graduated with honors in 2011. The following year he moved to New York City to study drawing and painting under Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Atelier. In 2017 Jon was awarded the Alma Schapiro Prize, a biannual affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.

During his residency in Rome he focused his studies on the forms and visual language of the great figurative artists of the Classical and Baroque traditions. Jon is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York and teaching in Grand Central Atelier’s Core and Online Programs, as well as privately. His work is exhibited at The Salmagundi Club in New York and is in private collections across the country.

Rodrigo Mateo
Rodrigo Mateo
Artist in purple smock dress uses a long utensil to paint on a blank canvas.

Rodrigo Mateo (b. 1984) is originally from Buenos Aires Argentina and emigrated to the United States in 1998 where he received a B.A. in photography at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He graduated from Grand Central Atelier four year training program in 2012 under Jacob Collins and then continued private studies with Michael Klein in New York and Paul Ingbretson in New Hampshire.

Rodrigo exhibits regularly with Williams Fine Art Dealers, Collins Galleries, Cooper & Smith and Eleven Street Arts. His work has also been exhibited at Still Point Arts Gallery and Robert Simon Fine Arts in New York City.

Awards and honors include three years at the Hudson River School Fellowship for Landscape; La Napoule Art Foundation scholarship in France and Decorative commissions for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Ohio.

Rodrigo is a painting instructor at Grand Central Atelier concentrating on the copying of old masters, still life and figure painting. He currently resides in Long Island City, New York.

Ed Rochat
Ed Rochat
Pencil drawing of nude figure lying on the ground on her back with a knee bent

While studying painting, drawing, and sculpture at the duCret School of Art, New Jersey, the Art Students League of New York, and the Janus Collaborative School of Art, New York, Edmond supplemented his studies by working as a lab assistant for a course in advanced artistic anatomy. A grant from the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund allowed Edmond to study Greek and Renaissance sculpture at the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Connecticut, and his portraiture, shaped by these interests, has been recognized with the Dr. Furman Fink Award. Edmond’s teaching appointments include the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League, also in New York. His works have appeared in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and in books on drawing and seeing. Currently, Edmond is the Director of Continuing Education and the Principal Anatomy Instructor at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts where also maintains his studio.

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