From life : 5th drawing competition of the figure

Date
May 21, 2023
Location

parlor, skylight gallery, & Hartley room

Sponsor

Salmagundi Library Committee

Admission
Registration | $55 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 alexkatlan@aol.com
Note
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

Objective

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

Prizes

$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”.

Judging

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

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.

Models

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.

Selling

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:

Michael Klein
Michael Klein

Michael Klein (b.1980) is a contemporary artist working in the realist tradition creating melancholic paintings; that have a contemplative and distinct quality. He grew up in the Midwest with a special connection to nature and a desire to express himself accurately through his work.

He began his academic training in various ateliers around Minneapolis, MN. Searching for further enrichment, he moved to New York City to study at The Art Students League of New York. In 2005, he completed his formal studies as an apprentice to Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier.

Klein’s paintings have a brooding energy emanating from them, a silent, almost exotic, narrative; this stillness takes his work from being a nod to 19th century artists such as Fantin-Latour and Bastien Lepage, elevating it to a contemplation of the past and present.

The surfaces of his paintings reveal variations in paint density – from the thinly painted transparent darks to the richly textured built up lights, thus giving way to a lacquered quality, and the intentionally limited color palette creates a dramatic counterpoint. Thematically, many of Klein’s pieces feel like mysterious vignettes, leaving his story unfinished and all the more fascinating.

Klein is represented by galleries throughout the United States. He currently lives and works with his wife in New Salem, Massachusetts where Klein is the director of the New Salem Museum and Academy of Fine Art.

Rodrigo Mateo
Rodrigo Mateo
Artist in purple smock dress uses a long utensil to 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.