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Salmagundi Art Club's 150th Year Anniversary - Prestigious Library Commission Competition
Online, February 01, 2021 - June 01, 2021
Sponsored and organized by the Salmagundi Library Committee and Alexander Katlan
To do: Create and paint two panels for the Salmagundi Club Library inside-facing doors with an award of $15,000 ($7500 per painted panel.) These paintings will be permanently attached to the Salmagundi Club Library entry doors.
Open to: All schools of art, ateliers, academies and artists. Limited to 70 artists on a first-come, first-served basis. Only members of the Salmagundi Club can apply for the commission. All artists (including invitational artists) will be required to become members of the Salmagundi Club in order for the award commission to be considered. To expedite Salmagundi Club membership application each applicant should apply as a Patron Member and note on application “ applying for Salmagundi Club Library Commission Competition.” Under recommendations, please use my name “Alexander Katlan”
For Salmagundi Club membership please click HERE, choose Patron member, complete the application and send in your fee. Each application will be expedited for the competition. Do not submit art as you are applying as a patron member.
Theme For Door Panels: The two panels should contain Allegorical figures; for example could be Wisdom and Knowledge or Wisdom and Truth. Figural, architectural, florals, trompe l’oeil and landscape elements are acceptable additions and/or background to the allegorical painting. Additional figures and objects can be included in the two panel paintings. Each panel can contain multiple figures and the main central figure of the primary allegory. The exact size of each panel is 66 ¼” x 23 ½”.
Payment: On Monday June 28st, upon the announcement of the winner of the commission a deposit payment of one-third will be sent to the artist/ or artists. The final payment will be paid upon the delivery of the completed two paintings on panel to the Salmagundi Club by November 1, 2021 for installation in the library.
Statement of the Library: Since its inception in 1891, the Salmagundi Library has been a signature part of the Salmagundi Club experience. For early artist members in the 19th-century, the Library provided important visual references to produce illustrations for pre-photography magazines and newspapers. During the 20th-century, the Salmagundi Library offered educational lectures, dinners, auctions and other events that brought together Club members and the local community in an intimate space. In the 21st-century, the Library continues to build on the 20th-century events and provides a serene oasis from the hustle and bustle of the world. The Library opens a window into the lives of the earliest artist members and attracts new membership to our Club.
History of the Library: The Club’s membership created a unique cataloguing and classification system for the organization. It is one of America’s only surviving pre-Dewey Decimal system libraries created by artist and illustrators. This unusual system separates general topics within lettered bookcases, specifies the book shelf number, followed by the point at which the book is located on that shelf (for example, 1st position, 2nd position on the shelf, 3rd position on the shelf, and so on, resulting in spine labels of Z1-10 for example.) The system, created before wide distribution of the newly formed Dewey Decimal system, highlights the artist’s concerns, provides a snapshot into the membership’s minds and is a reflection of the era. The collection contains approximately 5,800 volumes. Most volumes are pre-1923 editions and are out of copyright. The bulk of the books from the 1880s-1910s are printed on acidic paper requiring extensive conservation today. About 2% of the collection contains rare or valuable books. The collection contains J. SANDFORD SALTUS LOUIS VII COLLECTION & COSTUME BOOK COLLECTION, LIBRARY MUG FUND COLLECTION, CLUB MEMBER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, HENRY “HENNO” MICHAEL O’CONNOR, 1891-1975 PAPERS, WILLIAM JOHN WHITTEMORE, 1860-1955 PAPERS, DISPLAY OF THE ARTIST’S PALETTE COLLECTION, ARTIST SCRAPBOOKS, ARTIST LETTERS, AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION COMPILED BY ANTONIO CIRINO, ILLUSTRATION POSTER DOCUMENTATION, etc.
Historical Reference: In the first Salmagundi Clubhouse at 14 West 12th Street there were commissioned Painting Datums on wood panels for the entrance hallway of the clubhouse. Many of these panels are still in the collection of the club and can be seen outside of the Library in the hallway on the second floor of the Club.
Award: $15,000 in cash prize for the two door panels to be announced on June 28, 2021. The winning commission is subject to Salmagundi Club Board of Directors approval. If the winner’s compositional study is not accepted by the Salmagundi Board a fee of $1000 will be paid to the winning artist . The deposit of one third will not need to be returned as it reflects time and materials already consumed. The top four artists runners-up will each receive a $500 award and will provide the final compositional drawing and oil studies to be exhibited at the Salmagundi Library. The four runner’s up will retain ownership of the studies.
The two door paintings by the winning artist/artists of the commission will be delivered to the Club by November 1, 2021 for installation. The unveiling of the painted panels will be held at the Salmagundi Club Library Dinner in November.
Materials: The two metal panels, either Di Bond or ACM panels will be provided by the Salmagundi Library for the winner of the commission.
The exact size of each door panel is 66 ¼” x 23 ½”. No panels larger or smaller will be accepted as they must fit within the inner door panel.
Fees: Artist participant fees are $65 per application. No refunds or extensions will be given if unable to complete painting design by deadline of June 1, 2021. Submissions of painting compositional studies and designs may be submitted earlier than the deadline.
Please click HERE to register for the Competition Library Commission. Two artists may apply on one application---for example: One artist creates an architectural background another paints the central figure, or one artist paints the background landscape and another the figures.
Click HERE for participant tickets, available online only.
Limited to 70 artist applicants on a first-come first-served basis.
For Wait List: Please contact Alexander Katlan 718 445-7458 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Salmagundi Library reserves the right to reject any commission chosen by the panel of Judges if the paintings designs are not considered of the highest standards.
Five Distinguished Members of the New York Metropolitan and New England Art Scene:
Born in Queens, NY, Jordan Sokol studied and taught drawing and painting in Italy and Spain for 11 years before returning to the United States in 2014. In 2015 he participated in establishing the U.S. branch of The Florence Academy of Art in Jersey City, NJ, serving as its Academic Director for five years. In 2020 Sokol taught as an adjunct professor at the New York Academy of Art until moving to Old Lyme, CT in 2021 to serve as the Artistic Director of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.
Sokol’s work has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States, including London’s National Portrait Gallery in 2015 as part of the BP Portrait Exhibition. His work has been featured in numerous publications including several books by Juliette Aristides, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Artists on Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and the Epoch Times.
Artist Robert Telenick is a painter living in New York. He is originally from Arizona and has studied art at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and the Art Students League of New York. He also holds a MPA in Nonprofit Management. He is a long time ASL employee and is currently the Director of Programs.
Artist Jacob Collins is a leading figure in the contemporary revival of classical painting. Collins's style of painting is considered Classical Realism, and his subject matter focuses on the figure, portraiture, still life and landscape as well as the occasional interior. Collins is the founder of the Water Street Atelier, The Grand Central Academy of Art, and the Hudson River Fellowship. Jacob Collins is a resident artist member of the Salmagundi Club. Collins' drawings and paintings have been shown with museums and galleries in North America and Europe, and he has been commissioned to paint portraits of J. Paul Getty Jr., President George H. W. Bush and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Cash award for Library Commission is made possible through the generous donation of a private Salmagundi Club member.
Special thanks to the following for their assistance: Alexander Katlan, Elizabeth Spencer, Roger Rossi, Carole Teller, Jacob Collins, Justine Kalb, Jason Ward, Joan Marie Palmer, Dylan Gillespie, Donna Prizzi, Tahseen Ali Kahn, Landon Clay, Dan Bunn, Brian West, Patrick Okrasinski, Claudia Seymour, Liz Beard, Regina McGrade, Joan Forbes, Brenda Tribush, Richard Rosenblatt , Anthony Almeida, and Bill Indursky.