Salmagundi Art Club of New York


From Life: Salmagundi Drawing Competition of the Figure (Nude)
Upper Gallery, March 01, 2020

From Life: Salmagundi Drawing Competition of the Figure (Nude)
Main Gallery, Sunday March 1, 2020- from 10 am to 3pm (5 hours)
Sponsored by the SCNY Library Committee and organized by Alexander W. Katlan.

On Site-One Day Live  Competition. 
  • The Drawing Competition is in the graphite medium, pencils, charcoal, or red sanguine only.
  • Silverpoint is allowed.
  • Toned paper and white pencils/white chalk allowed.
  • No Pastels, colored inks, ink wash or colored pencils.
  • No drawing/board larger than 16” x 20”. No Drawing larger than 16” x 20” will be accepted for Judging.

Doors open to participants in Salmagundi Club Main Gallery at 9:30am.
Contest winners announced by the Salmagundi President Elizabeth Spencer at 4 pm.
Drawings can be viewed by the general public from 4 to 5 pm.Participation is limited to 45 artists.

NEW!!- Cash Prizes have been Increased: $4,500.00 in Cash Prizes

Price $55.00 per contestant- Open to all SCNY Club Members, Artists and Ateliers.

Click HERE to register. LIMITED 45 Spots available, first come first serve basis.
Tickets purchased in advance required. No tickets will be sold at the door. If you require an easel, a fee of $10.00 is charged in advance - please see ticket on registration form for "General Admission with Easel".

No walk-ins will be permitted. No refunds will be given if unable to attend after registering. You do not have to submit your artwork to be judged for prizes

Previous competitions have been sold out. Early purchasing of tickets is necessary to reserve your spot

For Wait List: please contact

Judging from 3 to 4 pm. This competition is a blind judging. No artist name should appear on the drawing submitted for judging. A photograph of all the artist contestants in the competition  on the front steps of the Salmagundi Club by Photographer Anthony Almeida. Pizza  will be served in lower gallery for Contestants and Bar is open from Noon. Contest winners announced at 4pm.

General public welcome and open for public viewing from 4 pm to 5 pm.

MODELS: Three models will be positioned standing in different parts of the Salmagundi Club Main Gallery. Each model will hold a single standing pose for five hours (breaking every 20 minutes for five minutes, 15 minute break at noon).

EASELS: Artists can bring their own pochade box, and/or easel setups. There will be a limited number (8) of easels available. If you require an easel, a fee of $10.00 is charged in advance Please reserve HERE- please sign up on Everbrite when you purchase your ticket for competition and also for an easel.

LOTTERY FOR DRAWING SPOTS: Upon entering the Main Gallery, each artist will draw a number and proceed to that easel spot for one of the three models. The artists that draw lottery numbers in the front rows around the models are required to be seated.

FIRST PRIZE:  will be $3,000.00 and Chelsea Classical Fine Art Materials and Artful Circle Gift Certificate (for 2) to visit select NYC Art Galleries and Trekell brush setThis First Prize is IS A SALMAGUNDI PURCHASE PRIZE FOR THE BEST DRAWING OF THE MODEL.  The Drawing will enter permanently in the SCNY Salmagundi  Art Collection subject to SCNY Board of Directors approval. The Chelsea Classical Fine Art Materials prizes was made available through the generosity of Brendon Soloff for all three prizes and 3 gift sets of  Trekell Brushes courtesy of Courtney Bridges.

SECOND PRIZE: $1,000.00  and Chelsea Classical Fine Art Materials, and Trekell Brush set

THIRD PRIZE: $500.00 Honorable Mention and Chelsea Classical Fine Art  Materials and Trekell Brush set.

Judging: As this is a blind judging- no signature can appear on the drawing. If a signature does appear on the drawing in the competition, it will be disqualified. The artists do not have to submit their artwork to be judged for prizes, if they so choose.

Art Jury:
Four Distinguished Members of the New York Metropolitan Art Scene

-Artist Colleen Barry Colleen’s paintings and drawings offer a rare synthesis of visual truth and pictorial simplicity. Her influences range from Michelangelo to Kathe Kollwitz. Her subjects include family members, friends, fellow artists, and self-portraits. A lifetime New Yorker,  Colleen began her studies at the Art Students League when she was fourteen years old. She would later go on to apprentice with Sam Adoquei, Andrea Smith, and Jacob Collins. Colleen has been the recipient of the Newington Cropsey Travel Grant. In 2011 she received an Affiliate Fellowship to reside at the American Academy in Rome with her husband, Will St. John. Colleen paints and teaches privately out of her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She is currently the Director of Drawing at the Grand Central Atelier in Long Island City, New York.


Artist Darren Kingsley won the American Society of Classical Realism Scholarship to study at The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN, followed by a year at the Art Students League of NY and 4 years studying under Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.

He has participated in exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club, Eleventh Street Arts, The Florence Academy of Art, John Pence Gallery, The Union League of Philadelphia, The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey and the Daylesford Abbey among many others. His work is in many private collections including those of George Lucas, Nelson and Leona Shanks, Larry and Anne Hall and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paneyko.

-Artist Brandon Soloff.A classically trained oil painter focusing on the human figure and portraits. Exhibited since the late 1990s, including Hirschl & Adler Gallery (New York, NY), Alan Stone Gallery (New York, NY), Hammer Galleries (New York, NY), The Royal Society Portrait Painters (London, England), Meredith Long Galleries (Houston, TX), The Copley Society of Boston (Boston, MA) and others. Portrait commissions for institutions such as Dartmouth University and Westmont College, as well as Frederick Whittemore (Morgan Stanley), David H. Koch Jr. (David Koch Family), Paul Raether (Kohlberg, Kravitz and Roberts),Didier Pineau-Valencienne (Schneider Industries Europe) and others.

Currently teaches at Chelsea Classical Studio and The Art Students League, and in the past at The National Academy, Studio126 (co-founded with Michael Grimaldi), and workshops at The Academy of Classical Design, The Washington Art Association and others since around 2002. 

One of the founders of Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials.

For his studies, after graduating high school in 1991 went to Florence, Italy for 3 years and studied at Charles Cecil Studios (with 1 year at Haverford College somewhere in the middle), then shared a studio for six months in Boston with Charles Weed and Frank Strazzulla, studied privately in North Carolina with D. Jeffrey Mims for 2 years, apprenticed on a Ben Long fresco project for Transamerica in Charlotte NC, spent 6 months with Martine Vaugel, various short stints with artists such as Stephen Perkins and Frank Porcu, a few months at Water Street Atelier, and independently spent many many months copying original drawings and paintings in Boston (Fogg, MFA), London (British Museum, V&A), Paris (Louvre, Henner).

-Artist Amaya Gurpide was born in Spain. She began formally studying art at the age of 16 in the School of Arts of Pamplona. In 1999, she moved to New York City to broaden her studies in figure painting and drawing at the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design and the Grand Central Academy, all of which awarded her various scholarships. After a decade in New York, Amaya returned to Spain in 2009 to concentrate on her painting and offer figure drawing, anatomy and painting classes from her private studio in Madrid. In 2014 Amaya was invited to move back to the U.S. to take part in the creation of the U.S. branch of The Florence Academy of Art in Jersey City, where she currently has a studio and is a Principal Instructor. Amaya has also taught as an adjunct Professor at The New York Academy of Art. Amaya’s work has exhibited internationally, and her drawings and paintings are in private collections throughout Europe and the U.S.

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

Special thanks to the following for their assistance: Alexander Katlan, Elizabeth Spencer, Roger Rossi, Carole Teller, Joan Marie Palmer, Dylan Gillespie, Donna Prizzi, Tahseen Ali  Kahn, Dan Dudonne, Anthony Almeida.

Two Special Announcements:

1. Eleventh Street Arts and the Salmagundi Library presents The Red Show, a loan exhibition from Grand Central Atelier February 3 to March 1 in the Salmagundi Library featuring a selection of twelve paintings of still life, figure, and portrait paintings by contemporary realist artists.  Reception Weds. Feb 5 6:30 to 8pm. Each painting featured in the exhibition explores the relationship between the psychological associations of the color red and the sublimity of masterful realist painting.  We invite you to join our investigation into the artists’ use of color as symbolic language.

2.The Salmagundi Club is holding an open juried exhibition in the main gallery called “Figuratively Speaking”  which is open to all artists from February 24 to March 12th.  This will be an exhibition of figurative work and the human form in all its permutations: Portraiture, Clothed, Nude; focusing on the human form and/or face.  For infromation, click HERE.




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