Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Third Salmagundi Club Oil Portrait Sketching Competition
Upper Gallery, May 19, 2019

Competition-10:00am to 3:00pm.
Tickets Sold Out. For Wait List, please contact Alexander Katlan at 718 445-7458 or email

Doors open to participants at Salmagundi Club Main Gallery at 9:30am. Competition is 5 hours. Judging from 3:00 to 3:30pm. Contest winners announced at 4:00pm.

Oil sketches can be viewed by the general public from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.
Sponsored by the SCNY Program Committee.

Organized by Bonnie Seiler and Alexander W. Katlan

Competition is open and limited to first 45 artists.

PRIZES: $3,000.00 in Cash Prizes

Click HERE for participant tickets, available online only. 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. No tickets will be sold at door. NO REFUNDS

Price $55.00 per person - Open to all SCNY Club members, artists, and ateliers.

Please click HERE to purchase your ticket for the competition, available online only.

EASELS: Please click HERE if you require an easel for an additional fee of $10. There will be a limited number of easels (5) available. Please contact Alexander Katlan.

During the event, no signature should appear on competition paintings before judging as this is a blind judging.

For Wait List: please contact Alexander Katlan 718 445-7458 or 

Only 45 spots available–reservations required on a first come first serve basis. No turpentine allowed only odorless mineral spirits or non-toxic, odorless turpentine substitute.

MODELS: Portrait models will be positioned in different parts of the Main Gallery. Each model will hold a single pose for five hours (breaking every 20 minutes for five minutes).

LOTTERY FOR OIL SKETCHING SPOTS:  Upon entering the Main Gallery, each artist will draw a number and proceed to that easel spot for one of the 3 models.

Size Limitation: No oil sketch larger than 16” x 20” will be accepted for Judging.

Complementary pizza for participants; cash bar.

Judging from 3:00pm to 3:30pm.

The Oil Sketch will enter permanently the Salmagundi Club Art Collection
Subject to SCNY Board of Directors approval.


THIRD PRIZE: Honorable Mention $200.00 and Artful Circle Gift Certificate (for 2)to visit select NYC art galleries and Competition certificate of Merit.

In addition the above prizes, all winners will receive a Gift Set of Brushes, Courtesy of Trekell Brushes.


ART JURY: Four Distinguished members of the N.Y. Metropolitan Art Scene:

Gregory Mortsenson- Grand Central Atelier Core Instructor
“Gregory Mortenson (b.1976) is one of the most accomplished in a new generation of painters who have embraced the rigors of training in the atelier tradition. After completing his undergraduate studies at Southern Virginia University, in Buena Vista, he spent two years studying classical painting with Patrick Devonas and William Whitaker. He then moved to New York City, where he completed the four-year curriculum at the Grand Central Academy of Art under Jacob Collins, followed with two additional years of training in Collins' private studio. Mortenson emerged from this lengthy apprenticeship with an impeccable classical technique that allows him to present exquisitely turned form and tonal rendering of great subtlety. This prowess is most evident in his portraiture, where the precision of description and delicate paint handling give quite a breathtaking sense of presence to the subject." -American Artist Magazine


Stephen Bauman,  Florence Academy of Art-US
Stephen Bauman is the director of the Anatomy and Écorché department at the U.S. branch of the Florence Academy of Art in Jersey City, NJ. In addition he continues to teach drawing and painting in the core program. Stephen has given drawing and painting workshops and demos throughout the United States and Europe including the Long Island Academy of Art in New York, the Art Florida Academy in Miami, and at all three campuses of the Florence Academy of art in Sweden, Italy and America. His work has been featured in numerous publications. He was awarded first place in the Imaginative Realism category of the 2014-15 ARC salon as well as being awarded a purchase prize for his painting When I Was Young. That painting was featured on the cover of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine in which he was profiled. Stephen’s work has exhibited and been collected in the US, Europe and China.


Jordan Sokol- Academic Director, The Florence Academy of Art-U.S.
Jordan's work focuses on the human figure. In 2013, after a decade of studying and teaching in Italy he moved to Spain and began teaching privately from his studio in Madrid. In 2014 Jordan returned to the United States upon the invitation of The Florence Academy of Art to open their first official U.S. branch in Jersey City, NJ where he is currently the Academic Director. Jordan has taught drawing and painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe including the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, the Canova Atelier in Rome, the Janus Collaborative in New York, and the Art Students League of New York. His work has been featured in numerous publications including 'Lessons in Classical Drawing' as well as 'Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier' by Juliette Aristides and in 2013 was honored as one of the '25 Artists of Tomorrow' by American Artist Magazine.

Jordan’s work has exhibited internationally, including London’s National Portrait Gallery as part of the 2015 BP Portrait exhibition, and is represented by Arcadia Contemporary in Los Angeles.

Tony Curanaj Grand Central Atelier
My progression as an artist to contemporary realism evolved with my perception of the world and our human experiences in it. I began to sublimate my creative expression toward work of greater skill, precision in execution and clarity in thought. The subject matter of my still life, tromp l’ oeil and figures represent the complexity of an individual’s observation as well as a love and respect for nature and life. Some paintings are a visual play on words or ideas that are part of my experiences. Other pieces reflect the simple beauty I may find in seemingly ordinary objects composed together, influences of color in nature or the splendor of the human form. In every piece that I create, I aspire for authenticity in subject, harmony of color and resonance of light and shadow. By painting from life and with meticulous detail, my hopes are that the viewer will observe my work as I observe life, with the impact and integrity of the large idea supported by the importance and intricacy of the smallest nuance.

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

Special thanks to the following for their assistance: Alexander Katlan, Bonnie Seiler, Elizabeth Spencer, Roger Rossi, Carole Teller, Joan Marie Palmer, Dylan Gillespie, Debbie Wells, Tahseen Ali  Kahn, Dan Bunn, and Donna Prizzi.

Special Announcement: Studio Incamminati Philadelphia Pa. has just announced-Portrait in Plein Air Competition on Saturday May 18, 2019-10:00am to 2:00pm Open to first 45 artists who register. Fee $50. First Prize $1000, Second Prize $500 The Salmagundi Club hopes that competing artists will make it a weekend of Portrait Competitions from Philadelphia to New York. Exact Philadelphia location to be determined, details and registration at

Pictured: Artwork by Gregory Mortenson




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