Salmagundi Art Club of New York


History of the Salmagundi Club

About The Salmagundi Club

Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City, the Club offers programs including art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstrations, and art auctions throughout the year for members and the general public.

The Salmagundi facilities include three galleries, a library, an elegant period parlor, and a restaurant and bar with vintage pool tables. All facilities are available for special events and private rentals.

The Club owns a collection of over 1,500 works of art spanning its 149 year history and has a membership of over 1,000 artists and patrons. Its members have included important American artists such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and Childe Hassam. Today the Club builds on this legacy by providing a center for the resurgence of representational art in America.

The Salmagundi Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Historic Landmark Designation

"Landmarks of New York.
The Salmagundi Club, originating in 1871 as a sketch class in Jonathan Scott Hartley's studio, purchased this mid-nineteenth century brownstone house in 1917 as its first permanent home. It was cited in 1957 for its architectural distinction by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Municipal Art Society. Plaque erected 1957 by The New York Community Trust"

The History of the Club

The Salmagundi Club originated in 1871 as a sketch class in Johnathan Scott Hartley's studio and purchased this mid-nineteenth century brownstone house in 1917 as its second home. It was cited in 1957 for its architectural distinction by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Municipal Art Society.

Originally formed as the Salmagundi Sketch Club in 1871, the Club adopted its present name a hundred years ago after Washington Irving published his potpourri of wit and wisdom called "The Salmagundi Papers". The name also serves as the club dining room's famous "Salmagundi Stew".

The Club fosters an atmosphere of conviviality that encourages discussions on art and other topics and leads to lasting friendships among both artists members and patrons. While members are mainly residents of the Tri-State area, Salmagundian's are to be found throughout the Unites States and Canada, as well as such faraway places as London, Amsterdam and Lisbon

Through the years the Club has been the singular gathering place for such great artists as Childe Hassam, William Merrit Chase, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Ogden Pleisner and many others. Honorary members have included such luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin.

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Presidents of the Club

Joseph Hartley 1871-1889
George W. Maynard 1888-1889
Charles Y. Turner 1889-1893
Thomas Moran 1893-1896
W. Lewis Fraser 1896-1897
Alexander T. Van Laer 1897-1898
Robert C. Minor 1898-1899
Alexander T. Van Laer 1899-1900
George H. McCord 1900-1901
George Inness, Jr. 1901-1903
J. Scott Hartley 1903-1905
Alexander T. Van Laer 1905-1908
Henry B. Snell 1908-1910
Frank K. M. Rehn 1910-1911
Carleton Wiggins 1911-1913
Charles Vezin 1913-1914
F. Ballard Williams 1914-1919
Emil Carlsen 1919-1920
J. Massey Rhind 1920-1922
Hobart Nichols 1922-1924
W. Granville Smith 1924-1926
Franklin De Haven 1926-1929
Bruce Crane 1929-1933
Louis Betts 1933-1935
George Elmer Brown 1935-1937
Frederick W. Hutchinson 1937-1939
Gordon Grant 1939-1941
George Lober 1941-1944
Frederick K. Detwiller 1944-1946
Henry O' Connor 1946-1947
Silvio B. Valerio 1947-1949
Percy Albee 1949-1953
Russell Rypsam 1953-1955
Henry Laussucq 1955-1957
Junius Allen 1957-1959
A. Henry Nordhausen 1959-1963
Francis Vandeveer Kughler 1963-1966
Martin Hannon 1966-1970
John N. Lewis 1970-1976
Martin Hannon 1976-1977
Raymond R. Goldberg 1977-1979
Richard Clive 1979-1981
Carl L. Thomson 1981-1983
Ruth B. Reininghaus 1983-1987
Edward A. Brennan 1987-1990
Kenneth W. Fitch 1990-1991
Robert Volpe 1991-1994
Richard C. Pionk 1994- 2007
Claudia Seymour 2007-2013
Robert W. Pillsbury 2013-2019                                                        Elizabeth Spencer - Present



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Salmagundi Club is a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law.