Works in Public

The League’s exclusive public sculpture program, presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

about the program

Create site-specific, large-scale public sculptures for NYC Parks.

Works in Public, originally known as Model the Monument, is a fully-funded program that invites artists to conceive of, create, and install site-specific sculptures in partnership with League instructors, Works in Public advisors, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Works in Public participants receive a monthly stipend and a scholarship for a full-time class at the League for the duration of the program.

Since its inception, 46 artists have had their sculptures installed in year-long public exhibitions at Riverside Park South and Riverside Park at 145th Street.

From conception, to construction.

Lead by renowned sculptors and League instructors Haksul Lee and Natsuki Takauji, who are Works in Public alumni, it is a selective and demanding program. Each individual artist works independently to fulfill their requirements, while collaborating with instructors to ensure their artwork is ready for display.

After being on display in New York City, many pieces from the Works in Public program are relocated for permanent exhibition at the Florida Keys Sculpture Trail.

Instructors

Brett Littman

Curator, former director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, Deputy Director of MoMA PS1.

Eric Shiner

Curator and President of Powerhouse Arts. Former Executive Director of Pioneer Works, Artistic Director of White Cube New York, Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, and the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Jess Wilcox

Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park.
In 2016, I found the Art Students League by chance. So, I started my second life in the world of art.
Helen Draves
Work in Public, 2023
I hope to some degree to inspire other people to continue with their dreams.
Marco Palli
Works in Public, 2023

Thanks you to Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge leadership support for Works in Public from The Harry Feinberg Family Foundation and John Padgett. Works in Public is also made possible with the major support of Dr. Lawrence Spielberger & Dr. Greta Spanierman Family Foundation, Ludmila Schwartzenberg Bidwell, Susan Dryfoos and Kathleen H. Seidel. Additional support is also provided by the Brigitte and William Crovello Foundation Inc.

For more information, email wip@artstudentsleague.org. To support the program, please email Elizabeth Kingman at ekingman@artstudentsleague.org.

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