This Must Be The Place
Art Students League

Overhead are clouds, rays of sunlight, the moon, and the galaxy; underfoot is sand, road, beds of leaves, and open air. This is a place built by artists, through observation and imagination, using the smallest of pencil lines and the broadest of brushstrokes.

Now at the one-year anniversary of its partnership with Chashama, The Art Students League celebrates a new summer season at One Brooklyn Bridge Park with the group exhibition This Must Be The Place, curated by League alumna Sonomi Kobayashi. This Must Be The Place honors new directions and frontiers by featuring works by a diverse group of League artists responding to our themes of journey, travel, and exploration. Even if the destination cannot not be known, the path remains an invitation for all to take the first step.

Featured Artists:

Susana AldanondoNaomi Lee Baumol • Peter Bogdanos
Steve DanielsonFran Del ReLauren FaulknerHolley Flagg
Christine FrisbeeKathleen HuggardHelena La Rota López
Celeste MaslovskyMaria MottolaMarykate O’Neil
Nancy S. RosenTomoko TakedaAlice TorresTina Vora Logan
Rich WagnerJoyce Weidenaar

About The Curator:

Born and raised in Japan, Sonomi Kobayashi, is a New York based artist and independent curator who is interested in science, physics, stars, nature, and spirituality. She has curated successful group exhibitions including at Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (NYC), Galerie La (Tokyo), and at many pop-up exhibitions in various locations, collaborating with other artists and independent curators in New York City. As an artist, her artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Japan, and Europe, including Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (NYC), Lesley Heller Workspace (NYC), Flinn Gallery (CT), Galerie ARTAe, (Leipzig Germany), The National Art Center (Tokyo), Galerie La (Tokyo, Japan). She received Will Barnet Grant in Printmaking and Merit scholarship at The Art Students League, participated in residencies at MASS MoCA (MA), Vermont Studio Center (VT), ASL Vytlacil Campus (NY). She received Four-Year Certificate in painting, studied printmaking and sculpture at The Art Students League of NY

About The Art Students League of New York:

The Art Students League of New York has been making high-quality, studio-based art education accessible to all for almost 150 years. Founded in 1875 by a group of independent artists who dreamed of a place where anyone with a passion for art would have the space to make it, today The League hosts over 100 classes, taught in-studio and online. No applications, no prerequisites, and affordable, month-to-month tuition allow students to find their freedom and pursue their artwork free from the constraints of dogma. Our instructors educate students in an environment that values mentorship and collegiality, and centers diverse art-making practices, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and assemblage. Our ongoing lineage of accomplished instructors is matched by our legacy of extraordinary students: Artists who have studied or taught at The League include Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Norman Lewis, James Rosenquist, Ai-Weiwei, and many others

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