New York Studio School

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New York Studio School

EIN: 13-6167281


The New York Studio School offers an extraordinary studio arts program for aspiring artists. This education is a preamble to a lifetime’s engagement in drawing, painting, or sculpture. Students are encouraged to think independently and work with dedication. In a search for questions rather than facile conclusions, each student develops a work ethic and philosophy for life appropriate to his or her own aesthetic. Upon completion of the Master of Fine Arts degree or Certificate Program, the student will depart the Studio School with a fine understanding of the language of art; an awakened imagination; a dedicated work habit; and a direct ambition for artistic production.

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Principal Officer

Graham Nickson

Main address

8 W 8th St

New York, NY 10011 USA

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Subject area info

Arts education

Visual arts

Graduate and professional education

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Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

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Masters of Fine Arts Program

The MFA programs, offered with concentrations in Painting or in Sculpture, are based on maintaining a full-time, rigorous studio practice. Students are engaged in their work a minimum of 40 hours per week for the duration of their two years at the School.

In their first year, students choose a core faculty member with whom they will work closely during each semester. Faculty are present in the atelier two days each week. In the second year, faculty contact hours are reduced as students work in semi-private or private studios towards the completion of their individual thesis project.

Studio practice is balanced with Critical Studies courses, in addition to peer and instructed critiques. Lectures and seminars are held throughout the semester, as well as small group discussion with current and visiting faculty. The Critical Studies courses provide the groundwork for students to compose the statements that support their final thesis project.

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The School also offers three year, full-time Certificate and Virtual Certificate programs, which mirror the MFA in their concentration on intensive studio work, but does not require the attendance at and completion of the Critical Studies courses, nor the completion of a thesis project. Students enrolled in the Certificate program (whether in-person or virtual) are, however, encouraged to attend the lunchtime and evening lectures and participate fully in discussions.

Certificate students work alongside MFA students in their respective ateliers. This close relationship between the two programs encourages a higher level of commitment, dedication and rigor for everyone involved.

The Certificate program is ideal for those students, regardless of age and skill level, who desire to further their understanding and artistic development within a program concentrated purely on studio practice.

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The School's internationally recognized Marathons were developed in 1988 by Dean Graham Nickson to address the importance of drawing as the basis of understanding one's experience in the world. Virtual and In-Person Marathons are led by full-time faculty and distinguished visiting artists in two-week sessions three times a year, and Virtual Marathons are also offered as one-week Intersession Marathons twice a year. Taking place a minimum of eight hours daily, participants learn firsthand by engaging in the physical aspects of art-making and through the intellectual stimulation of group and individual critiques. Virtual Marathons enable artists from around the world to experience the rigorous exercises, profound insights, and deep connections from their own respective studios. The strong student works that emerge become catalysts for future creations, and the strategies imparted sustain artists beyond each Marathon’s conclusion.

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The School's celebrated Evening Lecture Series, running for more than half a century, features lectures, panel discussions, and dialogues with distinguished artists, art historians, critics, and scholars. Each season includes 30-40 programs, providing a platform for discussion of a broad range of issues. The Series showcases internationally recognized artists and renowned scholars and curators, as well as emerging voices in the visual arts. On Tuesdays, artists lecture on their own practice. On Wednesdays, critics, curators, and historians present recent research, sharing insights into new publications, exhibitions, and other scholarship.

The Series, presented both in-person and live-streamed via Zoom and YouTube, is free and open to all. There is a lively Q&A session at the conclusion of each program. Recordings are available on NYSS' YouTube channel, and the School is regularly uploading additional programs from its extensive Lecture Series archive to this channel.



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New York Studio School
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31
Financial documents
2022 NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL 2019 New York Studio School
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 2.17 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 4.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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New York Studio School

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $168,897 $237,174 -$26,028 $404,694 -$149,426
As % of expenses 7.3% 9.9% -1.0% 15.0% -4.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $77,114 $144,308 -$105,799 $328,574 -$223,915
As % of expenses 3.2% 5.8% -4.0% 11.8% -6.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,590,569 $2,698,686 $2,562,739 $2,991,079 $2,960,291
Total revenue, % change over prior year 12.5% 4.2% -5.0% 16.7% -1.0%
Program services revenue 53.8% 53.8% 53.1% 37.5% 48.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.8% 3.0% 3.1% 4.6% 2.4%
Government grants 2.9% 0.6% 0.7% 1.3% 1.2%
All other grants and contributions 38.9% 40.0% 40.8% 55.2% 45.7%
Other revenue 2.6% 2.6% 2.3% 1.4% 2.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,320,816 $2,396,593 $2,532,562 $2,706,462 $3,169,018
Total expenses, % change over prior year -3.9% 3.3% 5.7% 6.9% 17.1%
Personnel 51.5% 53.8% 54.9% 57.7% 53.7%
Professional fees 3.5% 3.1% 4.7% 5.3% 5.1%
Occupancy 2.6% 2.7% 2.6% 2.2% 5.5%
Interest 2.0% 1.7% 1.4% 1.0% 1.0%
Pass-through 18.1% 16.4% 16.4% 13.0% 14.4%
All other expenses 22.2% 22.3% 20.0% 20.9% 20.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,412,599 $2,489,459 $2,612,333 $2,782,582 $3,243,507
One month of savings $193,401 $199,716 $211,047 $225,539 $264,085
Debt principal payment $60,975 $188,914 $60,396 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,666,975 $2,878,089 $2,883,776 $3,008,121 $3,507,592

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.3 2.0 2.7 6.5 17.1
Months of cash and investments 11.8 13.3 14.3 17.3 17.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.4 1.4 0.5 3.6 6.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $449,212 $394,666 $569,995 $1,468,177 $4,513,210
Investments $1,837,308 $2,267,073 $2,456,604 $2,438,579 $0
Receivables $643,579 $391,280 $345,812 $515,276 $431,676
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,245,626 $3,296,475 $3,213,597 $3,211,274 $3,270,741
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 32.7% 34.8% 33.7% 34.9% 37.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 22.7% 18.4% 21.3% 24.5% 39.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,632,456 $1,776,764 $1,670,965 $1,999,539 $1,775,624
Temporarily restricted net assets $980,214 $792,403 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,609,975 $1,994,202 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,590,189 $2,786,605 $2,898,134 $3,142,415 $2,669,041
Total net assets $4,222,645 $4,563,369 $4,569,099 $5,141,954 $4,444,665

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Principal Officer

Graham Nickson

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Board chair

F. Anthony Zunino

Chairman of the Board

Deanna King


Carleen Murdock


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