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The ASL Constitution vs.
the Board's proposal.
Also see: The September 30th By-laws presentation on YouTube.
the League's added $6 million.
Introduction and Finances
Our Vote and Our Bloat
Power and Constitution
and building renovations.
by ANY League employee
"Why I'm running."
for Artists on the Island of Manhattan
Dear Art Students League Member,|
The League's historic standing as a self-governed, self-supporting institution, founded in 1875 on the principle of a participatory democracy, is in grave danger of foundering. We are deeply concerned about the future of this unique institution, whose original purpose was to "give a thorough course of instruction in drawing, painting and sculpture" for anyone who wanted to study art (Constitution). The sense of collegiality that formerly existed between art students, Instructors and Administrators, in an "open-door" policy, has disappeared and been replaced with autocratic rule, which has included hiring armed guards for members' meetings. [CONTINUED]
|Over the past 10 years, one man and his supporters have controlled the Board of Control of the ASL. The current President has ruled by fiat, making up the rules as he goes along. There have been efforts to intimidate and stifle any dissent. Established as a membership-run institution, the input and oversight of members has been drastically curtailed. The direction of the League has changed dramatically. It is time for a change back to a membership-run League. [CONTINUED]|
"Mr. Barbieri claims that the lawsuit which was filed was done to overturn the will of the "overwhelming membership vote." That is exactly the point of the lawsuit - the membership included all 4,000 members who were entitled to vote. By twisting the meaning of By-law 31, and then denying members entitled to vote that privilege through spurious means, the outcome was not, as he puts it, an overwhelming majority vote."
Are you the same Mr. Cenedella? (12/2/15)
"And how, Mr. Cenedella, did you get access to confidential student information and then disseminate it in violation of League rules (a dismissible offense) and Federal law?"
Mr. Torak and anonymous "instructors and friends" of ASL (12/1/15)
"By-law No. 28 was enacted to prevent coercion of people who are beholding to the Board for their jobs. Whether an employee is asked to electioneer or not is irrelevant. The prohibition in By-law No. 28 is absolute, no electioneering by employees - period."
Regarding The Art Students League's Original Mission (11/29/15)
"The proposed changes to voting procedures and term limits ensure that the membership will not have a voice again. When asked why the proposed changes are necessary, Mr. Salvatore Barbieri said, "it is needed to help maintain continuity." That response is obtuse. It does not address whose continuity it maintains and for what purpose."
My Experience at the Art Students League (11/29/15)
"I asked at the office for the documents, and I discovered that it was very difficult to have access to the documents. I wondered why. I could not believe that something so important for the membership to know about was so overprotected. Ultimately, the members should know what is/was happening so they can vote knowing the facts."
Response to Brian Tepper (11/28/15)
At first glance your letter appears altruistic. But I ask you, does your concern extend to students, some of whom have spoken to me recently of their anxiety over potentially losing their monitorships, jobs, and being blacklisted from receiving scholarships or attending certain classes, due to their support of ASL 2025?
Six answers to Mr. Tepper's questions (11/24/15)
We have no plans to dismiss anyone. There has always been an ebb and flow to the make-up of the League. If we ensure that there are qualified instructors that reflect a multiplicity of viewpoints, artists will attend as they have in the past. Changes in faculty always happen for one reason or another - retirement, relocation, job change.
ASL Member Marilyn Rogers: Questions to ask before you vote (11/24/15)
New Leadership can give the League a boost in the right direction, prove themselves as worthy of your sustained support and give us a new start within one year as your CURRENT By-Laws wisely recommend.
What John Varriano Didn't Tell You In His E-mail (11/23/15)
He does not point to a set of specific facts that we have gotten wrong, nor does he respond to any of our very specific narratives about misconduct. Also, he tells about positive improvements by the Board and that much good has been accomplished, but cites no specifics.
ASL 2025 Responds to Mr. Barbieri's E-mail of November 16 (11/23/15)
It is thanks to the members who protested the initial contract that we received the additional $6 million dollars for the cantilever. Instead of demonizing these members, Mr. Barbieri should be thanking them.
ASL 2025 Responds to Mr. Barbieri's November 19 E-mail (11/23/15)
Since ASL 2025 is the only side in this election campaign that is talking about League governance, maybe it's time for Mr. Barbieri and his supporters to reply to all of the factual issues we have raised and will be presenting in the coming days.
ASL Member Jose Morales Responds to Dan Gheno (11/16/15)
Instead of addressing point by point all the issues in question, this administration creates a smoke screen. They suggest that Ira can walk on water, while quoting Macbeth, meanwhile attacking the real friends and protectors of the League.
An Open Letter to Tom Torak (11/16/15)
The last time I looked, open and honest disagreement was not only allowed but encouraged as a duty and privilege in a democratic America.
Is the League College-Bound? (11/11/15)
League Special Consultant for Academic Affairs and Outreach: "New positions were created and new hires were made. None of these changes were visible to the students or instructors working within the League's traditional open studio environment."
ASL 2025 Responds to Ira Goldberg (11/9/15)
Members are unaware of plans for educational expansion and only learn of them when new academic programs are published on the League's website.
ASL 2025 Responds to Susan Matz (11/8/15)
Matz: "If you don't feel comfortable voting for me, vote for one of the other opposing candidates." We wonder if Ms. Matz's candidacy was ever real.
An Open Letter to Sharon Sprung (11/6/15)
The League's original mission of allowing artists and artists-to-be to work inside a studio with artist instructors is clearly being diluted. The nature of the League is changing for reasons we don't understand. The membership, to whom the Board is ultimately responsible, has not been consulted as to whether they approve of these changes..
An Open Letter to Board Member Richard Baker (11/4/15)
We have spoken to many members, and none of them have ever received a certified audited financial statement at an Annual Meeting that complies with the mandates of N.Y.S. Not-For-Profit Corporation Law Section 519(a).
ASL 2025 Responds to Dan Gheno (11/3/15)
Recently, a Full Stop Work Order was issued by the Department of Buildings against the developer when a steel plate fell 30 feet and landed between the construction site and our building.
- Initiate fully detailed financial reports
- Replace the League's Auditor immediately
- Evaluate Building Potential and initiate Safety Assessments
- Commence a forensic audit of financial Records
- Ensure that the League's voting process is secure and transparent
- Audit and reappraisal of League's art collection
- Initiate prudent fiscal policies that include fundraising policies
- Enhance fundraising planning to keep the League affordable
- Evaluate Administrative functions and ensure that Administration is meeting members' needs
- Evaluate faculty compensation
- Establish peer review hiring of Instructors and maintain Atelier-based traditions