ASL 2025 Responds to Dan Gheno


November 3, 2015

Dear Art Students League Member,

We stand by what we have said in our letter to the membership. This Board has not responded to the many concerns we have raised. They have merely stated, in the President's message, included in the ballot package, that the members should re-elect the incumbent Board. This violates By-law No. 28 which prohibits campaign messages funded by League money.

And now, the Board has chosen to rely on a surrogate, a member who is beholden to the Board for his position as an instructor, to respond by attacking the opponent's character and presentation, rather than refuting the essential facts that we have asserted.

Mr Gheno claims that in 10 years, he has never spoken to the President of the Board and cursorily has spoken only to two other Board members, spent little time in the office, and is not privy to many of, as he terms it, "alleged" controversies. Yet, he freely calls the results of our two years of careful research "innuendos" and "wild speculation". He has also not attended the meetings such as the one where members were confronted with the proposed changes to the Constitution which cannot be altered or voted on individually, and where members were not permitted to even speak to raise concerns. Is this democracy?

As to the move towards accreditation, there is sufficient evidence to inquire about the Board's intentions. Why have they started excluding part-time students? Is there a move away from the studio art atelier format to a degree or certificate granting institution? See the League's website describing the Certificate Program.

The Board doesn't need to tell Mr. Gheno anything about accreditation and they won't. Last year the Barbieri Board went corporate head-hunting to choose three new Board members with all the skills needed to completely change the League into something vastly different than its intended mission. Has the Board bragged to the members about the special skills these three new Board members have? The three were put on the Board in December, shortly after they became members.

For a man who professes not to speak to Board members, and is barely involved in the day to day administration of the League, Mr Gheno seems to assume a lot. He states that the construction will take five years and then the renovation of certain areas of our building will take place. What he does not mention, is that the construction next door to the League poses a threat to our building and personal safety. Recently, a Full Stop Work Order was issued by the Department of Buildings against the developer for operating in a dangerous and unsafe manner, when a steel plate fell 30 feet and landed between the construction site and our building.

Meanwhile, no attention is being given to the dust, noise, and falling debris afflicting students and instructors in the basement studios. We need experts to assess and report on these issues and on the recent cracks to the foundation.

Mr. Gheno's insistence that the Board is properly informing members of the proposed Constitutional changes is plain wrong. The Board mailed out a notice to members asking them to request copies of the changes, but can't simply send out a 7-page letter containing the changes? It should be noted that the Board postponed the vote because of a major push-back from members. It seems that Mr. Gheno's idea of democracy is rather one-sided. He misses the point entirely. The ASL 2025 opposition to the current Board is running because there is currently no democracy.

And yes, Mr. Gheno, our purpose was to arouse opposition to a Board that lacks transparency, fails to abide by the By-laws and Constitution, and attempts to ram through its own agenda without meaningful input from the members of the League, who ultimately are the persons who should be deciding the League's future.

Sincerely,
ASL 2025 - Reform Team








ASL 2025 - September 2016 Update (9/30/16)

The Great AukWord Gazette by Paul Perlow. (5/2/16)

ASL 2025 - March 2016 Update (3/17/16)

ASL 2025 Looks Forward to Seeing You in 2016! (12/10/15)

Jessica Lane: Endowment funds and building renovations. (12/2/15)

Response to Mr. Barbieri's November 30 E-mail (12/2/15)

Are you the same Mr. Cenedella? (12/2/15)

A Painting of the League, Part 3: Power and Constitution (12/2/15)

A Painting of the League, Part 2: Our Vote and Our Bloat (12/1/15)

Regarding legal fees and the League's added $6 million. (12/1/15)

A Cheerful and Lively Little Oasis for Artists (12/1/15)

A Message from Marne Rizika (12/1/15)

Mr. Torak and anonymous "instructors and friends" of ASL (12/1/15)

By-law 28: Regarding electioneering by ANY League employee (11/29/15)

Regarding The Art Students League's Original Mission (11/29/15)

My Experience at the Art Students League (11/29/15)

ASL Life Member Arthur Robbins: "The honorable thing to do" (11/29/15)

ASL Life Member Paul Perlow: "What the Golden Owl Says" (11/29/15)

Response to Brian Tepper (11/28/15)

A Painting of the League, Part 1: Introduction and Finances (11/25/15)

ASL Life Member Rick Michalek responds to Tom Torak (11/25/15)

Six answers to Mr. Tepper's questions (11/24/15)

ASL Member Marilyn Rogers: Questions to ask before you vote (11/24/15)

What John Varriano Didn't Tell You In His E-mail (11/23/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Mr. Barbieri's E-mail of November 16 (11/23/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Mr. Barbieri's November 19 E-mail (11/23/15)

Wallane Steele: "Why I'm running." (11/19/15)

Peter Homitzky: "What Happened to My League?" (11/17/15)

ASL Member Jose Morales Responds to Dan Gheno (11/16/15)

An Open Letter to Tom Torak (11/16/15)

Is the League College-Bound? (11/11/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Ira Goldberg (11/9/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Susan Matz (11/8/15)

An Open Letter to Sharon Sprung (11/6/15)

An Open Letter to Board Member Richard Baker (11/4/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Dan Gheno (11/3/15)




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