Bryant Park

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Four Painters Selected for Third Annual Painter in Residence Program

Accomplished artists Simon Levenson, Peter Salwen, Dorrie Rifken, and Anne Kullaf will work to create representational images of Bryant Park.

Angelito Jusay Photography

The artists for Bryant Park’s third annual Painter in Residence program have been chosen, and work began earlier this week to create representational imagery of Bryant Park for our collection. Our jury, consisting of five professionals from the art world and seven aesthetic-oriented staff members from Bryant Park Corporation, chose the four winners from 34 applicants.    

Our first artist in residence this summer is Simon Levenson, who will be in the park from August 4-15. A drawing instructor at The National Arts Club and the Museum of the City of New York, Mr. Levenson has displayed his work at Cavalier Galleries and at the permanent collection of the MTA Arts for Transit Commission’s Permanent Gallery.

Second up, from August 18-29, is Peter Salwen. The Manhattan-based artist is also a licensed NYC tour-guide, a Mark Twain scholar, and owner of a PR firm focused on environmental science and technology. His urban landscapes, which he describes as “Thank you notes to nature…most especially in NYC…”, grace private collections in Europe, the U.S., and South America.   

Our third Painter in Residence, working from September 1-12, will be Dorrie Rifken. A resident of Englewood, NJ, Ms. Rifkin has drawn much praise for her watercolors which are mostly inspired by her passions: family, New York City, and music. Her work has adorned the sets of NBC’s Prime Suspect TV series, and has won several national and international prizes.

Winding up the season from September 15-26 will be Anne Kullaf, an artist and graphic designer who studied at the University of Bridgeport and the Arts Student League of New York. She is represented by galleries in Florida, Philadelphia, and New York City, and her work has been exhibited at the National Arts Club.

We are very excited about this program. Bryant Park is a diverse urban space, and the combination of techniques and media that these artists bring to our program will augment our growing collection of visual representations of Manhattan’s Town Square.

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