The Lost Grand Central School of Art, As Featured in The Masterpiece
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The Lost Grand Central School of Art, As Featured in The Masterpiece

The Grand Central Art Galleries and School of Art in 1923. Image in public domain from the 1923 opening exhibition catalog, from the New York Art Resources Consortium and contributed by the Frick Art Reference Library. Thanks to starring role in the bestselling novel, The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis, the lost Grand Central School of Art has returned into the limelight. Established in 1923, the Grand Central School of Art was located on the sixth floor of Grand Central Terminal on the western side. The art school was an offshoot of the Grand Central Art Galleries, founded the year prior by a collective of artists that included John Singer Sargent, Walter Leighton Clark and Edmund Greacen. The Grand Central School of Art, which enrolled 900 students at its peak, count notable artists like Arshile Gorky, Daniel Chester French, Willem de Kooning, and Norman Rockwell as alumni and teachers. The Masterpiece is a page turner (we finished the 350 page novel in less than a day) and tells a riveting story of two women in New York, separated by nearly half a century. Clara Darden is an aspiring illustrator and teacher at the Grand Central School of Art in 1928, […]

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