Department of Art History and Archaeology Announces the Establishment of the Ary Stillman Fellowships in Modern Art

The Department of Art History and Archaeology is pleased to announce the establishment of the Ary Stillman Fellowships in Modern Art, funded by a major gift from the Stillman-Lack Foundation and supplemented by the John Kluge bequest. The fellowships, which will be awarded to Ph.D. students in the field of modern art, honor the memory and the artistic legacy of Ary Stillman (1891–1967).

Born in Russia, where he received his early training, Stillman moved to the United States as a young man, later living in Europe and in Mexico. He worked in an impressive range of styles and exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. Among his innovations was a technique for producing drawings through the use of intaglio lines on sheets of paper that he then rubbed with flat sticks of charcoal or pastel. More detailed information about Stillman's career and examples of his work, as well as a press release concerning the establishment of the fellowships, can be found at

In addition to the gift funding the new fellowships, the Stillman-Lack Foundation has donated to Columbia University more than ninety paintings and works on paper by Ary Stillman. Selections from this gift will be displayed in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and at other venues at Columbia. And, in a remarkable act of foresight and generosity, the foundation has donated twenty-five of Stillman's drawings that will be given to students holding the Stillman Fellowships.

The first of the Stillman Fellowships will be awarded this spring.