High School of Art and Design
|High School of Art and Design|
|245 East 56th Street
Manhattan, New York 10022
|Established||8 November 1936|
|Oversight||New York City Department of Education|
|Athletics conference||Public Schools Athletic League|
The High School of Art and Design is a Career and Technical Education high school in Manhattan, New York City. Founded in 1936 as the School of Industrial Art, the school moved to its Midtown Manhattan location on 56th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, in September 2012. High School of Art and Design is operated by the New York City Department of Education.
On November 8, 1936, four art teachers began what was to become the High School of Art and Design, the School of Industrial Art, in a former Manhattan elementary school at 257 West 40th Street, which for a time had housed a WPA Federal Theatre Project locale. Initially, they used orange crates and plywood to make storage and desks. One of the co-founders, John B. Kenny, became principal in 1941. The school soon moved to a building on East 79th Street in the Upper East Side, the former annex to the Benjamin Franklin High School. In September 1960, the school changed its name to the High School of Art and Design and moved to 1075 Second Avenue in east Midtown.
The 1936 school was first envisioned as a continuation school, that is, a school where children who had left school and gotten jobs attended for half days to continue their education, normally including vocational classes relevant to their current or possible future jobs. However, it opened as a vocational high school, which students would attend full-time. The initial class consisted of 121 students and eight teachers.
On November 8, 2004, a rally was scheduled on the occasion of the school's 68th anniversary. This was to include a press conference at which increased support of the school would be urged. On November 8, 2006 the school celebrated its 70th anniversary. The office of the Mayor of New York City issued a proclamation making November 8 "High School of Art and Design Day".
Academics and events
Applicants must take an entrance exam and present a portfolio to be accepted. Freshmen sample all art and design subjects before selecting a major for their sophomore, junior and senior years. Students at Art and Design receive two periods of art instruction per day, choosing from among eight art majors: cartooning, animation, architecture, graphic design, illustration, fashion, photography, and film/video.
Art and Design's Kenny Gallery, named for the school's founding principal John B. Kenny, hosts monthly art exhibits of student work. The gallery is open to the public. The Black Box Theatre was donated by the Friends of Art and Design (FAD).
Some members of the school's faculty have become notable for their creative work outside teaching. These include:
- Irv Docktor, fine artist and book illustrator
- Frank Eliscu, designer and sculptor of the Heisman Memorial Trophy and other works of art
- Alvin Hollingsworth, comic book illustrator and fine artist
- Bernard Krigstein, painter, illustrator, cartoonist
- Tom Wesselmann, pop artist, famous for his "Great American Nude" series
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- 1937: Paul Winchell, ventriloquist, inventor, actor
- 1940: Violet Barclay, a pioneering female comic-book artist
- 1940: Al Plastino, comic book illustrator, writer and editor
- 1940: Chic Stone, comic book illustrator
- 1943: Carmine Infantino, comic book artist, editor, member Comic Book Hall of Fame
- 1943: Helmut Krone, art director
- 1943: Henry Wolf, graphic designer, art director and photographer
- 1944: Joe Orlando, comic book illustrator, Mad magazine Associate Publisher
- 1945: Tony Bennett, singer and painter
- 1945: Joe Giella, comic book illustrator
- 1946: Sy Barry, comic book illustrator
- 1946: Vladimir Kagan, furniture designer
- 1946: Al Scaduto, syndicated cartoonist
- 1947: Alex Toth, comic book illustrator, animator for Hanna-Barbera
- 1947: John Romita, Sr., comic book illustrator
- 1950: Dick Giordano, comic book illustrator
- 1951: Leo Dillon, adult and children's book illustrator
- 1951: Bill Kresse, syndicated cartoonist
- 1952: Eva Hesse, minimalist painter and sculptor
- 1952: Sam Scali, advertising-agency owner
- 1953: Peter Hujar, photographer
- 1955: I.C. Rapoport, photojournalist
- 1956: Ralph Bakshi, animator, filmmaker
- 1956: John Johnson, TV news anchor, author and painter
- 1956: Barbara Nessim, illustrator and educator
- 1957: Bobby Weinstein, songwriter, member Songwriters Hall of Fame
- 1957: Phoebe Gilman, children's book author & illustrator
- 1959: Neal Adams, comic book illustrator
- 1960: Calvin Klein, fashion designer
- 1960: George Kuchar, cult filmmaker and director
- 1960: Antonio Lopez, fashion illustrator
- 1960: Gerard Malanga, poet, photographer and filmmaker
- 1961: Robert Volpe, painter and NYPD detective, the "Art Cop"
- 1962: Roscoe Orman, actor, author and artist, best known as "Gordon" on Sesame Street
- 1962: Simon Gaon, painter
- 1963: Ronnie Landfield, abstract painter
- 1963: Joey Skaggs, media prankster, performance artist
- 1963: Michael Steiner, abstract artist and sculptor
- 1965: Jackie Curtis, Warhol film star, poet, playwright
- 1965: Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize winning author and cartoonist
- 1967: Bert Monroy, digital art pioneer, author of books on Photoshop, Illustrator
- 1967: Eric Carr (Paul Charles Caravello), drummer in the rock band Kiss
- 1967: Frank Brunner, comic book illustrator
- 1967: Larry Hama, writer and comic book illustrator
- 1967: Ralph Reese, comic book illustrator
- 1967: Lenny White, jazz-funk drummer, member of Return to Forever
- 1967: Terry Winters, abstract painter and printmaker
- 1968: Candida Royalle, producer and director of couples-oriented erotic films
- 1968: John Steptoe, author and illustrator of children's books
- 1969: Pat Cleveland, fashion model
- 1969: Harvey Fierstein, actor, playwright, gay activist
- 1970: Amy Heckerling, film director, writer, actress
- 1971: Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, actor and singer
- 1971: Alan Kupperberg, cartoonist and illustrator
- 1971: Steven Meisel, fashion photographer 
- 1971: Lynette Washington, jazz vocalist
- 1973: Lisa Jane Persky, actress.
- 1973: Tom Sito, animator, filmmaker, educator
- 1974: Manny Vega, painter, muralist, mosaicist
- 1976: Marcelino Sanchez, film and television actor
- 1976: Tracy 168, graffiti artist
- 1976: Mike Carlin, comic book writer and editor
- 1977: Joe Jusko, comic book illustrator
- 1977: Gladys Portugues, champion body builder
- 1977: Fab Five Freddy, (Fred Brathwaite) hip hop pioneer, graffiti artist and filmmaker
- 1978: Lasana M. Sekou, poet, journalist, author, publisher
- 1978: Lorna Simpson, artist and photographer
- 1978: Lee Quiñones, (LEE) actor and graffiti artist
- 1978: Malcolm Jones III, comic book illustrator
- 1979: Denys Cowan, comic book illustrator
- 1979: Jimmy Palmiotti, inker and writer of comic books, games and film
- 1979: Mark Texeira, comic book illustrator
- 1980: Steve Carr, film director
- 1980: Chris 'Daze' Ellis, graffiti writer and artist 
- 1980: Christopher "Play" Martin, rapper and actor
- 1981: Nicole Willis, singer, producer, director and visual artist
- 1981: Marc Jacobs, fashion designer
- 1983: Matthew Waldman, industrial designer
- 1983: Mare139, graffiti artist and designer
- 1984: Lady Pink (Sandra Fabara), graffiti writer, artist and muralist.
- 1985: Roger Sanchez, Grammy Award winning DJ, producer, recording artist
- 1986: Pharoahe Monch (Troy Donald Jamerson), hip hop artist
- 1987: Ivan de Prume, former drummer in the groove metal band White Zombie
- 1990: Jamal Igle, comic book and animation storyboard artist
- 1992: Joe Madureira, comic book illustrator
- 1992: Mobb Deep, hip-hop duo
- 1993: Alec J Turner, sports, fashion & family photographer born and raised in queens nyc 
- 1998: Fabolous, rapper
- 2006: ASAP Ferg, rapper
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