Art Students League Rise Exhibit 2021

Roosevelt Islander Toshiko Kitano Groner Leads The Art Students League’s Spring Exhibit


Toshiko Kitano Groner’s growth as an artist has been on display at Roosevelt Island’s RIVAA Gallery since its inception. That growth, almost inevitably, leads to her being featured in the Art Student League’s group show, RISE, at the 2021 Spring Affordable Art Fair.

By David Stone

Roosevelt Island Daily News

Over the past ten years, I’ve been privileged to watch this colorist painter’s quick rise in recognition. She worked her way through a mastery of eye-catching still lifes, but soon moved up to graphical paintings of increasing complexity.

In Rise, an Art Students League group exhibit curated by Krista Scenna, we find the artist’s popularity spreading. Not only is her work among the few chosen from over 500 considered, Toshiko Kitano Groner’s Spiral was picked to represent the whole group for its exhibition poster.

Spiral by Toshiko Kitano Groner. Photo courtesy of Akira Ruiz Photography, @akiraruiz

Would you like to see more work from this artist?

Check her website: Or find her on Instagram:  @toshiko_kitano_groner

Of Rise, the Art Students League says, “The artists featured have shared work that depicts vast dreamscapes, small, intimate moments, and eruptions of color and light, all coming together to form a collection that says ‘onward, upward.’ As artists and viewers alike continue to try to navigate uncertain times, Rise celebrates the new directions we’ll go in together.”

When and Where?

Rise will be on view at Affordable Art Fair NYC:
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th Street from
May 20 – May 23 (preview May 19)

Tickets? Click here

Check back on Thursday, May 20 to view the exhibition online

Founded in 1875, the Art Students League has been closely associated with art world luminaries from Norman Rockwell to Jackson Pollack.

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