Educational Programs


On Site


The Al Held Foundation offers programming for educators and professors of studio art and art history. Small groups of students may visit the Foundation grounds for study of works by Al Held in the intimate and inspiring context of his historic home and studio. College and graduate students from Bard, Vassar, SUNY New Paltz, and SUNY Ulster have visited in recent years, as have advanced art students from Onteora High School and Kingston High School.



The Foundation will resume offering a hands-on workshop, “Painting with Tape.” During this immersion experience led by Gene Benson (Al Held’s longtime studio manager), participants learn painting techniques developed by Al Held.


The Foundation also partners with regional arts organizations like T Space and the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum on special educational events in Al Held’s historic studio. River Valley Arts Collective, in partnership with the Al Held Foundation, presented a solo exhibition of Beacon-based artist Laura Kaufman in the former drawing studio of Al Held in Fall 2020. The exhibition featured a new body of sculpture that incorporates diverse media such as linen, steel, willow bark, hemp and paper.


Off Site

The Al Held Foundation works with academic institutions in New York City to develop unique programs for the interdisciplinary study of modern art.


During the 2020 – 2022 academic years, the Foundation is a lead sponsor of a new series of programs at the CUNY Graduate Center, “Art and Science Connect.”


In fall 2018 the Foundation organized the symposium “Norman Kleeblatt at Work: Conversations on a Curatorial Practice” at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, surveying the wide-ranging impact of the exhibitions and scholarship of the former chief curator of The Jewish Museum.



Bending Concepts: The Held Essays on Visual Art, 2011–2017, published in 2019, compiles 26 essays by leading writers across disciplines from art history, critical theory, fiction, and criticism, such as Claire Bishop, David Levi Strauss, T.J. Demos, Ariella Azoulay, and Sheila Heti. Edited by Jonathan T.D. Neil and Alexander Nagel, these timely texts were originally published in the Brooklyn Rail and underwritten by the Al Held Foundation.


Educators and programmers interested in learning more about group visits and other educational programs may contact