- Call number
- *T-VIM 2011-256
- Physical description
- 2 boxes (ca. 63 drawings)
- Preferred Citation
- United Scenic Artists exam designs, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
United Scenic Artists is a labor union and professional association of designers, artists and craftspeople. Founded in 1897 as the United Scenic Artists Association, it was organized to protect craft standards, working conditions and wages for the entertainment and decorative arts industries. United Scenic Artists' members must pass rigorous entrance examinations and work in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials, and exhibitions. Original color and black and white set and costume designs, submitted by designers as membership requirements for United Scenic Artists. The designs were possibly graded and/or donated by noted designer and teacher Woodman Thompson, who served in several capacities for United Scenic Artists over the years. Designers include Peter Arno, Lemuel Ayers, Alvin Colt, Mstislav Dobujinsky, Jean Eckart, Leo Kerz, Charles Lisanby, Oliver Messel, Isamu Noguchi, Lester Polakov, Richard Sylbert, Rouben Ter-Arutunian, Jac Venza, and others. Of particular note is Vincente Minnelli's exam (containing pencil sketches and a brief questionnaire).
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498