Remembering Vartan Gregorian

Studio in a School sadly marks the passing of Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a long-time friend and generous supporter of Studio in a School. In addition to his many accomplishments at Carnegie Corporation, as well as at University of Pennsylvania and Brown University, Dr. Gregorian achieved legendary status during his tenure at the New York Public Library through the 1980s, as he brought that institution back from the brink of bankruptcy and closure.

Image: Melvis R., collage, 1986, PS 154


Passionate about education, and deeply committed to ensuring access to learning for all, Vartan Gregorian was a long-time friend and generous supporter of Studio in a School, both personally and professionally. Among his many contributions, it was through his enthusiastic recommendation that Studio received the inaugural Chapman Prize from the Council on Foundations in 2018.

He will be remembered by all for his erudition, kindness and warmth. You can read about Vartan Gregorian’s remarkable life and achievements – which benefitted so many – in this tribute on the Carnegie Corporation website.