In Memoriam: Eliot Lable

We are deeply saddened to learn about Eliot Lable’s passing. Eliot was a friend and a long-standing member of NURTUREart’s Board of Trustees.

A kind, creative and generously idealistic spirit, Eliot envisioned and founded our Education Program, using his talents as an educator to bring arts to underserved students in local public schools. Inspired by the significant population of artists living in the school’s neighborhood, the program started in 2005 as a series of visits to artist studios, which remains a crucial and notable component of the program today. Working from the ground-up with the Board of Trustees and staff, he ensured it would become a sustainable and critically relevant component of NURTUREart’s mission.

Apart from his generous contribution to NURTUREart’s success and development, Eliot was a sculptor and former lecturer at LaGuardia Community College. His work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions. He received numerous grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Finland, and two Council for Basic Education Grants, sponsored by the NEA and Time Warner. His work is in the collections of the Museo de Arte Costarricense in Costa Rica, the City Art Museum of Helsinki, and the Contemporary Museum of Art in Finland. Eliot attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the New School, and the Sculpture Center School, in addition to studying at De Lorenzo Steel Fabricators.

NURTUREart’s best wishes and condolences go to Eliot’s wife Ronni Green, his family and his many friends and colleagues. We are humbled and grateful to have been given the opportunity of knowing him, and being part of his life.



Ronni Green and Eliot Lable met at The International High School at LaGuardia Community College, where they both taught for many years. The school was created to serve the immigrant population in Queens, and because of its great success, it spawned many other International High Schools in NYC and across the country. Eliot was the art teacher, and in that role, he introduced students to the various art disciplines and mediums. He inspired the students to think beyond high school and exposed them to careers in art, architecture, advertising, marketing, graphic design, fashion, urban planning, and social activism. His students also learned about the world through interdisciplinary art projects, which reinforced all their academic subjects.

The Eliot Lable Art Scholarship, will be given annually at the graduation ceremony to a deserving senior who, like Eliot, is passionate about the creative process and who is interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Here is the information if you would like to contribute to the first annual Eliot Lable Art Scholarship:

Make the check payable to: Friends of International
And mail to: The International High School
Attn: Harry Schutz
4535 Van Dam Street
Long Island City, NY  11101

**Please indicate on the Memo line of the check and in your note that your contribution is intended for the Eliot Lable Art Scholarship.
**Your donation is tax deductible.