PURSUE YOUR PASSION
Aspiring artist says of first tour of Lyme: “I knew I belonged here.”
One of the University of New Haven's five colleges, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is located in Old Lyme, Connecticut, a town so rich in artistic history that Florence Griswold once said that “Lyme and art are synonymous.” A Lyme education not only stimulates artistic expression but also instills in our students the critical thinking and analytical skills that make artistic creativity relevant and applicable to an ever-changing world that features new opportunities and infinite choices.
The importance of a fine arts education has been reaffirmed for generations. At Lyme, students have long had limitless opportunities to apply their creativity to contribute in profoundly meaningful ways to the world in which they live and work. This creativity is solidly based on the mastery of representation – that is, figurative art – that infuses, empowers, and distinguishes the College’s world-class curriculum.
Throughout the ages, the importance of art has been reaffirmed by virtually every generation. Art defines civilization, captures and communicates a society’s ethic, records history, documents the present and imagines the future.
This alone validates the need for the training and development of artists. But beyond the creation of art itself, the education of art students at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Lyme) prepares them to apply their creativity to develop profoundly meaningful contributions to the world in which they live and work.
Lyme was founded on a basic principle – mastery of representation, figurative art that infuses, empowers and distinguishes its art education curriculum. Students learn that the core of their personal artistic creativity must come from their ability to portray the world as it is before they can express their individual visions of the world as their creativity imagines it.
The vigorous assimilation of Lyme’s unique approach brings this special education into a lifelong way of thinking for our students and our community. Lyme not only stimulates artistic expression but also teaches the critical and analytic thinking that makes artistic creativity relevant and applicable to a world where adapting to new opportunities, myriad choices and the complexities of change has become imperative. In addition, our partnership with the University of New Haven allows students to engage in collaborations that bridge the arts with the disciplines of the sciences, mathematics, engineering and business. Coupled with a program of study abroad that exposes students to global influences, Lyme offers an education in art that exceeds art for its own sake.
This educational triumvirate – training in classical art as the foundation for ultimate creative self-expression, alignment with the diverse academic offerings of a dynamic University and an opportunity for international study and experience–is a transformation in art education that is the hallmark of Lyme.
Sincerely,Todd Jokl, M.F.A
University of New Haven
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