Events and Exhibitions

Ongoing exhibitions include a broad spectrum of professional, student and alumni artwork throughout the year.

The galleries are the site of the annual senior and all-student juried exhibitions, which are opportunities for students to exhibit their work in a formal gallery environment.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

Eric Fischl

Artist Lecture with Internationally Acclaimed American Painter and Sculptor, Eric Fischl

October 25, 2018, 5 - 7 p.m. | $15
Reception at 5. Lecture at 6.
Limited Seating. RSVP Required.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme


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Eric Fischl Biography

Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in over one thousand publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Fischl was born in 1948 in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. He began his art education in Phoenix, Arizona where his parents had moved in 1967. He attended Phoenix College and earned his B.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. He then spent some time in Chicago, where he worked as a guard at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1974, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to teach painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Fischl had his first solo show, curated by Bruce W. Ferguson, at Dalhousie Art Gallery in Nova Scotia in 1975 before relocating to New York City in 1978.

Fischl's suburban upbringing provided him with a backdrop of alcoholism and a country club culture obsessed with image over content. His early work thus became focused on the rift between what was experienced and what could not be said. His first New York City solo show was at Edward Thorp Gallery in 1979, during a time when suburbia was not considered a legitimate genre for art. He first received critical attention for depicting the dark, disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life.

Fischl's paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints have been the subject of numerous solo and major group exhibitions and his work is represented in many museums, as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, St. Louis Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, MusÈe Beaubourg in Paris, The Paine Weber Collection, and many others. Fischl has collaborated with other artists and authors, including E.L. Doctorow, Allen Ginsberg, Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz and Frederic Tuten.

Eric Fischl is also the founder, President and lead curator for America: Now and Here. This multi-disciplinary exhibition of 150 of some of Americaís most celebrated visual artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers is designed to spark a national conversation about American identity through the arts. The project launched on May 5th, 2011 in Kansas City before traveling to Detroit and Chicago.

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Lhasa

Panel Discussion for CITIES OF PEACE: A Living Monument to Cultural Heritage Preservation

A distinguished panel tackles tough questions at the heart of the trauma of war and the power of art to heal and build peace.

Friday, September 7, 2018, 5 - 7 pm | $15
Reception at 5. Panel Discussion at 6.
Limited Seating. Reservations Required.


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Panelists:

Ellen Frank, Ph.D.
Founder & Artistic Director Cities of Peace

Erica Haskell
Professor University of New Haven

Fred Mandell, Ph.D.
Founder Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership

Jenean Partridge Paschalidis
Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Management, UNICEF

Jeffrey B. Spurr
Islamic and Middle East Specialist, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Documentation Center, Harvard University, Ret.

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Figurative Moving Forward

Figurative Moving Forward
The Future of Art: Exhibition of Recent Visiting Artists

Exhibition on View: September 28 - November 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 28, 5 - 7 p.m.
Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chauncey Stillman Gallery
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

The Future of Figurative Art

Curatorial Statement:

It has been a great honor and pleasure of mine to coordinate the Visiting Artist program since David Dewey’s retirement in 2008. He pioneered and managed the program effectively for many years, exposing students to a variety of distinguished cultural leaders and professional artists from a range of disciplines. For the past 10 years I have sought to continue the educational aspirations of the program by continuing to bring prestigious artists to share valuable insights about their careers in the art world and offer their honest critique of student work.

“Figurative Moving Forward” showcases the work of ten distinctive artists from the Visiting Artist Program whose work varies in media, technique and imagery. They were selected based on the central role the human figure plays in their art and the “realism” or intricate techniques they use in their creative practices, which also forms a conceptual framework to explore allegorical themes, symbols or narrative details. I hope that together these works will feel visually arresting and will engage the viewer to uncover the layers of meaning embedded in each individual work.

The title of the exhibit, “Figurative Moving Forward,” alludes to the concept that despite an ever-changing, technology driven world, the human form lives on and continues to inspire great art. For most of these artists it’s a primary theme in their work and a historical feature of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Founded in 1976 by Elizabeth Gordon Chandler as a means of preserving and passing along techniques and skills related to working from observation, particularly learning to draw, paint and sculpt the human body. This contemporary exhibit is designed to pay tribute to some of the principles and “figurative” art inspirations that were a fundamental feature in the founding of the College.

The works on display share a passionate focus on depicting “figurative” themes with mastery and sophistication, demonstrating how small details can create layers of context, especially when demonstrated through techniques that have been acquired over decades of patient skill-full practice. These artists are not afraid to challenge conventional expectations of their chosen medium. They also share a stunning grasp of visual form and are unapologetic in their technical bravado. Because of these reasons, the works on display correspond elegantly yet dramatically with one another and are designed to produce a visually stimulating and inspiring experience on the part of the viewer.

Roland Becerra
Associate Professor
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

ARTWORK: Robert Taplin, Riot 1 (Running), Cast Resin, Stainless Steel,16" x 24" x 9",2018

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Vision Box Project

Vision Box Project

Project on View: June 19 – September 10, 2018
Opening Reception: July 19, 2018, 5 p.m.
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Ana Flores is the first Schumann Foundation Visiting Artist at the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She is an award winning “ecological artist” probing the relationships between the human and natural history in different geographies. One of her goals as an artist is to encourage the public’s awareness of their local landscapes, deepening their connections to place because if we don’t care about something we will not help protect it.

At Lyme this spring she has been teaching Environmental Art, introducing students to ecological artists and having them create projects that involve ecology, community engagement, and activism. She has also been exploring the unique environment of Old Lyme in preparation for a public art project. The Old Lyme landscape, with its conjunction of river, marshes, fields, and forests served as the inspiration for the American Impressionist movement in the early 20th century. For over three decades well known painters traveled here to document the estuary landscape with its particular quality of light. Flores believes there is a connection between the sustained gaze of these artists and the extraordinary efforts in conservation in the area. “The artists gave the land value for its irreplaceable natural beauty and since the mid 1960’s Old Lyme citizens have been working hard to preserve some of the habitat that lured artists here.”

Working in collaboration with non-profit land trusts, the open space commission, individual stewards and local artists, Flores has designed the Vision Box project. The Vision Box project reminds us that we cannot take for granted open space, mature trees, or a clean river, they exist only because of visionary stewardship and in the case of Old Lyme, inspiration from artists’ vision.

Beginning in early June, the public can follow the trail of the Vision Boxes installed at four sites throughout Old Lyme. The boxes will be up for three months, at the end of the project the boxes will be auctioned. The resulting funds will be contributed to programs that bring urban youth to visit wilderness parks or refuges in the local area and give them the opportunity

The project was designed by ecological artist, Ana Flores, the first Schumann Visiting Artist in Environmental Art at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2018 in collaboration with community groups and individuals.

Special thanks to: Patricia Shippee, Deborah Quinn-Munson, Sara Drought Nabel, Rosamund Christison. The project is made possible with support and funding from: Robert F. Schumann Foundation and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Partners include: Old Lyme Open Space Commission, Old Lyme Land Trust, Lyme Art Association, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental

Find the Vision Boxes:

  1. Ferry Landing Park: Walk to end of boardwalk, box on viewing platform.
  2. Watch Rock Preserve: Entrance at end of Joel Road, take Yellow trail 0.4 mile, box faces West over water.
  3. Lyme Art Association: Box faces stream, located near back parking area.
  4. Champlain North: Turn on Wyckford Road, go to end. Open space trails are not private. Take Red trail, bear right, 0.4 mile to Barbizon Oak and box.
Vision Box Map
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A Living Monument to Cultural Heritage Preservation: Cities of Peace Exhibition

A historic exhibition of monumental paintings illuminating the heart and soul of ten cities around the world that have suffered major conflict and trauma- Baghdad, Beijing, Hiroshima, Jerusalem, Kabul, Lhasa, Monrovia, New York, Sarajevo, Yerevan- and how the community collaboration behind the creation of each of these paintings demonstrates the power of art as cultural diplomacy and ambassadors of peace.

For more information about “Cities of Peace” visit: http://www.citiesofpeace.org/

U.S. PREMIERE ILLUMINATION UNVEILING OF YEREVAN PRIOR TO OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, June 22, 4:30 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, June 22 | 5 - 7 p.m.

EXHIBITION DATES
June 22 - September 8, 2018

Chauncey Stillman Gallery
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut

GALLERY HOURS
Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Ellen Frank, Ph.D., Founder and Artistic Director
Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc., Cities of Peace®
Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Curator

WITH GRATITUDE TO OUR EXHIBITION SPONSORS
Connecticut Humanities
Anonymous
Dr. John & Donita Aruny
Becky & Ted Crosby
Clo & Stephen Davis
Lee & John Pritchard
Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt
Barbara & Dick Shriver

ARTWORK: Yerevan: To Know Wisdom (Armenia), Cities of Peace, Tuff Stone, 5 types of Gold Leaf, Palladium Leaf, Egg Tempera on Belgian Linen, 69 x 104”, 2015

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Past Events and Exhibitions

Fresh Off the Easel

Fresh Off the Easel

Sponsored by Ocean House,
One Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Sunday, August 12, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

A celebration and auction of art painted by regional artists at exquisite private and public settings along coastal Rhode Island, Watch Hill to Weekapaug. A benefit for Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Participating Artists

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Senior Studio Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 5 - 8 p.m.
Exhibition on view April 13 — May 11.
Chauncey Stillman Gallery
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Featured Artists

Lori Anderson, Scott Bartlett, Shaina Bernard, Hannah Bogart, Ashley Gibbs, Jazzlynn Gilot, Mary Helchowski, Sharon “Bingk” Houle, Sarah Kentoffio, Heidi Klieber, Qingyu Lu, Alec Luciano, Paul Michael, Jennifer Moore, Austin Morrison, Antoinette Oyola, Jasmine Oyola, Aubrianna Robinson, Rani Rusnock, Matthew Russo, Chelsea Visel, McKenzie West, Martha Williams

With gratitude to our generous sponsors: Overabove | Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt

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42nd Annual Student Exhibition

Two Locations!

Exhibition on view February 9 - March 31, 2018
Chauncey Stillman Gallery at Lyme
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 4pm

Hygienic Basement Gallery, New London
Exhibition on view Saturday, March 10 through Friday, March 30.
Closing Reception on Friday, March 30, 6 - 9 pm