University College at Fairfield University offers "See the 'Masters' With the Experts" art lectures


Not everyone can be an artist, but anyone can learn to appreciate and enjoy artwork through better understanding. University College at Fairfield University will offer three preparatory lectures this April for participants interested in enhancing their artistic knowledge. The lectures will prepare participants for special spring exhibits offered by the Metropolitan Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York City.

Three Fairfield University Art History faculty members will deliver lectures on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the university. Once imbued with a history and knowledge of the exhibits, participants can visit them at their leisure.

"With our close proximity to New York and many of the major museums and art collections in the nation at our doorstep, this is a natural link bringing interested art devotees in touch with the latest themes and issues being discussed by Art Historians and art critics," said Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University. Dr. Eliasoph will begin the series on April 7 with a lecture about "Childe Hassam: American Impressionist." The seminar corresponds to an exhibit running June 10-September 12 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On April 14, Jesus Escobar, Ph.D., professor of Visual and Performing Arts, will prepare his students for "Painters of Reality - The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombard Art," which runs May 27-August 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ending the series on April 21, Diane Mille, Ph.D., professor of Visual and Performing Arts and director of the Thomas A. Walsh Gallery, will deliver a lecture entitled "Modigliani." The seminar about Italian/Jewish sculptor and painter Amedeo Modigliani corresponds to "Modigliani: Beyond the Myth," an exhibit opening May 21 at the Jewish Museum.

The cost of each lecture is $35, or $99 for the series. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information, call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu. Media inquiries can be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of media relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 8, 2004

Vol. 36, No. 186