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Fall Lecture Series at The Silvermine Arts Center

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The popular fall lecture series returns to the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan with two very exciting lectures featuring Silvermine Guild Artist and Faculty member, David Dunlop and Silvermine Faculty member, Tom Brenner.

On October 21st, David Dunlop will present “Moving the Boundaries of What we Know, the Story of Art,” and on November 4th, “Illumination – the Role of Light in Two-Dimensional Art: as Tool, as Subject, as Symbol & Significance” will be presented by Tom Brenner. Both lectures will be held in the Sara Victoria Hall Auditorium at 4:30pm.

In the lecture “Moving the Boundaries of What we Know, the Story of Art” on Sunday, October 21st, David Dunlop explores how we represent what we know. How do we recognize something? How do we convert recognition on to canvas or paper? How can we expand the limits of knowledge by creating new categories? This brief history of art takes us through our adventure in picturing for the past 50,000 years and reveals how we are the same. Here is a look at how art can show us what we have never imagined to be true, to be present, and to be all around us. Here is how art works on us and comes out of us.

David Dunlop’s lectures are always stimulating, fun, and sell out quickly, often with standing room only. Each lecture is unique and David always brings amazing insight into his discussions, actively involving the audience. He is extensively well-read, searching for the underlying principles of art, exploring original sources and recent advances in neuroscience. That he is eager to share his discoveries is reflective in the titles of his lectures.

A resident of Wilton, David Dunlop has been a teacher at the Silvermine School of Art since 1993. He has given art history lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has been a visiting artist/lecturer at multiple institutions, including Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, Katonah, New York; the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont; and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science.  His work is nationally known and featured in many prominent collections throughout the United States and abroad. Galleries and institutions have granted David solo shows since 1981.  He also hosted and wrote the 2009 Emmy Award-winning PBS television series “Landscapes Through Time.”

The lecture series continues on Sunday, November 4th with Tom Brenner, who will discuss, “Illumination – The Role of Light in Two-Dimensional Art: As Tool, as Subject, as Symbol & Significance.” In exploring this fascinating subject, Tom will survey scores of images from a wide range of times, places and artistic perspectives. Among the questions that will be considered: How best can an artist perceive and understand the workings of light in the physical world? By what means can he or she most effectively translate these observations into an artistic image? How does the artists’ treatment of light affect the viewer’s response? Woven throughout this visual journey, the words of artists, scientists, poets and philosophers, will further illuminate the aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual significance of light in our lives and our creativity.

Fairfield resident, Tom Brenner, has been a painter, pastelist and photographer for more than 30 years. He has exhibited widely throughout the Northeast and his work hangs in numerous private and public collections. During this time, he has taught a wide range of courses in drawing, painting and design. In addition to being an instructor at the Silvermine School of Art since 1996, he also teaches at Sacred Heart University and Housatonic Community College. Over the years, Tom Brenner has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico, Africa and India. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, a BA in Fine Arts from Yale University, and has studied applied arts and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

All lectures are held at the School of Art Auditorium (Sara Victoria Hall) and ticket prices are $10 per person for members and $12 per person for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, call the School Office at 203-966-6668 ext. 2 or visit our website at

About Silvermine Arts Center
Silvermine Arts Center located in New Canaan, Connecticut is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Located on a four acre campus, the center is comprised of a nationally renowned artist guild, award winning school of art offering multi-disciplinary art classes for ages 2 to 102, an art and fine crafts shop and galleries, offering over twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. The center also provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a lecture series and special programs throughout the year. Silvermine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.

Silvermine Arts Center Mission
Grounded in the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the mission of Silvermine Arts Center is to cultivate, promote and encourage growth through the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation opportunities for the greater community.

Gallery Hours: Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, 12p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1pm to 5 p.m. For more information, call (203) 966-9700 ext. 20 or visit the website:

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