2015-16 Art History Lecture series at Gage

Beginning in Fall, 2015, Gage Academy of Art is proud to present a new series of lectures on art history.  Featuring Gage teaching artists as well as art historians from the Seattle art community, these lectures feature an intimate look inside the artists and movements that helped shape art from the Renaissance through the 20th Century. 

The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1511-12

I am giving the first lecture on one of my favorite subjects the Sistine Chapel Frescos.  This will include both Michelangelo's ceiling frescos as well as the earlier wall frescos painted by Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Signarelli. 

The Last Supper, Tintoretto, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, 1592-94

I plan to attend all of the others as I scheduled this new series and am very excited about it.  The artists and art historians who will be speaking are all very knowledgeable and engaging.  I have included links to their websites for many of the presenters.

Here is the schedule, if you live in the Seattle area maybe I will see you there!

Fall 2015

 Oct 21 - CAROL HENDRICKS: The Sistine Chapel Frescos

I will be talking on all three of the fresco cycles, the older wall frescos from the 1480's by painters such as Botticelli, Perugino and Ghirlandaio as well as Michelangelo's famous ceiling frescos and his later Last Judgment on the wall behind the altar.

 Oct 28 - HAMID ZAVAREEI: Venetian High Renaissance Painting: Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto & Veronese

Hamid has taught painting for years at Gage and he has been researching various historic pigments and techniques of the of the Renaissance.

 Nov 4 - GARY FAIGIN: Caravaggio & His Influence

Gage Artistic Director and Co-Founder Gary Faigin is an extremely knowledgeable art historian.  The Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio is one of his favorite topics.

 Nov 18 - REBECCA ALBIANI: Rembrandt: Portrait & Self-Portrait

Rebecca has been lecturing at the Frye Art Museum for years in a very popular sold out lecture series. She was a Graduate Lecturing Fellow at Washington’s National Gallery and a Fulbright Scholar in Venice. She received an MA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Conversion of St. Paul, Caravaggio, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, 1601

Winter 2015

 Feb 24 - MIKE MAGRATH: The Sculpture of Lorenzo Bartolini; the Rediscovery of Nature

Mike teaches a variety of sculpting classes at Gage, including the Sculpting Atelier.  He has an MFA from the University of WA and has been creating his own figurative sculptures for years.  I was unfamiliar with the artist Bartolini and after looking into his art I am very excited to personally attend this lecture.

 Mar 2 - RICHARD WEST: Fitz Hugh Lane & the Case for Luminism

Richard West is an expert on 19th Century American painting, he was a long time Gage Trustee and was the Director of the Frye Art Museum from 1994-2003.  Before that West was a scholar and former director of Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine; the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; the Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

 Mar 16 - CHARLES EMERSON: Bonnard & Vuillard

Charles studied with Josef Albers and has been a popular painting instructor at Gage for years.  His lectures are not to be missed!


Kimberly earned her MFA in painting from the University of WA and launched her own Atelier at Gage this fall.  She is one of the most engaging and dynamic speakers.  She says of teaching-
“It is through my desire to communicate with others that I have developed a meaningful lexicon as an artist; recognizing the relationship between my creative and teaching practices has been profound for me in uncovering the role and importance of my audience.”
-Kimberly Trowbridge

Misia at the Piano. Oil on cardboard, Edouard Vuillard, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 1895

Spring 2015

 April 13 - OLIVIA BEAUFAIT: Paul Klee

Olivia is a painter, instructor and arts administrator.  She received her MFA in painting from the University of WA and has shown her work in local art galleries.  She is very interested in modern, contemporary and abstract art and considers Paul Klee to be one of her favorite modern painters.

 April 20 - MICHAEL OTTERSEN: Apollo & Dionysus in the Abstract; comparison of two Dutch artists: Piet Mondrian & Willem de Kooning

Ottersen teaches Abstraction in both drawing and painting at Gage and he has taught at a variety of other schools.  In this talk he will compare and contrast two icons of modern art, both were Dutch but their styles were vastly different.

 April 27 - JULIA RICKETTS: Abstract Expressionism: Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner & Joan Mitchell 

Gage teaching artist Julia Ricketts both works in abstract and teaches classes in abstraction. She studied at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and has been in numerous exhibits.  This lecture is a departure from most on the Abstract Expressionist movement in that it focuses on the talented female artists of that group.

 May 4 - KATHLEEN MOORE: Georgia O’Keefe

Kathleen is a painter and educator who loves landscape painting.  Originally from Texas, Moore has lived in the Seattle area since 1990. She received her BA in art from West Texas A&M University, worked as an art conservation technician while in college and later studied painting atBruchion School in Los Angeles, CA and Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA. Georgia O'Keefe is a big influence on her work. 

Fish Magic. Oil and watercolor varnished. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1924

Register online for a single lecture, a quarterly series or the entire 2015-16 program, and delve into the techniques, ideologies and personalities that define art in our world!

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