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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sullivan Museum offers Portrait Painting Program

For Immediate Release
June 3, 2010
Contact: Daphne Larkin

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Sullivan Museum offers Portrait Painting Program

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center will present a program on portrait painting on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. to include dessert and discussion.

Two local artists will present their thoughts on portrait painting during this free event: Tom Clifford will discuss how he conducted research for a portrait of Jane Austen (a sitter who is deceased) and Phyllis Higgins will share how she works on a portrait of a living person.

Clifford received his art education in London, England and won a scholarship from the Heatherley Art Foundation in England for over 25 years. He now works at and teaches from his Northfield studio.

Higgins received her degree in art and art education at Skidmore College and has taught art in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. She was commissioned to paint several portraits by Norwich University and has just finished a portrait to hang in the recently constructed Wise Campus Center.

Portraits are currently featured in an exhibit which contains over 14 faces of Norwich University’s faculty, students, and administrators. Presented in a “face-to-face” style, visitors get to meet a person during a certain period of their life and also get to know something about the artist who portrayed them.

The program is free and open to the public and the SMHC is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will be served prior to the program in the Museum Rotunda. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum through August 2010. Call the SMHC at 802-485-2448 or 2379 for more information or directions.


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