Katya Held, Fall Colors, oil on board, 18 x 24 inches (Alumni and Instructor)
Stephen Perkins, Covid Memorial Maquette
Memorials and monuments have been part of every culture for generations. What is the significance of a memorial or monument? Do monuments withstand the passage of time and the shifting perceptions of civilization? Memorials are often embodiments, frequently artistic, and are created to carve out a space in history for a notable person or an event. Monuments may address absence – of a personal or historic nature.

In 1982, 21-year-old student Maya Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to commemorate the more than 58,000 dead and missing soldiers. Through its darkened-mirror reflected stone, this once controversial structure elicits powerful emotions for visitors searching for the name of a fallen family member or missing veteran. The 2018 National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama was designed to remind visitors of the scars racial inequality has left on American society as it makes visible the hundreds of lynchings that have taken place across the nation.

In an effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the country and the world for more than a year, and has taken the lives of more than 500,000 Americans, Incamminati’s revered teacher of sculpture and internationally known artist, Stephen Perkins has begun working on his own memorial to reflect the current state of a world just beginning to heal from the worst health crisis in over a century. 
Detail of inscription on Covid Memorial’s base
To represent this, Perkins has created a maquette, the sculptor’s draft or clay sketch, which is designed to tap into capturing the suffering of those whose lives have been affected by the pandemic. He originally conceived of a figure as it would appear in a hospital bed, half sloping off the bed’s edge - evoking a gesture all too familiar to Perkins, a gesture he has seen in his own life as he has cared for sick loved ones. In its current form, Perkins has omitted the bed in a move that focuses the piece on the body and the tragedy wrought by the coronavirus on our society.

To indicate the worldwide impact of the disease, Perkins has added a globe beneath the stricken figure to symbolize the vast impact of the virus. On the base, Perkins added “To those who died” on one side and “To those who cared” on the reverse side. A single calla lily drapes across the base, representing the dichotomy of untimely death – but also symbolizing hope and rebirth.

It’s natural that Perkin’s metaphor focuses on the human figure. “Ultimately, the body is the most meaningful and expressive visual image that there is to us as human beings. Its ability to visually express beauty, convey ideas and evoke feelings is unequaled; nothing really comes close. We fall in love with it, we worship it, we are it. To know this form in a profound way, to speak its timeless language beautifully (and in so doing convey the message from our hearts to others) has been the goal of artists since the dawn of civilization.” 
In a curriculum designed to help students master techniques essential to realist art – techniques which amount to a kind of visual grammar, Studio Incamminati has dedicated a part of its education to helping our more advanced students forge their individual artistic voice. In the third year of the Advanced Fine Art and BFA Articulation program students work one-on-one for the semester with a mentor who, by distinction, is more aware of the intricacies within personal artistic expression. Mentors are usually faculty members or Fellows.

Current third year student, Katherine Haverkamp, recently finished her mentorship with Instructor and alumna Lynn Snyder. On the experience, she said, “Incamminati’s mentorship program is an excellent opportunity to work with practicing artists that are making their way beyond the Incamminati program. I found in my mentorship time I was able to absorb beneficial tips, techniques and practical advice on being a professional practicing artist after graduating.” Under Snyder’s tutelage, Haverkamp was able to call upon her foundational training to create a very personal piece which responded to the political strife plaguing our country, and the unity she yearns for in this fragile time. 
Kat Haverkamp’s painting created during mentorship last semester
Mentorship is also one of the first times in the curriculum when students are encouraged to consider how to create a finished painting. At this point in their journey, students develop finish in context with their building blocks gesture, block-ins, form, shape – and apply narrative thinking. Their mentor guides them through each layer of a painting, discussing their thought processes and applications of learned skills, as well as the artistic vision they hope to attain.

Finally, Instructors may also impart wisdom on being a working artist. They are able to share their experience showing in galleries and museums, and practical skillsets such as building a portfolio and preparing for public shows. 
Matthew Riggs, National Identities, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, 2021
“My mentors have all brought important insight about the process of developing an art piece. The conversation always started with what I’d like to work on and why. They encouraged me to explore my composition, color, and value, while pushing me to have a plan and trust our strategies. They’ve helped me to see where I could do better and to not forget to enjoy the process.” Student Matthew Riggs said following his mentorship this year.

Through the experience he created National Identities, a work expressing his views on nationalism and developing a consciousness that weighs some human experiences as more valuable than others.
Recently, we have revived our vital Lunchtime Lectures programming for our students, where artists and those working in various fields of art, are invited to speak on a myriad of topics pertaining to their expertise.

With topics as varied as, Thomas Eakins and the Philadelphia School of Painting: Regionalism and Originality, and The Language of the Body, this semester we are thrilled to have renown Philadelphia painter Patrick Connors as well as New York based artist Darryl Smith, who works in unique mediums such as silverpoint and egg tempera. 
Patrick Connors, Painter
Patrick Connors, West Falls Bridge, Winter, oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches
Patrick Connors is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. His work is exhibited internationally and is included in private and public collections. Pat taught many summers in Italy on behalf of the Institute of Classical Art and Classical America.

Connors’ fellowships and grants include a Franz & Virginia Bader Fund Grant, an Oxford University Summer Residency Fellowship in painting and anatomy, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant for painting, the Samuel D. Gross/Thomas Eakins Award for Significant Contributions to Medicine and its Surrounding Culture by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; and the select alternate for a Senior Research Fulbright Scholarship for Italy.
Darryl Smith, Multimedia Artist
Darryl Smith, The Empire, 24-carat goldpoint on mineral paper, 11 x 13 inches
Darryl Smith
Darryl Smith started making art as a way of interpreting foreign languages. He studied French, German, and Latin in high school and later began to learn Ancient and Modern Greek on his own. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he completed a BFA in Painting, and at the New York Academy of Art, where he obtained his MFA in Drawing and Anatomy. Through Darryl’s knowledge of Latin and Greek he immerses himself in antiquity. He is known for his use of Greco-Roman symbols and Renaissance techniques such as silverpoint drawing and egg tempera painting.

Darryl’s drawings have been featured on Fine Arts Connoisseur’s website and have been shown in Philadelphia, Reykjavík, and New York City. His recent series of works inspired by ancient artifacts have been exhibited in Assisi, Italy and Athens, Greece.
APRIL 17, 2021

12 - 2pm EST
Join us for a virtual tour of our space, watch demos, and ask questions about our articulate-BFA track with Rowan University and the prestigious Advanced Fine Art Program.
Stefanie Jackson, They Pass By Singing, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, 2018 (Bennett Prize Finalist)
MARCH 24 - MAY 9, 2021

The Bennett Prize® for Women Figurative Realist Painters
Building Bok, 7th Floor
12-6pm, Wed - Sat
Free Admission
An exhibition of 29 works the 10 finalists including the winner of The Bennett Prize, the largest-in-the-nation art prize offered solely to women figurative realist painters.

This show highlights and recognizes the achievements of women painters that have been too long overlooked at a time when the craft of realist painting is being re-discovered. 
Reading the Body: The Landmarks
with Roberto Osti
Date: Wednesday, March 17
Time: 4pm EST
Free admission

Join anatomist, author and artist Roberto Osti as he discusses drawing the human figure and the importance of understanding the intricacies of the body. Roberto will introduce his brand-new book, Dynamic Human Anatomy, along with SI Dean, Dan Thompson, who wrote the forward to Roberto's new book.

Preorder Dynamic Human Anatomy from Monacelli and use the code ANATOMY20 for 20% off!
Day-long intensive classes recommended for intermediate to advanced artists.
Composition and Color in Still Life for Art Educators
with Natalie Italiano
Date: July 12 - 16
Time: 9am-4pm EST
Location: Studio Incamminati
(Act 48 credits offered; discounted cost for art educators)
Portrait Painting Fundamentals for Art Educators
with Natalie Italiano
Date: July 19 - 23
Time: 9am-4pm EST
Location: Studio Incamminati
(Act 48 credits offered; discounted cost for art educators)
10-week, once a week classes focused on skill development. Recommended for beginners and those looking to brush up on basic skills. 
The Living Sketchbook
with Sarah Annesley
Date: Fridays, March 12 - May 14
Time: 6 - 8:30pm EST
Location: Zoom
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Studio Incamminati exists to meet the express needs of students eager to learn the aesthetic and philosophical techniques and principles of humanist realism.

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