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Higher Aim of Art Presents Bo Bartlett

"The whole thing is a great mystery - and our job is to paint about it. And to wake up in the mystery, and help others wake up in the mystery."

That was just one of the philosophical nuggets, acclaimed realist artist Bo Barlett brought to his presentation "Let Your Root Feed Your Crown." This latest entry in The Higher Aim of Art lecture series drew a large crowd to Studio Incamminati's fifth-floor studio on a snowy Friday night.

Meet the newest Studio Incamminati student artists

Each shares a passion for contemporary realist art. Each is willing to sacrifice time and effort to master their art and nurture their creative growth. That's where the similarities end. They come from the East Coast, West Coast and Midwest. Their backgrounds range from art teacher to city planner to traveling artist in Italy, a host of other occupations. In the words of one student, they are "immersed in a supportive artistic community with like-minded, passionate people."

New board members hail from around the nation

Bo Bartlett, David C. Decker and Betsy Eby are the latest national figures to bring their expertise to the Studio Incamminati board of governors. They join recent additions actor/director/producer Federico Castellucio, of New York City, along with finance expert, noted art collector and philanthropist Stephen Bennett from Texas, as Studio Incamminati continues to expand its board along with the school's vision.

Diane Rappisi named interim president of Studio Incamminati

Diane Rappisi, a Studio Incamminati alumna who once served as the school's first executive director, has been appointed Interim President.

Rappisi, a longtime professional artist and art educator working primarily in pastels has taught classes and workshops nationwide and internationally. In addition to her artistic expertise, she brings a wealth of experience gained from running a teaching studio in Colorado. 

ALUMNI PROFILE/ Dian Paramita celebrates ephemerality of daily life

Where most people see a dead fish, or, a neatly sliced pineapple, Dian Paramita sees beauty. Fleeting beauty.“My artwork centers on celebrating the ephemerality of everyday life,” says the Indonesia native and former marketing professional.

An artist in Alaska: Inspired by the land and the people

For a second year, Studio Incamminati Instructor Natalie Italiano has taught an In Your Town workshop in Haines, Alaska. In this essay, she shares her impressions of the experience.

Dan Thompson appointed Dean of Faculty and Students

Dan Thompson, an artist and teacher whose decades-long career ranges from exhibitions worldwide to faculty positions at Parsons the New School for Design and the Art Students League of New York, has been appointed Dean of Faculty and Students at Studio Incamminati, School of Contemporary Realist Art. In the newly created position, Thompson assumes the duties of Artistic Director, previously held by the school’s co-founder Leona Shanks, who is stepping down to devote more time to her painting.

Studio Incamminati Artists and alumni in the community

The work of Studio Incamminati artists goes well beyond the studio walls with community outreach that takes many forms.

ALUMNI PROFILE/ Shira Friedman finds beauty in everyday things

Shira Friedman already had earned her BFA from Syracuse University and pursued studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. But, it was at a Studio Incmminati form painting workshop when her true direction as an artist beckoned.

ALUMNI PROFILE/ Jennifer Hagen Bowen keeps on pushing

For Jennifer Hagen Bowen, an art career is more than just “pushing paint” it's about pushing through.