A Message from Studio Incamminati Regarding The Anti-Racism Protests

Studio Incamminati is a community of artists who care deeply about representational art, nature, and the human figure. The human figure is more than imagery or representation: we believe that the art we pursue evokes the human condition in all of its complexity, revealing something profound about us and the world in which we live. We teach our students to see in a way they have not seen before, about light and shadow, about movement and gesture as they express their work on the canvas. Seeing is at the core of our mission.

What we have seen around us and across the country over the past week has been deeply disturbing and disheartening.
What we have seen is the ugly specter of racial injustice, police brutality, resource inequity, and institutionalized racism.
What we have seen are the human figures of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade embody the ongoing scourge of unequal justice.
What we have seen are their brutal and horrifying deaths signifying a deep and painful wound.
What we have seen are the protests that have gripped the nation’s cities which cry out for a way forward and are met with a cynicism that says that we will never change.

We, at Studio Incamminati, believe that art exists to create a more humane world.

We believe in the capacity of art to help others understand what frequently cannot be spoken, that art is the place where empathy is bred and difference is claimed, and celebrated.
We believe that imagination, as meditation, has the capacity to heal and to renew the spirit.
We believe that art can be transformational.
We believe, as Toni Morrison wrote, that “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
We believe Theaster Gates when he says, “Sometimes the creating we do is creating a platform that allows other creative people to pitch in.”
We believe, as Mozart said, that “love is the soul of genius.”
And, we believe Romare Bearden when he says, “I want to see how life can triumph.”

We believe that Black Lives Matter.


James Savoie, President

Dan Thompson, Dean of Fine Arts