The Bennett-Schmidt Lectures on the Higher Aim of Art

In their lifelong pursuit of art, artists often focus on the "hows" of acquiring skills and knowledge, but not the "whys," "wheres" and "whats." "Why do you create?” “Where do you apply your skills?” "What images are vital to produce?” In this series of evening talks, internationally renowned thought leaders discuss personal creative philosophies in a thought-provoking conversation on professional practice.

The Bennett-Schmidt Higher Aim of Art Lectures series is supported by art collectors and philanthropists, Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt Founders of The Bennett Collection and The Bennett Prize.

All lectures will take place on Zoom until otherwise stated. 

Cost is $10 or free for area art students with valid I.D. (For students, please call (215) 592-7910 to register.)


Samuel adoquei

Samuel Adoquei

Conversation With Samuel Adoquei

Date: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 6pm EST
Location: Zoom (Link to be sent with registration confirmation)


About Samuel Adoquei
Sam Adoquei will discuss his new book “A Short Story of Skin Tones in Art”, and celebration of the gift of evolution: the beauty of our skin tones. The few complexions we started with are multiplying and changing to help our human race evolve and advance harmoniously. Adoquei will explore how art, paint and color bring our beautiful skin tones to all.


AlyssaMonks Trance

Alyssa Monks, Trance

The Artist's Life: Work. Ambition. Perseverance. Determination
an artist panel

Date: Wednesday, May 19
Time: 6pm EST
Location: Zoom (Link to be sent with registration confirmation)


Alyssa Monks, in conversation with Will Cotton, Alex Kanevsky, Hollis Heichemer, and Mary Jane Ansell will share their personal stories with the wisdom of experience, along with some practical advice on putting it all together to create a satisfying studio practice, a functioning business, and the life you want as an artist. Join the conversation live and bring all your questions for them!




Click on the lecture titles to view the recorded lecture on our YouTube.

2020-2021 School Year

The Creation of Historical Portraits on the Contemporary Painting
with Carmen Chami, Painter
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

How to Become an Artist in Baroque Rome
with Jesse Locker, Associate Professor at Portland State University
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

An Evening with Ronald Sherr
with Ronald Sherr, Painter
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Progressive Tradition of Studio Incamminati
with Alvin Holm, Architect and Incamminati Board member
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

with Aneka Ingold, Painter and 2019 Bennett Prize awardee
Monday, October 26, 2020

2019-2020 School Year

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Art Collectors But Were Afraid to Ask
with Steven A. Bennett, Art Collector, Co-Founder of The Bennett Prize, and Incamminati Board member
Friday, May 1, 2020

Diebenkorn's Notes to Himself on Beginning a Painting
with Alex Kanevsky, Painter
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Figurative Art and Transformation
with Thomas Marsh, Sculptor
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Reflections on Classical Figurative Art Education 1991-present
with Brandon Soloff, Painter and Portraitist
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Art of Observation and the Observation of Art
with Dr. Sal Mangione, Doctor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Beauty and the Human Face
with Incamminati Dean of Fine Arts and artist, Dan Thompson, and Incamminati Instructor and sculptor Stephen Perkins
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2018-2019 School Year

Visual Storytelling
with Alexandra Tyng, Painter
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How We Paint Means Something
with Zoey Frank, Painter
Monday, May 6, 2019

The Human Face: Plastic Surgery, Art, and Beyond
with Dr. Linton Whitaker, Plastic Surgeon and Instructor at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Painting Poetry and the Occult: J.W. Waterhouse's Thematic Inspirations
with Peter Trippi, EIC of Fine Art Connoisseur
Friday, April 5, 2019

Painting Throughout a Creative and Dynamic Life
with Danni Dawson, Painter and Sculptor
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Let Your Root Feed Your Crown
with Bo Bartlett, Painter and Incamminati Board member
Friday, March 1, 2019

Initiate Your Method
with Chad Fisher, Sculptor
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Inner Life of the Artist: A Discussion on the Influence of Memory
with Christopher Nixon, Incamminati Alumni and Painter
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Design the Shot
with Jeff Errico, Storyboard Artist
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What is Appropriation?
with Margaret Bowland, Painter
Thursday, December 29, 2018

with Vincent Desiderio, Painter
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Artist's Spirit
with Patrick Connors, Painter
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

with Jon DeMartin, Drawing and Painting Artist
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My Life, My Art
with Yuqi Wang, Painter
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

with Dan Thompson, Incamminati Dean of Fine Arts and Artist, and Stephen Perkins, Incamminati Instructor and Sculptor
Wednesday, September 18, 2018