Anne Dawson, professor of art history, and Sharon Butler, professor of visual art, recently represented Eastern on two different panel discussions in New York City. Dawson, an expert on painter J. Alden Weir, joined Judy Jacobs, senior conservator at the National Park Service, and Peter Trippi, editor of "Fine Art Connoisseur," at the Salmagundi Dining Room and Bar on Park Avenue on Oct. 21 to address the significance of the life and work of the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton.
Many artists have lived and worked at the Weir Farm, continuing the legacy of Weir's artistic expression. Visitors have the opportunity to experience plein air painting and sketching firsthand while becoming a part of a unique and enduring artistic tradition.
Also on Oct. 21, Butler visited the Brooklyn, NY, home of the well-known non-profits Momenta Art and NurtureArt in an event titled, "Rolling Conversations." Butler discussed how emerging artists need to think more clearly and realistically about how they price their artwork. She wrote a brief report of the conversation at www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2011/10/dont-ask-dont-tell-pricing-artwork.html.
Earlier in October, Butler discussed how contemporary artists are using Web 2.0 and Social Networking Media to create, distribute and promote their artwork during the New York Studio School's Lunchtime Lecture Series. On Oct. 6 in Boston, Butler gave a presentation at "Teaching Visual Arts Online," a panel discussion hosted by Massachusetts College of Art and Design.