Beyond the Figure

Beyond the Figure: A Student and Faculty Exhibition is the next in a series of original art exhibitions curated by Co-Artistic Directors Amaya Gurpide and Jordan Sokol and the inaugural exhibition of Academy works. The exhibition opened to the public on Sunday, May 19, and will remain on view until September 1, 2024.

In 2021, with fresh leadership at its helm, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts reopened its doors to students and welcomed a new generation of artists to its Core Programs. Beyond the Figure: A Student and Faculty Exhibition is the first opportunity to witness the results of this rebirth, through the work of its faculty and their students.

Lyme Academy is quickly being recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative arts curriculum and as an epicenter for drawing, painting, and sculpture in the figurative tradition. This exhibition is an invitation to learn more about the Lyme Academy’s uniqueness and impact today, as it trains the success stories of tomorrow.

The Academy’s Co-Artistic Director Jordan Sokol comments, “The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is forging a new educational model, one that bucks the current trend of deskilling in art education. We’re thrilled to see such a surge of interest among aspiring artists in our mission to reintroduce time-honored traditions in a modern idiom. This exhibition is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the students who are coming from all over the country to study here, as well as the world-renowned faculty that is instructing them.”

Faculty members that are represented in the exhibition include: Todd Casey, Hollis Dunlap, Chad Fisher, Michael Grimaldi, Amaya Gurpide, Zachary Kainz, Rick Lacey, Thomas Lapine, Ethan Martin, Mina Mohtasham, Alicia Ponzio, Edmond Rochat, Alex Venezia, Gary Weisman, and Treacy Ziegler.