Registration open for American Master Artists series

Philip Eliasoph, PhD

Philip Eliasoph, PhD

Where can the public find college-level art history, theatre, and music appreciation classes held in the evening, along with refreshments, and taught by college professors at a public library? If you guessed Pequot Library, you are correct. Geared toward working and retired adults the American Master Artists Series is a community-based symposium of enriching, engaging illustrated slide talks surveying the history, controversies, and appreciation of American art history, theater, and jazz.

Registration is required and has opened for the first class, Masters of American Art: Portraits from Colonial Enlightenment to Pop Mad Men, taught by Philip Eliasoph, PhD. The series starts on Thursday, Oct. 15 and continues through Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m. The series consists of five lectures in which participants will take an in-depth look at the contributions of American art icons: John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol. Participants will be empowered to better identify and discuss characteristics and formal elements in different media, evaluate art in terms of themes, and learn to analyze major artistic works in the context of: Democracy, Creativity, Ingenuity, and Challenges to Freedom of Speech.

Cow’s Skull Red White and Blue, painting by Georgia O’Keeffe

Cow’s Skull Red White and Blue, painting by Georgia O’Keeffe

Before class enjoy refreshments and conversation with the professor starting at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Philip Eliasoph earned his doctorate in Art History with Distinction at the State University of New York. He was the founding full-time professor of the Art History program at Fairfield University in 1975 and continues to teach there 40 years later. He’s since served as Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Founding Director of the Walsh Art Gallery, as well as the founder and moderator of the University’s public town hall Open Visions Forum. As a public arts advocate, Eliasoph serves as a Commissioner on the CT Arts Advisory Committee.

Other Seminars in the American Master Artists Series include: Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 2016 — Masters of American Theatre: Puritans to Pizzazz with Professor Martha LoMonaco, PhD, and March 3-31, 2016 — Masters of American Music: Roots and Evolution of the Blues, Jazz, Rock, and American Society with Professor Brian Torff. Classes are held in the Reading Room or Auditorium at Pequot Library. For more information and to register for one or more seminars go to, or contact 203-259-0346, ext. 19.

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