Faces of Winter 2014

The University of Connecticut Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to announce CSOPA’s Seventh Biennial Fine Art Portrait Exhibition and Symposium. This exhibit includes fine art portrait paintings, drawings, and sculpture; features events free and open to the public; and includes a symposium that convenes master portraitists and special guests in celebration of renowned artist Nelson Shanks and the elements of extraordinary artistic success. Opening events include a “paint off trio” with live portrait demonstrations by award-winning painters, and a Valentine Awards Reception with paint-off silent auction, live music, and refreshments; all free and open to the public on February 6th. Come meet the artists!

Current Event Details:

  • Thursday February 06 – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2014 Portrait Exhibition, UConn Stamford Art Gallery
  •  Thursday, FEBRUARY 6 / Opening events / free and open to the public
  •  PAINT-OFF TRIO Live portrait demonstrations by award-winning painters 4:30 – 6:30 pm,  in the UConn Concourse.
  •  VALENTINE AWARDS RECEPTION with live music, refreshments, and paint-off silent auction. Meet the artists. Wear something red! 6pm-8pm, UConn Stamford Concourse and Art Gallery.
  • The Symposium on Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8 Features 14 superstars of portraiture: ANDERSON, BABAILOV, BOECK, DEL PRIORE, DEVITO, EARLY, GINSBURG, GARCIA, MANCINI-HRESKO, FRED ROSS, SANDEN, SAPER, SHANKS, SPECTOR, VILLARREAL. Registration is open to all! Symposium costs $225 for both days.  Please visit www.CSOPA.org  for schedule, faculty, and registration.

*Snow dates are February 14-15. Events will be postponed if the UConn Stamford campus is closed due to weather conditions.

Honoring an American Icon

About Nelson Shanks

Nelson Shanks, world-renowned painter, art historian, art teacher, connoisseur and collector, distilled the principles upon which Studio Incamminati stands from his lifelong experience and devotion to fine arts. Nelson, and his wife Leona Shanks, founded Studio Incamminati to provide a place where artists devoted to realism could study painting and acquire other skills necessary for successful artistic careers. When Nelson set out to become a painter, he pieced together his own education and training from the limited options available for the study of realist painting. As an 18-year-old student at New York’s famed Art Students League, he earned his tuition by serving as a monitor in the classes of artists such as Robert Brackman, Ivan Olinsky and Edwin Dickinson. Established painters such as John Koch took him on as a private student and provided substantial material as well as spiritual support of his dreams and aspirations.


        DancerOil on Canvas.This image has been approved for release by Nelson Shanks.

In 2006, Governor Edward G. Rendell presented Nelson with the Governor’s Distinguished Arts Award, which recognizes a Pennsylvania artist of international fame or renown who creations and contributions enrich the commonwealth. Among those contributions noted were his lifelong commitment to teaching and his establishment of studio Incamminati.


His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Royal palace in Stockholm, Kensington Palace in London and Fortezza Firmafede in Sarzana, Italy. During the summer and fall of 2011, he had solo exhibitions in Russia at the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg and The Russian Academy of Art, Moscow. He is one of only two living American Painters to have been invited to exhibit at either of these venues.


Fifteen faculty members distinguished in the arts will spend the weekend demonstrating and discussing two of their favorite subjects: Portraiture and Nelson Shanks. Mr. Shanks will also demonstrate. Nearly 200 participants are expected for the symposium that kicks off Thursday, February 6 with live demonstrations (4-6pm) and a Valentine Awards Reception (6-8pm) for exhibiting artists. Thursday events are free and open to the public. Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 Symposium events require registration of $225 for both days. Visit www.CSOPA.org for current schedule, faculty, and registration.

Nelson Shanks


Oil on Canvas

(C) Nelson Shanks

Images provided with permission of the artist.


About the Gallery: The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is a large, inviting space located off the Main Concourse, which serves as the heart of the UConn campus in downtown Stamford, with easy access to parking and public transportation. Visitors enter the Gallery from the Broad Street Concourse or from a second entrance that is visible from Washington Boulevard and lit by a dramatic three-story light spine. Free parking is available in the UConn garage located just off the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Boulevard. The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 7 pm, Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 1 pm. The Gallery is closed on Sundays and has limited holiday season hours. For more information, including directions, call (203) 251.8400

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