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The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is pleased to announce its first Commencement Ceremony under new leadership, which will take place on its Old Lyme campus on June 3, 2023, between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This special event celebrates the students who have graduated from the Academy’s intensive two-year Core Drawing & Painting Program. Internationally-acclaimed artist Bo Bartlett will serve as Commencement Speaker, and will receive an honorary diploma from the Academy.

The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10.30 a.m. in the Courtyard of the Academy. Bartlett’s address and student honors will be immediately followed by a reception for invited guests. This will be offered in the Academy’s Stobart Studio, with additional outdoor seating provided on the Academy grounds.

In keeping with the Lyme Academy’s commitment to its community, the Commencement ceremony is open to the public. Please note that seating is limited and provided on a firstcome, first-served basis; masking is welcome but not required.

For further information about the Commencement Speaker, Bo Bartlett, please visit:

Please also visit Cirque de la Vie at the Academy’s Chauncey-Stillman Gallery, an original exhibition of Bartlett’s work curated by the Academy’s Co-Artistic Directors, Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide. The exhibition will be on view until June 30th.

For further information about the Core Program, as well as other Academy classes and offerings, please visit:

About the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts:

The mission of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is to teach the foundational skills of drawing, painting, and sculpture in the figurative tradition. By its commitment to training students in these skills and an engagement with contemporary discourse, the Academy will empower a new generation of artists. Through its programs, the Academy is committed to enriching the cultural life of the community.