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Be the First to Look into An Artist’s Eye: The Lukas Charles Collection

Join us on Saturday, November 18 for an insightful and engaging conversation with Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, and Lyme Academy Curators and Co-Artistic Directors Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide, followed by a special exhibition preview and reception.

Preview Event & Fundraiser
4-5 pm – A Conversation with Peter Trippi in the Academy’s Cole Studio
5-7 pm – Exhibition Preview & Reception in the Academy’s Chauncey-Stillman Gallery

Event tickets are available online for $100 per guest or $135 with exhibition catalogue, and at the Lyme Academy’s on-campus art store, de Gerenday’s Fine Art Materials & Curiosities. Our store is open Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays & Sundays 10am to 4pm.
Proceeds from this event support Lyme Academy’s Chauncey-Stillman Exhibition Program and all future Academy exhibitions.
(The amount of a contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the amount contributed, reduced by the value of any goods or services provided by the organization. Accordingly, $70 of each ticket is eligible for an income tax deduction. Your receipt serves as your record.)

Preview Event & Fundraiser Tickets

Exhibit Press Release


Peter Trippi – Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur
Trippi is the leading national magazine for collectors of contemporary and historical realist art. He is also President of Projects in 19th-Century Art, a firm he established to pursue research, writing, and curating opportunities. Based in New York City, Trippi previously directed the Dahesh Museum of Art, headed development teams at the Brooklyn Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art, and created international touring exhibitions and publications devoted to the 19th-century painters J.W. Waterhouse and Lawrence Alma-Tadema. In 2021, Trippi co-curated the exhibition Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England, which ran for a year at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts, as well as Flora Nova: Painting Nature Now at Sugarlift in New York City. His next project will focus on the fine art displayed in the home of the 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jordan Sokol – Deane Keller Chair; Artistic Director; Director of Painting; Curator of An Artist’s Eye: The Lukas Charles Collection
Sokol studied and taught drawing and painting in Italy and Spain for eleven years before returning to the United States in 2014. In 2015 he participated in establishing the U.S. branch of The Florence Academy of Art in Jersey City, New Jersey, serving as its Academic Director for five years before joining the staff of the New York Academy of Art as an adjunct professor. Sokol’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States, including London’s National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Ulster Museum in Belfast as part of the 2015 BP Portrait Exhibition, and has been featured in numerous fine arts publications and books. Sokol’s intimate and psychologically-charged portraits conjure the depths and complexities of the human experience, using flesh and the human form as a narrative vehicle to explore themes of life, death, memory, and time. The impact of these meticulously layered paintings has reverberated with critics and collectors, who both look forward to opportunities to encounter and grapple with his work.

Amaya Gurpide – Co-Artistic Director; Director of Drawing; Curator of An Artist’s Eye: The Lukas Charles Collection
Having learned her love of art from her father, a painter, Gurpide attended the School of Fine Arts of Pamplona in her native Spain. In 1999, she moved to New York City to pursue her studies in figure painting and drawing, studying at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League of New York, and the Grand Central Academy. In 2014, Gurpide took part in the creation of the U.S. branch of the Florence Academy of Art in Jersey City, and in 2016 she was recruited as an Adjunct Professor of Anatomy and Drawing at the New York Academy of Art. With her turn toward drawing, Amaya’s process has refined – forms emerge on warm-toned papers from built up layers of graphite, chalks, gouache, and charcoal, often with the use of brushes to achieve a softer, more painterly effect. Experimentation allows each narrative to cohere and coalesce, and she is connected to her works by the intimacy of this creative act. In 2020, Gurpide was commissioned by Time magazine to create a cover for their “100 Women of the Year” project. She herself has been recognized by the Evelyn Chard Kelley Memorial Scholarship for women painters under 30, the Newington Cropsey Scholarship, and has won numerous notable prizes. Her works are regularly exhibited in both the United States and abroad and have been included in several significant fine arts publications.


Nov 18 2023


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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