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Old Lyme, CT- Lyme Academy of Fine Arts announces that it has received a transformative gift from Charlotte Colby Danly, a former student and Trustee at the Academy, in support of the Academy’s mission to teach a new generation of artists in the figurative tradition.

The gift will allow the creation of an endowed chair in the donor’s name, the Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair, and establish a program to teach figurative sculpture to students attending the Academy.

The Academy is presently calling for applications for an Artistic Director of Sculpture to lead the effort.

“Charlotte came to the Academy to study sculpture as an act of personal transformation when she was at a crossroads in her life. The gift that she has made will ensure that others can follow her path in what promises to be the country’s premier sculpture program.”, says Michael Duffy, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Charlotte Colby Danly is an award-winning sculptor and artist and a longstanding benefactor of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Having received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, Danly began studying at Lyme Academy in 1988 under renowned sculptors Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, the founder of Lyme Academy, and her husband, Laci de Gerenday, Danly’s work has been featured in Art Ideas, published by the American Renaissance for the Twenty-First Century, a nonprofit dedicated to a rebirth of beauty and life-affirming values in the fine arts. Danly was a resident of Lyme for thirty years and now lives out of state. Previously a resident of Lyme, Connecticut, Danly now lives out of state.

Ms. Danly was first elected to Lyme’s Board of Trustees in 1999 and served in that role for over a decade. In 2021, Danly was appointed a Trustee Emeritus, in recognition of her contributions and service to Lyme Academy. She established Lyme Academy’s first endowed chair in 2001, the Deane G. Keller Chair in Classical Drawing and Figurative Art. Keller was a renowned artist and distinguished teacher at Lyme Academy for 25 years who counted Danly among his best students. This Chair currently supports Co-Artistic Directors Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide.

“The time that I spent with the founders of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in the sculpture program was transformative for me, personally and creatively,” Danly recalls. “It is with great pride and appreciation for Lyme Academy that I endow a new Sculpture Chair, in my name, that will allow the Academy to continue to help others learn to sculpt in the figurative tradition.”

Lyme Academy is currently accepting applications for its new Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair. Qualifications are as follows: The Artistic Director must unequivocally embrace the Academy’s mission of using time-tested techniques to teach basic artistic skills in sculpture. The successful candidate must be an established artist with extensive experience teaching art in an atelier, academy, or other educational setting. Candidates should also have a proven background in administration and in creating programming. In addition to the community within the Lyme Academy, the Artistic Director will be fully immersed in the greater Lyme, Old Lyme, and Shoreline communities.

“As with drawing and painting, Lyme Academy is committed to building the leading figurative sculpture program in the United Sates,” said Jordan Sokol, Co-Artistic Director of the Academy’s Deane G. Keller Chair. “Sculpture is a part of Lyme Academy’s DNA – our campus was literally built by and for it.”

To learn how to apply for the position of Lyme Academy’s Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair, please visit

About 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. Learn more by visiting

Image Captions:

  1. Portrait of Charlotte Danly by Diane Aeschliman, Artist and former Instructor at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
  2. “Victory” by Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, Sculptor and Founder of The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
  3. Plaster casts in the Chandler Sculpture Studio at The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts