Public Lecture with Stuart Shils: Dropping the Bucket Down the Well

PAFA is pleased to present a slide lecture by Master Class artist Stuart Shils.  Shils will discuss the visual concerns fundamental to making, perceiving, and thinking about art, emphasizing the intersection between the internal perceptual moment and the design of the artist's working surface as the fundamental concern of painting.  Through a variety of artists' examples throughout history and images of his own work, Shils will demonstrate the intimate relationship between observation and abstract structure.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  RSVP online or by calling 215-972-7632.

This free lecture is offered in conjunction with PAFA's Continuing Education Master Class, The Perceptual Moment with Stuart Shils: Not Just Another "Landscape." Click here for course details.


Stuart Shils has painted outside or looking through windows for 30 years. His work has been presented in solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Richmond, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland). Critical review and commentary has appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines, including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, artcritical.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist, and The Hudson Review. His paintings are represented by Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York, and his monotypes by Davis and Langdale, also in New York.

He was an annual visiting critic at the Vermont Studio Center for more than a decade and currently teaches in many venues around the country. Beginning in 1994 he spent 13 summers working on the northwest coast of Ireland, an extended painting campaign described in the PBS film documentary Ballycastle.

Shils is currently a visiting critic in PAFA's Certificate program, and he offers Master Classes and Workshops through PAFA's Continuing Education program.

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