Visiting Artists Program

Greenwich Academy's visiting artist program brings contemporary artists to campus to participate in programs combining visual arts with different academic disciplines. In the past, visiting artists have presented slide lectures, given gallery talks, or designed interactive projects for the classroom, design lab, or art studio. Greenwich Academy hopes to foster interdisciplinary thinking through its visiting artist program.

Previous Visiting Artists



2017: In connection with his solo exhibition, Mohamad Hafez: Homeland InSecurity , Syrian born artist and architect Mohamad Hafez spent a day in residence at Greenwich Academy. In lectures to the entire Middle and Upper School divisions, and a gallery-talk with our Modern Middle East seminar, Hafez shared his own personal journey from Damascus to the United States, while also explaining what it means to be displaced. Using humor to draw the students into his story, Hafez discussed the difficulties he faced as a Middle Eastern Muslim living in a post-9/11 America and the struggle his family faced after fleeing war-torn Syria.

2015: In conjunction with her exhibition Paper Falls and Other Natural Wonders, painter Laurie Olinder held a workshop with students in Middle School art teacher Mollie Flannery's classes. Olinder visited the exhibition with the students to talk about her inspiration and process. Then the girls created their own versions of "paper falls" and "natural wonders," far exceeding the expectations of the artist. Olinder later wrote, "I was so amazed at how they interpreted my work. It was very inspiring!" For their "paper falls", GA students created collaborative blue square paintings, each working on an area, then switching places to add to the work from a different angle. For the "natural wonders" works, the girls collected leaves, nuts, and other autumn detritus, then created their own natural studies, some using ink made from walnuts. Their small, individual watercolors were arranged to create a mosaic-patterned larger work in the exhibition.


2014: Brooklyn-based artist Claire Corey works in painting, printmaking, and drawing, but her process defies categorization. She is a pioneer in using graphic design software in unexpected ways, using repeated scanning, printing, collaging, drawing, and painting to create lush, layered canvases.


2013: Gabriela Salazar received an MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. An artist, writer, curator, and teacher, she has shown in both group and solo shows across the country. Her essay, Another One Bites the Dust! was published in the Journal of Contemporary Aesthetics in October, 2010. A one-time teaching fellow at Greenwich Academy, she works primarily in site-specific installations.

2012: Rashmi Talpade earned her fine arts degree in photography and ceramics in her native Mumbai, India. Since moving to Connecticut in 1991, she has become active in the New York, New Haven, and Hartford art communities. She directed the City-Wide Open Studios In New Haven and serves on the Visual Arts Committee at Artspace.


2011: Josette Urso received her MFA in Painting from the University of South Florida and currently works in New York City. Urso traveled to Taiwan for a residency at STOCK20 in 2006 and to Cambodia with the AIEP American Artist’s Abroad program in 2004.

2011: Christopher Schade is best known for his abstract landscapes. He lives and works in Brooklyn, but his roots are in Texas. He has taught “plein-air” painting in France, in the Hudson Valley, and at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

2010: Martha Lewis earned her BFA from the Cooper Union and her MFA from Yale. She works primarily in painting and drawing but also has created installations, a fictional newspaper, and set designs. She has taught drawing at the Yale and Columbia summer programs, served as an education curator at Artspace, New Haven, and hosted a radio show about contemporary art on WPKN, FM.

2009: Kysa Johnson is a painter who overlays notable landscapes with molecular patterns or maps, contrasting the mirco and macro environments and bringing to the forefront what is invisible to the eye. Educated at the Glasgow School of Art, she lives and works in New York.

2009: Eric LoPresti grew up in the desert steppe of eastern Washington state, near a critical facility for Cold War plutonium production. His paintings investigate the physical and cultural aftereffects of dramatic conflict, focusing specifically on the aftermath of the Cold War and its associated landscapes. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

2009: J Henry Fair is best known for his Industrial Scars series, a series of aerial views of environmental disasters simultaneously stunning and horrifying. Mr. Fair’s work has been featured in segments on the TODAY Show, CNN, FOX News, and major publications, including The New York Times and National Geographic. He is cofounder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY.

2008: Randy Williams is a visual artist, a Professor of Studio and Art Education at Manhattanville College, and an instructor and educational consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from New York University and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Sir George Williams University in Montreal.


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