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Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street Old Lyme , Connecticut 06371
Joyce Bray
860-434-3571 x 135

For Immediate Release – Please run all editions
June 8, 2007

DEANE G. KELLER, (1940-2005)
Pre-Opening Lecture also offered

Old Lyme, CT - “DRAWN TO LIFE: THE WORK OF DEANE G. KELLER” is the title of the retrospective exhibit of drawings that will open on Friday, June 22, 2007 at the Chauncey Stillman Gallery, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

The late Deane G. Keller served for more than 25 years as head of life drawing and anatomy at Lyme Academy College. He was a draftsman and mentor to numerous students during his 40 year teaching career. A commissioned portraitist, his work is in many private and public collections, including the Wadsworth Atheneum, Brandywine River Museum, Slater memorial Museum, Woodstock School of Art, the Thomas Merton Center at Bellamine University in Louisville, KY, Yale, The Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven and the Lyme Academy College.

Keller graduated from Yale University with a BA in Art History and commenced Fine Arts studies at Yale under the direction of his father, Deane Keller. He then studied in Florence, Italy, at the studio of Nera Simi and in the region of Tuscany. Returning to the United States, he studied sculpture and anatomy under David Rubins at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. He held a BFA degree in Painting and Sculpture and an MA in Education.

The author of numerous articles, he published “Figure Drawing in the Academy Tradition, 1890-1998” and in 2003, wrote and illustrated “Draftsman’s Handbook: A Resource and Study Guide for Drawing from Life.”

He lectured on “The Craft and Art of Draftsmanship” at Yale Center for British Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He was a member of the faculty of the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art and the Art Students League of New York. He also taught at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, and the Woodstock School of Art.

In 2001, he was honored with the endowed Deane G. Keller Chair of Classical Drawing and Figurative Art at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, a Chair he held until his death in 2005.

A Pre-Opening Special Lecture will be given at 5:00 pm by Randy Melick, the Deane G. Keller Chair in Classical Drawing and Figurative Art. Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 860-434-3571 x117. The suggested donation is $10 and may be at the door.

The Opening Reception will follow the lecture from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Exhibition catalogues will be available at the opening.

Concurrently, an exhibition of faculty-selected student work , and examples of the sophomore drawing program will also open on June 22 in the Sill House Gallery on the Lyme Academy College campus.

Exhibition dates are June 22 through September 15, 2007. Hours for the galleries are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is America’s only BFA program totally devoted to teaching representational painting, drawing and sculpture. The College offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and sculpture, a one-year Post-Baccalaureate degree and a three-year Certificate program. In addition the College offers a pre-college program to students in grades 7-12.

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