September 30 2013

College Hosts Opening Reception for Exhibition by Famed Illustrator Tim O’Brien

The College is hosting an opening reception for a new exhibition by acclaimed illustrator and portrait painter Tim O’Brien, on Friday, Oct. 11. His exhibit, “Portraits and Illustrations: A Retrospective,” will be on show in the College’s Chauncey Stillman Gallery through Jan. 11, 2014.  The reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m.  All are welcome.

O’Brien’s detailed and imaginative illustrations have been published most notably on the cover of TIME Magazine, as well as magazines such as Rolling Stone, Fortune, Esquire, Business Week, Playboy and the New York Times, to name only a few.  His illustrations have been published by every major book publisher, and include the book covers of the popular young adult trilogy, The Hunger Games.  In 2006, the U.S. Postal Service issued two postage stamps, Judy Garland and Hattie McDaniel, both created by O’Brien.

Currently a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, O’Brien lectures frequently across the country.  His numerous speaking engagements have included the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Society of Illustrators, Syracuse University, School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and California College of the Arts.

On Friday, Oct. 18, O’Brien will be giving an “Inside My Studio” lecture at Lyme Academy College.  A reception will be held at 6 p.m. before O’Brien speaks from 7 to 8 p.m.  Reservations are required at $10 per person or $35 for the series of four lectures.  Reservations should be made by contacting Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571 ext. 117 or

O’Brien has received multiple awards and recognitions including ones from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, Graphis Inc., Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, the Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, and the Art Director’s Club.  He has over a dozen painting in the collection of the National Gallery, Washington, DC, and is a winner of the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators.

The Tim O’Brien exhibition, “Portraits and Illustrations: A Retrospective” runs from its opening on Oct. 11 through Jan. 11, 2014. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or the College, contact Olwen Logan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at 860-434-3571, ext. 135 or

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