October 23 2014

Internationally Renowned Painter Nelson H. White Presents “Inside My Studio” at the College, Nov. 7


Internationally renowned painter Nelson Holbrook White is the second speaker in the 2014-15 lecture series, “Inside My Studio: The Artist Revealed,” hosted by the Alumni Association of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven on Friday, Nov. 7. The evening begins with a reception in the Sill House Gallery at 6 p.m. before White’s presentation at 7 p.m.  

White received his earliest art instruction from his grandfather Henry Cooke White (1861-1952) and father Nelson Cooke White (1900-1989), who were both prominent American artists.  The elder White (the presenter’s grandfather) was an early member of the famed Lyme Art Colony of impressionist artists, many of whom lived at Florence Griswold’s boarding house in Old Lyme. The younger White (the presenter’s father) also lived with his parents at the Florence Griswold house, where he met some of the most influential artists of the day, including Childe Hassam, Will Howe Fotte and Harry Hoffman.  

Nelson H. White was born in New London in 1932. After graduating from Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., he enrolled at Mitchell College in New London, but left to pursue music theory and composition.  At that time, he began to spend more time studying with his father and grandfather and by 1955, had decided to commit himself to a career in painting.  

White’s studies led him to Florence, Italy, where he became an apprentice to the world-renowned Florentine painter Pietro Annigoni and studied with the acclaimed Italian teacher Nerina Simi.  Although he received instruction from a number of major artists, White’s work is highly individual.  His ability to use color, coupled with rich brushwork and graduations of light, air and atmosphere, richly conveys both mood and intimacy.

Collections of White’s work are held by many organizations including the Wadsworth Atheneum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Florence Griswold Museum and Pfizer Inc.  He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally and received the Biennale Internazionale Career Award in 2003.  Today, White divides his time between the USA and Florence, Italy.

Reservations are required at $10 per person and should be made by contacting Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571 ext. 117 or  Early reservations are recommended since seating is limited and a capacity audience is expected.

For more information about this event or Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven, contact Olwen Logan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at 860-434-3571, ext. 135 or

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