Tracey Harris painting Connie Fox


Face to Face: Artists Painting Artists

Long Island Museum presents unique artist perspective

From June 14 through September 30, 2019 The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook will present Face to Face: Artists Painting Artists, a unique exhibition exploring how artists see other artists.

How do artists look? How does an artist perceive and portray individuals in portraiture? And what if those individuals – their subjects – are fellow artists themselves? Face to Face is a unique exploration of artists painting other artists. The exhibition will begin with nineteenth and early twentieth century artists, such as William Sidney Mount, Shepard Alonzo Mount, William Merritt Chase, Irving Wiles, and Fairfield Porter and feature approximately 60 works in total, including works by more than 30 contemporary artists (many working at least part of the year on Long Island) who have taken turns sitting for studio portraits of one another. 
Artists themselves make ideal subjects. They understand the patience required in sitting for a portrait, and the importance of light, color, and texture filtered through brushes, canvas, paint and the artist’s eye. Artists also inspire each other. They often live or work near one another, regularly show their work and give feedback, and have formed distinct communities scattered throughout the region. This exhibition was the brainchild of local artists Douglas Reina and Ty Stroudsburg, who have assisted in reaching out to the regional community of painters from our area.
On June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. Long Island Museum visitors will have a chance to come face to face with the artists and see them at work, painting portraits of select volunteers. Visitors may choose to sit for a portrait while the artists demonstrate the process behind their work. Artists scheduled to paint on June 23 are Doug Reina, Kelynn Alder and Kevin McEvoy, who all have works on display in the exhibition. Face to Face, runs through September 30 in the art museum.
TWO-SEAT PLEASURE WAGON, 1895-1905. Studebaker Brothers. Gift of Ward Melville. 


Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students 6 -17 and college students with I.D. Children under six are admitted for free. For more information visit

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