Summer 2019

The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art
The Art Barge | The D’Amico Studio and Archive

The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art is pleased to announce the Summer 2019 program, which continues our commitment to foster learning and understanding through the art experience as espoused by our founders, Mabel and Victor D’Amico. This year we continue many of the classes and events of the past while exploring new areas with a range of instructors and partner organizations, mediums and techniques. Our full program of art classes, primarily held at The Art Barge, begins June 3rd and runs through September 13th.

Weekly classes in Studio Painting take place through the entire summer and workshops are scattered through June, July, and August in Watercolor, Pastel, Collage, Encaustic, and Printmaking. We will offer two classes in Photography, presenting again The Photography of Place, this time with The Artist’s Studio as focus and including visits to the D’Amico Studio and Archive, Pollock-Krasner House, Moran Studio, and LongHouse Reserve on Tuesdays in July. Environmental Photography returns on Thursdays in August with visits to nature preserves stewarded by The Nature Conservancy. Daily sessions in Drawing andLife Drawing will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, respectively. This year we are bringing back Painting on Location one week each month, June to August, with the exclusive opportunity to paint at a private Sagaponack property with one day spent at Madoo Conservancy. For those interested in working beyond two dimensions, there will be four weeks of Ceramics in June and 3D workshops exploring Mosaics, Stained Glass, Fused Glass, Weaving, Casting, and Mixed Media interspersed through July and August.

The Bauhaus Preliminary Course is presented in collaboration with The Albers Foundation (photo courtesy Fritz Horstman)

We are pleased to offer two exclusive classes scheduled in June and July, the first planned to coincide with the Bauhaus Centennial: The Bauhaus Preliminary Course, presented in collaboration with The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, taking place June 17-21. Fritz Horstman, an artist/educator from the Albers Foundation, will lead students in an exploration of space, light, shadows, thread, color, and more, to gain hands-on knowledge and skill through exercises related to Josef Albers’s color course, Anni Albers’s weaving, and Moholy-Nagy’s material studies. Returning this year to teach a unique workshop scheduled for July 1-5 is museum educator and D’Amico scholar, Sara Torres. She will lead a class in Un-Learning, in which students will experiment with strategies devised by modern artists such as Mabel and Victor D’Amico to un-learn preconceived ideas of sculpture, painting, drawing, and more.

Children’s Studio at The Art Barge. Tuition assistance available to EHSD students thanks to the Mucnic Foundation

Children’s Studio will be offered for ages 6-11, Monday to Friday, during six weeks in July (8-26) and August (5-23); expanded this year to a half-day (3 hours), alternating morning or afternoon. Thanks to the generosity of the Muchnic Foundation, we are able to offer tuition assistance to students of East Hampton School District (contact 631.267.3172 for details). We are also pleased to offer on Tuesdays through July and Thursdays in August a Children’s Photography class made possible with support from the Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation. See How You Feel: An Introduction to Photography is designed for young adults ages 11 to 15 and will use The Art Barge, The D’Amico Studio and Archive, The Moran Studio, LongHouse Reserve, and Pollock-Krasner House as subject matter and inspiration.

Kris Moran and A.S. Hamrah launch the Artists Speak series on Wednesday June 19th at 6 pm

Our distinguished Artists Speak series continues once a month, June to August, this summer organized around the theme of Collaborations. These Wednesday evenings begin promptly at 6:00 pm at The Art Barge and will get off to a splendid beginning with Kris Moran and A.S. Hamrah on June 19, followed by Emilia and Ilya Kabakov on July 17, and ending with Maira and Alex Kalman on August 14. Accompanying exhibitions by the Kabakovs (July 17-Aug 5) and the Kalmans (Aug 14-Sept 7) will be on view in The Barge Gallery.

This year we have expanded our Friend membership to include two levels: Individual Friend ($50) and Family Friend ($75). Becoming a Friend provides discounts and advance notice for classes and events; access to daily drop-in Studio Painting; 1-2 free Life Drawing sessions; and special opportunities such as Critiques, artists’ studio visits, and more. Information at

Andy Stenerson’s South Pole will be on exhibit in Four Glass Artists beginning May 19th (photo courtesy of the artist)

We will get warmed up for this dynamic season on Sunday, May 19th, from 2 to 4 pm, with a Founders Day. The summer exhibition, Four Glass Artists, will open with a reception that afternoon at the D’Amico House in Lazy Point, featuring the work of local glass artists Hokansen+Dix, Andy Stenerson, and Marianne Weil. The exhibition will be on view through September 7th, with visits and tours of the house arranged by appointment. The Art Barge will also be open on Founders Day for visitors to tour the building, learn about its history, get information about our summer schedule, and absorb the breathtaking natural surroundings.

Child playing with a motivational art toy in The Art Carnival, coming to The Art Barge June 3-16

It is with great delight that we announce the return of The Art Carnival to The Art Barge this summer, from June 3rd to June 16th. We have invited local school groups to experience The Art Carnival at intervals between Monday and Friday each week (fully booked) and extend an invitation to the general public to Discover Your Power to Create by arranging The Art Carnival experience for groups or businesses. The Art Carnival and The Art Barge together provide a motivational setting for people of all ages to switch gears, get inspired, and harness creative energy that will last through the season. Call 631.267.3172 for details and reservations.


Sunday, May 19th, 2-4 pm
Founders Day
Four Glass Artists opening at D’Amico House and open house at The Art Barge
Monday, June 3rd
Art classes begin at The Art Barge
(details and registration online at
June 3 to June 16
The Art Carnival at The Art Barge for groups and businesses
(call 631.267.3172 for details and reservations)
June 17 to 21
The Bauhaus Preliminary Course with Fritz Horstman
presented in collaboration with The Albers Foundation (tuition $200)
June 19

Artists Speak: Kris Moran and A.S. Hamrah
($20 tickets available online one week prior)
July 1 to 5
Un-Learning with Sara Torres
(FREE, $50 materials fee)
July 8 to August 29
Children’s Classes
tuition assistance for students of EH School District available for Children’s Studio
thanks to generous support from the Muchnic Foundation
July 17
Artists Speak: Emilia and Ilya Kabakov
($20 tickets available online one week prior)
August 14
Artists Speak: Maira and Alex Kalman
($20 tickets available online one week prior)
enjoy discounts on classes and events and other special perks throughout the year
Contact Esperanza Leon for further information or 631.267.3172.