"...carrying on fine tradition while moving ahead to the greater challenges of the future."
- Elisabeth Gordon Chandler
In 1976 at age 63, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler founded Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. She was inspired to do so because at that time, representational art and the traditional education of artists were disappearing in the Western world.
As a young girl, Elisabeth trained as a professional harpist and became an accomplished performer. Later she studied sculpture with Edmondo Quattocchi and anatomy under Robert Beverly Hale at the Art Students League in New York City. Over her long career she received many awards and honors, notable among them The Thomas R. Proctor Prize from the National Academy of Design; the 1992 Silver Medal and Citation from the National Sculpture Society; The 1982 Gold Medal from the Allied Artists of America; The 1971 Gold Medal from the National Arts Club; the Governor’s Arts Award from the State of Connecticut; and an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Joseph’s College in 2001.
Chandler’s sculpture is held in many private and public collections including St. Patrick’s Cathedral; the National Academy of Design; National Sculpture Society; Old State House in Hartford; Fairfield University; The Paul Mellon Art Center; The British Museum; Columbia University School of Law; Princeton University and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.
- Craftsmanship and technical skill in the use of materials and methods;
- Discipline, as intuition and creativity are subjected to judgment and revision;
- Knowledge of history of art, ideas and human experience;
- Critical thinking about ideas, events, intentions and issues in contemporary culture;
- Commitment to a relentless pursuit of excellence;
- Inspiration to fuel the intention and direction of the work;
- Respect and tolerance for authenticity and diversity in the search for intellectual and aesthetic integrity
- Integration of the subjective, rational and technical in artistic practice.
The mission of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is to educate aspiring artists through a rigorous studio curriculum rooted in figurative and representational art. The academy offers a comprehensive education essential for advanced critical and creative thought. The program reflects a deep respect for both traditional and innovative forms of teaching and provides an unrivaled foundation for developing unique visual expressions. Upon completion of their studies, students will be equipped not only to articulate their culture, but also to give it shape and substance.