Portrait and Realist Artist Nelson Shanks to Speak at Katherine M. and William E. Schubert Memorial Lecture Series

Release Date: Monday, January 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Nelson Shanks, prestigious realist and portrait artist and founder of the Studio Incamminati will present the Katherine M. and William E. Schubert Memorial Lecture on March 22, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Sorgenti Arena. 
Nelson Shanks is regarded as the foremost realist painter in America today. Most widely known as a portrait painter, especially of high-profile sitters such as European royalty, American presidents, and the Pope, his subjects include the human figure, landscape, and still life. His devotion to the fine arts also includes his commitment to educating young artists. In addition, he is renowned as a passionate collector of European art, assembling one of the finest collections of Italian paintings of the 16th and17th centuries in the United States. 
His artistic career could have been limited to portraits of such prominent persons as Diana, Princess of Wales, American Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia, Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and Pope John Paul II, all of whom James Biddle said “fit elegantly into the canvas and glow with the shimmer of life.” But at the heart of his career is a commitment to teaching.
Responding to a growing need for serious art instruction,Shanks began a series of successful workshops for students in the late 1990s. With his wife, Leona Claire Shanks, he founded Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia to teach the skills and techniques fundamental to realism in the traditional European ambience of the academia and the atelier as well as the essential skills needed to achieve and sustain a career as a professional painter. Studio Incamminati, which can be translated from Italian as "those who are progressing,” is part of Nelson’s ongoing commitment to change the world’s view of art. 
In 2006, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell presented to Nelson Shanks the Governor’s Distinguished Arts Award, recognizing a Pennsylvania artist of international fame whose contributions enrich the Commonwealth. In 2009, he received the Portrait Society of America’s Gold Medal Award. 
The lecture is free and open to the public, but with limited seating. To register, please email eventregistration@chc.edu. For more information, please contact Coco Minardi, director of the Griffin Fund and special events, at 215.753.3692. 


About the Schubert Lecture Series

Since 1936, more than a dozen Schubert family members have joined the alumni rolls at Chestnut Hill College. Mary Katherine Schubert Denny ’40, the eldest child of Katherine and William Schubert, was followed by her sisters, Rita Schubert Rosenberger ’44, Agnes Schubert Mezzanotte ’46, and Roseanita Schubert Coffey ’49 and by sisters-in-law Jane McChesney Schubert ’49 and Maura Woulfe Schubert ’58. In the 60’s and 70’s, seven members of the next Schubert generation graduated from Chestnut Hill College. 
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Schubert’s legacy to the College—and to society—can be found in the leadership and volunteer service their descendants have contributed to educational, religious, and civic endeavors. Mary Katherine Schubert Denny, with her husband, Joseph Denny III, chose to honor the memory of her parents with a program in the humanities and their importance to the academic world and the community-at-large. Other family members have joined to create this permanent endowment. Among Chestnut Hill College graduates, the Schubert name has become synonymous with commitment and support.