Past Lectures



Art on Long Island: Artists of the East End
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
by Megan Euell
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
Eastern Long Island has had a vibrant Art community since the Long Island Railroad first began running in the late 1800's. Atelier instructor Megan Euell - an artist of Eastern Long Island - discussed the notable artists and their many different styles and works-including Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Jackson Pollack, and living artists with national and international presence like Erik Fischl and Chuck Close.


Thursday, August 8th, 2019
by Kevin McEvoy
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
The segment of Atelier Director Kevin McEvoy's Art History Lecture Series will covers Jean-Baptiste Chardin, 18th Century French painter. Chardin is known as the master of the still life and genre painting due to his masterful utilization of dim and soft light in his compositions. 

At this lecture, The Atelier also showcased classical bassist Keenan Zach for a performance of 18th Century classical compositions for your enjoyment.


American Sculptors, European Training

Thursday, July 25th, 2019
by Jason Arkles
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall


Sculptor and Historian Jason  Arkles explores the first generation of American sculptors to travel to Europe for their artistic education. The traditional 'Atelier' training they received left an impact on American sculpture that still resonates today.


Thursday, May 30th, 2019
by Kevin McEvoy
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall




The Atelier Movement:
From the 19th Century to Today
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
by Megan Euell
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall


Drawing and Painting from life has had a revival. Where students used to only be able to apprentice alone under a master, there are now more than 65 ateliers worldwide, and over 40 of those in the U.S. Megan discussed the painting lineage of these ateliers, tracing back to the early 1900's.


Color and Clarity:
19th Century Naturalism
Thursday, March 28th, 2019
by Alexander Soukas
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall


Atelier instructor Alexander Soukas lectures on on 19th Century Naturalism, covering shifts in use of medium, and discussing works by artists like LePage, Shanks, and more.


The Art of Jazz:
How Collaboration and Movements in Art Inspired 20th Century Jazz
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
by Tom Manuel
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
Jazz has always relied upon collaboration, spontaneous creativity, improvisation and drama. The characteristics of Jazz are, and have always been, greatly fueled by the cross pollination of arts mediums across the spectrum. Tom Manuel discusses and presents a variety of examples of Jazz throughout the decades that were greatly influenced by collaborations with figures within the art world. Join us to listen to, view, discuss and be inspired by the Art of Jazz.


Thursday, January 17th, 2018
by Atelier Director Kevin McEvoy
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
Diego Velazquez
Atelier Director Kevin McEvoy covered Diego Velazquez, the 17th Century Spanish painter most commonly known for his paintings done in the courts of King Philip IV. Velazquez contributed to Baroque history with a lasting legacy, as his paintings were paid tribute to by more modern artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.


Thursday, December 6th, 2018
by Atelier Director Kevin McEvoy
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
Peter Paul Rubens
Please join us on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 7 – 8:30pm
at Atelier Hall for the next segment of our free art history lecture series with Atelier Director Kevin McEvoy.
This lecture will cover Peter Paul Rubens, the Flemish 16th Century artist who is considered to be the most influential figure in the Flemish
Baroque movement as well as a major contributor to the counter-reformation.

This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.
Refreshments will be served.


From There to Here: One Artist's Story

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
by Charles Yoder
Atelier Hall was honored to present exhibiting artist Charles Yoder: One Artist's Story. Charles fully immersed the audience as he discussed his experiences and inspiration in his artistic journey while being surrounded by his awe-inspiring, oversized works in Atelier Hall.




Caravaggio: Painter from Life

Thursday, October 18th, 2018
by Kevin McEvoy
Recorded as having said he was a "painter who painted from life," Caravaggio deliberately distanced himself from his contemporaries who painted from drawings, establishing himself as an artist who derived inspiration from the sheer proximity of life and canvas. If Caravaggio so heavily stressed the importance of not having a filter in between his paintings and life itself, Kevin will be addresses modern day implications- in what way is photography a filter in between life and the work of art?




Lumen Martin Winter: An Artist Rediscovered

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

by Alex Katlan

How does a celebrated artist of the 1960s become unknown today?

Join us for our next free lecture at Atelier Hall for guest speaker Alex Katlan on Lumen Martin Winter. Winter (1908-1982) was once a famous artist most widely recognized for creating the NASA Apollo XIII steed logo. Alex Katlan will be discussing how this esteemed artist's legacy did not resonate through the decades and how Winter's art can be rediscovered as a resurgence in modern times.


Thursday, August 9th, 2018
by Kevin McEvoy
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
Director Kevin McEvoy will be continuing his art history series and covering the life and work of Titian at this free lecture event.



The Spanish Forger: Master of Manuscript Chicanery

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
by William M. Voelkle
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
William M. Voelkle, Curator emiritus of Medieval and Renaissance Art at The Morgan Library and Museum, lectured on the Spanish Forger, one of the most skillful and prolific forgers of all time. Nearly four hundred panels and manuscript illuminations have been identified. Until recently, when the forger's very personal  and thus easily recognizable  style became better known (as a result of the lecturer's research and catalog), they were frequently sold and appreciated as genuine works of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.  Now they are collected and prized as "authentic" forgeries by the Spanish Forger. Although the lecture will focus on the more traditional art historical methods used to detect the forger's mistakes - which can be used by collectors in avoiding pitfalls when acquiring works of art - neutron activation analysis and neutron autoradiography will be discussed as well. (The scientific analysis was done at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.) By viewing the forger's works within his own cultural milieu they become fascinating indicators of the history of the taste and collecting of his own time.



Myths of Michelangelo

Friday, July 20th, 2018
by Jason Arkles
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
Michelangelo: The sculptor's name is synonymous with genius. Most of us assume the truth of the stories about him which are passed around in museums and art schools alike; He worked without assistants or prepatory models, carving alone in his studio, struggling to free the human forms he could see trapped inside the marble... But how much of his legend is true? At this lecture, Jason Arkles led us through several common assumptions and popular stories about the life and work of Michelangelo, stripping away much of the myth that has accumulated around this towering figure in art history.
Jason Arkles is a sculptor and Art Historian living in Florence, Italy. He is the host of the popular podcast on the history of figurative sculpture, The Sculptor's Funeral, and is a sought-after instructor in Florence and around the world, having given workshops and lectures from New York to New Zealand. 

Open to the public with a suggested donation of $10. 

Abstract Realism: A Look at Contemporary Traditional Painting

Friday, June 22nd, 2018
by Steve Forster
7:00-8:30 pm at Atelier Hall
This lecture covered Steve Forster's experiences and observations through his transition from studying classically to engaging in a modern diverse world. It also focused on the atelier movement, and the benefits and need for a solid foundation of classical training in a world that has so many choices.

Steve Forster was born in Boston but spent most of his life in central Florida. He was educated at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and the New York Academy of Art, where he received his MFA.

He is Co-Director of the Long Island Academy of Fine Art and also teaches painting at the New York Academy of Art. Steve’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally and are currently exhibiting at Island Weiss Gallery in NYC and Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor.

A Matter of the HeART

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

by Dr. Stephen C. Vlay

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Atelier Hall



Stephen C. Vlay, M.D., FHRS, Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University, is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist. This lecture foused coronary artery anatomy and its relationship with art. Vlay will discussed the heart as an object of artistic intrigue from ancient times to the present as well as the changes in aesthetic value of the organ over time.


Strategies for Artists and Art Collectors

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

by Salmagundi Club Chairman Tim Newton

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Atelier Hall


Visiting lecturer Tim Newton discussed his strategies for artists and art collectors. As chairman of the Salmagundi Club, Tim's wealth of knowledge and experience was helpful to all those in attendance at this lecture. He covered relevant topics such as strategies in recognizing worthwhile art investments, how to contact galleries and make connections, and how to gain recognition for your work. This unique lecture considered both sides of the art industry, covering both artist and buyer and the strategies necessary to be succesful in both endeavors. Enjoy these highlights from the lecture:



Titian and Raphael

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.



Perfect Harmony:

The Musical Life & Art of William Sidney Mount



Thursday, April 12th, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

by Joshua Ruff

*featuring an early American fiddle performance by Director Kevin McEvoy*


Painter William Sidney Mount (1807-1868) formed organic and everlasting bridges between his two chief passions in life—art and music. This program, based on a current exhibition at the Long Island Museum, sheds new light on the confluence of these creative worlds. Music takes center stage in a wide variety of the artist’s most famous paintings. These works reveal meticulous concern with proper musical posturing. Beyond providing subject matter, music gave Mount another outlet that he pursued as a fiddler, a fife player, a collector of folk songs, and a violin designer.

About the Speaker: Joshua Ruff is the Chief Curator at The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages and a Senior Lecturer in History at St. Joseph’s College. He has curated over 40 exhibitions, including the current “Perfect Harmony: The Musical Life & Art of William Sidney Mount” (2018), “Brilliant Partners: The Handbags of Judith Leiber/The Art of Gerson Leiber” (2017), and “American Horizons: Landscape Art in the United States” (2014).  His publications include Lumen Martin Winter: An Artist Rediscovered (2017) and Gilding the Coasts: The Art and Design of Long Island’s Great Estates (2015). Mr. Ruff is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook (MA) and Syracuse University (BA).


Previous Lectures at Atelier Hall...


Leonardo da Vinci: Part II



Thursday, March 29th, 2018

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Director Kevin McEvoy will discuss the life and work

of Leonardo da Vinci as a scientist, experimenter, poet and artist.


$10 suggested donation. No reservation needed.


Lana Ballot: Seascapes Demonstration



Thursday, March 15th, 2018

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Enjoy a pastel painting demonstration by award-winning artist Lana Ballot.

Lana Ballot teaches classes and workshops at The Atelier.

This event is open to the public, no reservation needed. Suggested donation is $10. 


Part I: Sfumato, Energy and Atmosphere

Thursday, March 1st

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Speaker: Kevin McEvoy


Director Kevin McEvoy will discuss the epitome of the Renaissance ideal as found in the person of Leonardo DaVinci. A confluence of countless tributary streams, from geometry to cartography, from painting to engineering, in this lecture we will discuss Da Vinci's beginning as a young apprentice in Verocchio's workshop, and the ways in which his artistic advances were informed by scientific reason and observation. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.


Michelangelo, Part II 

by Kevin McEvoy


Thursday, January 25, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


This is our next lecture in our free art history lecture series, From Giotto to Sargent. 

Enjoy good company, dilectible treats and stimulating discussion.




by Kevin McEvoy



Thursday, January 11th, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


This is our next lecture in our free art history lecture series, From Giotto to Sargent. 

Enjoy good company, dilectible treats and stimulating discussion.



The Anatomy of the Hands and Its Role in Artistic Creation

A Guest Lecture by Dr. Ather Mirza, M.D.

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Ather Mirza, M.D. is a leading orthopedic hand surgeon based out of Long Island with more than 40 years of experience. He has spent much of his career developing innovative approaches to surgery and pioneering new surgical techniques that are less invasive for his patients. He currently serves as Chief of Hand and Microsurgery-Limb Replantation at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Centerin Smithtown and as Director of North Shore Surgi-Center in Smithtown. Prior, Dr. Ather Mirza was responsible for creating the microsurgical and replantation team and services at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Smithtown, which went on to perform the first major extremity implants.

Dr. Ather Mirza frequently lectures and leads seminars both nationally and internationally on hand and upper extremity topics, including the latest advances in surgical techniques, and has published and presented hundreds of papers in his field of expertise. He has also been involved in the successful product development of cutting-edge medical devices to treat conditions of the hand and upper extremity, including carpal tunnel syndromecubital tunnel syndrome and distal radius fractures.

The Atelier is excited to have Dr. Mirza discuss the the anatomy of the hand and its role in artistic creation. 

The talk will be followed by a Q&A with Gwen Marcus, the artist of Force. These life-sized hands are the same hands in the larger-than-life sculpture, The Tempest, which is installed at the Long Island Museum. 



Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Emil Soren Carlsen 1848-1932: Painting Technique and Conservation
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Atelier Hall
Speaker: Alexander Katlan
Photo courtesy of the Salmagundi Club
About the Speaker: Mr. Katlan is pleased to announce over forty years of professional conservation work, with Professional Associate status having been awarded by the American Institute of Conservation. He has received conservation fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art and conservation grants from the National Endowments of the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, the Institute of Museum Services and the Bay Foundation. In 2008, he was awarded and is the recipient of the Medal of Honor and Merit from the Salmagundi Club, NYC.  Mr. Katlan has performed conservation treatments for 23 years for the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, preserving the nationally known Ward Melville Collection of American paintings. Conservation treatments of American artists William Sidney Mount, Shepard Alonzo Mount, to name a few.

For more information about Alexander Katlan, please visit his website at:



Thursday Night Lecture Series: "From Giotto to Sargent"

Join us for our free lecture series, "From Giotto to Sargent," every other Thursday at Atelier Hall. These lectures are an integral component to any art student's education, and a fantastic compliment to the principles of naturalism that we teach here at The Atelier. Both students and admirers of the arts are welcome. 


Next Lecture: Thursday, October 26th

Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities

Speaker: Kevin McEvoy
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 
Atelier Hall



Sketching and Poetry


Lecture: Sketching and Poetry
Guest Speaker: Brad Davis
Thursday, October 12th

6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 
Atelier Hall

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.


Please join us for this interactive lecture and reading, Davis will describe the compositional process that has guided most of his work since the turn of the millennium, a process attentive to four horizons: oneself, one’s surroundings, the Mystery, and language (words, the image, the sentence, the line break, sense and nonsense).

Stony Brook resident Brad Davis, award-winning poet and author of eight poetry collections, learned to observe in high school art classes led by renowned artist and book illustrator Barry Moser and while at college studying with Figurative Expressionist Conger Metcalf. And yet, as early as the British Invasion of the mid-60's, songwriting became Davis's  art of choice with occasional forays into theater and three-dimensional design. By 1971 when he ran away from boarding school, his creative ambition had shifted to the challenge of making “stand alone” poems—poetry that lived independently of instrumental music.

Influenced in college by the poetry of Coleridge, Hopkins, Whitman, and Sandberg, Davis eventually earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts where he studied with David Wojahn, Jack Myers, Jonathan Holden and Sydney Lea. Since then he has worked chiefly with poets Robert Cording and Gray Jacobik and has taught creative writing at College of the Holy Cross, Eastern Connecticut State University, Pomfret School and now The Stony Brook School. Individual poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Paris Review, Puerto del Sol, Image, DoubleTake, Spiritus, Connecticut Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review