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Published in: on February 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm  Comments (1)  

Guest Instructor Kamille Corry

Kamille - Monument Valley Utah
It is with a great sense of anticipation that Mims Studios welcomes painter and guest instructor Kamille Corry from Salt Lake City, Utah, to its Visiting Artists Program this Fall Quarter. Recognized for her mastery of the human figure, Ms. Corry will be conducting several special courses for students in the Cast Studio and demonstrating her extraordinary approach to classical training through selected projects at the Weymouth Studio. Plans for a public lecture are being arranged and will be announced later this summer.

Kamille Corry - figure
Kamille - figure detail 2
Kamille - studio interior

Published in: on July 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm  Comments (6)  

North Carolina Museum of Art

On a recent tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art, students from Mims Studios were introduced to the permanent collections of European and American paintings on display. Highlights included masterworks by Botticelli, Veronese, Van Dyck, Rubens and Vien. American painting from the 18th and 19th centuries were represented by Copley, Homer, Eakins and Chase. The museum also displays several major works by Andrew Wyeth.

Flemish Room - North Carolina Museum of Art


North Carolina Museum of Art


Regretfully, the museum has begun expanding its architectural insult to tradition with a new 127,000 square foot building that almost makes the previous structure appear an object of beauty by comparison.

However, critics of the new North Carolina Museum of Art should at least recognize the seamless integration of design with vernacular architecture… the aesthetic connection to the ubiquitous self storage unit is unmistakable.

New North Carolina Museum of Art

Published in: on June 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm  Comments (1)  

Study of Ornament

A significant focus of an artist’s education in the early academies was the study of ornament, with its basis of geometry and design.  The ablilty to understand and create ornamental design was believed to strengthen the intellect and imagination behind figurative work (the study of  nature).  In turn, it was believed that to master drawing from the figure would, among other things, enhance form and subtlety in the modeling of ornament and confirm the ability to conceptualize geometric solids in space.

The history of Art has been a shifting of emphasis between the two concepts, design and nature.

The images below are taken from a recent class project using examples from the lecture series on the history of Ornament and introduce a project which will be the subject of a future post.



Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm  Comments (1)  

Sin and Salvation

Holman Hunt - Lady of Shallot

Holman Hunt - Lady of Shallot

Sin and Salvation: William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision

Sunday, June 14, 2009—Sunday, September 6, 2009
Target Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Featuring many works never before shown in the United States, this fascinating international exhibition brings to life an important period in English art history and lends fresh insights into the life and work of William Holman Hunt, a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Published in: on May 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Newsletter: Volume III, Issue I


Published in: on April 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Visiting Artist Program, Spring 2009

“The enduring legacy of a classical education is not just an appreciation of great accomplishments and styles of the past, but is realized in providing a crucial foundation from which to develop outside the classroom and, most importantly, for the rest of our lives.” ~ Brandon Soloff

Brandon Soloff demonstrates grisaille at the Weymouth Studio, 2008

Brandon Soloff demonstrates grisaille at the Weymouth Studio, 2008

Mims Studios Visiting Artists Program is pleased to host two very special events this spring. The first will be a return visit by painter Brandon Soloff, who will be conducting a two week drawing course from March 9th to 20th, to augment the existing curriculum.

Sculptor Stephen Perkins demonstrates an ecorche skull

Sculptor Stephen Perkins demonstrates an ecorche skull

During this period, on the evening of March 10th , sculptor Stephen Perkins will be delivering an illustrated lecture on the history and artistic influences behind his own work. Both artists bring a wealth of experience to the revival of classical training and offer a unique opportunity to enrich the philosophy that guides our studies.

Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America Announces Rome Prize

Rome Prize 2009

Rome Prize 2009

“The creation of the Alma Schapiro Prize introduces a new chapter in the history of the American Academy in Rome, and it is an honor to be selected as the recipient for 2009. I hope to use this period in Rome not only to enrich the direction of my own work in fresco and mural painting, but also to encourage at every opportunity a more cohesive intellectual discourse with the many kindred spirits who share this momentum toward the classical in painting, sculpture and architecture.” 

~ D. Jeffrey Mims


The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America is pleased to announce the winner of its second bi-annual Alma Schapiro Prize: painter and muralist, D. Jeffrey Mims of Southern Pines, North Carolina.  The Alma Schapiro Prize is awarded to advance the career of an artist recipient and to foster the continuity of knowledge of the classical tradition as a vital aspect of contemporary culture around the globe. 


Mims has been awarded this three-month affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, the premier American overseas center for independent study and research in the fine arts and humanities.  While in Rome, Mims will primarily study and draw inspiration from the rich local collections of Renaissance and Baroque fresco paintings with their unparalleled concentration of decorative traditions, both figurative and ornamental. 


Jacob Collins, director of the ICA&CA’s fine arts division, says, “Jeffrey Mims has been at the forefront of the revival of classical art for the last 20 years.  He has made great contributions as an artistic leader as well as a teacher.  His school, Mims Studios, plays an important role in the training of young classical artists.  We are delighted and honored to be able to offer the Alma Schapiro Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome to him.” 


­The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts.

Published in: on February 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm  Comments (1)  
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Andrew Newell Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth - Winter 1946

Andrew Wyeth - Winter 1946. Collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art.


Andrew Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) 

Andrew Wyeth, master of mood and melancholic beauty, died in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on January 16, 2009.

In 1977, Wyeth became the first American artist since John Singer Sargent to be elected to the French Academie des Beaux-Arts.  He was also an honorary member of the Soviet Academy of the Arts, and the first living American artist to be elected to Britain‘s Royal Academy.


Wyeth was the most renowned US painter of the twentieth century, and remained true to his vision in an era lost to abstract experiments and confusion.  His unique realism elevated the particular nature of his subjects into a realm of mystery that was imitated by many and remains entirely his own.


Published in: on January 17, 2009 at 4:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Museo Annigoni Opens in Florence

Annigoni Museum Opens in Florence

Annigoni Museum Opens in Florence

 This November, the Annigoni Museum opened in Florence, Italy at the historic Villa Bardini.  This newly restored landmark, situated in a striking panoramic location is now home to a nucleus of over 6000 works, including drawings, paintings lithographs and sculptures by this incomparable twentieth century master. 

Published in: on December 12, 2008 at 12:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Maestros Exhibition

Underpainting for Self Portrait, D. Jeffrey Mims

Underpainting for Self Portrait, D. Jeffrey Mims

Maestros opens on Friday November 7th with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Ann Long Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, SC. The show’s title honors four master painters who have been teaching classical painting techniques for over thirty years. Charles Cecil (Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence), Daniel Graves (The Florence Academy of Art, Florence), Ben Long (The Fine Art’s League of Asheville), and Jeffrey Mims (Mims Studios, Southern Pines) have been passing on their painting craft in the atelier tradition to generations of young classical painters.  While these four Maestros have similar training and their careers have crossed over the years, never before have they exhibited together as a group.  Don’t miss this unprecedented event!  Exhibition closes December 1, 2008.

Published in: on October 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm  Comments (1)  

Lord Leighton Addresses to the Royal Academy Republished

Self Portrait by Frederic Leighton

Self Portrait by Frederic Leighton

Addresses Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy by Frederic Leighton, first published in 1897, has just been reprinted by Kessinger Publishing, LLC.  Mims Studios recommends this as one of the best books ever published on art education, and it can now be purchased through amazon.com, or read online at Google books.

Published in: on October 6, 2008 at 11:56 am  Comments (1)  

What you see and what you know

Anatomy of Boucher Arm

Anatomy of Boucher Arm

The lecture series for this fall quarter will return to the study of artistic anatomy.  Plates from the classic Richer / Hale text will be translated into schematic systems and applied to a broad selection of master drawings from the history of art.  This unique approach is meant to encourage  similar translations with the life work being done at Mims Studios.
Published in: on October 4, 2008 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ackland Art Museum Visit

Mims Studios visit to the Ackland Art Museum

Mims Studios visit to the Ackland Art Museum

On a recent visit to the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, master paintings from the European collection were studied to demonstrate the versatility of the limited palette with it’s use of warm and cool edges to create the illusion of form.

Published in: on August 16, 2008 at 10:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Weekly Lectures – The Venetians



This summer’s lecture series takes a look at the artistic heritage that was born in Venice during the Italian Renaissance.  From this singular location, where East meets West, came a new emphasis on atmospheric effect, bringing in its wake an innovative language of color and opulence never before imagined.  Beginning with the Bellini family, these weekly lectures trace the work and life stories of Giorgione, Titian, and Veronese, among others, culminating with that other famous family of painters led by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, the last of Europe’s great fresco decorators.

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

Published in: on July 21, 2008 at 9:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Metropolitan Museum Visit

On a recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jeffrey Mims met with long time artist friends Cheryl Wheat and Edward Schmidt, who helped found the NY Academy of Art in the 1980s.  It was during this period,  while Mims was living in Rome and Schmidt was at the American Academy, that they met.

Jeffrey Mims and Edward Schmidt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Schmidt discussing with Mims the Master Copy program at the Metropolitan Museum, which he developed for the New York Academy of Art.

A visit with Veronese in preparation for an upcoming lecture series on Venetian artists.

Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 11:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Where to Study?

In the May 2008 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Mims Studios is featured in an article by Robert K. Carsten about choosing art schools.  This article advises prospective students to select an environment where they can learn most readily, and consider what options are available.  The point is made with images included in the piece juxtaposing Mims Studios with two very different alternatives at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Cooper Union School (below).

Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 10:45 am  Comments (2)  

April Newsletter Online

Mims Studios Newsletter and Archives

Click here for the Mims Studios Spring Newsletter

Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 9:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Exhibition: Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions

Poussin, Landscape with Diogenes 

 “This is the first exhibition to examine the landscapes of this great painter. It brings together about 40 paintings, ranging from his early, lyrical, Venetian-inspired pastorals to his grandly structured and austere works in which the artist meditated upon Nature, its transformations and its renewals. An equal number of drawings are on view, the most luminous of which were done en plein air.”

For more information visit the Exhibition Webpage.

Published in: on March 28, 2008 at 6:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Winter Lecture Series: Mannerist Artists

 Francesco Salviati

The focus of this winter’s lecture series is on the generation of Mannerist artists working in Italy during the time of Michelangelo.   In these weekly, illustrated talks, director Jeffrey Mims presents a group of majestically creative painters – famous in their own time, but less well known today.   Beginning with artists such as Andrea del Sarto, Daniele da Volterra, and Francesco Salviati,  each lecture includes drawings and paintings of  the individual artist,  with biographical anecdotes and historical comparisons to better appreciate this distinctive period of art.

Example of Cangiante drapery by Del Sarto

An offshoot to this study of Mannerist artists was a look at one of the distinguishing characteristics used by many of these Italian artists, “cangiantismo”.   Used primarily in the painting of drapery,  the “cangiante” effect is a system of changing color  tones in the shift from dark to light, imitating the effect of iridescence, or shot silk and often used during this period in fresco decoration.
Published in: on February 6, 2008 at 12:31 pm  Leave a Comment