Daniel van Benthuysen, assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, recently completed a month-long stint as artist-in-residence at the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut for August 2014. While there, he created 18 oil paintings in 29 days. Many of his works are featured in a video (above) that he made about his experience.
“The solitude of being allowed a month of concentrated work, created in a state-of-the-art studio in a beautiful setting like Weir Farm, was as near to bliss as I may ever experience,” said Professor van Benthuysen. “The staff there could not have been more helpful and supportive. And looking through the notes left in the living quarters by previous ‘residents,’ I was honored to find myself in such company.”
The Weir Farm National Historical Site is the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, and the artist-in-residence program selects about 12 artists every year to spend one month living and working at the park. To date, 180 artists from throughout the United States, as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, and India have participated in the program.
Prof. van Benthuysen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in photojournalism, magazine production, and layout and design at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.