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Fine Art News > The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has received a transformative gift from Charlotte Colby Danly, a former student and Trustee at the Academy, in support of the Academy’s mission to teach a new generation of artists in the figurative tradition.

The gift will allow the creation of an endowed chair in the donor’s name, the Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair, and establish a program to teach figurative sculpture to students attending the Academy.

The Academy is presently calling for applications for an Artistic Director of Sculpture to lead the effort. Qualifications are as follows: The Artistic Director must unequivocally embrace the Academy’s mission of using time-tested techniques to teach basic artistic skills in sculpture. The successful candidate must be an established artist with extensive experience teaching art in an atelier, academy, or other educational settings. Candidates should also have a proven background in administration and in creating programming. In addition to the community within the Lyme Academy, the Artistic Director will be fully immersed in the greater Lyme, Old Lyme, and Shoreline communities.

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Charlotte Colby Danly is an award-winning sculptor and artist and a longstanding benefactor of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Having received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, Danly began studying at Lyme Academy in 1988 under renowned sculptors Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, the founder of Lyme Academy, and her husband, Laci de Gerenday, Danly’s work has been featured in Art Ideas, published by the American Renaissance for the Twenty-First Century, a nonprofit dedicated to a rebirth of beauty and life-affirming values in the fine arts. Previously a resident of Lyme, Connecticut, Danly now lives out of state.

Ms. Danly was first elected to Lyme’s Board of Trustees in 1999 and served in that role for over a decade. In 2021, Danly was appointed a Trustee Emeritus, in recognition of her contributions and service to Lyme Academy. She established Lyme Academy’s first endowed chair in 2001, the Deane G. Keller Chair in Classical Drawing and Figurative Art. Keller was a renowned artist and distinguished teacher at Lyme Academy for 25 years who counted Danly among his best students. This Chair currently supports Co-Artistic Directors Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide.

“The time that I spent with the founders of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in the sculpture program was transformative for me, personally and creatively,” Danly recalls. “It is with great pride and appreciation for Lyme Academy that I endow a new Sculpture Chair, in my name, that will allow the Academy to continue to help others learn to sculpt in the figurative tradition.

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