Painter Stephen Hannock and Photographer Lois Greenfield Discuss the Creative Process at Southern Vermont College Lecture

November 2, 2011

Southern Vermont College opened its annual public lecture series on Thursday, November 10, with a panel presentation, entitled “How Artists Find Their Muse,” featuring painter Stephen Hannock and dance photographer Lois Greenfield. The presentation was moderated by Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Free and open to the public, the lecture took place at the Bennington Center for the Arts (BCA), at 2:15 p.m. A reception followed at BCA, where attendees met the panelists and viewed a collection of Hannock artwork on display—a gift to Southern Vermont College from the Estate of Irene M. Hunter.

Moderator Cassin said the lecture offered insight into “how artists create a balance between conscious decisions, conscious and unconscious actions in the working process and ‘happy accidents,’ the spark, the magic, whatever it is that turns interesting into wonderful, good into great, and which turns making things into making art.” Both Hannock and Greenfield presented examples of their work.

Williamstown painter Hannock’s atmospheric landscapes have earned him a title as today’s true American luminist. Hannock’s paintings are collected by celebrities such as Sting, Candace Bergen and Tom Brokaw and are exhibited at museums and galleries around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., Laing Art Gallery in England, Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, and Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts. Hannock earned a degree from Hampshire College, attended Bowdoin College and Smith College and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bowdoin College.

Photographer Greenfield’s unique approach to capturing the human form in motion has redefined the genre and influenced a generation of photographers. Greenfield, a graduate of Brandeis University, has photographed the world’s most well-known dance companies and talented artists, while maintaining a commercial photography business with clients such as Disney, Pepsi, AT&T, Sony, and Rolex. The author of two books, the best-seller, Breaking Bounds, and Airborne, Greenfield is now working on a performance with Argentinean choreographer/dancer, Dario Vaccaro. She is also involved in a film exploring the connection between dance and prayer in indigenous cultures around the world with award-winning filmmaker Jodi Kaplan.

This lecture has been made possible with gifts from The Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation and the Estate of Irene M. Hunter. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane in Bennington, about 2.5 miles west of Southern Vermont College. All other lectures in the SVC series, entitled Inspiring History: Shaping the Future, will take place on campus in the Everett Theatre.

The next lecture in the series is Tuesday, December 6, when author Janet Flammang, Professor and Departmental Chair at Santa Clara University, will deliver a lecture, entitled “Table Conversations: Good for You and Good for Democracy.” She will be available to sign her newest book. On February 7, 2012, Glenn M. Andres, Professor, History of Art and Architecture, at Middlebury College, and Tyler Resch, Historian at the Bennington Museum, will offer a presentation titled “The History of Everett Mansion.” The series concludes on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, with the lecture “On Being a Townie: Writing the Memoir” by author Andre Dubus III. Dubus III will speak about his latest work, the memoir Townie. This book will be available for purchase and signing by the author along with his other books: The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog, Bluesman, and The Cage Keeper and Other Stories.