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"The artists pick up where doctors leave off; where doctors
perform plastic surgery on the face and head, artists are plastic
surgeons for the heart and soul," he says. "Avery told us it made
her feel powerful and strong."
That project, in cooperation with The Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia and the Edwin and Fannie Gray Center for Human
Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania, is steeped in the
Philadelphia traditions of realist art and groundbreaking medicine.
However, it is just one example of how Studio Incamminati artists
employ the lineage of mastering traditional artistic skills to create
meaningful art in a contemporary world. Their work and teaching
methods have been hailed by art critics and community groups.
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine describes Studio Incamminati
as "one of the nation's top art academies" and Urban Promise
Academy honored the school for its "Senior Portraits" program
for underserved youths.
Studio Incamminati was founded in 2002 by world-renowned
artist, the late Nelson Shanks and his wife Leona. Nelson Shanks'
work has been honored and exhibited worldwide and his portraits
of luminaries such as Pope John Paul II and Princess Diana are
still considered masterpieces. He was a sought-after art educator,
and among his teaching positions, he served as distinguished
visiting professor in fine arts at George Washington University
and taught a Master Painting Class at The Russian Museum, St.
Petersburg, and Russian Academy of Arts. The Shanks, who spent
decades shaping their own personal art-education curriculum, gave
the school its greatest gift - a lifetime of knowledge to benefit
generations to come.
Studio Incamminati, modeled on both traditional Italian
academia and French atelier, is committed to the belief that mastery
of technique is essential to meaningful creative expression. The
innovative curriculum fuses classical traditions of the Renaissance/
Baroque-era masters, luminous color of the Impressionists, and a
fresh, contemporary sensibility. It aims to produce highly skilled
and successful artists who call upon their training and abilities to
create art with depth of purpose. The artists, faculty, and alumni
continue to achieve these goals. They have been featured at numerous prestigious venues, including exhibitions at the National Arts
Club, NYC; S.R. Brennen Galleries, Santa Fe; and in prominent
magazines such as American Artist and International Artist.
Studio Incamminati is one of the few schools of its type accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
In addition to the core four-year Advanced Fine Art Program, it
offers workshops open to the public both in Philadelphia and
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