An Artist’s Life: The Art of Frank Townsend Hutchens

September 14 – December 15

The exhibit is curated by Leigh Grant and hung in the Silvermine Room. The lecture at 4:00 p.m. is by the artist’s great nephew, Bill Hutchens, author of the book The Artist’s Life: Frank Townsend Hutchens.

Frank Townsend Hutchens was born in Canandaigua, New York in 1869. He studied at the Art Students League in New York in 1893 under Henry Siddons Mowbray, William Merritt Chase, and other elite artists, and also studied figure with sculptor Augustus Saint- Gaudens. In 1894, Frank traveled across Europe where he studied at the Academie Julian, the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and the Academie Colarossi.

His work was exhibited in many academies and commercial galleries, including, but not limited to, the Royal Academy in London, the Paris Salon, the Carnegie Institute, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Accomplished in both oil and water color, he showed New England landscapes and figure paintings while also developing his expertise in portraiture, painting many prominent social, political and military figures.

In addition to Europe, Frank traveled to North Africa and New Mexico, and painted scenes reminiscent of both locations. One of Frank’s many accomplishments was establishing an art school in Unadilla Forks, NY. He resided in New York until 1911, when he and his wife, Mabel Reynolds, settled in Silvermine, Connecticut.