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Sophia Gevas Named Outreach Education Director of Silvermine Arts Center

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Oct 23, 2012
New Canaan, CT

In conjunction with the celebration of its 90th anniversary, the Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan, CT) has received funding from a private foundation to reinstate the position of outreach education director, a role that was eliminated in 2008 due to cutbacks resulting from the economic downturn. This summer, Silvermine was pleased to announce the appointment of Sophia Gevas to the newly reinstated position

Prior to coming to Silvermine, Sophia was the founding director at The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT for 23 years. During her tenure there she developed exhibitions that often had direct connections that enabled an integration of art into a wide range of academic curricula. To accomplish this, she designed programs that included panel discussions with the artists, gallery tours and workshops that engaged audiences from grade school to senior citizens.

As a founding member of the Stamford Loft Artists Association, she helped develop and guide the growth of a dynamic and continuing force for art in the area. While at Sacred Heart University, she initiated and built a University Collection of contributed art that is displayed throughout the campus to ensure that art is a part of each student’s college experience.  The Collection is currently valued at nearly $1 million.

As outreach education director, Sophia will oversee the Art Partners program, reviewing all existing partnerships, creating stronger evaluation metrics, and conducting in-depth evaluations of the existing program, with an eye to expanding this essential program. Art Partners’ 20-year track record reflects the effectiveness of its teaching artists and the programs it creates and delivers to at-risk youth. Importantly, it is a beacon that opens up students to the world of art and its importance to our development as human beings.

About Silvermine Arts Center
Artists have been drawn to Silvermine since 1908 when visionary sculptor Solon Borglum established it as a place for artists to gather.  Silvermine Guild of Artists was founded in 1922 and in 1924 it was formally incorporated and the School of Art was established. Today the Silvermine Arts Center includes the School of Art with more than 4,500 annual enrollments; the Artist Guild of 326 professional artists; five galleries presenting new exhibitions monthly, and sponsoring prestigious regional and national competitions; a gift shop featuring unique artisan works; and an outreach program offering free and subsidized curriculum based art classes in the neighboring Norwalk and Stamford schools.  We also offer panel discussions and symposia on current exhibitions, lecture series, school workshops with visiting artists, and a variety of special events and programming.

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