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Madison Art Society Invites You to

Part 1 of a 4-Part Art Lecture Series via Zoom, presented by Bob Potter

“Colonial America and the Art of the West”


Paul Revere (1798)

John Singleton Copley

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Head Chief Blackfoot Tribe

George Caitlin (1838)

Smithsonian American Art Museum,



The Cowboy

Frederick Remington (1902)

Private Collection


The lecture series is titled, The Art of AmericaHow Great American Artists Revealed A New Country and Its People.  The people and landscapes of America, from the Mid-18th century to the early 20th century, have been some of the most compelling subjects for artists to study, paint, and photograph.  In timeless images, the artists captured a new country as it evolved through some of its most transformative and turbulent eras.  

This lecture series is open to the public and will take place on the second Tuesdays of February, March, April, and May.


This 4-part lecture series will begin with Colonial America and the Art of the West with works by New England artists Charles Wilson Peale, Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, and John Singleton Copley. As America rapidly expands Westward, painters George Catlin, George Caleb Bingham, Thomas Moran, and Frederick Remington will each venture into the American frontier with canvas, paint, and brush to record native inhabitants, pioneers, and a seemingly endless landscape revealing a new world of beauty and wonder.

Part 1: “Colonial America and the Art of the West”, Tuesday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.

Part 2: “A Nation Divided, A Nation Restored,” Tuesday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.

Part 3: “American Impressionists and the Gilded Age,” Tuesday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. 

Part 4: “America Boom and Bust,” Tuesday,  May 11, 10:00 a.m.


  Art Lecture Presenter, Bob Potter is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. He spent his early career as an art director at Scholastic Magazines, Time Warner, and National Geographic. Over the past decade, he helped create an arts therapy program for Save The Children, was a corporate development officer for the National Gallery of Art, headed marketing for Mystic Seaport, and is a docent at the Yale Center for British Art. He and his wife Jeanne, who is a master watercolorist and teacher, live in Old Lyme, CT. 

Marianne Dietz

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Green River Wyoming 

Thomas Moran (1874) 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art  

Fort Worth, Texas