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New Canaan's Silvermine Arts Center Launches Living Art Award

Roz Chast
Roz Chast Photo Credit: Bill Franzen

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The Silvermine Arts Center will celebrate its first annual Living Art Award, honoring New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast of Ridgefield, with an evening benefit at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the new River Building at Grace Farms.

Chast’s body of work established her as one of the greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, insecurities and surreal imaginings of modern life, and her recent book, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” a National Book Award Finalist, was the first graphic novel to win the National Book Critics Circle Award for memoir.

Lifetime Guild members Constance Kiermaier and Liana Moonie will be honored alongside Chast for their lifelong careers as artists.

The Living Art celebration applauds three creative individuals who exemplify “living art” — engaging and enriching others as they deepen our understanding and enjoyment of the arts.

A graduate of the School of Fine Arts at Yale University, Kiermaier worked as a commercial artist and raised four children before devoting herself full time to painting.She is a collagist, box maker, printmaker, painter and teacher and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Fellowship grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts.

Born in Italy, Moonie came to the United States after World War II. She works in a wide variety of media, including watercolor, oil, pastel, collage, encaustic, woodcut, etching, monoprint and monotype. She is a recipient of many awards for her paintings, as well as special recognition awards for dedicating herself to arts organizations. She and her late husband, Clyde, were the founding donors to the Silvermine Arts Center’s Endowment.

Guests will enjoy fine dining by Marcia Selden and dance to the music of Alex Donner Entertainment.

Individual tickets are $500. A Gold Level table is $5,000 and a Platinum Level table is $10,000. For more information about Gold and Platinum tables, or to purchase individual tickets, tables or program space, click here or call 203-966-9700 Ext 1.

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