Free Atelier Hall Lecture Series

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The Anatomy of the Hands and Its Role in Artistic Creation

A Guest Lecture by Dr. Ather Mirza, M.D.

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Ather Mirza, M.D. is a leading orthopedic hand surgeon based out of Long Island with more than 40 years of experience. He has spent much of his career developing innovative approaches to surgery and pioneering new surgical techniques that are less invasive for his patients. He currently serves as Chief of Hand and Microsurgery-Limb Replantation at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Centerin Smithtown and as Director of North Shore Surgi-Center in Smithtown. Prior, Dr. Ather Mirza was responsible for creating the microsurgical and replantation team and services at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Smithtown, which went on to perform the first major extremity implants.

Dr. Ather Mirza frequently lectures and leads seminars both nationally and internationally on hand and upper extremity topics, including the latest advances in surgical techniques, and has published and presented hundreds of papers in his field of expertise. He has also been involved in the successful product development of cutting-edge medical devices to treat conditions of the hand and upper extremity, including carpal tunnel syndromecubital tunnel syndrome and distal radius fractures.

The Atelier is excited to have Dr. Mirza discuss the the anatomy of the hand and its role in artistic creation. 

The talk will be followed by a Q&A with Gwen Marcus, the artist of Force. These life-sized hands are the same hands in the larger-than-life sculpture, The Tempest, which is installed at the Long Island Museum. 


Previous Lectures

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Emil Soren Carlsen 1848-1932: Painting Technique and Conservation
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Atelier Hall
Speaker: Alexander Katlan
Photo courtesy of the Salmagundi Club
About the Speaker: Mr. Katlan is pleased to announce over forty years of professional conservation work, with Professional Associate status having been awarded by the American Institute of Conservation. He has received conservation fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art and conservation grants from the National Endowments of the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, the Institute of Museum Services and the Bay Foundation. In 2008, he was awarded and is the recipient of the Medal of Honor and Merit from the Salmagundi Club, NYC.  Mr. Katlan has performed conservation treatments for 23 years for the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, preserving the nationally known Ward Melville Collection of American paintings. Conservation treatments of American artists William Sidney Mount, Shepard Alonzo Mount, to name a few.

For more information about Alexander Katlan, please visit his website at:


Thursday Night Lecture Series: "From Giotto to Sargent"

Join us for our free lecture series, "From Giotto to Sargent," every other Thursday at Atelier Hall. These lectures are an integral component to any art student's education, and a fantastic compliment to the principles of naturalism that we teach here at The Atelier. Both students and admirers of the arts are welcome. 


Next Lecture: Thursday, October 26th

Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities

Speaker: Kevin McEvoy
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 
Atelier Hall



Past Lectures:

Sketching and Poetry



Lecture: Sketching and Poetry
Guest Speaker: Brad Davis
Thursday, October 12th

6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 
Atelier Hall

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.


Please join us for this interactive lecture and reading, Davis will describe the compositional process that has guided most of his work since the turn of the millennium, a process attentive to four horizons: oneself, one’s surroundings, the Mystery, and language (words, the image, the sentence, the line break, sense and nonsense).

Stony Brook resident Brad Davis, award-winning poet and author of eight poetry collections, learned to observe in high school art classes led by renowned artist and book illustrator Barry Moser and while at college studying with Figurative Expressionist Conger Metcalf. And yet, as early as the British Invasion of the mid-60's, songwriting became Davis's  art of choice with occasional forays into theater and three-dimensional design. By 1971 when he ran away from boarding school, his creative ambition had shifted to the challenge of making “stand alone” poems—poetry that lived independently of instrumental music.

Influenced in college by the poetry of Coleridge, Hopkins, Whitman, and Sandberg, Davis eventually earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts where he studied with David Wojahn, Jack Myers, Jonathan Holden and Sydney Lea. Since then he has worked chiefly with poets Robert Cording and Gray Jacobik and has taught creative writing at College of the Holy Cross, Eastern Connecticut State University, Pomfret School and now The Stony Brook School. Individual poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Paris Review, Puerto del Sol, Image, DoubleTake, Spiritus, Connecticut Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review