UNH adds sixth college

Miriam Correia

This fall semester has brought many exciting changes to the University of New Haven, including the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, which has been added as UNH’s sixth college.
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts merged with UNH this past summer and is a four-year, nationally accredited college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in drawing, painting, sculpture, and illustration.

One of many art classes offered at Lyme Academy (photo by Katherine Fainer/ Charger Bulletin Photo)
One of many art classes offered at Lyme Academy (photo by Katherine Fainer/ Charger Bulletin Photo)

“Its mission is to provide the best education in drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture through study of the history, traditions, and principles of the fine arts and the liberal arts, thereby establishing a comprehensive foundation for the development of the artist,” according to a handout from the Admissions Office.

As part of the program at Lyme Academy, seniors get their own on campus studio. The college is located in Old Lyme, which is 30 minutes north of the UNH main campus; it is one mile from the beach and two hours from N.Y. and Boston.

The housing option for Lyme Academy students right now is the Southwick Commons Townhomes; students get full townhouse living for student prices. These townhouses are fully furnished, with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a living room, two full bathrooms and one half, a washer and dryer unit, a one car garage and two dedicated parking spaces, and an attic. They have on-site security, are five minutes from beaches and ten minutes from the train station.

Along with adding the college to the university, two highly acclaimed illustrators have been added to the Lyme Academy College Illustration Faculty: Dale Stephanos and John Sideriadis.

Stephanos has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Observer, The Washington Post and many other renowned publications. He has also received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, American Illustration, Illustrators West, the Maggies and The Independent Newspaper Association.

Sideriadis has lots of experience with fantasy art, science fiction and mythological storytelling, which has led to an array of commissioned work in feature films, television shows, video games, novels, comics, board games, trading cards and album covers. Some of his major clients include Ye Olde Gaming Company, Patrick Tatopoulos Designs, Eskimo Hill Pictures, Fuller Flippers, New Lands Press, KidsCOOK Productions, XVIVO 3D Animation Studios, Narcotics Anonymous World Services, the Hartford Courant and Auf Dem Schwarzen Thron.

“Art at Work: Alumni Profiles” is a mini-book of some of Lyme Academy’s alumni highlighting the achievements of graduates.

Emily Bedard, who received her BFA in sculpture from Lyme Academy in 2009 and had the honor of completing a female figure for Seaside Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Bridgeport, Conn. in 2010, shared in the book, “The small classes and sense of community between the faculty and students make an ideal learning environment.”

Brad Guarino, painter, draftsman, and printmaker, graduated from Lyme Academy in 2001 and was featured in the book.

“The years at Lyme were such a rich learning experience that it is hard to imagine my work and career without them,” he said.

These and more alumni profiles can be found in this mini publication. The college will be holding a Studio Faculty Exhibition from September 12 to January 10. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, Sep 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.