A Living Monument to Cultural Heritage Preservation: Cities of Peace
Curated by Christina Mossaides Strasfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator, Guild Hall Museum
The Chauncey Stillman Gallery, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
a College of the University of New Haven

Join us for a Reception with the Curator and Cities of Peace Founder and Artistic Director Dr. Ellen Frank
Friday, June 22, 5 - 7 pm
On View June 22 - September 8, 2018

Mark your calendars! Friday September 7
Cities of Peace: The Art of Peacebuilding
1-4pm: Afternoon Student Symposium, 1-4pm
5-7pm: Tour and Panel Discussion with diplomats, scholars, artists in conjunction with the exhibition

This exhibition will be the US premiere of the Yerevan painting, Yerevan, To Know Wisdom, Shipped especially from Armenia for the exhibition through the generous donation of Dr. John & Donita Aruny.

In conjunction with this exhibition the college will offer the first Cities of Peace credit-bearing college course: Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts.

“Cities of Peace” honors the history and culture of various cities that have experienced major conflict and trauma, including Baghdad, Beijing, Hiroshima, Jerusalem, Kabul, Lhasa, Monrovia, New York, Sarajevo, and Yerevan. Founder and artistic director of Cities of Peace, Ellen Frank, Ph.D.'s visit to Jerusalem in 1999 inspired her to produce the first painting in the series and to visualize the creation of other works representing additional cities that have survived strife. The series directs action through hopeful energy by celebrating the best of the human spirit, transforming anguish into beauty.

June 22 - September 8, 2018 Chauncy Stillman Gallery, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, a College of the University of New Haven. Includes an International Panel and Student Symposium on September 7.

Connecticut Humanities, Anonymous, Dr. John & Donita Aruny, Becky & Ted Crosby, Clo & Stephen Davis
Lee & John Pritchard, Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt, Barbara & Dick Shriver


June 2018 Museum of Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo

December 2015-April 2016   Yerevan: To Know Wisdom

The grand unveiling of the CITIES OF PEACE painting, Yerevan: To Know Wisdom, was held at the National Gallery of Armenia on December 18, 2015, in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial.

National Gallery of Armenia
1 Arami Street (Entrance from Republic Square), 
Yerevan 0010, Republic of Armenia     

Yerevan: To Know Wisdom was created at the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU), Yerevan, Armenia.              

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2018 Yerevan: To Know Wisdom, Museum of Yerevan, Armenia

2017 9th Annual Conference of Museums for Peace, Belfast, Ireland

2017 Temple Adas Israel, Sag Harbor, NY.

2016 Auschwitz Launch, Illumination Studio, East Hampton, NY

2015 Cities of Peace, 19 Union Square West, New York, NY.

2015 Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

2015 Recent Acquisitions, Guild Hall Museum of Art, East Hampton, NY.

2013 Delaware County Community College, Mobia, PA; 3rd Biennial Articulture Invitational; exhibition, workshop, guest artist.

2012-2013 Resource Furniture, New York, NY; exhibition, lecture.

2011 Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; exhibition, college & gallery lectures.

2011 Social Research & Justice Symposium, Allentown, PA; Plenary Speaker.

2011 Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, Allentown, PA; guest speaker, community workshops.

2009 Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; University & gallery lectures, workshops, training.

2009 Tria Gallery, Chelsea, NY.

2008 Saint Peter’s Church, New York, NY.

2007 OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY; exhibition, lectures, television, print media.

2007 “Cities of Peace: Illumination Art as an Instrument for Global Peace and Understanding” workshop, International Institute for Peace Education 20th Anniversary, United Nations.

2006 NGO Education Committee, United Nations.

2006 “Cities of Peace: Illumination Art as an Instrument for Peace and Understanding” workshop, East Hampton Summer Institute with Faye Feller, Co-Chair of the NGO Education Committee at the United Nations and EFIAF Artistic Director, Dr. Ellen Frank.

2005-2006 Cities of Peace Premier Exhibition at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery, JCC, Manhattan.  Lectures and symposia on “Illuminated Art as an Instrument for Peace” accompanied the exhibition.  The exhibit was viewed by 3,000 people per day for 2 months.

2005-2006 The Bronfman Center, New York University, New York, NY; exhibition, university, lecture with Everett Fox.

2005 AFP Galleries, New York, NY.