As part of its ongoing art education series, the Westfield Art Association (WAA) will present an educational afternoon seminar with noted art historian Gene Wisniewski on Sunday, March 22,, from 1-4 p.m. in the Westfield Town Hall Community Room, located at 425 East Broad Street in Westfield.

In this popular lecture, Wisniewski delivers a condensed and entertaining review of 1,000 years of Western Art. Not just another “art’s greatest hits” talk full of dates and “isms,” this fun and fact-filled lecture gives the Big Picture of art’s development since the earliest cave paintings – and how we got where we are today.

“I cover all the basics by mixing big themes with very specific facts, usually leaning toward the quirkier ones,” says Wisniewski. “I want to dispel any notions people might have that art isn’t interesting.”

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This lecture is taken from his larger seminar, the Six-Hour Art Major, which he calls “art school, condensed.” The Westfield Art Association will be hosting Mr. Wisniewski again in the Fall of 2015, when he will present the other half of this program, which focused on Art Appreciation. “Being exposed to these mini-versions of basic art classes gives you a whole different take on art,” he says.

This presentation is free to WAA members, with a $10 suggested donation for non-members. New membership applications will be available at the door. Refreshments will be served.

About Gene Wisniewski: Instructor Gene Wisniewski received his art education at the New York Academy of Art, The National Academy of Design, The New School, and L’Ecole Albert Defois in Vihiers, France.  He has exhibited in galleries nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He has fourteen years’ experience teaching and lecturing on visual art, and is the author of “Art: Who, What, How, When, Where, and Especially, Why," being released later in 2015. 

About Westfield Art Association (WAA): Since 1922, the Westfield Art Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, completely volunteer organization, has provided art education and public exhibitions, and continues today to actively encourage its many members in the pursuit of individual artistic goals and growth. All mediums. All experience levels. All welcome. For more information, to donate, or to become a member, please visit