3rd Annual Samuel L. Parrish Lecture: William Merritt Chase Founder of Art Village

155 Hill Street
Southampton, New York 11968


The Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art (1891-1902), directed by Wiliam Merritt Chase, was the largest and best known of America’s late 19th century plein air summer schools. Decorative arts historians Cynthia V. A. Schaffner and Lori Zabar, authors of “The Founding and Design of William Merritt Chase’s Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art and the Art Village,” will give an illustrated PowerPoint lecture on how the school and its campus, the Art Village, were founded and used in the development of Shinnecock Hills, located just outside the Village of Southampton, into a summer resort. The lecture takes place in the Music Room at Whitefield, a gilded age mansion designed by Stanford White between 1898 and 1907. The 16 acre estate was mentioned as “one of twelve significant country houses in America” by Country Life Magazine in 1915. A reception for the speakers follows the lecture in the garden. Attendance is limited, to RSVP call 631 283-2494 or use PayPal at the museum’s website. Admission is $125 for members of the Southampton Historical Museum, $140 for non-members, and the lecture begins at 5pm and runs to 7pm.