The Bruce Museum welcomes scholars and enthusiasts to attend its third annual graduate student symposium, which is being offered in conjunction with a monographic traveling exhibition, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master (on view January 21—May 21, 2017).  

Alfred Sisley is one of the first Impressionist artists to dedicate his attention almost entirely to the landscape and the environment. Often secluded in rural France, Sisley’s landscape paintings represent, as Richard Shone has observed, “A seemingly effortless lyricism underpinned by an understanding of formal architecture.” In-keeping with the period, Sisley’s work also displays an interest in scientific investigation as he rendered exacting visual displays of meteorological events – rain, snow, fog – on his canvases. Moderated by Dr. André Dombrowski, this one-day conference will feature interdisciplinary presentations by MA and PhD students engaging the multifaceted ways that artists and architects frame nature in their work.