Sandra Wakeen

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Sandra Wakeen

United States


Sandra Wakeen, nationally and internationally renowned painter and teacher, has pursued a lifelong devotion to her art.

Following a family tradition of three generations of artists, Sandra began her studies at Paier School of Art, graduating with honors and receiving the prestigeous Ken Davies Award. Beginning as an illustrator she was awarded entry into in to NY Society of Illustrator’s Annual Student Show. Her education continued in Europe, at Studio Escalier in France with Tony Ryder, Ted Seth Jacobs, and in Italy at Florence Academy Studio of Fine Art. This was followed by a three month residency is Italy attending Charles Cecil’s lectures and intense studies in museums through out Florence.

Sandra has been has been juried into the Oil Painters of America Inaugural Salon Show and their numerous National shows. She was featured in featured in Fine Connoisseur Magazine still life issue and an award winner at The Salmagundi Club’s non members show, NY.

When not painting, Sandra enjoys the privilege of teaching and mentoring aspiring artists. She is passionate about cultivating the arts at home and abroad.  She helped create an artists cultural exchange in Florence, Italy for American and Italian artists to study and learn from each other .

Sandra has served on the Board of Directors for the Lyme Art Association and Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Sandra is also a founding member of Wethersfield Academy for the Arts where she has served as President and Atelier Director. She created and taught Connecticut’s first formal Atelier program and opened her private Atelier in 2014 in Somers CT.

Sandra’s work presently resides in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the FFAST Museum in Fiesole, Italy. She was included in Academic Artists 60‚Äčth Anniversary Exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum. Her work can be seen in galleries throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


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