Nationally Respected Artist Guild and School
Silvermine has been at the heart of American art since since noted sculptor Solon Borglum moved here in the 1900’s. After his “Knockers” group met for 20 years in his barn to discuss new ideas and critique each others art, the Silvermine Guild of Artists was founded and formally incorporated in 1924 when the School of Art was established.
Today, the Silvermine Arts Center, a 501(c) (3) organization, is comprised of a Guild of over 300 professional artists, five galleries presenting new exhibitions every six weeks and sponsoring prestigious regional and national competitions; a gift shop; a School of Art providing a wide range of classes for all levels of experience from ages 2 to 102; public programs; and outreach programs in the Norwalk and Stamford schools. Silvermine is the preeminent visual arts center in Fairfield County with more than 4,500 annual enrollments at the School of Art and 12,000 visitors to the award-winning galleries. The center provides its artist members, faculty, students and visitors with a common location where they can share ideas, work on projects, teach, explore new areas and grow in their creativity and talents. The Silvermine Arts Center is supported by membership fees, school tuition, art sales, donations, grants and sponsorship for its many programs.