Grand Opening of Common Sense Society Art Studio

A Conversation with CSS President Marion Smith and Artist-in-Residence Michael Curtis

Event Overview

Common Sense Society (CSS) is pleased to welcome CSS members, alumni, and community members to our new art studio for an inaugural practicum series with a conversation between CSS president Marion Smith and artist-in-residence Michael Curtis on January 6. We will discuss our shared Western artistic inheritance and learn the skills necessary to continue it. The conversation will begin at 4:00 P.M. with a reception to follow. Kindly RSVP to Alex Pack at

Our monthly art practicums will cover theory and practice on topics including architecture, sculpture, and painting.

This community event is the first of a monthly art practicum series and is open to the public. Following practicums will be exclusive to CSS members and alumni. Not a member yet? Explore our membership options today.

Featured Speaker

Mr. Michael Curtis is the artist-in-residence at Common Sense Society. He is a sculptor, painter, historian, architectural designer and poet. He has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, the College for Creative Studies, and the National Gallery of Art. His pictures and statues are housed in over three hundred private and public collections, including the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Supreme Court. His plays, essays, verse and translations have been published in over thirty journals. His most recent nonfiction books include, Occasional Poetry: How to Write Poems for Any Occasion, and The Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C.: A History and Guide.


Old Town Alexandria, VA

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