Discussion & Signing with Author/Painter Adam Van Doren

august, 2018

12aug2:00 pmDiscussion & Signing with Author/Painter Adam Van Doren2:00 pm First Congregational Church, 6 Kirby Road, Washington CT 06793

Event Details

Author/Painter Adam Van Doren will discuss and sign copies of his new book The Stones of Yale (David R. Godine Publisher, $29.95) at The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Sunday, August 12 at 2pm.

Painter Adam Van Doren speaks to Yale alumni as diverse as actor Sam Waterston, writers Christopher Buckley and David McCullough, Yale librarian Judith Schiff, former NFL great Calvin Hill, architect Cesar Pelli among others, and illustrates his book in gorgeous watercolor paintings of the buildings of Yale that interest him most. Too often architectural critics focus on theory and analysis of a building rather than the visceral experience of seeing it and being in it. Van Doren is more interested in the stories, in how Yale’s buildings made people feel, not just the academic origins of their style or where their bricks were made. What was it like to live in them, to study in them? What did people remember?

“Van Doren’s gifts as an artist are extraordinary, as his watercolors of Yale views so abundantly demonstrate.” –David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

“Van Doren renders Yale’s architecture with a soft, plush texture, richly polychrome, full of shadows and light. These buildings positively shimmer, and you want to reach out and touch them. He makes the Yale campus not monumental but ultimate, inviting, and warm.” –Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic

Adam Van Doren received a Master’s in architecture from Columbia University and has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. He teaches at Yale University and has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., among other institutions. His work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Wadsworth Atheneum, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and his family makes their home in New York.

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of The Stones of Yale by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please email [email protected]


(Sunday) 2:00 pm


First Congregational Church

6 Kirby Road, Washington CT 06793