The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art aims to motivate, inspire, and enrich individuals of all ages at two sites: The Art Barge and the Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive.
Our programs and exhibits preserve, promote and interpret Mabel and Victor D’Amico’s innovative approach to art education and their belief that, “Art is a human necessity and should be part of everyone’s life experiences…creating with the mind, spirit and hand makes for a more profound understanding of the world”.
The Art Barge
The Art Barge has hosted classes since its creation in 1960 based on the progressive teaching philosophy and methodologies advanced by Mabel and Victor. The sensitive, individualized approach of the instructors teaching classes in a variety of mediums coupled with the magnificent natural setting and singular architecture motivates students to flourish creatively. Each summer, the studios welcome students of all ages, backgrounds and ability to discover and develop their power to create.
The D’Amico Studio and Archive
The Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive features the former home of Mabel and Victor, which is a testament to their modernist and pioneering roots. Situated across the harbor from The Art Barge in Lazy Point, the early-modern beach house designed and built by the couple starting in 1940 holds the original contents, such as mid-century furnishings that include pieces designed by them, together with over 500 original artworks by Mabel, including early paintings, found-object constructions, jewelry and clothing. It also preserves a vast archive of photos, documents, books and ephemera pertaining to Mabel and Victor D’Amico’s innovative work in art education.