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POSTPONED: Free Art Lecture

October 7, 2017


When and Why Did Humans Begin Creating Art?

An art history discussion with Pegasus Education Committee member Bruce Iacono

Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 4-6pm
Michele Arnhold Education Center
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

RSVP to Christine Fitzgerald at or (845) 669-8235 x108.


How long have humans been painting pictures, and why? Given our prehistoric priorities of finding food, making tools, trying to stay warm, dry and alive, and generally ensuring the survival of the species, why were we also doing something as seemingly useless as painting?

Maybe we have a gene for interior decorating and we were practicing. Maybe we have a gene for collecting, and since there were no baseball cards or Barbie dolls, we needed to create something to collect. Maybe we were inventing religion.

Using examples from art history, we’ll explore these theories and more, traveling through time as the relationship between humans and art developed and diversified.


About Bruce Iacono

Bruce began painting when he was four years old. At the age of 17, he was admitted to the Weiterbildung Program for Graphic Design at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland, a graduate-level program. After two years in the program, Bruce returned to the U.S. to pursue a degree in graphic design at the Philadelphia College of Art. He practiced design professionally for about three years and painted professionally for eighteen. While painting full time, Bruce hung 39 U.S. and international shows.

Bruce has worked in finance for eight years and joined his current employer, AXA Advisors in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., five years ago. He is a member of the Pegasus Education Committee and a program volunteer. Bruce lives in Brewster, New York.

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