Fairleigh Dickinson University proudly welcomed renowned watercolor artist Philip Smallwood as its inaugural artist in residence for the recently concluded semester. Smallwood's exceptional talent and dedication to the arts captivated students, faculty, and the wider community throughout his residency. This extraordinary opportunity provided an immersive experience for students to witness the artistic process firsthand and learn from a master in their midst.
Philip Smallwood's watercolor paintings are renowned for their ultra-realistic nature, meticulous attention to detail, and evocative use of technique. His ability to transform ordinary scenes into breathtaking masterpieces has garnered him critical acclaim and a dedicated following. Throughout his residency at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Smallwood showcased an array of stunning artworks, capturing the essence of the surrounding landscapes, architecture, and human emotion. His captivating brushwork and distinct style left a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to witness his talent unfold.
One of the primary goals of Fairleigh Dickinson University's artist-in-residence program was to inspire and mentor the next generation of artists. Philip Smallwood embraced this responsibility with unwavering enthusiasm. He conducted interactive workshops, engaging discussions, and personal critiques, allowing students to gain invaluable insights into the world of watercolor painting on both the Florham Park and Metropolitan Campuses. Smallwood encouraged experimentation, pushing boundaries, and embracing the artistic journey, emphasizing the importance of both technical proficiency and creative expression. Through his patient guidance and infectious passion, he fostered an environment where students felt empowered to explore their own artistic voice and take risks in their work.
As the first Artist in Residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Philip Smallwood's impact will be remembered for years to come. The legacy he left behind inspires future artists and the university community to recognize the transformative power of the arts. His residency opened doors to new possibilities and highlighted the importance of collaboration between artists and educational institutions. Fairleigh Dickinson University's artist-in-residence program now stands as a beacon of creativity and artistic growth, with Smallwood's tenure serving as a benchmark for future artists and their interactions with the university community.
While there is more to come for this Artist in Residence program, the 2023 semester concluded with an update to the FDU alumni community at their Annual Charter Day celebration.
Pictured Below: Watercolor Artist, Philip Smallwood with Todd Rosen Director, School of the Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University