Sharon Sprung and Dan Thompson : Aiming for excellence

Sep 22, 2023
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Gallery viewing (bar open)
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM | Panel discussion and Q&A
skylight gallery
Open to the public
Eventbrite RSVP required
Limited to 80 people
$15 | General admission
$10 | Salmagundi members with promo code
Salmagundi members will receive their promo code via email for the discounted price. The promo code may also be requested by emailing

About the Event

Michelle Obama dons a sky blue off-the-shoulder gown. She's seated on a patterned daybed, with a relaxed hand resting on the other.
Portrait by Sharon Sprung

The artists Sharon Sprung and Dan Thompson have served as the guest jury of awards for Salmagundi’s current exhibition, the SCNY New York Figurative Exhibition. Sprung and Thompson bring decades of experience as working artists and highly sought instructors. In this conversation, we’ll consider what elements are valued in selecting an award winning painting, and how these artists, poised in the center of our creative community, see the contemporary state of figurative art. This talk will be moderated by Salmagundi First Vice President, Patricia Watwood.

Sharon Sprung is known for her official White House Portrait of Michelle Obama, is represented by Gallery Henoch, and is an instructor at the Art Students League. Dan Thompson currently leads the Continuing Education program at New York Academy of Art, and is an instructor at the Art Students League. They have a combined 60 years of teaching and creating in figurative art in New York City. Dan and Sharon’s work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.


Salmagundi members are welcome to have dinner in our dining room. Dining reservations can be made via our Reservations page.

Impressionistic portrait looking down onto a man with short hair and a red shirt.
Portrait by Dan Thompson
Young girl with blonde hair, glancing to the side.
Portrait by Sharon Sprung
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