The 42nd Faber Birren National Color Show

Exhibition: Dec 11, 2022 - Jan 19, 2023
Reception: December 11, 2022, from 4 - 6pm

Townhouse Gallery
39 Franklin St.
Stamford, CT 06901
United States

The Stamford Art Association has presented the Faber Birren Color Award Exhibit at its Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT since 1980. The exhibit honors Faber Birren, world-renowned color theorist and former Stamford, CT resident. He wrote extensively on color and published 40 books and over 250 articles on the subject. The Navy and the Walt Disney Company used his color theory work. This competition is the only artistic event devoted exclusively to the use of color. The jurors for this exhibit are usually chosen from major NYC museums and organizations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, and Sotheby's.

Faber Birren, one of the most prominent scholars in the field of the theory of color, spent most of his career studying the influence of color on art, the workplace, and human psychology. His work, which was donated to Yale University’s Art and Architecture Library, is now referred to as Birren color theory.

In 1934 he established his own company and worked as an industrial color consultant, advising clients on the psychological effects of color on safety, employee morale, productivity, and sales. His recommendations included changing wall and interior colors to reduce visual fatigue and using bright colors on machinery to reduce accidents. DuPont, Monsanto, and General Electric were among his clients as well as the military.

The Faber Birren Color Award Exhibit pulls in artists internationally and is held for 6 weeks annually. 40 artists are selected by the juror and their work is displayed at the Townhouse Gallery and online. Cash awards are funded by his family, family, and friends to honor Diane Etienne Faxon, who helped create the exhibit.

Linder is exhibiting one of his new series of paintings for the 42nd Faber Birren National Color Show. With the series title being Hues of Freedom, at first, you might think of American flags waving, and the colors red, white, and blue. But, this series is different, it goes back to the roots of what makes this country free, the people that demand freedom. The people that fight for freedom so that the next generation can benefit from their hard work and sacrifices.

Starting with non-traditional colors for his paintings Linder worked on the essence of what each of these moments in time was.


36 x 36 in.


Acrylic paint on canvas.

Selma, Alabama, the city is best known for the 1960s civil rights movement and the Selma to Montgomery marches, beginning with "Bloody Sunday" in 1965 and ending with 25,000 people entering Montgomery at the end of the last march to press for voting rights. This activism generated national attention for social justice and that summer, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed by Congress to authorize federal oversight and enforcement of the constitutional rights of all American citizens.

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