Formed in 1922 and incorporated in 1924, the Guild's history reaches back to the early 1900's. Originating from famed sculptor Solon Borglum's critique group, the Knockers Club, the Silvermine Guild of Artists has been a hub for some of the most talented artists in the Northeast. In that time, guild membership has grown to over 300 artist members, and has included such renowned artists as Abe Ajay, James Daugherty, Carlus Dyer, James Flora, Robert Kaupelis, Alice Neel, Gabor Peterdi, Charles Reiffel and honorary member Faith Ringgold. Since its inception, guild membership has been a selective peer jurying process. As a result, the guild has held its membership to high standards with many members having work represented in permanent collections of some of the world's most prestigious museums, as well as prominent private and corporate collections.
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The Knockers Club Critiques
A Brief History of The Knockers
In the early 1900s a colony of artists settled in the Silvermine area, lured by the picturesque countryside. The artists gathered around noted sculptor Solon Borglum, whose barn was the meeting place where the artists, the so-called "Knockers Club" came to socialize, exchange ideas and critique each others' work. When Solon Borglum died in 1922, the artists organized themselves and founded the Silvermine Guild of Artists. In 1924, the artists founded the School of Art, formally incorporated and moved to the present site of the Silvermine Arts Center.
Art Speak Critique
Continuing the tradition of the Knockers Club, Art Speak Critique takes the historic critique model and revamps it for the 21st century artist. This is an informal critique session led by artists for artists which meets monthly at Silvermine Arts Center.
Former Guild Artist Members
View the list of Former Guild Artist Members [296K PDF].
Current Guild Artist Members