The Church Presents “Art As Ecosystem”


Eric Fischl, co-founder of The Church with his wife, artist April Gornik, will lead the organization’s first event “Art As Ecosystem” on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

The Church is Fischl and Gornik’s arts incubator, which will eventually be housed in the former Sag Harbor United Methodist Church on Madison Street in Sag Harbor, which the couple is renovating.

Although presently under construction, thanks to collaboration with Guild Hall, The Church will host its first itinerant event, a panel that brings together luminaries of the art world known for their philanthropy and vision.

Fischl will engage the public panel on “Art as Ecosystem” to identify the way art impacts communities and the world, and the way philanthropy invests in a community’s future and connection.

Panelists will be FLAG Art Foundation’s Glenn Fuhrman, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation President Dorothy Lichtenstein, and MacArthur Genius artist Rick Lowe, whose Project Row Houses has radically changed an underserved Houston neighborhood and become a model for such projects nationwide.

The public is invited and tickets are available online at, and at the door.

This panel will be followed by another at 2 p.m. on August 24, also hosted by Guild Hall, and participants are Christine and Andy Hall of the Hall Art Foundation, business strategist and inaugural director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Christy MacLear, and President of the New York Academy of Art David Kratz.

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