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A Fountainhead for the Discerning Art Lover.

Welcome to Artful Vanguard

Every old thing was once new, and every new thing will soon be old.

It’s a reminder that all great art was ahead of the pack, in its own day.

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Stay in the know about art- Learning to look is the objective of our programs, and perhaps, a project for a lifetime. 

See how art making in the western world unfolded in a series of epochs.

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Study the aesthetics of European civilization by exploring its stylistic development and the contributions of its leading artists and their patrons.

Traverse these one at a time, thus: Baroque, Mannerism, Rococo, Neoclassicism, and their manifestation as defined by particular regions or cities. 


Secure an essential foundation of art nomenclature and chronological sequence of events. 

Explore aesthetic principles, the tools of seeing, necessary to yield a meaningful experience from art exhibitions or travel.

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Vanguard Story

Franklin Hill Perrell has spent his life in the art world, and loves to share his passion for art with the public.  He knows art studio practice from two standpoints. A lifelong artist himself, physically making his own art and getting it ready for exhibition became a defining feature of his knowledge of art. His subsequent career as a well-known museum curator for over twenty years, handling great works of art by the likes of Picasso, Renoir, Cassatt, Monet, Hopper, O’Keeffe, Pollock, Frankenthaler, and many more you’d readily know, gave him a unique proximity to such works, affording a means to understand their stylistic identity and physical characteristics in a manner unlike any other. 


The resulting exhibitions featured theatrical mise en-scene installations, integrating the art with related costume, fashion or portrait photography, period furniture, decorative arts, book art (livres d’artiste,) and such items arranged to render theme tangible and memorably experiential. Bridging disciplines such as music, poetry, and literature, along with events from history, was key to this approach.


His view is that creativity in the arts is inextricable from prevailing cultural trends and the context of historical events, and that the links between these points of emphasis reveal meaning and yield understanding.

About Franklin

​Franklin Hill Perrell (B.A., M.A., Hofstra University) initially gained repute as an exhibiting artist beginning in the 1970s, exhibiting at Walker Street Gallery, Tribeca; Frank Caro Gallery on 57th Street; and Tria Gallery in Chelsea. His work was
reproduced in Art in America and publicized in the New York Times and the New Yorker.

He has dedicated his subsequent public role to art education: teaching and lecturing for venues including Inside Art, Hofstra University, Long Island University, Artful Circle, and now Artful Vanguard. His teaching spanned Renaissance, Impressionism,
German and Austrian Expressionism, Twentieth Century Modernism, and Contemporary Art. He has led group visits to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery in Washington, the Barnes Collection, and numerous similar


During his years as Chief Curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art, Perrell organized over fifty exhibitions. These included surveys of Leger; Chagall; Picasso; Toulouse Lautrec; Calder & Miro; Tiffany; Op & Pop; and, Photorealism. Historical shows ranged from Napoleon and His Age; Napoleon & Eugenie: Opulence & Splendor of France’s Second Empire; Legacy of a Czar and Czarina (Palace of Pavlovsk;) Belle Epoque; Art Nouveau & Art Deco; and Twentieth Century Exiles: Artists Fleeing Hitler’s Oppression. Connections between modernist art and literature were covered in Poets and Painters; School of Paris; and Surrealism. Fashion, art, and popular culture were portrayed in Art and Fashion: From Marie Antoinette to Jacqueline Kennedy; Iris Apfel: Rare Bird of Fashion; and, The Sixties.


In addition to catalogue texts for these ventures, Perrell’s essay for Hyperrealist Sculpture accompanied that exhibition for a multi-year tour of international museums beginning with the Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, in 2016. Being immersed in western European culture throughout his career, Perrell’s multiple interests span Italian Renaissance to twentieth century Modernism.


Perrell is married to attorney Emily Franchina, and resides in Southold, on Long Island’s North Fork, a place that has long attracted art personalities, He is an ex-officio board member of the Bermuda National Gallery in Hamilton, Bermuda, and
co-chair of the collections committee at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, N.Y.

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