This course will look at painting and sculpture created between 1776 and 1936 in the U.S. beginning with John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, and Gilbert Stuart, best known for his portraits of George Washington. Next we focus on an outstanding sculptor, William Rush, and artist, inventor, educator, museum founder/director, and scientist, Charles Wilson Peale and his children who were successful painters as well. We will examine various schools and locales, e.g. sculptor Hiran Powers, landscape painter Robert S. Duncanson, and genre painter Lilly Martin Spencer, all three under the patronage of Nicholas Longworth. We will study famous individual works as well, which represent well-known movements such as the “Hudson River School,” including works in local public collections such as the Hudson River landscapes at the Ackland, Nasher, NCCU Art Museum, and North Carolina Museum of Art, to encourage first hand encounters with the visual art. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion.