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Phil Levine is founder of the Art Students League of Denver and served as its first president from 1987 – 1993. He received an award from the Denver Chamber of Commerce for "Contributing to the quality of life in Downtown Denver".
During his travels throughout France in the early 90's he decided to begin organizing artists’ workshops for American painters. He organized his first workshop in La Rochelle in 1993 for instructors Kim English and Quang Ho. He received the support from Michel Crepeau, the mayor of La Rochelle and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
For the next five years the city of La Rochelle offered warm and joyous welcoming ceremonies, in the true French tradition, to the groups of American artists coming to capture the region with paint and brush. He has received a key to the city of Malestroit in Brittany, home of the famed Museum of the Resistance.
Since then he has organized workshops in Provence, Paris, Burgundy and Normandy, Brittany in France, and Venice and San Miguel de Allende. He chooses instructors who have strong communication skills, are successful artists in their chosen media and are enthusiastic about sharing what they know with their students.
Phil has organized workshops for Ann Templeton, Kim English (4 times), Quang Ho, Joyce Pike, Tom Hill, Gregg Kreutz (4 times), Kevin Macpherson (twice), Charles Sovek (4 times) , Ron Riddick, Clyde Aspevig, Richard Schmid and David Lefell (these latter 4 all in Colorado through the Art Students League).
Philip speaks French, lodges with each group and accompanies groups to all painting and photography locations.