Department of Art

Illustration Panel Discussion

TONIGHT! Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

Seven critically acclaimed Connecticut illustrators whose works are featured in a continuing exhibition in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center will discuss their artistic works and careers at a panel discussion at 6:30 pm tonight, Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Panel Discussion will be presented in Room 108 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center, on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension.

The panel participants will be Bruce Degen, Randy Enos, James Grashow, Gerard Huerta, Christine Kornacki, Ross MacDonald and David Wenzel. The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor of Art Jack Tom and hosted by the WCSU Department of Art. Light refreshments will be served. 

Admission is free and the public is invited. RSVP online at

The panel will be held in conjunction with the current exhibition at the VPAC Art Gallery, “Thinking Visually: The Art of Connecticut Illustrators,” which presents works by 15 local illustrators spanning a wide spectrum from popular children’s book illustrations, magazine covers, cardboard constructions and stamp designs to graphic images for cartoons, albums, advertising, video games, films, and television series.

The exhibition is open today from 12 noon to 6:30pm before the panel begins. The exhibition is on view through Sunday, December 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, noon to 4 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm. Please note the gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Faculty Spotlight

Sabrina Marques Assistant Professor of Painting

Assistant Professor, Sabrina Marquess has been on a roll! She recently proposed and was awarded two noteworthy artist residencies. The first was for the Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy ( that took place this past June 11- June 25, 2017. Her proposed study was to focus on painting and color which incorporated her interest in the culture and color palette of Venice. While there, she attended the Venice Biennale exhibitions and was able to weave that experience into her work as well.

The second residency proposal was for The Studios of Key West in Key West, Florida ( to take place next summer from June 16- July 14, 2018. The residency was awarded to her for her proposal of creating at least 100 artworks that are each 4" x 4" in size. This proposal is based on her interest in investigating how making diminutive artworks that add up to a large installed wall sized art work challenges perception of scale. She has made 25 artworks toward this project thus far.

Congratulations Professor Marques. Keep up the great work.



Fall NYC Museum Bus Trip

NYC Museum Bus Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Open to all SVPA students, faculty and staff.
Purchase tickets at the VPAC Box Office to reserve your seat!
Ticket sales end when the bus is full so don’t delay.

The bus leaves the North Arts Lot at 9:00 am sharp
and will leave NYC  at 5:00 pm sharp
to return to Danbury around 7:00pm. 
Admission to the MET is free.

For more information contact the Department of Art at 203-837-8403. 

Cathy Vanaria published by Smithsonian Books

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Photography and Department of Art Chair, Catherine Vanaria whose photos including, The Clash at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston, September 19, 1979, (below) have been published by Smithsonian Books and is now part of the Smithsonian's concert photo archive. The book, Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen, by Bill Bentley, is a hardcover photo book to be released on October 24th.

Riley Brewster Exhibit at Fred Giampietro Gallery

Brewster at Giampietro Gallery

Riley Brewster
Recent Paintings and Works on Paper

October 14–November 11, 2017

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 14, 6-8pm

Sweet Spot Series
Sunday, October 29, 2:00pm
Artist Talk with Riley Brewster and Musical Performance by Elm City Consort

Fred Giampietro Gallery
1064 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Mon-Sat, 11-5pm

New Full-Time Faculty Member

We are pleased to welcome Ken Scaglia, our new Assistant Professor of Foundation and Applied Arts for the 2017-18 academic year. Previously a WCSU adjunct faculty since 2012, Scaglia was also an adjunct at Norwalk Community College and University of Bridgeport. With a MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a realist painter, his diverse areas of expertise will build upon the remarkable dedication to excellence in teaching and research that characterizes the department of Art at WCSU.

Students transform WCSU day care play house

WCSU students’ murals create a children’s playhouse for all seasons
Original art works brighten WCSU Day Care Center playground

An original mural created this summer by three Western Connecticut State University art students has transformed the children’s playhouse at the WCSU Child Care Center into a true play space for all seasons, designed as part of the recent renovation of the center’s outdoor playground on the university’s Midtown campus in Danbury. The mural project was inspired by a suggestion offered by WCSU Art Gallery Curator Melissa Ralston-Jones, parent of a child previously enrolled at the center, and coordinated by Child Care Center Director Lauren Halpin. Pictured are the WCSU art students who volunteered their time and talents to paint mural panels of spring, summer, autumn and winter scenes on the four exterior walls of the playhouse, including (left to right): Jesse Navarra, Andrea Rios and Brooke Vitetta.

End of Summer Sip + Sketch

Friday, Aug 25, 7–9pm

$25.00 per person (includes all materials & refreshments)

Enjoy a fun and creative evening of drawing from a live model in a relaxed environment while you sip wine and sample assorted snacks in our Drawing Studio (VPA 241) on the 2nd floor of the Visual & Performing Arts Center. All skill levels are welcome and you may bring your own supplies if you have some. Must be 21+ to attend.

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Danbury


Summer Painting Workshop


July 17th – 27th
Painting Intensive – Exploring Composition

Monday – Thursday, 10:00am–12:30pm
Visual & Performing Arts Center
Painting Studio, Room 244
Christine Hartman

Open to all levels, this workshop explores the development of light, space, color and form. We will work from still life and Master copies studying the subtleties of composition in our beautiful light filled studio. Students can expect to complete two paintings over the two week period. Small class size will allow for individualized instruction. Students will provide their own materials, we will work in oil paint. For those new to oil painting, a materials list will be made available. Eight sessions.

Christine Hartman received her BFA degree with honors from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA degree from Brooklyn College. She also studied at Parsons School of Design on a Helena Rubinstein Foundation Grant and at the New York Studio School’s summer program in Paris. A traditional figurative painter with an appreciation of modern esthetics she has pursued the study of compositional theory through the genre of the still life. “What interests me about composition is the creation of movement, through connections and tensions throughout the painting. I feel it is these elements that keep the viewer engaged and the painting lively.” Hartman is a member of the Zeuxis group of still life painters and has regularly exhibited at the Bowery Gallery, NYC and at numerous galleries in the New York and Connecticut region. Hartman’s work has been reviewed in both New York and Connecticut publications and online venues including art critical and

2017 WCSU MFA Thesis Exhibition

JUNE 20 – JULY 8

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 22, 5-8 pm

Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is the summation of two years of intensive creative study and extensive interaction with resident faculty and visiting artists. All are welcome to attend the reception in New York City and help celebrate these talented graduates for all their hard work and achievements.

Summer Sip + Sketch

Summer Sip & Sketch

Thurs, June 8, 6–8pm

Enjoy a fun and creative evening of drawing from a live model in a relaxed environment while you sip wine and sample assorted snacks in our Drawing Studio (VPA 241) on the 2nd floor of the Visual & Performing Arts Center. All skill levels are welcome and you may bring your own supplies if you have some. Must be 21+ to attend.

$25.00 per person (includes materials & refreshments)

Don’t miss our next one, on August 25, 2017, 7-9 pm.

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Danbury


Students Take Home the Gold at CADC Event

Prisma Club students: Erin Manion, Jacqueline Chakar, Eric Hoffman and Christopher Gabriel earned the Gold Medal Award from the Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) for 2015. The theme, concept, design and individual artwork of the 20-page booklet was created and produced by these talented graphic design, illustration and photography students.

This award was part of the CADC’s 40th Year Celebration & Annual Awards event. The CADC is a professional organization with members from corporations, advertising agencies, art and design firms, photography studios, individual creative professionals and educators.