Department of Art Alumni


   2011 update  

January 3


MFA illustration show  Illustration art show featuring work from WCSU artists
January 3 - 29

The featured artists include:

Danielle Alpert
Jamison Odone
David Ferrira
Annie Lane
Barbara Mansilla
Tom Dowell

The opening reception is this Friday, January 7 at the
Warwick Museum of Art from 7 to 9.
WMOA is located at 3259 Post Road, Warwick RI 02886, only one mile from Route 95


January 13


David Boyajian is in Group Show in NYC with Richard Pitts.
at The Able Fine Art NY, Opening Jan. 13th 2011
6pm - 8pm, 511 West 25th St. Suite 507, Chelsea, NY


January 20


Karen Bartone '09 is in the Real Art Ways Slide Slam, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford CT.

Step Up 2010 Slide Slam Real Art Ways
JANUARY 20, 2011, 6-8 PM


Each year, Real Art Ways reviews the year's Step Up open call submissions and selects their favorites. This year we chose 62 artists whose work will be on view during this one night exhibition. Images of these works will be projected at Real Art Ways during Creative Cocktail Hour on January 20, 2011 from 6-8pm. Congratulations to the 2010 Slide Slammers!


January 25


Sheila Geoffrion,  painter, spoke Tuesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 in the basement of White Hall on the Midtown Campus. She has a B.F.A. from Florida State University and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with Rudy Burkhardt and Neil Welliver. 

Upon graduation she moved to Maine where she has been painting ever since. In her 20 year marriage to Neil Welliver her home and studio were the center of the burgeoning landscape movement with continuing interaction with artists such as Yvonne Jacquette, John Moore, Lois Dodd, Rudy Bukhardt, Wolf Kahn, Richard Estes and Alex Katz, all of which created a context and consciousness for the development of her unique sensibility. 

While primarily residing in Maine, she maintains studios in Florida and Ireland, the disparate flora of which also inspire her work. She says of her process:  

“The initial inspiration to paint happens for me outdoors when I directly observe nature, … I am inspired by the contrasts and the particularities between the northern forests and fields of Maine and the tropical and sub-tropical flora found in Florida and in the southwest regions of Ireland.

 “My sketches and partial starts to painting s are made on site, including the layout onto larger canvases. I often make larger format watercolors at the same time, which help to inform me on the subject matter at hand. I return several times during the short span of time the “arrangement” survives. I record what I can directly on the canvas or paper and complete the work in the studio at a later time.” 

Shelia Geoffrion exhibits in Maine and Florida. She exhibited regularly at the well-known O’Farrell Gallery in Brunswick, ME until its closing and now shows frequently at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. Her work is in the collection of the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland and the Portland Museum of Art and many prestigious private collections.


January 28


Phyllis Boger MFA '02 announced that she has Landscape paintings at the upstairs South Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 Jan 28 from 5-7 pm.



February 5

February 13


Chris Durante '82 is in THE GUY SHOW at the Art Place Gallery, An invitational show curated by Gerald Saladyga

10 Male artists from Fairfield and New Haven Counties
Opening Reception
new date Sunday, February 6, 3 - 5 PM

Artists' Talk: Sunday, February 13 at 3 PM

11 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 292-8328
The public is welcome to all gallery events and openings, free of charge.
For further information, or to be put on our mailing list, please email us at
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 AM - 5:30 PM and by appointment


February 2011

Mary Lou Alberetti '64 wants everyone to know that the Book is published. She writes, "It is a pleasure to share with you that I've been included in author Ashley Rooney's 100 Artists of New England. Go to Amazon or Schiffer Books/Contemporary Art/Ashley Rooney."

Click on the image to see larger view plus works.


February 8


Janet DeCarlo, Artists Representative spoke Tuesday, February 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 in the basement of White Hall on the Midtown Campus.  Janet got her BA in Graphic Design at Western Connecticut State University, where she graduated magna cum Laude in 1994.  She is the owner and president of Storybook Arts, an Artists Representative Agency where she is oversees the sales and promotion of 25 contracted professional artists specializing in the children’s illustration field, and is responsible for securing illustration assignments for artists with existing and new publishing clients. In the past she has been associated with Portfolio Solutions and Publishers Graphics, both highly regarded Artist’s Agencies.


February 12

March 13


The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford has a show featuring Eight artists who are also Art Teachers in New Milford will exhibit paintings, drawings, prints and ceramic sculpture in The Main Gallery, including Heidi Fair '93 and Kim Tester (former adjunct art professor at WestConn).  February 12 - March 13, 2011 Opening Reception: February 19, 3 to 5 p.m.
Gallery Talk by New Milford VIII        March 13th, 2:00



February 12


My Dad's Truck, a local acoustic trio playing free-range Americana roots music, will perform Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Molten Java Coffeehouse at 102 Greenwood Ave., Bethel. The band will be picking and singing audience favorites, some oft-forgotten gems and love songs in honor of St. Valentine's Day. Members are Susan Lang '87 of Woodbury, Leif Smith of Redding and Bill Wisnowski of Danbury. Wisnowski will be back at Molten Java Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m., for his monthly solo show. For details on the band, visit or call Wisnowski at 203-994-1903, or Smith at 203-788-5222. For details on Molten Java, visit or call 203-739-0313 (Wendy Cahill '95).


February 22


William Bailey, Painter spoke Tuesday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 in the basement of White Hall on the Midtown Campus.  William Bailey studied at Yale where he received both his B.F.A. and M.F.A degrees. He is known particularly for his still-life paintings. Although unlike other still-life painters, Bailey composes his paintings on the canvas from his imagination, adjusting the light source and relative scale of each object as he paints.  

Writing in the New York Times, Karen Rosenberg says:

                “William Bailey, who studied with Josef Albers and taught at Yale for     decades, is one of painting’s undersung veterans. He makes convincingly            volumetric still lifes and figurative tableaus, working mostly from mental              pictures. His art hasn’t changed much in the last few decades, but its              discipline and concentration are exemplary.

                Mr. Bailey’s still lifes have a touch of Morandi’s austerity; his figurative works, meanwhile, evoke the perfect proportions in Ingres and the awkward sensuality of Balthus. He’s a classicist, in other words, but his                influence extends in some ultra-contemporary directions; John Currin and               Lisa Yuskavage are among his former students.” 

 In the New Criterion, James Panero writes:

                “The meaning of Bailey’s work as it relates to the history of art has been a           subject of debate since his painting first appeared on the cover of Newsweek in the early 1980s. At the time Bailey was hailed as one of the            new artists ‘of the real.’ … Like Giorgio Morandi, another great modern         realist, Bailey imbues quiet paintings with intense energy. … Bailey’s    work is so surprising, so novel, when compared to the canon of     modern art because its fecundity shows no limit or irony.”

 William Bailey’s work can be seen in a host of public and private collections, most notably the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.  Bailey is the subject of two monographs, one by Mark Strand and the other by John Hollander and Guiliano Briganti. He has been exhibiting in New York since the late 1960’s.  He lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut and Umbria, Italy.


February 24, 25 & 26


Eileen Mooney MFA '06 has been teaching math at Miss Porter's School for the last three years, and have been involved with set design in their theatre department for two. This year we are putting on Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, as a puppet theatre production.  Eileen has been leading a crew in making 14 half-size human puppets and a few supernatural puppets for the show on February 24 and 25 at 7:30, and on the 26th at 2:00. 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032   860-409-3631

March 2011


Joel Spector MFA '05 has a painting in The Artist Magazine March issue, the painting was selected and it won an award. Portrait of Barry

He has been been commissioned by the Players Club in NYC to do a portrait of the actor Eli Wallach for their Hall of Fame Award. He met with him and has begun working on the portrait.

Joel will be illustrating a children's book for The American Cancer Society and is up for two more children's books starting this spring.



March 5


Garry Camp Burdick has his work in the poster for the Film Fest out of New Milford. He writes, "Note the photo of hands and eye glasses is one of mine from the Norman Rockwell series (his hands). Click on it to see credit. Delve into the sight to read more about it."

eight by ten CONCEALED
a secret sale of images

saturday, march 5, 2011
at the litchfield hills film festival “pop-up gallery”
77 railroad street new milford, connecticut

over 75 unique photographs by acclaimed and emerging artists will be for sale, and the artists’ identities will be revealed only after purchase

additional works by artists including Garry C. Burdick
and Bill Eppridge will be on silent auction at the event

the works will be unveiled at 5:00
with a reception until 7:00

each work will sell for $150
tickets: $15. cash at the door


March 8


Pat Lindgren, Artists Rep. spoke Tuesday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 in the basement of White Hall on the Midtown Campus.  Pat Lindgren is president of Lindgren and Smith inc., a New York agency that represents 50 illustrators. Ms. Lindgren was educated as a fine artist at University of Michigan and Cooper Union.  After graduation, she worked as a photographer’s assistant and silkscreen printer.  In her printmaking work, she collaborated on limited editions with such artists as Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and Claus Oldenburg.   She has been representing illustrators for the last 25years.  She views the agent/artist relationship as a partnership.  "My job is to present the artist's work in the best possible way.   I connect artists with new clients, and reconnect with old clients every day. My work can be as simple as writing up the assignment and making sure that the terms are clearly spelled out and agreed on, or as complex as writing and reading contracts that can have very long term effects of the artist's income. In the end though my job is to make sure that both the client and the artist are happy.”   


March 15


Portrait Demonstration by Alain Picard '97
March 15, Tuesday 7:00 - 9:30pm
Location: Picard Studio
Cost: free
Using the live model, Alain demonstrated a pastel portrait from start to finish. Throughout the process, Alain will explain his simple approach to portrait painting which emphasizes relationships of shapes, values, and edges. Along the way, Alain will share his insights on color and composition as well. Space is limited. Please email or call Picard Studio to reserve a seat.




Ed Little, Adjunct Art Instructor writes, "Click on this link: The Best of WCSU student work for the year 2010. These are works produced by students in my Drawing 1 class. Please check them out so you can see what is being achieved." The above drawing is by Marie Berarducci.

Also visit Ed's website at

In the news

Michael Liebhaber MFA '08

Michael Liebhaber MFA '08 was interviewed on "A Travel Painting Blog"
A Question and Answer with Michael Liebhaber at:

Also see Mike's work  on his personal blog is at"


March 19


The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford has a show featuring Isabelle Day MFA '11, and two artists

Mar 19 - Apr 24


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19, 3 to 5 p.m.
Artists Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m.


March 31

MFA Thesis Exhibition
31 March – 14 April

Click here to see pictures from the opening reception on March 31
featuring the work of:
Bonnie Sullivan  
Sarah Stewart/Wright  
Isabelle Day  
Mark Kuchta  
Thomas Dowell Jr.  
Kevin Dunn  
Doug Friday  
Eileen Tavolacci
Alison Targett-Eaglin


March 31


Chris Durante '82 is in an Art Faculty Show at Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Ave, Norwalk 203-857-7197
Reception with the Artists
Thursday, March 31, 2011
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

For further information contact Susan Hardesty, Director of the NCC Art Gallery, at or 857-7197.


April 1


Phyllis Boger MFA '02 has an exhibit at Wings Gallery, April 1st -April 30. A four woman exhibit call, "Italy Inspired" located at 100 N. Humphreys Blvd., Memphis, TN 38120, For more information, call 901.322.2984 or contact


April 2011


ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96 has joined with the Danbury Animal Welfare Society to create a mural for their boardroom. 


April 2011


Joel Spector MFA '05 did a portrait of opera soprano, Patrice Munsel to hang at the Metropolitan Opera. The Unveiling of the portrait of Patrice Munsel Honor Award Event at the National Arts Club, NYC was held April 10, 2011. Click here to see highlights of the event.


April 1


Don Kimes, Painter spoke Friday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 in the basement of White Hall on the Midtown Campus.  Artist-educator, Don Kimes will discuss a haunting body of work, which varies from realist landscape painting to large iconic metal pieces and intimate mixed media collages.  The variety of techniques and styles are unified by a consistent obsession with the process of nature and the passage of time.  Mr. Kimes’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Chautauqua Institution, the National Academy of Science, the New York Studio School, the Baltimore Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Kouros Gallery, Denise Bibro Gallery, Extra Moenia di Giulan Dorazio in Todi, Italy and the National Academy of Design and the Corcoran.  In both 2001 and 2003 he received the Medici Medal at the Florence Biennale.  He has an upcoming exhibit scheduled at the Palazzo Maidoff in Florence this fall.

 Don Kimes has served as director of the prestigious New York Studio School, as Chairman of the Art Department at American University, as founder and director of the American University M.F.A. program in Italy, and as Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution.  Each of these institutions has received national and international recognition under his leadership.  In 2004, he received the American University award for “Outstanding Contributions to Academic Development.” He is a member of the Advisory Board of the M.F.A. program at Western Connecticut State University.

His contribution to the book “Interruptio” published in 2010 in Italy will be the subject of his lecture “The Continuity of Painting: The Necessity of Interruption”


April 9


Plonia Nixon won an award to the Richter Association for the Arts Member show and sale.

The show opened April 9 with a special reception for artists and closes April 17. The show is open both weekends from 2 pm until 5 pm.

Also in the show are MaryAnn Meken Silvestri '76 and ShawnaLee Waterbury Kwashnak '96


April 12


Tom Kidd, Illustrator spoke Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 in the basement of White Hall on the Midtown Campus.  Tom Kidd, an award-winning illustrator, received a scholarship to Syracuse University, for his fantasy illustrations.  After attending for two years, he left for New York, where he pursued illustration full time.

His most recent publications include two technique books titled “Other Worlds: How to Draw and Paint Epic Scenes” from Impact Books and “How to Draw and Paint Dragons”. He is also the subject of a monograph titled “Kiddography; The Art and Life of Tom Kidd” from Paper Tiger Books. He has worked for a number of publishers including Baen Books, Random House, DAW Books, Warner Books, Doubleday, Ballantine Books, Marvel Comics and Tor Books. He has illustrated two books: "The Three Musketeers" (1998 - William Morrow) and "The War of the Worlds” (2001 - Harper Collins), and there are two books of his art: "The Tom Kidd Sketchbook” (1990 - Tundra) and “Kiddography: The Art & Life of Tom Kidd” (2005 – Paper Tiger).

His art has won him a World Fantasy Award (Best Artist 2004) and seven Chesley Awards.

Kidd has also done design work for film, theme parks, entertainment products, and all types of conceptual design work for such clients as Walt Disney, Rhythm & Hues and Universal Studios. His work has been displayed in a wide array of venues, including The Delaware Art Museum, The Society of Illustrators and the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame.


April 26


Stanley Lewis, Painter was at the Weir Farm on Tuesday, April 26.  Stanley Lewis, who has an impressive reputation among painters and is one of the most highly respected art educators in the country, has M.F.A. and B.F.A. degrees from Yale and a B.A. from Wesleyan.  He was the recipient of a Danforth Fellowship from 1963-67. 

He has been a teacher and/or visiting artist at Chautauqua Institute in New York, Smith College, Queens College, Vermont Studio Center, Swarthmore College, Dartmouth College, The New York Studio School, Bard College, Wesleyan University, Mount Holyoke, Yale University, Chicago of Art Institute, Vassar College, Haverford College and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  From 1990 to 2002, he was professor of painting and drawing at American University in Washington, D.C.  He exhibits widely on a national level, and had a significant exhibition at Salander O’Reilly Gallery in New York, in 2004. In 2007, he had a major retrospective at the American University Museum, much of which traveled to the Visual Arts Center in Summit New Jersey. In 2002 he received the Benjamin Altman prize for landscape painting, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005.

Writing about his most recent one-person show at the Lohin Geduld Gallery in the Wall St Journal, Lance Esplund says:

 “Stanley Lewis … sometimes works over the course of years on a single drawing or painting. The exactitude, transfixing light, and deep, rushing spaces of his landscapes—often made up of cut and layered pieces of paper or canvas, and reconfigured with staples or glue—make up for their tattered states… Fueled by faithfulness, fortitude and precision, Mr. Lewis's drawings and paintings are among the most exhilarating landscapes being produced today.”


April 27

Senior Thesis Exhibition

The Senior Thesis Exhibition is opens in Higgins Hall on Wednesday, April 27 with a reception from 6 - 8 pm.  The show continues through May 12 with hours from 12 - 4 pm Monday through Thursday.  Click here to see pictures from the reception.

Antonio Carvalho 

Adam Calderone
Robert Cotton
Emily D'Andrea        
Shannon Dodd       
Sophia Duarte     
Robert Haidar
Michael Macklem   
Sandra Morey  
Dara Shadowens    
Melissa Shaw 

Alissa DeGregorio
Katherine Hunt
Elizabeth Manfred
Karin Mansberg
Vincent Pesce
Luiza Zyskowska

Graphic Design
Jerry Bazile
Bryan Bielefeldt
Kialynn Bird
Jason Laliberte
Brittany Leandra
Melissa Nardone
Sara Pinto
Robert Rae
Kaitlyn Smith
Shayna Stanley
Stephanie Szafran
Rachel Vazquez
Nicholas Volant
Kelly Wight


Senior Exhibition Invite '~1.pdf‎ (185 KB‎)


April 30


Alain Picard '97 and Joel Spector MFA '05  at

the Gregory James Gallery Spring Selection 2011
group show of gallery artists on the Green * 13 Main Street, New Milford, CT
April 30 - May 29, 2011
Monday -Saturday 10-5
Sunday & Evenings - appointments welcome

April 30


The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford has a show featuring Derek Leka MFA '07and Ginger Hanaran MFA '07 & New Talent Gallery- Hotchkiss School from April 30 - June 5

Click here to see pictures of the Opening Reception: Saturday, April 30
Artists Gallery Talk: Sunday, June 5, 2 p.m.
Derek Leka: colorful layered rectilinear acrylic compositions
Ginger Hanrahan: small oil compositions referencing nature

May 3


Robert Crawford is lecturing at the Silas Bronson Library  on Tues May 3rd at 6pm on his new childrens' book, T is for Taj Mahal, and also about his series of prints of Connecticut Greens.

Robert Crawford Studios
203.266.0059 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 203.982.8605
91 Lexington Dr.
Watertown, CT 06795




May 20


Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76, has work on display at an “Open House” at New Milford’s 30 Bridge Street building (formerly known as the Merritt Beach & Son Building), now listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, beginning Friday, May 20th hosted by Jack & John Farley, Farley Properties, the current owners who restored the building in 2004. Click here to see pictures from the opening. The work is up through July.


june 4-5


Pat Barkman '72 is holding an art show and sale at Lakeside Gallery
49 Taunton Lake Road, Newtown, CT 06470
June 4th and 5th  2 - 4 pm


June 4 2011


Catherine Vanaria, WCSU photography professor and Danbury small business owner, who spent time during the summer of 2010 photographing a hat collection at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority . Her work inspired an exhibit being displayed at the museum through October 15, 2011. The exhibit can be viewed on at the museum on Main Street in Danbury Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

“Once we viewed Cathy's exceptional photographs, we knew that the women’s hat collection had to be seen by the public. These hats are works of art,” stated Executive Director, Brigid Guertin.

Over 300 ladies hats from the museum collection will showcase hat design from the colonial period through the mid-20th century.  The exhibit includes highly entertaining wall of historic newspaper advertisements and city directory listings related to the millinery trade in Danbury. Vintage photos and antique postcards from museum archives illustrate styles and trends.


June 11

The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford has a show featuring Gulgun Alziria MFA '07 June 11 through July 17. Click here to see the opening reception and here to see the article in the NewsTimes on June 10.

June 22-july 16

june 25


Isabelle Day at the First Street Gallery
526 W.26th Street, suite 209/ New York , NY 10001 / 646.336.8053 /
for the 2011 National Juried Competition
June 22 – July 16, Reception: June 25, 3- 5 pm


June 2011


Charles Gehm has a painting "Break of Day"  selected to be shown in the Oil Painters of America's 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils to be held in June at Devin Galleries in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 


June 2011


Ed Little has a painting 'Natasha' selected for the Oil Painters of America's 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils to be held in June at Devin Galleries in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho"


June 4


Vincent Baldassano


OPENING "New Small Paintings" June 4, 2011 5:00pm - 8:00pm
The Marina Gallery
153 Main Street, Cold Spring , NY 10516
(845) 265 2204

The exhibition dates are: 6/4 to 6/26
Thursday/Sunday 11:00 to 5 PM


June 4-5


Pat Barkman '72 held an art show and sale at Lakeside Gallery
49 Taunton Lake Road, Newtown, CT 06470. Guests were invited to walk and linger through her gardens and her art.
June 4th and 5th



June 6

Joel Spector had a commission for the National Arts Club. The portrait of Claire Bloom was presented to her on June 6, 2011, in order to commemorate a Lifetime Achievement in acting.



June 9-12


Linda Rynkowski, MFA '12 is exhibiting at the upcoming CCNS 49th Annual Art Show in Rowayton, CT from June 9-12th. The 49th Annual Art Show will include works by established and emerging artists. The French Salon style Art Show offers one of the biggest and most diverse selections of original art for sale in Fairfield County, bringing in close to two hundred thousand dollars in sales over a four day period.
Community Cooperative Nursery School (CCNS), 4 Trolley Place, Rowayton, CT 06853


June 10


Laura McCormick '84, Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76 and Plonia Nixon are in the Art of Caring on June 10, 2011! This annual show has great artwork and supports Regional Hospice.  This year Laura is the featured artist.


June 20


Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07 invites you  to Art At The Pizzeria

Monday, June 20, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

at Pizzeria Laurentano
291 Greenwood Ave
Bethel CT 06801

Ginger writes, "Please join me in a celebration of summer, art, jazz and pizza!"
RSVP to Ginger at


June 21

June 23


The MFA Exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City. Opening reception from 5 - 8 pm on June 23. The show is from 6/23 until July 9.

Blue Mountain Gallery 530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001


June 25


ArtSpace CT Paintings, photographs, and sculptures by Jessica Bartlet, Tracy Powers, and Michael Yurgeles.

Saturday, June 25 6:00pm - 9:00pm

555 AsylumStreet, Hartford, CT 06105 Get Directions

Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


June 25


David Boyajian in the "Paint on Metal Exhibition"
Opening Saturday June 25, 2011 at 2pm-6pm.

A group show of wall art and various sizes of sculpture all created with metal and paint.

It will be a colorful exhibition.


June 28


Alain Picard '97 is offering a free Demonstration at Picard Studio in Southbury, CT on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 7:00-9:30pm

Using the live model, Alain will demonstrate a pastel portrait from start to finish. Throughout the process, Alain will explain his simple approach to portrait painting which emphasizes relationships of shapes, values, and edges. Along the way, Alain will share his insights on color and composition as well. Space is limited.

Please email or call Picard Studio to reserve a seat.


July 9 - 31


Pamela Hochstetter '80

31 Keeler Road, Bridgewater
Saturday, July 9, 3:00-6:00PM 
click here to see pictues from theOpen Studio

ART EXHIBIT Opening Reception
Burnham Library
62 Main Street, Bridgewater
Saturday, July 9, 6:30-8:30PM
ART EXHIBIT @ Burnham Library runs
July 1 - 31
Regular library hours
Tues 1-5, Wed 9-6
Thurs 9-5, Sat 9-1                   Questions?
                                                                    or 860-355-1921


July 13 - Aug 4


Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76 is part of The exhibit "4 Artists -- 4 Journeys" an exhibit open to the public until early August at Danbury City Hall. The following is a notice from The News Times: The artists are Vincent Albano, Shelley Lowell and Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76, all of Danbury, and Emilya Padlowski, of Ridgefield.

Albano paints with watercolors at night in his basement, a "peaceful time in solitude," he says, "except for the occasional spider that might drop by."

Lowell uses oil with a wax medium in stylized, allegorical landscapes that "express my reaction to injustices I see around me," she says. Each piece is paired with an original poem.

Meken-Silvestri works in fused glass, using a kiln and replicating or improving upon "techniques adapted from the ancients." Fragile pieces of glass, she says, "all bond to form sparkle and strength."

Padlowski is an interior designer, artist and art historian who began her training in the Soviet Union. Her eclectic work includes murals, painted furniture and soft sculpture.

The free exhibit, which opened with a reception Wednesday, can be seen through Aug. 4 during normal business hours at City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave.: Monday to Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Read more:


July 12 - 30

July 14



Joan Marie Kelly MFA '04

at the Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001

Zones of Contact, The Public Art of Joan Marie Kelly

Jul 12, 2011 - Jul 30, 2011

Reception July 14 from 5 pm - 8 pm


July 12 - 30

July 16



Isabelle Day MFA '11
Kevin Dunn MFA '11
Amy Meeker MFA '12
Perry Obee MFA '11
Eileen Tavolacci
MFA '11

were accepted at Prince Street Gallery
325 West 25th St/ NY NY 10001/646.230.0246/
4th National Juried Exhibition

July 12 - July 30, 2011 Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16, 3-6 pm

Gallery Hours Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 pm


July 15


Marcella Kurowski '05 opens in the Forest To Shore Gallery for the opening night of exhibit on Friday, July 15 • 5:00pm - 11:00pm entitled "Ad Libitum." FTS Gallery is proud to display the newest works from this very talented artist and longtime friend.
FTS Gallery
2415 Main Street 2nd Floor
Stratford, CT



July 21 - August 10


Sarah Stewart Wright '11 and Isabelle Day '11

 FIRST STREET GALLERY is pleased to present the 2011 MFA Juried Exhibition, July 21 to August 10, the first in a series of annual exhibitions open exclusively to MFA students throughout the United States. Juried by SAIC Professor and artist Susanna Coffey, the exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media and sculpture. Opening reception July 21 from 5 - 8 pm.

Gallery Hours: 11 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

526 West 26th Street, Suite 209,
(PLEASE NOTE: moved from Suite 95) New York, New York, 10001
First Street Gallery is located in the heart of Chelsea, NYC between 10th & 11th Avenues.


August 2 - 31

August 4


Ival Stratford-Kovner MFA '02

at the Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001

Horse Drawn

Aug 02, 2011 - Aug 20, 2011

Reception August 4 from 5 - 8 pm Ival's show was on the front page of the NewsTimes


August 2 -20

August 4

Kevin Dunn MFA '11
Isabelle Day
  MFA '11

at Bowery Gallery
325 West 25th St/ NY NY 0001/646.230.0246
The Bowery's 20th Annual Juried Competition for 2011
August 2 - 20, 2011
Reception: Thursday, August 4, 5pm- 8 pm
Gallery Hours Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 pm


August 5 - Sept 9


Rick Villodas '84

Emplorium August 5th- September 9th

Opening Reception this Friday August 5th 6-8pm at Rockwell Art and Framing
9 Burtis Ave
New Canaan, CT



Aug 16 - Oct 14

Sept 9



Karen Bartone MFA '09

is a guest artist at Gallery One at the Clayhouse August 16 through October 14. The reception is September 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. GalleryOne is located at 665 Boston Post Road at Elm Street (Old Saybrook Shopping Center).
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday:10am -5:30pm, Thursdays:10am-8pm, Sundays:12-5pm. Phone 860-388-0907


Sept 1 - Oct 13

Sept 8


Derek Leka MFA '07 and Karen Bartone MFA '09


September 1 – October 13, 2011 at ECSU opening reception:
Thursday, September 8, 5-7 p.m.

A triennial exhibition features work by award-winning faculty of the Visual Arts Department, both full time and adjunct studio professors.
Karen and Derek are both adjunct teachers at Eastern.
Akus Gallery, Shafer Hall, Room 1, Lower Level
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226

Gallery: 860-465-4659, Office: 860-465-4647
Hours: Tues-Wed 11am - 5pm
Thurs 1pm - 7pm, Sat-Sun 2pm - 5pm


Sept 4


Former adjunct professor, Garry Camp Burdick,  was featured in the NewsTimes for publishing his fist book, "West to Big Water: A Civil War Aftermath," self-published through iUniverse. Click here to read the article by Nancy DeFelice

from the article: Burdick's successful career in photography reads like a `Who's Who of the Art World.' His iconic photographs of his morning with Norman Rockwell in the painter's studio were exhibited at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and are now part of its permanent collection.  For more information on "West to Big Water: A Civil War Aftermath," visit or


Sept 2011


Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00 is featured in a podcast with the children's group Rocknoceros. Click on Colonel Purple Turtle's Purple Turtle Journal if the following link doesn't load automatically:"

Missy will be illustrating the upcoming book and CD for Colonel Purple Turtles Purple Turtle Journal due out September 2011.


SepT 9


Painting critic John Arthur will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call (203) 837-8881.



Sept 10-24


Doug Friday MFA '11 joined The 4th Annual Easthampton, Massachusetts "Paint Out" A Plein Air Competition Sept. 3-10 2011 and has an exhibition of his work at The Nashawannuck Gallery in Easthampton, Massachusetts from Sept. 10-24 2011.


Sept 11


David Boyajian is featured in a New York Times article as he complete his commission commemorating 9/11 in Sherwood Isle State Park. Click here to view article


Sept 20


Illustrator Robert Crawford will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call (203) 837-8881.


Sept 8

Sept 24 - Oct 28

Ridgefield Guild of Artists 34th Annual Juried Exhibition
The Guild is pleased to announce that noted creative director and gallery owner Cynthia Reeves will be the juror for this year's 34th Annual Juried Show.

The Juried Show showcases artists in all media from the regional area. Receiving for the show starts September 8. The show opens September 24 and runs through October 28.

For more information visit our website at
Click here for the 34th Annual Juried Show Prospectus.

Sept 25



Artists and Musicians are invited to paint and play in the landscape at Blue Horse Arts and Jay Foster Music Studios!

Jay Foster will be offering a free demonstration and introductory workshop on using Field Recording and Granular Synthesis to create new soundscapes and ambient compositions. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the use of music technology to record and re-sculpt sounds collected from the wetlands area outside of the studio.

The “Hemingway Pond Paint Out” will be held simultaneously and is open to artists of all abilities. Instructor/Artist Bridget Grady will be on hand to assist those with less experience. Bring your own paints, sketching materials, and cameras and enjoy the natural beauty that lays hidden right in the center of town. Some easels are available on a limited basis, but it is advised that you bring your own.

Blue Horse Arts and JFoster Music Studios are located on the edge of Hemingway Pond near the center of Watertown, in the old factory space known locally as the MRCO building. Entrance to the studios is on 250 Porter Street. Beautiful views of the wetlands and wildlife are available outside in the fresh air or from inside the studio complex. The events will be held rain or shine. We are fortunate to be able to paint the landscape inside or out and year round from the window views of the studio complex. The “ Hemingway Pond Paint Out” and “Music Technology” demonstration is free and open to the public, but registration with the studios is required.( Just so we know how much coffee to brew:)!) The "Hemingway Paint Out" date is Sunday morning 9AM- Noon, September 25th. The Field Recording and Granular Synthesis demo and workshop will be held also on September 25th 9AM- NOON.
For more information and registration call 860-417-3243 or visit


Oct 4


Painter Betsy Garand will discuss her work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call (203) 837-8881



Oct 14 - Oct 30

Oct 14


Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76 , For the  8th consecutive year is having a show  featuring fused glass art, giftware, tableware, wall panels & jewelry with artists Judy Mirrer of Middlebury and Linda Banks of New Preston at The White Silo Farm and Winery, Rte. 37E in Sherman, CT.  The show opens on Fri., Oct. 14th and runs weekends thru Sun., Oct. 30th.  Gallery hours are Fri., Sat. and Sun. 11:00am – 6:00pm.  An artist’s reception will take place on Sat. Oct. 15th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  The White Silo is located at 32 Rte. 37E in Sherman, CT  For directions, call the winery at (860) 355-0271. For further information regarding the show or artists email Maryann at or call (203) 778-3982.


Oct 17, oct 20


Groundbreaking dedication of the Visual and Performing Arts Center, featuring work from alumni, students and faculty. 4 pm westside campus. The festivities included opera exrepts from the Music Department, a selection from Sweeney Todd and art from Looking Forward: a groundbreaking... Click her to see the pictures from the groundbreaking with special guests, including Governor Dannel P Malloy and former Governor Jodi Rell,  and from the opening on October 20.


Oct 18


Illustrator Michael Whelen will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call (203) 837-8881


Oct 20 - Dec 1

Looking Forward, work by students, alumni and faculty open in Higgins Gallery at 7 pm. The show continues through December 1. Gallery Hours Monday - Thursday 12 - 4 pm. Click here for a complete list of artists and click here to see pictures from the groundbreaking and the opening.

Looking Forward: A groundbreaking…


  …an exhibition that celebrates and interprets the definition of groundbreaking. Faculty, Students, and Alumni or Western Connecticut State University were asked to respond with works of art, individually or through class projects, that evoke the energy of the event. The process of breaking new ground was also the inspiration for the students who helped in the curatorial decisions of hanging this show.

Click here to see some of the works being exhibited by students, faculty and alumni


Oct 23

Sunday, October 23 at 10:00am at Silvermine School of Art, New Canaan, CT. In The Big Brush Workshop™you will re-connect to your creativity! •The fun environment encourages play and experimentation. •There is no right or wrong way and there are no rules. •No experience is necessary. •The results will suprise and astonish you! (Yes, that includes you!). Your creativity is waiting . . . make the time to claim yours! Register by October 19! 203-966-6668 x 2 Cost $130 Paint and Paper supplied. Bring lunch and a wide flat brush about 2" More Questions:


Oct 28 - Dec 1


Bridget Grady MFA '04, Anne Flynn MFA '04, Matang Gonzales '86, Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07 and Lee Cordon MFA '04 are participating in a show at Blue Horse Arts Gallery in Watertown, CT. The theme of the exhibition is to promote awareness of the connection between food, culture, and the environment, thinking globally and acting locally. The conceptual thread of this exhibition is based on the outreach and entanglement of artists, farmers, the environment, and community through mutual exchange. Blue Horse Arts Studio and the JFosterMusic Studio complex located at 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT will host an interdisciplinary visual art and music event “Field Projects” to celebrate our connections to the natural world. The public is invited to an opening exhibition Friday, October 28th, 7PM- 9PM.  Refreshments will be provided. Music will be provided by, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music teacher based in Watertown CT. Click here to see pictures from the opening.


Nov 1-30

Nov 3

Linda Rynkowski MFA '12 sold one painting out of five exhibited at the annual CCNS show in Rowayton, CT which ran from June 6th -12th.

She is having a show at the Darien Rowayton Bank from Tuesday November 1st through Wednesday November 30th. The opening will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 4 - 6 pm.

Nov 4


Phyllis Boger MFA '02 opens at The Fountain Art Gallery with an exhibition of Totems
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Chickasaw Oaks Village 3092 Poplar Ave, Suite 1 Memphis TN 38111


Nov 7 - Nov 26


Robert Alberetti is showing paintings and works on paper at the Atlas fine arts services, 41 South 6th Ave in Tuscan AZ. The exhibit continues through Nov 26. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 6, Friday and Saturday 11 to 7.


Nov 17 - dec 10


Derek Leka MFA '07 is opening Six See, an exhibition of paintings, photography and other images by faculty from the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the University of Bridgeport. The works will be on view starting with an opening reception 4:30pm - Thursday, Nov. 17 at the University Gallery. The show runs until Dec 10.

Works of Kelli Costa, John Kandalaft, Michael Kandalaft, Peter Konsterlie, Derek Leka and Rick McCollum comprise the Six for you to See.


Nov 29


Joan Kelly MFA '05 is presented "The Public Art of Joan Kelly" at Maryland institute of Art for students.


Nov 29


MFA VISUAL ARTS VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES continues on Tuesday, Nov. 29 with Painter James McGarrell. McGarrell will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call x78881. His work can be seen at


Dec 2011


David Boyajian finished the installation for the the Norwalk train station commission. There are 17 cast aluminum sculptures installed on the railing posts in the old station section. The sculptures are 3D narratives of Norwalk history."

The Norwalk Parking Authority invited artists to submit proposals back in April for the SoNo station public art project. In September the NPA chose the artists to create the permanent installations. The team of David Boyajian, Matt Rink and Vincent Appel are creating a series of aluminum sculptures that depict the history of Norwalk, such as an oyster boat, lighthouse, hat and hatbox. They will be installed on the railing post caps throughout the station lobby.


Dec 3

Dec 3 - 30

Gulgon Aliriza MFA '07 is opened Dec 3rd, 3 - 6 PM for a 2011 Group show at  Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM .
For more information please see our website at or call us at 646.486.4730.



Dec 8

Joan Kelly MFA '05 will present The Public Art of Joan Kelly" for the undergraduate painting class at University of New Hampshire.

Also on Dec 8, Joan will provide a discussion on living and working in Asia to the graduate painting program at University of New Hampshire.


photo by George McClintock, 2010

John Wallace, Professor Emeritus of Art passed away Friday, April 15th.  In nearly 30 years of teaching in the Art department, he was an inspiration to hundreds of students. 

There will be a memorial reception on Wednesday, May 4th, 3:30-5:00pm, in the Higgins Art Gallery.  All former students are invited to attend. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the MFA and Visual Arts Fund at Western Connecticut State University. Click here for the full obituary


February 17


John Wallace  work at Higgins Hall Gallery on the midtown campus from February 17 through March 10. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday Feb. 17th from 4-7pm.

Titled “John Wallace – 60 years of Painting” the exhibition has representative paintings from a decades long artistic career. Although somewhat different in scale and scope, these works show a remarkable consistency in their figuration, use of metaphor, and narrative content:
“…Wallace is nothing if not a consummately sophisticated painter, capable of producing effects which can, and should, be savored for their purely aesthetic qualities. That said, however, it is also true that Wallace…brings to visual art a narrative gift so richly novelistic that one can’t help pondering the possible meanings of his compositions any more than ignore all the subtextual implications in a complex prose passage from Nabakov or Updike. Indeed, Wallace is one of our more intriguing post-modern storytellers…”
Ed McCormack
Gallery & Studio, February 2007

John Wallace received a B.F.A. from Washington University and an M.F.A. from Indiana University. He also studied at Skowhegan, where he received a Margaret Tiffany Blake fellowship for creating a fresco in the choir loft of the South Solon Meeting House, which is now a historic landmark. He is also the recipient of a Huntingdon Hartford Fellowship and a Roswell Museum Fellowship. His work is in museums and significant private collections. From 1982 thru 2009 he taught at Western Connecticut State University where he was co-coordinator of the M.F.A. program from 2000 thru 2009.


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