Department of Art Alumni


   2013 update Events from the 2013 calendar will be moved here upon completion
Jan 4 - 12

Catherine Vanaria exhibited in “Objectified" an AIB MFA Alumni Exhibition at
Washburn Hall Auditorium, Lesley University
10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA
Jan 9

Alain Picard '97 gave a portrait demonstration Wednesday evening, January 9, with SCAN in Newtown, CT.

The demo was at 7:30PM in the Newtown Meeting House.
Jan 12

Dec 2012 - Jan 2013

Bridget Grady MFA '04 continues to offer lectures and programs as part of Field Projects out of Blue Horse Arts Studio, her studio in Woodbury, CT. Southbury artist Marc Chabot gave a lecture on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at 1pm at the Field Projects Gallery of Blue Horse Arts Studio located in Watertown CT. Marc Chabot is an artist and 19th & 20th century American drawing and print scholar and collector. He is also one of the exhibiting artists, along with Caroline Harman of Newtown, represented in the "Drawing Conversations. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

"Drawing Conversations: An Exhibition of Drawing by Caroline Harman and Marc Chabot," will be on view until the end of January.
Thursdays- Saturdays 12PM-5PM and by appointment.
For more info contact or call 860-417-3243
The Field Projects Gallery of Blue Horse Arts and JFoster Music Studios are located at 250 Porter Street, Watertown, CT 06795
JAN 22

Guest Artist Lecture: Illustrator, Nancy Stahl
11:00 AM, White Hall (WH), Viewing Room 1
Nancy Stahl is a highly recognized illustrator who was recently inducted into the 2012 Hall of Fame of the Society of Illustrators.  She studied at the Art Center College of Design in California, and then moved to New York City, where she still resides, to begin her freelance career in 1971.  She continued her studies at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design, and over the past decades, her work has become woven into our culture. 

In describing her creative process, Stahl spoke about a stamp design for the USPS.  “For the 2007 Christmas stamps, I was told only to do something non-religious that would be warm and cozy.  I began drawing angels, elves, ribbons, and kept sketching various holiday items.  At one point, I thought of mittens and then cropped in closer and closer until it became just the knitted motifs.  Knitting is a passion so I was excited to knit my final art in that case.”  Stahl’s assignments have ranged from editorial to packaging, to corporate identity, postage stamps and television commercials; they have brought her work into the mainstream of our everyday visuals.

Oct 2012 - Jan 2013 Vincent Baldassano - Exhibit of recent works on display at the National Academy,  New York, NY
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013

Nancy White Cassidy '97, MFA '05 opened The Cassidy Gallery At Jackson Village, located at the beautiful Snowflake Inn in scenic Jackson, New Hampshire. She  represents fine artists and artisans and opens with a holiday show.

95 Main Street, Jackson Village, NH 03846
Wednesday – Saturday: 10-5, Sunday: 10-1
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013

Bridget Grady MFA '04 invites you to "Drawing Conversations: An Exhibition of Drawing by Caroline Harman and Marc Chabot," will be on view until the end of January.
Thursdays- Saturdays 12PM-5PM and by appointment.
For more info contact or call 860-417-3243
The Field Projects Gallery of Blue Horse Arts and JFoster Music Studios are located at 250 Porter Street, Watertown, CT 06795
Feb 5

Guest Artist Lecture: Illustrator/Sculptor, James Grashow
11:00 AM, White Hall (WH), Viewing Room 1

James Grashow was born in Brooklyn and received his BFA and MFA from Pratt Institute.  After his BFA, he was awarded a Fulbright Travel Grant to Florence, Italy, for painting and graphics.  Creating works that address themes of man, nature and mortality, he has been represented by the Alan Stone Gallery since 1966.

Grashow is a renowned artist who creates in multiple forms.  The scale of his work ranges from large environmental installations to delicate, small constructions.  He is also well known for his powerful woodcuts.  His prints have appeared regularly in The New York Times and virtually every periodical throughout the country.

Last spring, his “Corrugated Fountain” was exhibited at the Aldrich Museum.   Built from cardboard and spanning 17 x 25 x 30 feet, it was inspired by the Trevi Fountain in Rome.  It had traveled since 2007 for exhibitions in this country before coming to the Aldrich, where it was placed outdoors to deteriorate by nature’s design.  From start to finish, this sculptural project was documented by Olympia Stone in her film The Cardboard Bernini. “Making a fountain out of cardboard is absurd, an oxymoron”, says Grashow.  “It is a perfect poetic message.  All things have a lifetime.”    

Feb 14 - Mar 14

Margaret Grimes, A Retrospective

Opening Reception Feb 14, 5 - 7 pm.  pictures from this event will be posted on FB as well
Jan 7 - Feb 29

Jan 19

Jennifer Cordon Wyzykowski MFA '12 is debuting her NEW children's book at Harwinton Library  from January 7 through February 29.

OPENING RECEPTIO...N is January 19, 1-4

The public is welcome to come and meet the artist and enjoy some refreshments. The show, titled "Growing" is a display of mixed media works by the artist.

More of her artwork can be seen at
Harwinton Library, 80 Bentley Drive Harwinton, CT 06791, Phone (860) 485-9113
Jan 26

Jan 26 - Mar 22

Tiffany Johnson MFA '12 will be a participating artists in the Accessible Art 2013! Look for her at one or more locations: CityCenter Danbury, City of Danbury, Regional YMCA - Escape to the Arts, Danbury Museum & Historical Society, The Upstairs Gallery Molten Java

Opening Night at Danbury Museum & Historical Society is Saturday, January 26, 2013, 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. as part of 2013 Accessible Art Exhibit, in cooperation with The Cultural Alliance of Western CT (formerly known as HVCA)

This juried exhibit will run through March 22, 2013 and will be open for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm in Huntington Hall.
Jan 27

Jan 27 - Apr 28

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07 is opening at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art on SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013, 5-7pm
"The Power of Place" 
HVCCA, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26

Alain J. Picard
Choose Your Own Subject Class

Four Week Studio Class, Tuesdays 7:00-9:30pm
February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013
Location: Picard Studio Cost: $200

12 Hillside Road | Southbury CT 06488 | 203.297.1399 for additional classes in March

Feb 14

Feb 14 - Mar 14

Margaret Grimes, A Retrospective
The Gallery at Higgins Hall, Midtown Campus, Danbury CT

Opening Reception Feb 14, 5 - 7 pm
On View Feb 14 - Mar 14, M - R, 12 - 4 pm

This show will travel to Hendrix College in Conway, AR, Mar 2013
Feb 19

Guest Artist Lecture: Historian/Curator/Writer, Jennifer Samet
11:00 AM, White Hall (WH), Viewing Room 1

Jennifer Samet is an art historian, curator and writer, based in New York City.  She received a BA from Barnard and a PhD from The Graduate Center, CUNY, with her dissertation entitled “Painterly Representation in New York, 1945-1975”.  She has curated major exhibitions on the history of the New York Studio School and the Jane Street Group.  Previously she was the director of the Center for Figurative Painting in NYC, and also an associate at Hirschl and Adler Modern.

Samet is currently a professor of art history at the City University of New York.  She also co-directs a gallery on the lower east side, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects.  Her writings have been published in Hyperallergic, Master Drawings, ArtNet Magazine, the New York Sun, and numerous exhibition catalogues.  Especially interested in the voice of the artist, she has lectured at universities on the subject of “The Role of Empathy in Art”.  She has published in-depth interviews with many artists, recently with Rackstraw Downes last October during his solo exhibition at the Betty Cuningham Gallery.    

Feb 26
Mar 7

Jessica Bartlet MFA '09

 Backyard Wilderness

at First Street Gallery

February 26 - March  23, 2013

 Opening Reception:  March 7, 6 - 8 pm

Backyard, Mid-October (Triptych), oil on panel, 16" x 32"  

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

526 West 26th Street, Suite 209, New York, New York 10001 646-336-8053,  First Street Gallery is located in the heart of Chelsea, NYC between 10th & 11th Avenues. [Nearest Subways: C,E,R,1,F,V to 23rd St. - crosstown bus to 10th Ave. Nearest Buses:  9th Avenue (#11), 8th Avenue (#10)

While conservation may be a distinct side effect of the observation of wilderness, to Jessica Bartlet, painting may be another side effect. To find a wilderness, one may need to look no further than one's own backyard.   Bartlet's debut solo show at First Street Gallery gives us an energetic and vivid glimpse into how she experiences and cherishes wilderness by simply looking into her backyard.  On what used to be farmland in Northwestern Connecticut there are houses set into a gash in the natural hillside.  Despite the untamable wildness of this hillside, Bartlet's paintings expose something very beautiful about the indomitable reclamation of the hill to the wilderness.    

Bartlet has been faithfully observing, documenting, and experiencing nature's ebb and flow through her backyard for the last 4 years.  She paints loosely and fluidly feeling the surge of plant life and the destruction caused by weather.  Her brushstrokes and use of natural color convey a confidence and urgency for remembering moments that are as fleeting as the north wind whipping through the landscape in the winter.  The surface treatment of the paintings and the window-like characteristics of diptych's and triptych's allow viewers to see Bartlet's innate desire to understand, love, and preserve nature, as she observes her own backyard wilderness. 

  Click here to see more works by Jessica Bartlet 

Mar 5

MFA Faculty Lecture: Margaret Grimes,
corresponding with her Retrospective Exhibition in Higgins Hall. 
11:00 AM, White Hall (WH), Viewing Room 1
Mar 21

Guest Artist Lecture: Painter, Hugh O'Donnell
11:00 AM, White Hall (WH), Viewing Room 1 >Hugh O’Donnell was born in London in 1950.  After receiving his graduate degree, he was awarded the Japanese Monbusho Scholarship and studied monumental screen painting in Kyoto.  In 1980 at the age of 30, he was included in an exhibition “British Art Now” at the Guggenheim Museum.  By 1983 he was represented at Marlborough Gallery.  He moved to the U.S. in 1987.

 O’Donnell’s work is in numerous collections, notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, MOMA, the National Gallery, Albright Knox, Walker Arts Center, the Aldrich, and the Victoria and Albert in London.  He has received many awards and commissions for paintings, digital art and book designs.  “Speaking to the Earth” is a site-specific digital print mural, commissioned by Deloitte & Touche for their NYC global office.  “Circle of Life” is a ten mural digital artwork commissioned by NYU Medical Center for their cardiovascular unit.  

He is Professor of Painting at Boston University since 1996, where he was former Chair of Undergraduate Painting.  He has also taught at the NY Studio School, University of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.  He was one of the founding advisory board members of the MFA program at WCSU. 

Apr 4 - Apr 15

Apr 4

MFA Thesis Show
The Gallery at Higgins Hall , Midtown campus

Opening Reception Apr 4 from 4:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Hours: M-R, 12 - 4 pm
Apr 5

Guest Artist Lecture: Painter, Don Kimes
11:00 AM, White Hall (WH), Viewing Room 1

Don Kimes divides his time between Washington, DC, Chautauqua, NY, and Italy.  Since 1993 he has worked extensively in Umbria.  In a 1996 catalogue essay, Kimes wrote that Italy affords the opportunity “to think about culture, nature and the passage of time.”  Nearly ten years ago, a flood destroyed his home, studio and much of his work. “It was like the record of my existence had been erased”, he said. “Nature took everything back, but my work is now based on those destroyed images. Through them, color, form and structure combine with nature, time, memory and rebirth. But that’s what my work always sought. It’s just more clear now."

Kimes’ work has been exhibited in galleries and museums that include Denise Bibro, Kouros Gallery, NY Studio School, National Academy of Design, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of American Art, National Academy of Sciences, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Since 1986, Kimes has been Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.  He has been Professor of Art at American University since 1988, where he was department chair for eleven years.  He was the founder and director of the American University MFA program in Italy, and in 2004, received the AU award for “Outstanding Contributions to Academic Development”.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the MFA program at WCSU.
Mar 11 - May 31

Apr 6

Ball Players is a solo exhibition of new drawings by Chris Durante '86 of Redding, Connecticut at the Gallery at Still River Editions March 11 - May 31, 2013.

The artist's reception on Saturday, April 6 is free and open to the public, 4 pm - 6 pm.

Durante uses ink and collage elements to express his nearly life-long interest in baseball, in particular the characters that inhabit its “cathedrals”, the ball parks. The comic book-influenced, stylized figures convey the attitude and soul of players past and present, real and imaginary.

Still River Editions, 128 East Liberty Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Apr 23

Guest Artist Lecture: Painter, Susan Jane Walp
11:00 AM, White Hall (WH), Viewing Room 1

Susan Jane Walp received a BA with distinction and honors in painting from Mount Holyoke College.  She also studied at the New York Studio School, Skowhegan, and Brooklyn College.  She is a recipient of numerous awards, among them the Benjamin Altman Prize from the National Academy of Design in NY, the American Academy of Arts and Letter award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Her luminous, exquisitely balanced still-lifes reflect a contemplative serenity.  They move beyond their humble objects to implications of transcendence.  In an interview with Larry Groff, Walp said "the concentration of working from observation can be similar to a meditation practice. And perhaps with still life, even more so than working from the figure or landscape, the distractions are reduced to a minimum; the objects are still, can’t engage you in conversation, don’t need to take breaks, aren’t subject to changing weather."

Represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery in NYC, Walp has had extensive exhibitions in the U.S. since 1974.  She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous art schools, including the Vermont Studio Center, the New York Studio School, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, Haverford, and Brooklyn College.

Apr 24 - May 6

Senior Thesis Exhibition
The Gallery at Higgins Hall, Midtown Campus

Reception  April 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: M-R, 12 - 4 pm
May 2013
Joan Kelly MFA '05 is at the Wanju Art Center and International Beakam Art Museum, Wanju, with 3 artworks
May 7, 14, 21, 28

Alain J. Picard
Choose Your Own Subject Class

Four Week Studio Class, Tuesdays 7:00-9:30pm
May 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2013
Location: Picard Studio Cost: $200

12 Hillside Road | Southbury CT 06488 | 203.297.1399

Jun 18 - Jul 6

2013 MFA graduates at Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25th, 4th flr
New York, New York 10001
T-Sa 11AM - 6PM , 646.486.4730

Reception June 20,  5 - 8 pm
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