WCSU to present fall semester artist lecture series
Illustrator Marcos Chin to appear Sept. 14 in first of six artist lectures through November

DANBURY, CONN. — Critically acclaimed illustrators whose works range from subway art to children’s book drawings and painters whose works are shown in museums, galleries and private collections around the world will discuss their artistic vision and creative process during the Western Connecticut State University fall semester Master of Fine Arts lecture series continuing from September through November, 2016.

The series also will feature the curator of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, who pioneered the movement to organize pop-up exhibitions in the vibrant art center of New York City. All lectures, sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art M.F.A. in Visual Arts program, will be at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Admission will be free and the public is invited.

The series will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, with a lecture by illustrator Marcos Chin, whose widely recognized popular art works include his 2013 piece “Grand Central Catwalk” shown in the New York City subway system as part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Art for Transit program. A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada, Chin’s illustrations have reached an international audience as art work for magazines and fashion catalogues, textile and surface designs, book and CD covers, and advertisements.

Chin has exhibited his works at galleries in New York, Mexico and the Netherlands and has published books with Harper Collins and Viking Books. He has earned international recognition as recipient of gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York and a gold medal from the Society of Publication Designers. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York since 2006, and has presented lectures and workshops across the United States and abroad.

Other presentations featured in the fall 2016 M.FA. artist lecture series will include:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28: Painter Hilary Doyle, who lives and works in Brooklyn, has staged numerous exhibitions at galleries in New York and at diverse venues across the country including universities, art centers and galleries in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas and Virginia. She mounted a solo show, “Everything’s a Little Off,” at Brown University. Recipient of an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, she has curated exhibitions at Projekt722 in Brooklyn and at RISD. She is an art instructor at SUNY Purchase College and RISD, and will serve as an artist in residence in 2017 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.    
  • Monday, Oct. 10: Painter Eric Holzman, a Bronx native who now resides in Manhattan, has received widespread critical acclaim for his works exhibited widely across the United States and in Europe during the past four decades. Recognitions for his works have included awards of the Atlantic Pacific Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from Tiffany and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2008 he received the highest honors bestowed by the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His recent shows have been featured at elite New York galleries including Lori Brookstein, Sideshow, Jason McCoy and Tibor D’Nagy. He has served as an instructor at WCSU and other institutions including the New York Studio School, Pratt Institute, Bard College and SUNY Purchase.   
  •  Wednesday, Oct. 26: Illustrator Jacqueline Decker, a resident of Litchfield, has established an international reputation during the past two decades for her exquisitely designed and richly imaginative illustrations for children’s books as well as a wide range of children’s products. Founder of Jacqueline Decker Designs, her illustrations have appeared in books published by Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, the Smithsonian Institute and Oxford University Press, and her commercial art work has appeared on products ranging from fabrics to ornaments, dinnerware and paper goods. Recipient of an M.F.A. from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, she serves on the faculty of Tunxis Community College and previously taught at WCSU.
  •  Monday, Nov. 7: Painter Amy Cutler’s extensive portfolio of art works has earned a place in major public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington; Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany; the Reina Sofia national museum in Madrid, Spain; and leading museums in 14 states across America. She has exhibited internationally in numerous group shows since 1997, and has mounted 22 solo and two-artist exhibitions across the United States and abroad since 2000. Recipient of a B.F.A. from Cooper Union, Cutler is represented in New York by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, where she recently presented a collaborative multimedia installation, “Fossa,” commissioned by SITE Santa Fe as part of the New Mexico institution’s 20th anniversary celebration. Her exhibitions during the past year also have included participation in the “Drawing Now” exhibitions presented at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, and the Stedelijk Museum in Ghent, Belgium.     
  •  Monday, Nov. 21: Amy Smith-Stewart has served as curator of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield since 2013, where she has arranged exhibitions including artist Ruth Root’s first solo show, “Old, Odd and Oval,” and artist Jackie Winsor’s first museum show since 1997. Recipient of a master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, she has curated more than 60 gallery and museum exhibitions during a career that includes tenures at the MoMA PS1 and Mary Boone Gallery in New York. She founded the nomadic New York gallery Smith-Stewart, which became an early model for organizing pop-up exhibitions in major art centers such as Manhattan. Her current exhibitions at the Aldrich include commissioned works by Virginia Overton and David Brooks as part of a series titled “Four Solo Exhibitions Engaging Space,” in which artists use materials found on the museum property or indigenous to the region “as a response to ‘site’ that underscores the institution’s material history and visual history by transforming scale and circumstance,” the museum website notes on the series said.   

For more information, contact the WCSU Department of Art at (203) 837-8403.



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