WCSU Master of Fine Arts students to exhibit works at VPAC Gallery
Opening reception for seven featured artists to be held March 30

DANBURY, CONN. — Seven Western Connecticut State University graduate student candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree in 2017 will present their works in the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition running from March 30 through April 10, 2017, in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

An opening reception co-sponsored by the university’s Department of Art and the WCSU Alumni Association for the artists will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the gallery. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited. The gallery will be open for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Department of Art organizes the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience demonstrating the personal artistic direction and mastery of candidates for the M.F.A. in Visual Arts, expressed in the works they present for viewing. The following M.F.A. students will show their works in this year’s exhibition:

  • Christine Armold, of Sandy Hook, paints primarily in oils and watercolor to create works that combine elements of still life and landscape, exploring the duality between interior and exterior spaces. She draws creative inspiration from personal memories of people and places in her past such as summers spent by the ocean with her grandmother. A recurring theme in her works is the passage of time and the beauty of objects left and forgotten. Recipient of a B.A. in Studio Art from WCSU, she has exhibited widely in Fairfield County.
  • Tricia Currie, of North Haven, works primarily in mixed media on paper, often on a large scale, to create fluid and expressive works emphasizing figures depicted in bold and delicate line work that evokes the emotional intensity of interactions between persons. Currie described her works as “intimate, rhythmic narratives, each expressing relatable issues we encounter as emotional beings.” Recipient of a B.F.A. from Paier College of Art, she has exhibited at galleries in New Haven and Litchfield counties.
  • Kirsten Koromilas, a native of Staten Island, New York, and resident of Bethel, layers wet and dry media in a gray-scale palette to create works that evoke space and movement, inspiring explorations of the impact of memory, experience, travel and ancestral influence. “What interests me is not so simple as familial heritage, but more the innate and instinctual subconscious force that is not necessarily marked by time, which asserts itself surprisingly in each piece,” she observed. A B.F.A. graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, she has exhibited in Boston and Los Angeles as well as in Connecticut.  
  • Joey Loos, of Meriden, combines paints with various non-traditional materials including fabric dyes, feminine products and liquids to pursue her passion for creative investigation in the creation of her mixed-media works. Her abstract and generally non-representational pieces explore concepts of femininity, memory, transience and the ephemeral nature of being. Recipient of a B.A. from the University of New Haven, she has exhibited at sites across Connecticut including the Open Studios the Giampietro Gallery in New Haven.    
  • Ellie Nazari, a 2007 emigre from Iran who now resides in Danbury, has created a series of paintings marked by bold use of colors in acrylic and oil that evoke what she described as “the unbearable heaviness of being a woman in the traditional, male-dominated society” of her native country. The more minimal tone and detail of her recent figurative works are designed to heighten the emotional impact of form and movement in these reflections of her interior self. Recipient of a B.A. in Studio Art at WCSU, she has exhibited at several Connecticut galleries.

  • Sara Ruiz, a Peruvian immigrant who resides in New Haven, uses soft brushes, a firm palette knife, and varied combinations of muted and vibrant color tones to create paintings that reflect the full palette of her native land, from the soft grays of Lima’s winter sky to rich color saturation evocative of Peruvian flora and fauna. She cited her multi-cultural heritage, family lore and childhood memories as important influences on her creative exploration of the connections between society, identity and the environment. Recipient of bachelor’s degrees in graphic design and in fine art from the University of New Haven, Ruiz has exhibited at the Seton Gallery in New Haven and the West Cove Gallery in West Haven.    
  • Janet Warner, of New Haven, often works on site at East Rock, creating landscape paintings of her home town that have evolved from earlier realistic representations to more interpretive images investigating a combination of the real and imagined worlds. “I have been exploring brush stroke, color palette and canvas size while keeping the same subject of the city, allowing for a deeper exploration of materials and inventiveness,” she said. Warner, who received her B.A. in Art from the University of New Haven and traveled cross-country for five years, has exhibited at the Seton Gallery, West Cove Gallery and Arts Council of New Haven in Connecticut and the First Street Gallery in New York.



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