Selected painting and illustration works by nine 2009 graduates of the WestConn Master of Fine Arts program were exhibited at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City, with the artists featured in the 2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition recognized at an opening reception at the gallery. The show continued the annual tradition of featuring M.F.A. graduate art selections at a Manhattan gallery following a spring exhibition of their thesis works at WestConn. The exhibitions mark the capstone of two years of intensive creative studies and practice in the fields of painting and illustration, which involves extensive interaction with WCSU faculty and with resident and visiting professional artists.
Artists whose works were shown at the Manhattan gallery included Jessica Bartlet, of Torrington; Karen Bartone, of Clinton; Bryn Gillette, of New Milford; Janice Nichols, of New Haven; Tracy Powers, of Wolcott; Jennifer Wheeler, of Salem, Conn.; and Carmen Canal, Jim Gabianelli and Perry Obee, of Danbury.