Stand Up and Be Seen!

Fifteen critically acclaimed artists working in diverse media ranging from pastel and oil paintings to ceramics, photography and sculpture were featured in a major exhibition from Oct. 18 through Nov. 23, 2010, at Western.

The show titled “Fifteen Artists, One Exhibition,” organized by the WCSU art department in collaboration with the Washington (Conn.) Art Association (WAA), showcased the works of 15 regionally and nationally recognized artists who have taught at the WAA.

Darby Cardonsky was curator for the Higgins Gallery exhibition and for 22 years was co-owner of the former Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery in Kent. She described the WCSU/WAA collaboration as an important event highlighting the university’s role as a regional center for the arts.

“The university gallery is a focal point where great art is displayed, creating discussions and attracting a diverse and energetic audience,” Cardonsky observed. “Our mission is to bring exceptional exhibitions to the community surrounding WCSU. This exhibition was made possible by generous funding from an anonymous donor.”

The university and the association, founded in 1932, have brought together a remarkable spectrum of works by artists who have exhibited widely in the Northeast, across the United States and abroad. The breadth of experience represented in the show included painters whose careers span four decades or more such as Charles Cajori and Lois Dodd, co-founders of the Tanager Gallery, and Barbara Grossman, a co-founder of the Bowery Gallery, legendary exhibition spaces for New York’s avant-garde artistic community. The exhibition also featured paintings by Eric Aho, Ira Barkoff, Souby Boski, Wolf Kahn, Marija McCarthy and Ruth Miller; works in mixed media by Nancy Lasar; ceramic works by Elizabeth MacDonald and Ann Mallory; sculpture by Philip Grausman; and photography by Judith Petrovich and Carl Weese.

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“Fifteen Artists, One Exhibition,” organized by the WCSU art department in collaboration with the Washington (Conn.) Art Association (WAA), showcased the works of 15 regionally and nationally recognized artists who have taught at the WAA.