WCSU Covid-19 Information Fall 2021

School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Art : The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center

Exhibitions & Events


2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition

The Department of Art organizes the MFA Thesis Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience demonstrating the personal artistic direction and mastery in the work of candidates for the MFA in Visual Arts. This exhibition featuring their thesis work is the culmination of two years of intensive creative study by graduate candidates in Painting, Illustration, and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts.

The 2021 MFA Exhibition will be installed in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center from April 5 – April 22 Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery is closed to the public. For this reason, we present a Virtual Exhibition available on our website launching on April 5, 2021. To view the exhibition, click on the heading above or the image to the left.  A second exhibition will open to the public physically in New York City at Blue Mountain Gallery. A reception for the NYC exhibit is contingent on NYS Covid-19 guidelines.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University is pleased to announce its candidates for the 2021 Master of Fine Arts degree.

Ryan Ames

Alison Booth

David Flook

Rachel Rossier

Kathleen Spezzano

Jennifer Sullivan

The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center

April 5 - April 22

School of Visual & Performing Arts

VPA, 2nd Floor, Room 240

43 Lake Avenue Extension

Danbury, CT

Blue Mountain Gallery

June 23–July 10

547 West 27 Street, Suite 200

New York, NY

Hours: Wed–Sat, noon–6pm


Supported by the Jason and Ellen Hancock Student Endowment Fund

Brookfield Craft Center

Senior Portfolio Exhibition 2021
An exhibition arranged by WCSU students for graduating WCSU students

May 1 – 30, 2021

Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery
286 Whisconier Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
Gallery Hours: Tue–Fri, 12–5pm,
Sat, 11am–5pm, Sun, 12–4pm


2021 Senior Portfolio Exhibition

The Senior Portfolio exhibition is the capstone experience of four years of study by Bachelor’s of Art candidates in Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and Studio Arts. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a physical exhibition in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center is not possible, therefore there will be a virtual exhibition in place of a physical one. All are invited to visit the exhibition and explore the artists individual pages once they are live. Check back on or after April 26, 2021 to view the exhibition and explore the artists individual pages. Congratulations to the class of 2021:

Graphic Design:
Emily M Calano, Joelle E McCue, Bridget M Monks, Brian R Payne, Francisco J Ramirez

Conor E Burke, Joseph M Eller, Danielle E Nielsen, Amanda R Palladino, Mary L Tedesco, Matthew K Wixted

Jakari Austin, Daniel J Baker, Patrick J Burns, Macayla J Cody, Rae R O'Hara, William J Parrott, Sarah Sprogis

Studio Arts:
Anna M Boers, Emily C Mansi, Philicia K Matturie, Julia M Sterc, Ava P Westervelt

In collaboration with the Brookfield Craft Center, a limited in-person exhibition where select pieces from student portfolios will be on view at the Art Center's Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, opening on May 1 through 30. Admission will be free and the public is requested to observe social distancing and mask requirements as well as posted capacity limits on the number of guests allowed in the gallery at one time.