School of Visual & Performing Arts

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

Past Exhibitions

SPRING 2019


2019 Senior Portfolio Exhibition

APRIL 18 – MAY 5, 2019
Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.

WCSU Department of Art presents the Senior Portfolio Exhibition. This exhibition is the capstone experience for students pursuing a B.A. in Art in one of five areas of concentration: graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, and sculpture. This year’s exhibition will feature works by 38 Western Connecticut State University undergraduate art majors who are candidates this year for the Bachelor of Arts degree (listed below).

Admission is free and the public is invited.

Graphic Design:
Nahndi Ali, Joseph Bottone, Paige Carnes, Alexa Collins, Ramazan Dovoljani, Heather Gantt, Lucas Gonzalez, Joshua Mueller, Kimberly Palmer, and Jonathan Spencer.

Illustration:
Kelly Criswell, Francisco Del Carpio-Beltran, Lindsey Lawton, Zachary Lloyd, Julie McCloskey, and Felisha Ortiz.

Painting:
Dana Aftyka, Emily Alderman, Octavia Byrd, David Flook, Morgan Ho, Alex Mondaca, Ashley O’Brien, Rachel Rossier, Thoai Tran, Valerie West-Rosenthal, and Veronica Woods.

Photography:
Alex Diverniero, Marcus Escribano, Khaalis Lee, Charles Loomis, Casey Orsini, Rachel Peet, Alessandra Turano, and Brianna Walker.

Sculpture:
Jacob Martnick, Phillip Reynolds, and Rockelle Veneruso.

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release Here.

2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition

MARCH 28 – APRIL 8
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 28, 6-8 p.m.

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, expressed in the works they present for viewing. The following MFA students will show their work in this year’s exhibition:

Dee Rose Barba              Mildred Paulino
Brett M. Colon                 Dee Dee Perrone
Brian Ferreira                  Rima J. Rahal
Greg Mursko                   Andréa Rios

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release.


neither here nor there (or And)

JANUARY 31 – MARCH 3, 2019
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, Jan 31, 6-8 p.m.

Like trying to describe a color with words, a painter reaches for what is hard to make real. Like color, a painting can seem to be more than one thing. The way in which a painter wrestles with issues is hard to pin down. There is no ever-reliable solution. Often a painting depends not just on the painter, but also on the imagination and willingness of the viewer. Neither Here Nor There presents a collection of six artists work that eludes, disrupts, or transforms what seems familiar. Participating Artists: Samantha Bates, Gideon Bok, Rachel Hellmann, Sam King, Matt Murphy, and Stephanie Pierce. Curated by Matt Murphy.

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release.

Parallel Practices

FALL 2018


Parallel Practices

"?" (A Series of Collaborative Works)

OCTOBER 25 – DECEMBER 9, 2018
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, Oct 25, 6-8 p.m.

A conceptual and intentionally ambiguous exhibition by Glenn Goldberg and Amber Scoon, exploring the nature of art, collaboration and ownership.

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release.

The Real Unreal: Realism Now

SEPTEMBER 4 – OCTOBER 14, 2018
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, Sept 6, 6-8 p.m.

Featuring four artists whose work demonstrates a realistic and traditional painting style, while substituting subject matter with more compelling critiques on today’s culture and society. Participating Artists: Mia Brownell, Leeah Joo, Jenifer Knaus and Nathan Lewis. Curated by Jane Rainwater.

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release.

Parallel Practices

SPRING 2018


Parallel Practices

PARALLEL PRACTICES

JANUARY 25 – MARCH 4
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 25, 6 – 8 p.m.

Gallery Talk with guest curators: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.

Closing Reception/Gallery Walk with the Artists: Sunday, March 4, 2 – 4 p.m.

Parallel Practices showcases the cross pollination of ideas across different mediums and the unexpected variety of creative expression that often happens concurrently in artists’ studios.

Participating Artists: Harriet Bellows, Matt Bollinger, Guy Corriero, Deborah Dancy, Fukuko Harris, Carol McMahon, Patricia Miranda, Elisa Soliven, Martha Tuttle, Alan Wiener, Mie Yim

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release.

FALL 2017


THINKING VISUALLY: THE ART OF CONNECTICUT ILLUSTRATORS

SEPTEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 3
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.

Artist Panel Discussion: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Moderated by Jack Tom, Associate Professor of Illustration

Featuring 15 contemporary illustrators from Connecticut, the exhibition will include books, design and editorial artwork in a variety of styles representing the specialized talent and diversity in this field of practice.

Participating Artists: Ross MacDonald, Bruce Degen, Guy Billout, Randy Enos, Wendell Minor, Robert Giusti, Bill Thomson, Roger Huyssen, Gerard Huerta, Leslie Cober-Gentry, Christine Kornacki, Robert Crawford, David Wenzel, James Grashow, Jon Sideriadis

Read more about the exhibition in the press release.

Roger Huyssen, “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Orchestra”

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2014-2015 Exhibition Season