School of Visual & Performing Arts

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

Past Exhibitions

SPRING 2022


2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition

March 24 – April 10
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 24, 6-8 p.m.

The Master of Fine Arts is the terminal degree for practicing, professional artists.
The MFA Thesis Exhibition is the capstone experience of the graduate program, demonstrating a personal direction and mastery in the work of the artists. This year, four graduate students will present their thesis work: Janelle Chandler, Kelsey Gilmore, Don Houston, and Robert Charles Hudson.

Gallery Hours:
Tues–Fri, noon–4pm
Sat–Sun, 1–4 pm


Mohamad Hafez: Unsettled Nostalgia

February 10 – March 6

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 10, 2022 6-8 pm
in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center
Closing Celebration: Thursday, March 3, 2022, 6-8 pm
No Place Like Home: Exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Middle East with artist Mohamad Hafez and guests.
in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, Visual & Performing Art Center

A Syrian-American artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern United States. Expressing the juxtaposition of East and West within him, Hafez’s art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint, and scrap metal. Using his architectural skills, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content which addresses the devastation of war, feelings of displacement, and nostalgia for home.

The Department of Art was awarded a $13,000 National Endowment for the Arts "Project Grant" to support "The Home Project," in which Hafez will pursue an extensive program of collaborative art installations and exhibition, student mentoring, public lectures, and other activities during a year-long residency in the WCSU Department of Art that will begin in August and continue through the end of the 2021-22 academic year. Through these diverse and interactive exchanges, he will draw from his unique experiences and artistic works to challenge participants in the project to create their own artistic interpretations of the meaning and concept of home to be exhibited alongside his work in the exhibition.

Mohamad Hafez:Unsettled Nostalgia Exhibition

FALL 2021


American Abstract Artists History

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Conversations on Abstraction

Digital: AAA Prints 2012-2019

October 21 – December 5
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct 21, 6-8 p.m.

Since its first exhibition in 1937, American Abstract Artists has used printmaking as a platform to both introduce and document the work of its members and to expand the vocabulary of abstraction to an ever-increasing audience. This print portfolio tradition began with the celebration of the organization’s first anniversary and was followed decades later by marking AAA’s fiftieth, sixtieth, and seventy-fifth anniversaries.

With the advent of digital technology, AAA decided to break with tradition and print new portfolios digitally, a meaningful shift as the three previous portfolio editions were printed by lithography, a classic printmaking process. Designing and printing digital prints mirrors changes in the visual world, one result of perpetual technological achievements. In 2019, partly as an addendum to the 2012 portfolio exhibition, for exhibition purposes, and as an opportunity to showcase the work of recent AAA members (as well as earlier members who did not participate in the 2012 portfolio), American Abstract Artists published the 2019 Monoprint Portfolio. It is made up of twenty-five prints, one per artist, sized at 9 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches, horizontally, or 12 5/8 x 95/8 inches, vertically.

Printed by Mark Savoia at Still River Editions in Danbury Connecticut, this portfolio is in the collection of The Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Creighton Michael                                                             Claire Seidl
AAA Archives Committee member                              AAA Exhibitions Committee Chair

 

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Virtual Panel Discussion - Conversations on Abstraction
October 23, 2021, 3:00–4:00 pm

As part of the exhibition, join us for a virtual conversation about Abstraction with American Abstract Artists members, Jeffrey Bishop, Jacob Cartwright, Melissa Staiger and Vera Vasek.

SPRING 2021


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

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

Photography:
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.

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.


SPRING 2020

 


2020 Senior Portfolio Exhibition

2020 Senior Portfolio Exhibition

The Senior Portfolio exhibition is the capstone experience of four years of intensive study by Bachelor’s of Art candidates in Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and Studio Arts. Congratulations to the class of 2020:

Graphic Design:
Sara Cabrera Jonathan DeMarco Amaris Diaz Adrian Franzino Jose Garcia Munia Hossain Nicole Ilagan Marin Keefe Matthew Landusky Rashonda Lee Bianca Nguyen Allison Novella Alysan Pages Daniel Paglialunga Jessica Paternoster Angie Perez Francis Serra Bhadrangi Soni Nowshin Tabassum Alessandra Turano

Illustration:
Janelle Chandler Colleen Feenan Mariam Haidar Paige Kissinger Ashton Sneed Kurt Vinci

Photography:
Jacalyn Doerwald Steven Oyarvide Daniela Pontaza-Santander

Studio Arts:
Arts Erik David-Lukas Alyssa Del Giorno Eleftherios Farina Hannah Lauth Joseph LoStocco Ellie Moon


 

2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition

 

2020 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. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, a physical exhibition in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center is no longer possible, therefore we have created a virtual exhibition in place of a physical one and we would like to invite all of you to go to the link below to visit the exhibition. The MFA candidates' presenting their work in the 2020 Virtual Thesis Exhibition are:

Stephanie Dee
Brian Antonio McCarley
Amanda Paige Megill
Jen Olvera
Hannah Hurricane Sanchez
Wing Na Wong


FreeForm: exploring the creative process

January 30 – March 8, 2019
Leslie Giuliani & Roxy Savage

Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan 30, 6–8 pm
Artist Talk: 7 pm

 

Featuring both individual and collaborative works highlighting each artist’s unique vision and shared love of play. Fascinated with materials, process, and symbols, the artists will demonstrate how personal interests and technological means determine and influence the creation of artwork and how artists continually inspire each other.
Read more about the exhibition and the artists in the Press Release Here.
FreeForm: exploring the creative process

FALL 2019


2019 Art Faculty Exhibition

WCSU DEPARTMENT OF ART
FACULTY EXHIBITION
October 24–December 8, 2019

Opening Reception: October 24, 6–8 pm
in The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center

This exhibition is an opportunity for students and the community to learn from the artwork of the full-time and adjunct faculty members who teach in the Department of Art. The talent and breadth of work presented in this exhibition provide a reminder of the creativity and diversity represented within the department. Faculty participants in the exhibtion will include David Boyajian, Riley Brewster, Leslie Cober-Gentry, Bruce Dunbar, Stacey Kolbig, Jurg Lanzrein, Sabrina Marques, Colleen McGuire, Francis Patnaude, Lori Robeau, Ken Scaglia, Elyse Shapiro, David Skora, Clintel Steed, Jack Tom, Catherine Vanaria, Chad Wallace, Erin Walrath and Terry Wells.

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release here.


 

COVERING BLUE NOTE

COVERING BLUE NOTE
October 10–16

Reception & Performance:
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6–8 pm
in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center

Covering Blue note is a collaborative multi-disciplinary project, performance, and exhibition simultaneously combining live music, a multi-photographer photo session, and multiple graphic design stations. Leveraging the speed and flexibility of digital technology, a process that took weeks in the past will happen in real-time during the gallery opening. Drawing on the iconic Blue Note jazz label’s sound and look, a jazz quartet will present an “open rehearsal” in the gallery while multiple photographers shoot the session ala famed Blue Note co-owner and photographer Francis Wolf. An in-house photo editor will download the photographs, select the most interesting ones and send them to three graphic design work stations. Using the iconic work of designer Reid Miles as a model, individual graphic designers will create 12x12 album sized artwork for both electronic display, printing, and exhibition.

Sponsored by the WCSU Alumni Association

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release here.


 

AMERICAN SUBTITLES

AMERICAN SUBTITLES
Andres Chaparro & Robert Charles Hudson
August 26 – October 6, 2019

Reception: August 29, 6:00–8:00 pm
in The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center

American Subtitles is an exhibition featuring a richly varied range of paintings, sculptures, collages and mixed-media works that interpret the American experience of people of color. Chaparro and Hudson share a common passion in their artistic work to invite and challenge viewers to re-examine social crises from a fresh perspective and to explore the individual’s contributions to humanity while embracing visions of both unity and diversity.

An opening reception for the artists will be held from 6–8 pm on Thursday, Aug 29 in The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave Extension in Danbury. The exhibition will be open for public viewing during gallery hours from 12–4 pm, Mon–Fri and from 1–4 pm, Sat–Sun. Admission for gallery viewing and the reception will be free and open to the public.

Artist and curator, Andres Chaparro will also present an Artist Talk at 6 pm on Thursday, Sept 19 in the Art Gallery. Admission will be free and the public is invited.

Read more about the exhibition in the Press Release.

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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