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School of Visual & Performing Arts

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

FALL 2021


2021 Senior Portfolio Exhibition

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




Mohamad Hafez

Mohamad Hafez; The Home Project

January 27 – March 6
Opening Reception:
Thursday, Jan 27, 6-8 p.m.

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.



2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition

March 24 – April 4
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 24, 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.


2022 Senior Portfolio Exhibition

April 21 – May 8
Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 21, 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.

FALL 2022



September  2022