Department of Art

Gallery Talk

Wednesday, January 31, 6:30 pm

In the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center
Free and Open to the Public

Guest Curator’s, Lori Glavin & Patricia Spergel will discuss the work and process of curating the Parallel Practices Exhibition on view through March 4, 2018 in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center.


Save the dates – Spring Semester Visiting Artists

Steve Brodner, illustrator
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Steve Brodner is an illustrator, caricaturist and political commentator working for publications in the U.S. since the 1970’s. He received his BFA from Cooper Union in 1976 and began his long career as a freelance illustrator with the New York Times Book Review in 1977. The list of magazines and newspapers to which he has contributed sly commentary on controversial subjects and political events includes: Harper’s, National Lampoon, Rolling Stone, Spy, Esquire, The New Yorker, The Nation, Village Voice, The Washington Post, LA Times, and many more.

In 2008, Brodner became the first living illustrator to have a major career retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. In over thirty years he has received numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club, Society of Publication Designers, National Cartoonists Society, Communication Arts, among others. He has also worked in film and television, including PBS for “Frontline” and “Need to Know”. Since 1993 he has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has also taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he resides.



Matt Bollinger, interdisciplinary
Monday, February 12, 2018
Kelly Popoff, mixed media
Monday, March 5, 2018
Riley Brewster, painter
Monday, March 21, 2018
Judy Glantzman, painter
Monday, April 2, 2018
Margaret Grimes, painter
Monday, April 23, 2018

Gallery Opening

Jan 25 - March 4

Opening Reception: January 25, 6-8 pm
Curated by Lori Glavin and Patricia Spergel

Featuring a group of artists who work in more than one medium, “Parallel Practices” will showcase the cross-pollination of ideas and the unexpected variety of creative expression that often happens concurrently in artists’ studios, creating parallel bodies of work, each equally important to their artistic practices. The exhibition will present works which include painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, ceramics, animation, installation and photography. Participating artists include: Harriet Bellows, Matt Bollinger, Guy C. Corriero, Deborah Dancy, Fukuko Harris, Carol McMahon, Patricia Miranda, Elisa Soliven, Martha Tuttle, Alan Wiener and Mie Yim.

Sip & Sketch

Friday, January 19, 7–9pm

Enjoy a fun and creative evening of drawing from a live model in a relaxed environment while you sip wine and sample assorted snacks in our Drawing Studio (VPA 241) on the 2nd floor of the Visual & Performing Arts Center. Materials are provided but you may bring your own supplies too. All skill levels are welcome. Must be 21+ to attend.

$25.00 per person (includes all materials & refreshments)
WCSU Alumni get $5 discount with secret code 

Sponsored by WCSU Alumni Association

Student Ceramics Sale

Thurs & Fri, December 7 & 8, 2017

The Department of Art will host a ceramics sale from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8, 2017, in Room 012 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. All are welcome. 

Students in Western’s Department of Art will sell their hand-made ceramic pieces. The students have produced a variety of functional and non-toxic ceramic wares as part of their artistic work in classes at WCSU. Ceramics on sale for holiday gift giving and personal use will include plates, bowls and other pieces that are made with pigmented clays or have been given a glazed finish.

Funds raised from sale of the ceramic pieces will be used to purchase supplies for the Art Department ceramics program. A tour of the WCSU art studio and information about the ceramics process will be available to all visitors during the sale.

For more information, contact Visual Arts Assistant, Lori Robeau at or Adjunct Professor of Art Jurg Lanzrein at

Portfolio Day

Saturday, December 2, 2017 1-4pm

The Department of Art at WCSU will host a Portfolio Day on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. in room 145 of the Visual & Performing Arts Center located on the University's Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave Extension, Danbury.

This is a unique opportunity for those interested in pursuing an education in art and design to meet individually with professional art faculty who can provide valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio of artwork. Additionally, participants will have the chance to discuss concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts program and get answers to questions about professional careers in art and design.

The event is free and all High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

Illustration Panel Discussion

TONIGHT! Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

Seven critically acclaimed Connecticut illustrators whose works are featured in a continuing exhibition in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center will discuss their artistic works and careers at a panel discussion at 6:30 pm tonight, Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Panel Discussion will be presented in Room 108 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center, on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension.

The panel participants will be Bruce Degen, Randy Enos, James Grashow, Gerard Huerta, Christine Kornacki, Ross MacDonald and David Wenzel. The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor of Art Jack Tom and hosted by the WCSU Department of Art. Light refreshments will be served. 

Admission is free and the public is invited. RSVP online at

The panel will be held in conjunction with the current exhibition at the VPAC Art Gallery, “Thinking Visually: The Art of Connecticut Illustrators,” which presents works by 15 local illustrators spanning a wide spectrum from popular children’s book illustrations, magazine covers, cardboard constructions and stamp designs to graphic images for cartoons, albums, advertising, video games, films, and television series.

The exhibition is open today from 12 noon to 6:30pm before the panel begins. The exhibition is on view through Sunday, December 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, noon to 4 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm. Please note the gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Faculty Spotlight

Sabrina Marques Assistant Professor of Painting

Assistant Professor, Sabrina Marquess has been on a roll! She recently proposed and was awarded two noteworthy artist residencies. The first was for the Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy ( that took place this past June 11- June 25, 2017. Her proposed study was to focus on painting and color which incorporated her interest in the culture and color palette of Venice. While there, she attended the Venice Biennale exhibitions and was able to weave that experience into her work as well.

The second residency proposal was for The Studios of Key West in Key West, Florida ( to take place next summer from June 16- July 14, 2018. The residency was awarded to her for her proposal of creating at least 100 artworks that are each 4" x 4" in size. This proposal is based on her interest in investigating how making diminutive artworks that add up to a large installed wall sized art work challenges perception of scale. She has made 25 artworks toward this project thus far.

Congratulations Professor Marques. Keep up the great work.



Fall NYC Museum Bus Trip

NYC Museum Bus Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Open to all SVPA students, faculty and staff.
Purchase tickets at the VPAC Box Office to reserve your seat!
Ticket sales end when the bus is full so don’t delay.

The bus leaves the North Arts Lot at 9:00 am sharp
and will leave NYC  at 5:00 pm sharp
to return to Danbury around 7:00pm. 
Admission to the MET is free.

For more information contact the Department of Art at 203-837-8403. 

Cathy Vanaria published by Smithsonian Books

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Photography and Department of Art Chair, Catherine Vanaria whose photos including, The Clash at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston, September 19, 1979, (below) have been published by Smithsonian Books and is now part of the Smithsonian's concert photo archive. The book, Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen, by Bill Bentley, is a hardcover photo book to be released on October 24th.

Riley Brewster Exhibit at Fred Giampietro Gallery

Brewster at Giampietro Gallery

Riley Brewster
Recent Paintings and Works on Paper

October 14–November 11, 2017

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 14, 6-8pm

Sweet Spot Series
Sunday, October 29, 2:00pm
Artist Talk with Riley Brewster and Musical Performance by Elm City Consort

Fred Giampietro Gallery
1064 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Mon-Sat, 11-5pm

New Full-Time Faculty Member

We are pleased to welcome Ken Scaglia, our new Assistant Professor of Foundation and Applied Arts for the 2017-18 academic year. Previously a WCSU adjunct faculty since 2012, Scaglia was also an adjunct at Norwalk Community College and University of Bridgeport. With a MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a realist painter, his diverse areas of expertise will build upon the remarkable dedication to excellence in teaching and research that characterizes the department of Art at WCSU.