School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Art

Student Exhibition at Ridgefield Library

WCSU Painting IV Student Exhibition

Ridgefield Library
December 2, 2018 - January 16, 2019
Artists' Reception: Thurs, Dec 6, 6–8pm

Participating artists from the WCSU, Department of Art, Painting IV class: Dana Aftyka, Octavia Byrd, David Flook, Phoebe Hart, Morgan Ho, Alex Mondaca, Ashley O’Brien, Rachel Rossier, Thoai Tran, Valerie West-Rosenthal, Roni Woods

Thresholds artist/exhibition statement:
In our paintings we ask questions about materiality, perception, and the unknown. Our work collectively represents a broad cross section of the human experience.

By engaging with imagination and indulging in our dreams, we seek to break boundaries and to enable the viewer to escape from their daily routines. Immersing ourselves in these fantastical realities, we question the filters of perception. These worlds we create provide us with the means to reflect upon ourselves.

As we look inward, we encounter emotions and experiences that have profoundly affected our lives. Courageously, we can tell stories that truthfully address and illustrate ways we deal with our individual memory and history. By cultivating our perceptions, we can become artists who encourage and uplift one another as we struggle with articulating the human experience.

Art provides us with a medium through which we can bridge the spiritual and physical realities that we experience simultaneously in our lives. Through art, we can strive to depict the wonder we encounter in the people we see on the street, as well as the people we see in the mirror. In our work, we ask the viewer to see that the thresholds we imagine between the spiritual and the physical are often arbitrary. The world we live in is both mundane and profound. We invite viewers to question, escape, feel, and transcend.

-Painting IV
Western Connecticut State University

Professor bio: Sabrina Marques is an Assistant Professor of Painting and MFA Critic at Western Connecticut State University. In 2018, she received a Connecticut Commission for the Arts Fellowship. Marques has a BA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from The Yale School of Art. 

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Internships at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art has internship opportunities available for Spring 2019. They have positions open in the curatorial, education and archive departments (listed below). Check out their website for more information and application procedures:

American Art Intern
The American Art intern will assist with collections research and interpretation to help develop ideas for future exhibitions on a wide-range of art historical topics and time periods, including history painting, portraiture, folk art, modernism, and surrealism; from the Revolutionary War to World War II. The intern’s duties will include researching paintings, sculpture, and works on paper in the permanent collection as well as identifying and researching artworks in other collections related to a specific theme, topic, or artist. The intern will create & maintain research files and maintain checklists for internal discussions with the curatorial, education, marketing, and fundraising departments.
Applicant: This position is open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following: art, art history, American studies, English, American History. Experience with collections databases a plus. Excellent writing, research, and creative thinking skills will be required. This Internship is not limited to art history majors.

1-2 positions available. This internship is unpaid.

Time Commitment: 2/3 days per week

Education Resources Intern
The intern will support School and Teacher Program Manager with the organization of materials and resources for key School and Teacher Programs including Museum on the Move and Art & Writing. The Education Resources intern will also support communication about our programming to the public through Constant Contact and our Teacher Portal. Intern will help with the organization and execution of two Spring events: Evening for Educators and Hartford Youth Arts Renaissance.

Applicant: This position is open to undergraduate junior and seniors and graduate students. Preference given to students who have stated interest in Arts Administration, K-12 Education, or Social Work/Community Engagement. Candidate must have strong organizational, communication and writing abilities. Candidate must have a knack for digital/online platforms (Constant Contact, Mail Merge, and other digital platforms). Candidate must be comfortable working independently in a serious, focused office environment. Friendly demeanor, flexibility and sense of humor a plus.

1 position available. This internship is supported with a $1,200 honorarium.

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours, 1 day per week plus 2 required Spring evening/weekend events TBD.

Special Collections Internship
The library and archives of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art support the curatorial research and exhibition activity of museum staff, while providing reference resources to scholars, students, and the public. Special Collections Interns will help inventory, research, and describe library and archives resources to update the department’s records. Working closely with library and archives staff, interns will implement appropriate preservation procedures for special collections and historical materials. At the end of the term, interns are presented with the opportunity to write a short article describing their work for the Auerbach Library Associates Newsletter.

Applicant: This position is open to undergraduate sophomore, junior and seniors. The successful candidate will be a college sophomore, junior, or senior with a demonstrated interest in Art History, History, Library Science, or Museum Studies. Facility with Microsoft Word and Excel, research skills, and strong attention to detail required. Reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian preferred, but not required.

2 positions available. This internship is unpaid.

Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week

Cataloguing Internship
The library and archives of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art support the curatorial research and exhibition activity of museum staff, while providing reference resources to scholars, students, and the public. The Cataloguing Intern will be presented with the unique opportunity to assist with cataloguing the Auerbach Art Library’s full range of holdings, including scholarly monographs, exhibition catalogues, fine art periodicals, museum bulletins, and auction catalogues. Additionally, the intern will help update existing catalogue records.

Applicant: This position is open to graduate students. The successful candidate will possess both outstanding attention to detail and experience cataloguing library materials. Experience can include graduate level coursework and/or relevant work experience. Original cataloguing experience is desirable. Reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian is preferred, but not required.

1 position available. This internship is unpaid.

Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week

Student Spotlight

Marcus Escribano: Senior–Photography

Marcus Escribano, senior photo student, has a career track that has been growing momentum over the past year. As a world traveler, he has been gaining international recognition for his work, while at the same time he has been able to maintain his grades at WCSU to continue to make the Dean's list. Some of his recent achievements have included: 

In May 2017, he was awarded the Allard Prize for International Integrity Photo competition, and was selected for a Photo-Graphic Group Exhibition "The Image of the Savage" at the LoosenArt Millepiani Exhibition Space in Rome, Italy. 

In June 2017, his work was selected from over 550 photographs to be exhibited in "Portraits in B&W" at Blank Wall Gallery, in Athens, Greece.

Continuing into 2018, in January his work was published in the book, "Conceptual" by LoosenArt Gallery & Magazine

February 2018 - his work was selected for a juried international photography exhibition "Just in Time" at PH21 Gallery, Budapest Hungary.

In the summer, July 2018, Marcus participated in the  Rome Art Program (RAP), Rome, Italy. As a RAP 2018 alumni, Marcus was selected to participate with his photographic work in the NY International Art Festival, Chelsea-Manhattan NYC, in Oct 2018.

Currently, Marcus is exhibiting photographs and watercolors from his time in the Rome Art Program at the Robert S. Young Library, Classroom Building, Westside Campus. The exhibition,"Impressions of Italy, Summer 2018" is on view from Nov 19 through Dec 14, 2018.

Student Ceramics Sale

Thurs & Fri, December 6–7

The Western Connecticut State University Department of Art will host a ceramics sale from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, in the new ceramics studio, Room 017 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. All are welcome.

Students in the WCSU Department of Art will sell their handmade ceramic craft products. The student artists have produced a variety of functional and non-toxic ceramic wares as part of their 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. Cash or check sales only.

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

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or Ceramics Professor, Jurg Lanzrein at

Portfolio Day

Portfolio Reviews by WCSU Art Faculty

The Department of Art  will offer an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an education in art and design to have their works reviewed by members of the WCSU art faculty during a “Portfolio Day” event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 145 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Participation is encouraged for high school and college transfer students interested in pursuing art studies at WCSU, as well as their parents, teachers and guidance counselors. Admission is free and advance registration is required; reservations may be submitted online at

Participants are invited to bring in selections from their works or a digital portfolio, and will meet individually with professional artists who teach at WCSU. Faculty members will critique portfolios to provide feedback and guidance on works presented and also will be prepared to discuss professional career opportunities in art and design, as well as concentrations for study in the Art Department’s Bachelor of Arts program.

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

Sip & Sketch

Friday, Nov 9, 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 (email for discount code)
Sponsored by the Department of Art and the WCSU Alumni Association

Get tickets HERE.

Gallery Opening

"?" (A Series of Collaborative Works)
Glenn Goldberg & Amber Scoon

Oct 4 – Dec 9

Artist Reception / Gallery Talk: Oct 25, 6–8 pm

Internationally acclaimed artists Glenn Goldberg and Amber Scoon will show selections from their year of creative exchanges by mail in an exhibition titled “?” that will run from Thursday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center Art Gallery at Western Connecticut State University. The works in the exhibition were inspired by the artists’ collaboration as co-authors of the book “?” published in 2017 by Atropos Press.

RSVP for the Artist Reception / Gallery Talk HERE

Fall 2018 NYC Museum Bus Trip



Open to all SVPA students (and guests), faculty and staff.

All ART Classes are cancelled for that day.



Depart from the VPAC

North Arts Entrance, Westside Campus

9:00 am sharp

Return to WCSU

Depart from the MET at 5:00 pm sharp

Ticket sales end when the bus is full so be sure to reserve your seat today!

*Due to charter reservation and limited seating, refunds will not be available.


Sponsored by The Department of Art.

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

or the VPAC Box office at 203-837-8732.

Faculty Spotlight

Kenneth Scaglia, Assistant Professor of Art

Professor Ken Scaglia was invited to participate in a two-year traveling exhibition, LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting. The exhibition features some 50 paintings in a range of media and size by 15+ realist and hyperrealist artists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice. The exhibition premiered on March 10 - June 21, 2018 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, FL and has traveled and will continue to travel around the country through 2021: 

July 20 - September 9, 2018
Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum in Logan, KS

October 1 - December 23, 2018
Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

January 12 - February 10, 2019
The Evelyn Burrow Museum, Hanceville, AL

March 1 – May 19, 2019
Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI

June 7 - September 30, 2019
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo, CO

November 7, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

March 6 – May 10, 2020
The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

June 1 - September 27, 2020
The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

June 1 - August 26, 2021
Art Museum of South Texas, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX

(Additional Venues Pending)

For more information about the traveling exhibition go to:


Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Jerry's Artarama is sponsoring a free bus trip to their Norwalk store for WCSU Art Students. This is a great opportunity for students to stock up on needed Art Supplies for the semester during their big Fall Sale! Jerry's will have extra staff on hand to help you with your purchases and answer any questions you may have about your supplies. Don't miss out!

The Details:

Sign up for the bus in the Art Office, VPA 143
Be sure to pick up their Fall Sale Flyer and special WCSU student discount coupon!

10:00 am – Leave the VPAC North Arts Entrance (back parking lot)

12:00 pm – Leave Jerry's to return to the VPAC by around 1:00 pm

Save the dates – Fall Semester Visiting Artists


  • Deborah Zlotsky, painter
    Mon, Sept 24, 2018
  • Fritz Horstman, interdisciplinary
    Mon, Oct 8, 2018
  • Jon Krause, illustrator
    Tues, Oct 23, 2018
  • Glenn Goldberg, painter
    Mon, Nov 5, 2018
  • Elena Sisto painter
    Mon, Nov 19, 2018

Eric Valesquez, illustrator
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 11:00 am

Visual & Performing Arts Center, room 144
WCSU, Westside Campus

Illustrator Eric Velasquez was born in Spanish Harlem and he grew up in Harlem. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Eric has been illustrating for over 30 years.

He has illustrated over 30 children’s books, his first picture book “The Piano Man” by Debbie Chocolate, published by Bloomsbury won the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. In 2010 Eric was awarded an NAACP Image award for his work in “Our Children Can Soar” which he collaborated on with 12 notable illustrators of children’s literature. Eric also wrote and illustrated “Grandma’s Records” and its follow up “Grandma’s Gift” which won the 2011 Pura Belpre’ Award for illustration and was also nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award. Eric’s latest book “Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library” by Carole Boston Weatherford has gathered rave reviews, and has also won the 2018 Walter Award from the WNDB organization as well as the SCBWI’s The Golden Kite Award.

Eric Velasquez lives and works in New York. He teaches book illustration at FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC. For more information please visit his web site at

Free & Open to the Public. Limited Seating Available.


MFA graduates to exhibit works in New York City

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 2018

Blue Mountain Gallery

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 21, 5–8 pm

On view: June 19–July 7
Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat, 11 am–6 pm

530 West 25 Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is the capstone experience of the graduate program, demonstrating a personal direction and mastery in the work of the artists.
Six graduate students will present their work this year at Blue Mountain Gallery: 

Jesse Navarra

Jennifer Oliveira-Florio

Jonathan Schreyer

Barbara Sinisi

Alyssa Voytek

Erin Walrath

View the Exhibition Catalog