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WCSU Podcast Tribute to Late Professor Margaret Grimes

@WCSU pays tribute to one of WCSU's revered professors and the founder of the MFA program, Margaret Grimes. Host, Paul Steinmetz is joined by six of Margaret's former students to help give us an idea of who Margaret was and what she meant to them.


Alumni Spotlight

Andréa Rios – BA 2017 / MFA 2019

Congratulations to BA & MFA alumna, Andréa Rios whose biological illustration was recently published in an article in the scientific journal, PHYTOTAXA. Over the past year, Andrea had been working closely with WCSU's Professor of Biology, Dr. Thomas Philbrick in creating scientific illustrations for one of his research papers on new species of aquatic plants from the Amazon. The article entitled, A new species of Lophogyne s.l (Podostemaceae) from the Amazonian savanna of Amapá, Brazil, by Claudia P. Bove, C. Thomas Philbrick, and Arthur R. Lourenço contains Andréa's illustration seen here.

To view the article click here.

For more information about Andréa Rios and to see more of her work
check out her website and Instagram page!

 


Virtual Portfolio Day

Free portfolio review for high school and college transfer students interested in pursuing higher education and careers in Art & Design.

The Western Connecticut State University  Department of Art will offer an opportunity for high school and college transfer students interested in the fields of art and design to have their artwork reviewed by members of the WCSU art faculty during a “Portfolio Review Day” zoom meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.

Register to schedule your individual 20 minute time-slot. After registration, participants will be sent an email with a link to the Portfolio Review Zoom meeting and details about submitting portfolios as a single multi-page pdf.

On Dec 5th participants will Zoom meet individually at their selected time slot 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 specific concentrations for study in the Art Department’s Bachelor of Arts program.

Admission is free and advance registration is required; reservations may be submitted online at https://wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. Attendance is not only encouraged for high school and college transfer students interested in the fields of art and design, but parents, teachers, and guidance counselors are welcome to sit in as well. 

Limited time slots are available. A waitlist will be available for those who were not able to register for a time slot and if there is enough time they may be taken at the end or if enough are on the list, a second review session may be scheduled.

For questions or more information email the Department of Art at robeaul@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-8403.

The Department of Art at Western Connecticut State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design


IN HONOR OF

Margaret Grimes

1943 – 2020
Professor of Art, 1980 – 2012

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Grimes. Professor of Art at Western Connecticut State University, she taught for thirty-two years before retiring in 2012. She was awarded the Henry Barnard Foundation Distinguished Lectureship award in 1990 and in 1992 received a lifetime appointment as a Connecticut State University Professor, a distinguished professor award. She also initiated the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts program, which she coordinated from 2000 to 2012. The MFA was one of only three MFA programs in painting in Connecticut.

Margaret’s work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries both regionally and nationally, including one person shows at Fischbach Gallery, Green Mountain Gallery, Weir Farm National Trust, the National Academy of Sciences as well as numerous colleges and universities. She has also had solo shows at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City since 1980. Her work has been included in many group shows, including the National Academy of Design, NYC; Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery, NYC; the Chautauqua Institution; the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK; the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL; the Davenport Museum, Davenport, IA; the Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington DE; the Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI; the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc, WI; the Reading Museum, Reading, PA; the Queens Museum of Art, NYC; the Provincetown Art Museum in Provincetown, MA; and the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

Margaret’s work has been discussed and reviewed in a number of publications, among them: Art in America, Art New England, The Hartford Courant, The Boston Globe, The New Haven Register, Art Critical, Gallery & Studio, and Art Scope. Her paintings have also been included and discussed in several books on American landscape painting including, Green Woods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition, by John Arthur, The Artist in the American Landscape, by John Driscoll, Paintings of New England, by Carl Little and Fractals: the Patterns of Chaos, by John Briggs. Her biography is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Art. She is a member of the National Academy of Design, where she was awarded the Benjamin Altman prize in 2004. She continued to receive awards throughout her career, including her most recent in 2019, The Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters for her painting, Baldwin Hill Road, February 2010.

In a review by Jennifer Samet for the exhibition Margaret Grimes, A Retrospective, at WCSU in 2013, Samet writes, “Margaret Grimes’s paintings are about vastness, not just the all-encompassing kind, but also vastness at the molecular or cellular level. She paints the individual leaf and the entire screen of the forest.” She continues, “The patterns the roots form are not exactly grids, but they nonetheless imply matrixes because they play with our desire to find patterns and regularity in the midst of chaos. In this sense, they are about the sublime, the beauty that is at the edge of our grasp.”

Margaret studied at Washington University in St Louis, Governors State University in Illinois, and in a workshop at Notre Dame with Alice Neel. She received her BA from Governors State in 1972 and an MA in 1975. In 1980 she received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Neil Welliver.

Margaret Grimes was a prolific, powerhouse artist, working up until her health began to fail in 2019. “In art school, we were told to look at nature as if we were seeing it for the first time. Now we look at it as if we were seeing it for the last time, hence the need to meticulously observe. I desire to find the abstract in the natural, and, by close observation of the intensity of individual moments, approach the transcendent.” (Margaret Grimes)

 

margaretgrimes.com


Jon Sideriadis

Visiting Artist Lecture - MFA Program

Tues, November 10, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Visiting Artist Lectures are closed to the public. Check back closer to the date of each lecture as some may go online and be attended virtually.

 

Jon Sideriadis is an illustrator, author, and adjunct professor at the University of New Haven. He is also the Art Director and curator of the Spartan Museum of Art. His specialty is mythological art and storytelling / world building. In July 2020, his original mythology of the cosmos, a book of 200 pages and over 100 artworks entitled Astromythos, was published by The Art Order.

Jon’s works have also been published in film, television, video games, books, comics, board games, trading cards, and the music industry. He has worked in Hollywood as a creature-effects artist and sculptor. Represented by Haven Gallery in NY, he has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the country, including Society of Illustrators, NYC, Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA, and The Gallery at WCSU.

Sideriadis has been a guest artist, guest speaker, and panelist at many conventions, including FaerieCon 2015, 2016, 2018 and IlluxCon 2018. He received the Best in Show Award at GenCon 2019. He has lectured at Trinity College, Paier College of Art, and the University of Hartford MFA program. He has been a featured artist in several publications: Ink Magazine, The Hartford Courant, and the National Herald, among others. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Jon received his MFA in Illustration at the Hartford Art School.

https://www.astromythos.com/


Richard Klein

Visiting Artist Lecture - MFA Program

Tues, October 27, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Visiting Artist Lectures are closed to the public. Check back closer to the date of each lecture as some may go online and be attended virtually.

 

Richard Klein is a curator, artist, and writer. Since 1999 he has been Exhibitions Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. In his twenty-year career as a curator of contemporary art, he has organized over 80 exhibitions, including solo shows of the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Sol LeWitt, Mark Dion, Hank Willis Thomas, Mary Temple, Jack Whitten, Jessica Stockholder, Tom Sachs, Elana Herzog, and others. Major curatorial projects at The Aldrich have included Fred Wilson: Black Like Me (2006), No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art (2006), Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist (2008), Michael Joo: Drift (2014), and Weather Report (2019). Klein has acted as a guest curator at numerous institutions, including Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, and Chesterwood National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stockbridge, MA.

As an artist, Klein has exhibited widely, including the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase, Caren Golden Fine Art, NY, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI, Hales Gallery, London, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, OR, Tufts University Art Gallery, MA, the Gallery at WCSU, and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, VT. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Norton Family Collection, Santa Monica, CA, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, and the Connecticut Artists Collection, Hartford, CT.

Klein’s essays on art and culture have appeared in Cabinet Magazine and have been included in books published by Hatje Cantz, Damiani, Picturebox, Ridinghouse, and the University of Chicago Press, among others.

https://galleryschoolhouse.com/richard-klein/


Michael Garland

Visiting Artist Lecture - MFA Program

Tues, October 13, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Visiting Artist Lectures are closed to the public. Check back closer to the date of each lecture as some may go online and be attended virtually.

 

Michael Garland is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of forty children’s picture books. He has also illustrated more than fifty books by other authors. His work has won many honors and is frequently included in the Society of Illustrators, the Original Art of Children's Book Show, as well as annuals from Print, Graphis and Communications Arts magazines. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Michael is also a fine art painter with many works in private and corporate collections.

Among his numerous awards, Garland’s Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook won the California and Delaware State Reading Awards. Birds Make Nests won the 2018 Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text. It also received the Outstanding Science Trade Book Award, and Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Best Books Of The Year. Pizza Mouse was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Fish Had A Wish was a Star Review of Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Top Twenty-Five Picture Books of the Year. Miss Smith and the Haunted Library made the New York Times Best Seller list.

Garland has also done cover commissions for Forbes, Fortune and Newsweek magazines, as well as best selling novels. He has illustrated for celebrity authors, including James Patterson and Gloria Estefan. His illustrations for Patterson’s SantaKid were the inspiration for Sak’s Fifth Avenue’s Christmas window display in New York City. His latest children’s book Ferry Boat is soon to be published by Holiday House.

https://michaelgarlandfineart.com/


Christopher Manning

Wed, September 30, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Visiting Artist Lectures are closed to the public. Check back closer to the date of each lecture as some may go online and be attended virtually.

 

Christopher Manning is an artist of mixed media works, recently focused on manipulated Polaroids. A monograph of these Polaroid works entitled Everything, As Perfect As It Seems, was published this year by AINT-BAD. He also works in other 2 and 3-dimensional forms, including a series of sculptural works he refers to as “chandeliers.” Additionally, Manning is currently the Head of Exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, as well as adjunct professor of visual arts at Manhattanville College. He received his BFA from Manhattanville and his MFA from SUNY New Paltz.

Manning has been in numerous exhibitions since 2007 across the US and Europe. In 2016 – 2017, “Fiction (with only daylight between us)”, was a traveling exhibition in UK, Germany, Australia, CA, TN, IL, and OH. He has shown his work extensively in New England and NY, including Exit Art, NYC, Fred Giampietro, New Haven, CT, and Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY.

His work has also been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, Queens Chronicle, AINT-BAD Magazine, Polaroid Originals Magazine, Photoklassik International, and other publications. He has been a visiting artist /critic at the Wassaic Project, NY, and the MFA program at SUNY, New Paltz. He has also been a lecturer and panelist at the Aldrich Museum, most recently presenting “Getting Contemporary Art: Artist Talk with Chris Manning,” and in 2019, as one of three panelists on “Confronting Vulnerability.”

https://www.christopheremanning.com/


Jenny Lynn McNutt

Visiting Artist Lecture - MFA Program

Wed, September 16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Visiting Artist Lectures are closed to the public. Check back closer to the date of each lecture as some may go online and be attended virtually.

 

Jenny Lynn McNutt is a multimedia artist living in Brooklyn. Her works in sculpture, painting, and performance have been shown in the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, and Africa. She is the recipient of numerous residencies abroad, including Africa, Netherlands, Spain, India, and China, where time spent in cultures of storytelling and dance deeply informs her work.

In 1994 Jenny Lynn was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study/work in West and Central Africa. She received an Eastman Foundation Grant for her documentary work in West Africa, with sojourns in Ivory Coast and Cameroon.
In fall 2018 and summer 2019, she was a guest artist at Taoxichuan International Artists Studio in China, where her works were on exhibition and now in their permanent collection.

Other awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship, a Rothman Grant, a William Hillman Foundation Grant, and the Mercedes Matter/ Ambassador Middendorf Award (NY Studio School, 2018). She was also awarded multiple residencies in the U.S. at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Harwood Museum in New Mexico, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Watershed Center for Ceramics in Maine. Jenny Lynn received her MFA from Yale School of Art and currently teaches at New York Studio School and Pratt Institute.

http://www.jennylynnmcnutt.com/


Faculty Spotlight

Professor of Art, Sabrina Marques becomes New Director of the Kathwari Honors Program

The Department of Art would like to congratulate Sabrina Marques, Assistant Professor of Art, for her new appointment as Director of the Kathwri Honors Program. For the past four years, Sabrina has been a member of the Honors Council and a professor of Honors courses since 2017. The program offers outstanding students a highly interactive and interdisciplinary course of study and is built on the fundamental assumption that knowledge is an open set of questions and ideas to be explored, rather than a closed set of facts to be memorized. There is no doubt that with Sabrina's teaching philosophy, past positions, and artistic projects, she will surely bring a unique and creative perspective to the program.

Read the WCSU News release about the appointment HERE.

Listen to a WCSU podcast interview with Sabrina Marques HERE.


Faculty Spotlight

Gallery Curator, Melissa Ralston-Jones to present at CAA Conference 2021

Gallery Curator and Adjunct Professor, Melissa Ralston-Jones, along with two professors from Baylor University and UConn submitted a session proposal for the College Art Association Annual Conference 2021, "From Museum to Lecture Hall: Shared Pedagogy in Practice." Of the roughly eight hundred proposals, a very high response despite the continuing effects of the pandemic, their proposal was accepted and will be included in the 2021 conference program. CAA will hold its 109th Annual Conference as an online program on February 10–13, 2021.

Read Melissa's Bio HERE.

For more information about the CAA Conference 2021 click HERE.


FreeForm: exploring the creative process

FreeForm: exploring the creative process

January 30 – March 8, 2019

Leslie Giuliani & Roxy Savage

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.

2020 Senior Portfolio (Virtual) Exhibition

GO TO 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 no longer possible, therefore we have created a virtual exhibition in place of a physical one. All are invited to visit the exhibition, explore their individual pages, and tour the virtual galleries. 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: Erik David-Lukas, Alyssa Del Giorno, Eleftherios Farina, Hannah Lauth, Joseph LoStocco, Ellie Moon


2020 MFA Thesis (Virtual) Exhibition

LIVE LAUNCH – MARCH 26, 2020

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 features the culmination of two years of intensive creative study by graduate candidates in Painting, Illustration, and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts. All are invited to visit the virtual exhibition online

ENTER THE GALLERY HERE

MFA candidates' presenting their work:

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


AJ Masthay

Visiting Artist Lecture

Monday, March 2, 2020, 11:00 am

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

AJ Masthay is a Connecticut native, currently based in Hartford. He is known for his concert art, or “gig prints”, which he creates using the medium of reduction block printing. In an industry where digital design is considered best practice, his hand-carved linoleum block prints set his work apart. His blending of traditional techniques with his love of live music has made him one of today’s most prominent figures in the rock art industry.

AJ received his BFA from the Hartford Art School, where he majored in printmaking with a minor in art history. Four years later, in 2001, he established his own letterpress studio. His work, he writes, “is heavily influenced by nature, developed through a deep love of life drawing and the figure. The graphic elements of my work are derived from vintage sign painters of the early 1900s with a touch of 60’s pinstriping.”

AJ’s long list of clients include The Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Dead and Company, Foo Fighters, South Park, The Jerry Garcia Estate, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, and many others.

https://www.masthaystudios.com/

RSVP at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com


Ying Li

Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 11:30 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Ying Li was born in Beijing, China, and studied traditional landscape painting at Anhui Teachers University (1974-77), where she then taught for six years. She immigrated to the United States in 1983 and received her MFA from Parsons School of Design. She lives and works in NYC and Haverford, PA, where she is the Phlyssa Koshland Professor in Fine Arts at Haverford College, where she has taught since 1997.

Ying’s work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions in the U.S., Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and France. In NYC, she has shown with several galleries, including Lohin Geduld, Elizabeth Harris, Tibor de Nagy, and Lori Bookstein Fine Art. She has been in group shows at the National Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy Museum, where she received the Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize for Painting and the Henry Ward Ranger Fund Purchase Award. This past November, a solo exhibition of recent paintings was held at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia with an accompanying catalog.

Ying is the recipient of residency awards, among them Artist in Residence at Dartmouth College, Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and various residency fellowships in Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, France, and Canada. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, and The Washington Post, among others.

RSVP to the lecture HERE.


Art Exhibition

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

(Snow date: Thurs, Feb 6, 6–8 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.

Andrea Wisnewski

Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 11:30 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Andrea Wisnewski takes her inspiration from nature, creating illustrations filled with animals, birds and flowers, along with a touch of whimsy and sly humor. She studied at Portland School of Art in Maine, then at UCONN, where she earned her BFA.

Early in her career, she was a staff illustrator for the Hartford Courant. In 1985, she started her own business Running Rabbit Press, which incorporates illustration, printmaking and design. Over the years, she has worked with many clients including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Paris Match, Newsweek, Simon and Schuster, Clarkson Potter, Macy’s, Cricket, and Babybug.

Andrea has illustrated cookbooks and children’s books, including those for her publisher David R. Godine in Boston. Her latest books for Godine are “Trio the Tale of a Three Legged Cat” and “Little Old Farm Folk”, both written by Andrea as well. Throughout her career, she has used several different techniques, most notably paper cutting. Currently she is making her own plates by carving designs in linoleum and using a hand-built press for printing. Her prints are sold at select shows around New England and on her website.

https://www.runningrabbit.biz/


Art Faculty Talk

BRUCE DUNBAR

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020, 6:00 pm 

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

Free & Open to the Public, Limited Seating Available

Born in Stratford, CT, Bruce Dunbar received his BS from Boston University and his MA in Photography from New York University. He has also studied at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT and the Photographers Workplace in East Norwalk, CT. Currently, he teaches black and white photography, digital photography, and several workshops in various aspects of photography at the Silvermine School of Art. Mr. Dunbar is also an adjunct professor of Photography at Western Connecticut State University. He has conducted workshops for the Art Explorer Program at Weir Farm National Historic Trust in Wilton, CT, an artist member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists since 1997, and active with the arts group Lamia Ink! based in New York City.

Mr Dunbar's photographs and mixed media photography have been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in Connecticut and New York City. His work with combining photography and mixed media is an attempt at capturing an impression, an inescapable essence of what once was, the invisible force through which matter changes- the state of flux in which all organic matter is caught.

RSVP to the Talk HERE


Thanksgiving Platters & Plates Sale

WCSU ceramics sale Nov. 21 features Thanksgiving plates & platters  

Open house event at WCSU Ceramics Studio to offer ceramic works by student artists       

 

Hand-crafted platters and plates specially designed to grace Thanksgiving dinner tables will be offered by student artists at Western Connecticut State University during a WCSU Art Department Ceramics Studio open house and sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.

The department’s Thanksgiving Ceramics Sale, featuring functional plate and platter ware created by WCSU students during ceramics classes this fall, will be at the ceramics studio in Room 017 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. Funds raised from sale of items from the 2019 Thanksgiving Series will support the Art Department ceramics program. A tour of the Ceramics 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


SIP & SCULPT

SIP & SCULPT
Friday, November 15, 2019
7:00–9:00pm

Enjoy a creative and entertaining evening combining clay hand building techniques and a live model, with music, wine, and light refreshments. Guided by an experienced artist, this event is open to participants of all levels and backgrounds, from the seasoned to the beginner, to participate in a shared art experience in a fun and relaxed studio environment. Located in the Sculpture Studio, room 248 of the Visual & Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Ave Extension Danbury, CT 06810. All materials are provided. Ages 21-plus, please.

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

This program is funded in part by the Danbury Cultural Commission,
Caraluzzi's and Stew Leonard's

Get tickets HERE.


Art Faculty Talk

FRANCIS T. PATNAUDE

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019, 6:00 pm 

Visual & Performing Arts Center, room 108
WCSU, Westside Campus 

Free & Open to the Public, Limited Seating Available

Francis T. Patnaude attended Southern CT State University earning a B.S. in Art Education in 1975. He earned a B.F.A. in Studio Arts from Northern Kentucky University in 1978 and a MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University in 1982. Fran also earned a certificate in Welding, completing a full Welder Certification program at Northern Kentucky Vocational/ Technical School in Covington, KY. He served as a studio assistant at Studio 70 under the direction of Michael Skop, sculptor, and studied photography under John Daido Loori. After working for five years as an art/welder /fabricator for various artists, Fran began teaching art at Rumsey Hall School in Washington, CT, in 1988, where he is currently the Department Head. In addition to teaching color and design at Western CT State University, he is also developing training methodologies and workshops in the area of creativity. Fran’s artwork consists of fabricated and cast metal sculpture, collage, video, and spatial/environmental music compositions.

RSVP to the Talk HERE


Ellen Harvey

Visiting Artist Lecture

Monday, November 18, 2019, 11:00 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Ellen Harvey is a British-born artist living and working in Brooklyn. She is a recipient of numerous awards, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016.
A graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School.

Ellen has completed numerous public commissions for New York Percent for Art, New York Arts in Transit, Chicago Transit Authority, the Philadelphia International Airport, San Francisco Airport, and the Federal Art in Architecture program. She recently completed “Atlantis”, a permanent installation commissioned for the Miami Beach Convention Center. Her work is in many collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Ellen’s work has also been shown extensively in galleries and museums worldwide. Solo museum exhibitions include: The Barnes Foundation, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Bass Museum, the Whitney Museum at Altria in NY, the Groeninge Museum in Belgium, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Poland. Her work will be included in the exhibition “Weather Report”, opening this fall at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; and a retrospective of her work will be at the Turner Contemporary in the UK in summer of 2020.

http://www.ellenharvey.info/


Beverly McIver

Visiting Artist Lecture

Monday, November 4, 2019, 11:00 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

RSVP to the Lecture HERE

Beverly McIver is the Esbenshade Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University since 2014. She is also a workshop leader for Creative Capital, a national non-profit that provides awards and advisory services to artists for professional development.

In 2002, Beverly received a Creative Capital Award and is the recipient of many other awards, including in 2017: a Rome Prize Fellowship, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Anyone Can Fly Foundation, and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Previous grants and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous was a Woman Grant, a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.

Beverly’s works are in corporate, private and museum collections, including the High Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and the National Portrait Gallery. She has been reviewed in The New York Times and Huffington Post, and was named one of the “Top Ten in Painting” in Art in America. She is the subject of a feature-film documentary, “Raising Renee”, which played on HBO, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Renee is Beverly’s older sister who is mentally disabled and for whom Beverly is legal guardian. Renee is a frequent subject in her paintings that examine racial, gender, social and occupational identities.

http://beverlymciverart.com/

 


Rudy Gutierrez

Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 11:00 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Rudy Gutierrez is an American illustrator and educator born in the Bronx, NY, of Puerto Rican heritage, and raised in Teaneck, NJ. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute, where he is a tenured professor, having taught there since 1990.

His many awards include the Dean Cornwell Recognition Hall of Fame Award, Distinguised Educator in the Arts Award, and a Gold Medal – all from the Society of Illustrators, NY. His children’s books have earned him a Pura Belpre Award, Americas Book Award, Children’s Africana Book Awards - Africa Access Award, Shining Willow Award, and a New York Book Award. His work has been featured and honored by Communication Arts, Step by Step Graphics, Society of Illustrators (NY and LA), Art News, American Illustration, American Artist and Art Direction Magazine.

Rudy’s works have appeared in films, performances, U.S. Postage stamps (Musical Icon Series of Jimi Hendrix), posters, and LP / CD covers. His artwork for Santana’s “Shaman” was used as a set design at the 2002 Super Bowl half-time show and for various products. More recently, his paintings were commissioned for the film “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. Rudy’s works hang in public and private collections, including those of musical icons Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, and Wayne Shorter, among others.

http://www.davidbrinley.com/


Angela Dufresne

Visiting Artist Lecture

Monday, October 7, 2019, 11:00 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Angela Dufresne is a painter originally from Connecticut, raised in Kansas, and now based in Brooklyn. She is currently Associate Professor of Painting at Rhode Island School of Design. She received the first college degree in her lineage, a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, and earned her MFA from Tyler School of Art.

Since 1995, Angela’s work has been shown throughout the US and in Europe, including exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland, Kemper Museum in Kansas City, Hammer Museum in LA, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in NY, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, among many others. She is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery in NYC. Awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, a residency at Yaddo, and two fellowships at Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown.

Angela’s work has been reviewed extensively in publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Art in America, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, Hyperallergic, LA Weekly, and The Paris Review.

https://www.angeladufresne.org/


David Brinley

Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 11:00 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

David Brinley is an award winning artist and illustrator whose clients include Time magazine, Rolling stone, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, GQ, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles and New York Times magazines. As an artist member of the Society of Illustrators NYC since 2004, he has participated as exhibitor and juror for annual exhibitions. His personal works have been shown in galleries in California, including Gallery Nucleus, Creative Arts Center in Burbank, and Robert Berman Gallery.

David’s work has also appeared regularly in industry annuals. These include American Illustration, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators (NY and LA), Creative Quarterly, and 3 x 3. Recent illustrations were also juried and published in Creative Quarterly 100 Best Annual, Communication Art Photography Annual, and Phillustration, among many others.

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, David received his MFA from the Hartford Art School. He is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at the University of Delaware.

http://www.davidbrinley.com/


2019 MFA Graduates to Exhibit in NYC

Master of Fine Arts
Thesis Exhibition 2019

Blue Mountain Gallery

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 20, 5–8 pm

On view: June 18–July 6
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. Eight graduate students will present their work this year at Blue Mountain Gallery: 

 

Dee Rose Barba          Brett M. Colon

Brian Ferreira              Greg Mursko

Mildred Paulino          Dee Dee Perrone

Rima J. Rahal              Andréa Rios

 

View their work in the Exhibition Catalog


Sip & Sketch

Friday, May 3, 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 robeaul@wcsu.edu for discount code)
 

Sponsored by the Department of Art and the WCSU Alumni Association

Get tickets HERE.


NYC Museum Bus Trip

The Metropolitan Museum of Art &
the Brooklyn Museum

Thursday, April 26, 2017

$10.00 / round trip
Open to all SVPA students (and guests), faculty and staff.
All ART Classes are cancelled for that day. 
Purchase tickets at the VPAC Box Office or online here.
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.


Depart from VPAC:
North Arts Entrance Westside Campus
9:00 am sharp

Bus will drop off at:
1) The MET and then continue on to
2) The Brooklyn Museum
(the bus will stay at the Brooklyn Museum until a 4:00 pm when it will go back to The MET to pick everyone up to return back to WCSU.)

Return to WCSU:
From the MET at
5:00 pm sharp

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.


Kenny Rivero

Visiting Artist Lecture

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 11:00 am

Kenny Rivero was born and raised in Washington Heights, New York City. He earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2006 and an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2012. Through painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation, he states, “My work addresses themes of Dominican-American identity, socio-geographic solidarity, cultural and familial expectations, race, and masculinity.” “I produce work that offers viewers a chance to reflect on hope, loss, and memory.”

Kenny’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in the US and abroad, including: Pera Museum, Turkey; Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands; The Contemporary Art Museum St Louis; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington; and MASS MoCA, North Adams. He has been a guest lecturer and visiting artist at El Museo del Barrio, Bennington College, Middlebury College, NYU, Williams College, and Cooper Union.

A recipient of many awards, Kenny received a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and a Visiting Scholar position at NYU. He has been awarded residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, The Fountainhead Residency, The Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, and The Macedonia Institute. Kenny is currently a Lecturer at Yale School of Art and a Teaching Artist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

https://www.kennyrivero.com/


Fritz Drury

Visiting Artist Lecture

Monday, April 1, 2019, 11:00 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Fritz Drury is a painter and Professor of Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design, where he has taught drawing and painting since 1981. He received his BA from Stanford University and his MFA from Yale School of Art. Since 2002, he has also taught a collaborative course at Brown University in Virtual Reality Design for Science. With colleagues from Brown, he has co-authored papers on the intersection of science and art. He also co-authored a college textbook in 2007 with Joanne Stryker at RISD, Drawing: Structure and Vision. In 2011, he was chief critic for RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome.

Fritz’s studio work is based in figurative oil paintings with an emphasis on poetic narrative, derived from literature, art history, and contemporary experience. Recent works suggest an ideal state of human connection with the natural universe. Fritz is also a portrait painter with commissioned works at Brown University, Colorado College, University of RI, and other collections. Reviewed in Art in America, his work has been widely exhibited in the US, including The Painting Center and The National Academy of Design in NYC. He is a recipient of awards and grants, among them an Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship and RISD’s John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

http://www.fritzdrury.com/

View the complete Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Schedule


Sabrina Marques

Art Faculty Talk

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:00 pm 

Visual & Performing Arts Center, room 108
WCSU, Westside Campus 

Free & Open to the Public, Limited Seating Available

Sabrina Marques is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and MFA Critic at Western Connecticut State University. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. During college, she studied painting and drawing at the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. After graduating from Columbia, Sabrina worked in New York with theater and movie director Julie Taymor. She attended the Yale School of Art, where she received a MFA in Painting and Printmaking. Her solo exhibition titled “Mi Patria Querida (My Beloved Homeland)” at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, explored her heritage as the daughter of a Cuban exile through paintings filled with stories of her family’s experience during the Cuban Revolution.

Sabrina has exhibited in at Wallspace and Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City, the Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and Artspace in New Haven, Connecticut. She has been in artist in residence at The Vermont Studio Center, The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and The Studios of Key West. Sabrina was selected for the Radius Program at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and received a Golden educator award from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for her professional artwork and teachings. She has been on the painting fellowship committee for the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (RISCA) and is a member of the curatorial advisory board at ArtSpa.

http://wcsu.edu/art/faculty/sabrina-marques/


Leslie Cober-Gentry

Faculty Artist Lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 11:30 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Leslie Cober-Gentry was born in New York City and grew up in a creative environment. She was surrounded by many artist friends of her father, Alan E. Cober, a renowned Hall of Fame Illustrator. By a young age, Leslie discovered her passion in illustration, and at age 15, completed her first assignment for the New York Times Op Ed page. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and continued to create professionally for magazines, newspapers, corporations, and advertising agencies. Her numerous clients have included: Washington Post, Forbes, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Sony Records, Sesame Street, Disney, National Geographic, Strathmore Paper, Hallmark Cards, and Nike, to name only a few.

In 2011, Leslie received her MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford. She has been teaching at WCSU in the graduate illustration program since 2015, and also teaches illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. A recipient of numerous awards, she has been honored by The Society of Publication Designers, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Vision Awards Annual Report Competitions, and Graphic Design USA. She serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Illustrators, NYC and the Board of Directors as Event Chair. She also serves on the Board of Directors at the Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield, CT.

https://www.lesliecober-gentry.com/

View the complete Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Schedule


Ross MacDonald

Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 11:30 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Ross MacDonald is a self-taught artist whose illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone. His work was the subject of a one-man retrospective at The New York Times and has been honored in many competitions of design and illustration, among them the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Print Regional Design Annual, Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, and AIGA. In 2011 he received the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators.

Ross has written and illustrated several children’s books, including Another Perfect Day and The Noisy Alphabet, closen for Best Book of 2003 by Child Magazine and Nick Jr magazine. He has also worked as a prop designer and as a consultant on period printing, design and documents for nearly 50 movies and television series, including: The Hateful Eight, Joy, Silver Linings Playbook, Seabiscuit; two HBO series, In Treatment and Boardwalk Empire, and the NBC series Parks and Recreation.

Ross has also created cards for MOMA, a postage stamp, animated shorts for Sesame Street, and animation for a Saturday Night Live commercial parody. He has lectured and taught at the School of Visual Arts MFA programs and conducted workshops in his letterpress studio. Born and raised in Canada, he now lives in CT with a studio barn full of 19th century type and printing equipment.

https://www.ross-macdonald.com/

View the complete Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Schedule


Faculty Spotlight

(Photo courtesy of Erin Walrath)

Photo courtesy of Erin Walrath

(Photo courtesy of Sarah Stewart)

Photo courtesy of Sarah Stewart

Riley Brewster

Doing What Comes Naturally: Seven Painters in Their Prime
February 2 - August 4, 2019

Curated by Robert Storr

Riley Brewster
Denzil Hurley
John Obuck
Nathlie Provosty
Rebecca Purdum
Joyce Robins
Andrew Spence

An Excerpt From the Curator, Robert Storr's Essay about Riley's work:

"...Brewster's incessant drawing with a brush charged with dry, pasty oil pigments, and his comparably unceasing revisions of exploratory marks, are realized in strokes that are virtually if not totally indistinguishable from those they cover and in the process correct or reconfigure. Think Giacometti without wiry delineation or any recognizable bodies or furniture or architectural framework whatsoever. Furthermore, Brewster's paintings are devoid of the overtly melodramatic signs of anguish so many post-existentialist painters affect to the detriment of their compelling pictorial monomanias, though it is hard not to feel a deeply unsettled and hard-to-please nature beneath the second-nature of the language Brewster has chosen. Rather they evoke the implacable density of New England granite and fog.

From that vantage point, the muted values of the lichen green, pewter, and slate gray hues that make up his palette would appear to bespeak a depressive temperament, or, at any rate, may make those thus inclined think of long days without sun in northern latitudes, such as Maine, where Brewster formerly lived, or the Low Countries and Scandinavia, where melancholy comes with mother's milk. Be that as it may, looking long and hard at Brewster's work brings home the lesson learned anytime one turns the lights of a closed room low; after a brief period of acclimation and adjustment our sensory apparatus kicks into high gear permitting us to register glimmers in the gloom that would ordinarily fall below the threshold of everyday sensory habits. Each of these tiny epiphanies expands the horizons of perception, and with them the world around us, at which point all that seems brooding about Brewster's work become a somber form of elation, revelation - that which is hidden having been revealed - and ecstasy in a Connecticut Yankee mode. And once the first such break in the pall makes us aware of our capacity to penetrate the crepuscular surround, we begin to see other flickers here and there, and with them we begin to see a partial spectrum of faintly glimmering but alluring hues."

For more information about the exhibition go to: https://www.resnickpasslof.org/campaigns/

R. Brewster- All rights reserved 2019
R. Brewster- All rights reserved 2019
R. Brewster- All rights reserved 2019

Hilary Doyle

Hilary Doyle

Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 11:30 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Hilary Doyle is an artist from Worcester, MA, now living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work includes painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture about class, gender and psychology. She received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work was recently exhibited at Monya Rowe Gallery and Field Projects, both in NYC, and at Erin Cluely Gallery in Texas. She has also had solo shows at The Active Space in Brooklyn and at Brown University. With exhibitions since 2007, her work has received press coverage in Hyperallergic, Bushwick Daily, and New American Paintings Blog. A recipient of many awards, she received a Vermont Studio Center fellowship and, more recently, a residency in 2017 at MassMoCA Museum of Contemporary Art.

Hilary is also a teacher and curator. She is part-time faculty at Rhode Island School of Design and SUNY Purchase College, where she teaches drawing and painting. She is the founder of NYC Crit Club which she teaches and operates with artist, curator and co-director Catherine Haggarty. She also curates with Reid Hitt as HR Curating and was co-director of Projekt722 gallery in east Williamsburg for three years. Hilary will be curating an exhibition with HR Curating at Agency Gallery in Dumbo in 2019. 

http://www.hilarydoyle.com/

View the complete Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Schedule


Student Spotlight

Wing Na (Wendy) Wong MFA 2020

MFA Student, Wing Na Wong is on the path for success! Her photorealistic paintings have been getting national attention! Her work was selected and featured on the nationally broadcast Ellen DeGeneres show this past December. (Click on the image above to check out the video clip from the show.) A recognition few student artists achieve while still in school. 

Wing is also one of five artists selected to display artwork in the Waterbury office of the newly elected US Representative for Connecticut's 5th congressional district, Jahana Hayes. It will remain on view for the duration of her two year appointment. 

Wing graduated from WCSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design in May 2018 and is now in her first year of the MFA in Visual Arts program. While maintaining academic success, she has also maintained a prolific studio practice and continues to exhibit her work.


Nancy Stahl

Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 11:30 am 

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

Free & Open to the Public
Limited Seating Available

Nancy Stahl is an illustrator who lives in New York City. She attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and also studied at School of Visual Arts. She has worked in a career split equally between traditional media and digitally created art. In 1989 she was introduced to post-production work on a Quantel Paintbox and was also invited to Adobe’s headquarters to test a pre-release of the original Photoshop. She began to work exclusively on the computer two years later.

Nancy’s assignments have ranged from editorial work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine to corporate identity, packaging and advertising for diverse companies including: The Disney Family Museum, Stonyfield Farms, Time-Life Music, and the National Parks Service. She has also created work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and the US Postal Service, which has used over thirty-five of her illustrations on postage stamps. Her work is represented in The Illustrator in America, Rolling Stone: The Illustrated Portraits, and 50 Years of Illustration.

In 2012, Nancy was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. An instructor at the University of Hartford, she has also taught at Syracuse University, School of Visual Arts, and Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad.

http://www.nancystahl.com/

View the complete Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Schedule


Student Exhibition at Ridgefield Library

WCSU Painting IV Student Exhibition

Thresholds 
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. 

For more information go to http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=RDGFLD#5833396


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: https://thewadsworth.org/about/opportunities/internship/

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 lanzreinj@wcsu.edu.


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 https://wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com.

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 robeaul@wcsu.edu 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

NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP TO THE MET

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

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

All ART Classes are cancelled for that day.

 

DETAILS:

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: http://davidjwagerllc.com


BUS TRIP TO JERRY’S ARTARAMA

FREE BUS TRIP TO JERRY'S ARTARAMA
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

UPCOMING 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 EricVelasquez.com

Free & Open to the Public. Limited Seating Available.

RSVP HERE