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2013 WCSU to offer art slide lecture series


DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts in Art program will continue its artist lecture series with presentations by six visiting artists this fall. Lectures will consist of slides depicting the artist’s work, ranging from plush landscapes and palatial interiors to still lifes and vivid portraits.

All lectures will be at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 2 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, with the exception of the Sept. 26 lecture, which will be in Viewing Room 1. The talks are free and the public is invited.

Scheduled lectures include:

Monday, Sept. 9: Painter Ying Li. Born in Beijing, China, in 1951, Li graduated from Anhui Teachers University in 1977, where she taught from 1977 to 1983. She received an M.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in 1987, having immigrated to the United States only four years before. She has held single and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art Forum and The Philadelphia Inquirer.  

Thursday, Sept. 26: Illustrator Scott Bakal. Nationally recognized, Bakal received his M.F.A. in Illustration from the University of Hartford a decade after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He chairs the Student Scholarship Competition and Zankel Scholarship, the largest illustration student competitions in the world. His clients include Oprah and Businessweek.

Monday, Oct. 7: Painter Robert Berlind. Berlind lives and works in New York City and Cochecton, N.Y. He has received the American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Painting and writes about art for several publications including Art in America, BorderCrossings and The Brooklyn Rail.

Monday, Oct. 21: Illustrator Ed Tuttle. With almost 30 years of experience in the field of illustration and graphic design, Tuttle has created his own company, eklektos. He specializes in compositing photography and 3D modeling, designing logos, collateral design, book cover illustration, poster art and advertising art.

Monday, Nov. 4: Painter Vincent Arcilesi. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he studied design, painting and lithography as an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma. He has painted figure compositions since 1964 and started painting on-site landscapes in 1966. He has had 29 solo shows, 22 of them in New York City.

Monday, Nov. 18: Painter Jim Peters. Born 1945 in Syracuse, N.Y., Peters graduated with an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute, College of Art, in 1977. He has work displayed in many collections worldwide, including the William Benton Museum, the University of Connecticut, the Flint Institute of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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