Sabrina Marques’s work as an artist and educator has taken her on many journeys. She has traveled from New York to Connecticut to California to study and teach art. She has been an artist-in-residence in Switzerland and Italy. Her current research has her spending time in Alagoas and the Amazon in Brazil to study the relationships that indigenous tribes have with art and creativity. Her most recent journey is keeping her a little bit closer to home, though, as she has taken on the role as director of the Kathwari Honors Program at WCSU.
In response to the Novel Coronavirus, Western Connecticut State University students, faculty and staff have come together to assist the campus and greater communities to find ways to not only cope, but thrive. The university has responded to requests for equipment and use of campus facilities as deemed necessary by the State of Connecticut. Additionally, the WCSU Foundation, Alumni Association and Student Government Association (SGA) have joined together to help provide much-needed financial support to WCSU students for unexpected emergency expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the past four years, the faculty and staff of the Western Connecticut State University Department of Art has focused their energies on earning accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for WCSU. Catherine Vanaria, associate professor of Art and chair of the department, worked closely with her colleagues to answer questions, guide tours for the visiting accrediting team, and make suggested adjustments. In May, the department received notification that it had been approved. The program is now one of five accredited departments in the state, joining University of Connecticut, University of Bridgeport, Hartford Art School and University of New Haven. And it is the only Connecticut state university to achieve the distinction