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The Clare Gallery’s exhibition, Metanoia, is free and open to the public and extends from March 20 – May 4, 2014. A reception and artist lecture will be held on April 24th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. At the reception, artist Richard Harden will discuss his undying search for universal meaning and imagery in the struggles and resurrection of the human condition.
The title of the exhibition, Metanoia, refers to a transformative change of heart. The term’s origin is Greek, from “metanoiein,” meaning to change one’s mind, or repent. Transformation has always been primary to the conceptual nature of Harden’s work, and his paintings allow us to reflect on our lives and the lives of others.
In this series, Harden explores flowers and hair in varied states of binding and unbinding. There are reflected surfaces along with abstracted space; fragile beauty irradiated by dramatic explosions. The colors are intensely saturated, as well as deeply dark, yielding the juxtaposition of opposing emotion.
Please enjoy the great article in the Hartford Courant here.
The Clare Gallery is housed in the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry at 285 Church Street. The Center is part of St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, a vibrant and active downtown faith community. Free parking is available directly across from the church, and the facility is handicapped accessible. More information may be found the Clare Gallery website.
Professor Nancy Wynn curated this exhibition for the Clare Gallery in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.
Jessie Kohn, Digital Art and Design, 2014
Jessie Kohn printable pdf
Some key factors in my decision to go to Eastern were its small size, proximity to home, and its affordability. Already having been familiar with Eastern and its programs through my brother, I knew it would offer a great experience for me too.
I chose Visual Arts as my major because Art has always been my passion. Getting my bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts was the next step in realizing my dream towards making Art my profession.
I remember taking a wood sculpture class with Professor Claudia Widdis. Having had no prior wood construction experience, I would have never thought I’d be able to think creatively with that type of media. The class helped me be a more well-rounded artist and served as a great complement to digital design—after all 3D digital design stems from real world 3D design!
I feel my Visual Arts education prepared me for my discipline. In my field (Digital Design), for instance, I feel that I’ve gained the necessary amount of knowledge to be able to able to start my career and then build on the base as I move forward.
Just like I’d hoped when I chose Eastern, the one-on-one time that Eastern’s faculty has shared with me was vital to my learning success. It helped tremendously that each faculty was a professional artist themselves. I was able to ask them about procedures in the “real world” and they gave me valid answers, not just theoretical ones. Faculty members also bent over backwards to help me outside of the class room, such as with letters of recommendations.
Even though as a graduating senior I won’t be able to take advantage of the new art facilities, I am proud to have been taught by the faculty that will become the core of those facilities. I am excited to see Eastern move towards new and greater horizons in the arts, as they are well deserving of Eastern’s center stage.
Olivia Provey, Printmaking, 2014
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I chose to go to Eastern because it was affordable for me as well close enough to home to visit on the weekends. However, I also loved Eastern’s campus and was drawn to Willimantic’s distinct character with its Victorian houses and sidewalks throughout the town.
I chose to be a Visual Arts major because of my lifetime passion for creating art.
I could not imagine myself studying anything else.
I think the greatest thing I found at Eastern in the Visual Arts Department was the friendships I made. Being in a studio setting with a small group of students sharing a love for art gave a sense of community and an opportunity to help each other grow, push ourselves and share ideas while laughing the entire time!
I believe that the majority of the professors in the Art department are extremely inspirational and wonderful mentors and because of this I was given the tools to succeed in my discipline. I have had experiences with teachers who seemed to be totally uninterested and unenthusiastic about what they were teaching and as a result left myself and other students feeling the same way. I have never seen this with my Visual Arts professors, their positive and creative presence is the greatest guidance for me as a student.
Specifically, the professors in my concentration are always available, often finding time for me and other students outside of class to help with projects.
Professor Imna Arroyo has been invited to present her book The Sacred Family at The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, Cuba in April, 2014. This presentation is taking place along with Antonio Martorell’s retrospective exhibition.
Arroyo created the 32 linoleum prints of the Orishas (Deities of the Yoruba Panheom). The images are accompany by descriptions written by Isis Mattei with book design by James Nicholas Winner-Arroyo. Further information on this book, its launch and Professor Imna Arroyo can be found at this link from the Havana Times.
Additionally, Arroyo will be conducting a children’s book and printmaking workshop at the Museum. Professor Imna Arroyo is an Arts Professor and head of the Printmaking department.
The students of Professor Gail Gelburd’s Museums Studies Class have partnered with Willimantic’s No-Freeze Shelter to curate the exhibition Displaced: Perspectives from Within. The exhibition is at the Willimantic Public Library through March. This exhibition was first shown at Eastern State University’s Shafer hall.
The exhibition includes art created by our students and some young students from other towns, but the main focus of the exhibition will be the work created by the guests of the No-Freeze shelter in Willimantic. The students in the class met with the homeless men and women at the shelter and gave them cameras and art supplies. This gave the guests an opportunity to share their perceptions of being homeless and their life in Willimantic. The exhibition will be accompanied by information about homelessness in America. The students will also show videos and films about the subject during the opening reception.
The students in the course devised the theme, conducted the research. They were divided into museum departments and curated the works, condition reported, catalogued and labeled the images, prepared accompanying educational programming, promoted the exhibition, managed the budget, and then designed the exhibition, the flyers, didactics, and labels. They worked as a team to carefully install the exhibition and open it up for public viewing.
This project is an example of community based learning—students who participated in the project learned first hand about this issue and the guests shared their creativity.
Gail Gelburd is Professor of Art History.
Akus Gallery is exhibiting the 3rd Annual Connecticut Printmakers Invitational. The exhibition runs from March 6 – April 17, 2014. The opening reception is Thursday, March 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Akus Gallery is located in Shafer Hall on the Eastern Connecticut University Campus.
Visual Arts Painting and Drawing Alumna, Christina Ciacci’s, artwork will be on exhibition at ArtWorks Gallery, St. Paul’s of Norwalk. The exhibition, Luminous, is from March 13 to April 17, 2014. A reception is Thursday, March 13, 6:30 to 8 pm.
The Gallery is at 60 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut.
Come celebrate the opening of a new public art installation by Brad Guarino. Opening reception for Passing Through, a public art project for Tunxis Community College is on Thursday, March 6, 4-7 p.m., 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, Connecticut.
You can read about the work and process by checking in on Mr. Guarino’s blog.
Brad Guarino is Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts in Painting and Drawing.
An exhibition of paintings and a video piece by the artist John O’Donnell, entitled STILLLIFE, is currently on display in Westover’s Schumacher Gallery. A public reception with the artist will be held in the gallery on Saturday, March 22nd from 4 to 6 pm.
Located in the School’s Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center, the Schumacher Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from noon until 5 pm and Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm whenever Westover is in session; it is closed on Sundays. Because the School will not be in session from February 27th through March 18th, the exhibition will be open to the public through February 26th and will then reopen from March 19th through March 28th. Visitors may access the gallery by coming to the main entrance of the School, which is located on the Middlebury Green.
STILLLIFE is a title that refers not only to the category of painting but also to a calm reflection on life and time. O’Donnell’s process and materials are inspired by the history of painting and contemporary abstraction. In the studio he paints directly onto found objects and then attempts to replicate them on a burlap canvas with gesso and acrylic paint; sometimes he uses oil paint and spray paint to reference different historical and contemporary processes.
The exhibition also includes a video piece created by O’Donnell, who was inspired by a musical composition written and produced by Seattle-based musician Jean Chalant.
John O’Donnell is Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts in Painting and Drawing.
Painting from the Virtual World is an exhibition of work from artist Cynthia Guild. The exhibition runs from February 20 to March 5, 2014. The opening Reception is Saturday February 22nd 5-8 pm.
The artist states, “The work touches on universal themes: alienation, individual will, and the passage of time. Many of the paintings are worked from web surveillance camera images bringing a peculiar distance to the work. It is my hope that the paintings capture the sense of beauty, endurance and resignation that mimics my own vision of life.”
The show features new work from the artist at the Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, Massachusetts at 101 W. Rodney French Blvd., Door #4. (508) 642-6026. Hours for the gallery are T/TH/Fr/Sat – 1-6, Sun. 12-5. More information on New Bedford is found at this link.
Cynthia Guild is an Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts in Painting and Drawing.