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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.
A portrait by Terry Lennox has been selected for exhibition in Faces of Winter 2014 ~ Building on Classics Biennial Juried Fine Art Portrait Exhibition and Symposium. This exhibition is presented by The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists at the University of Connecticut Stamford Art Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut.
The exhibition runs from February 6–28, 2014. The opening reception is Thursday, February 6, 6 pm. Please visit the Stamford Art Gallery website to find out more information and directions.
Terry Lennox is Associate Professor, Digital Art & Design.
Tondo Art: An Intimate Exhibition of Miniature Paintings is at The Niche Gallery at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut. This exhibition runs from January 27–March 8, 2014. A reception is on Wednesday, February 19th, 5:00–7:00 pm.
Karen Bartone’s series of tondo paintings employ the traditional round panel format and the Italian Renaissance combination of oil paint and gold leaf. Picturesque subjects of reflected water lilies, trees, sky and rippled water dislocate viewer’s sense of specificity as they are composed within closely cropped peephole perspectives. The small scale and circular shapes here similarly reference telescopic and magnified slide compositions in as much as the direct landscapes they represent.
Professor Bartone is an Adjunct Professor of Art teaching painting and drawing.
Muriel Miller has an exhibition of landscape paintings in Plein Air at the Connecticut Audubon Center in Pomfret, Connecticut. The exhibition is from January 5 – February 26, 2014.
A resident of Hampton, Connecticut Muriel’s paintings are plein air (directly on site), reflecting her emotional and artistic response to a scene stimulating her imagination. Rather than rendering photographic images of the scene she captures her feelings, light and colors that she see in that ever changing moment to capture a sense of place. While some of her images are from the area, many were done while teaching students in Art Location Studies Abroad in England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Australia.
The Pomfret Audobon Center information can be found at this link.
Professor Muriel Miller is Adjunct Professor of Art, teaching painting and drawing.
Smart Painting is an exhibition organized and curated by John O’Donnell. This exhibition opens at ArtSpace in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, February 7th and runs until Saturday, March 22nd, 2014. The opening reception is Friday, February 7th from 5 to 8 pm.
A show of paintings by artists who respond to the institution of contemporary abstraction. These painting are sharp, quick, bright, amusing, elegant and are aware of their own limitations and forge on, in the familiar, but ambiguous territory of abstraction. Confidently defining space through the use of line and structure these paintings challenge traditional notions of abstraction through rational constructions that examine concepts of composition and depth.
Here is a review by the New Haven Independent of the exhibition.
John O’Donnell lives and works in Connecticut. He is a multidisciplinary artist and has created performance pieces and videos for museums, galleries, and artistic festivals nationally and internationally.
More information can be found at ArtSpace, 50 Orange Street, New Haven, CT. Artspace is open from noon to 6 p,.m. Wednesdays & Thursday from 12-6 pm, Fridays & Saturdays from 12-8 pm. The gallery is free and open to the public.
Professor John O’Donnell is an Adjunct Professor of Art teaching painting and drawing.
A new exhibition curated by Afarin Rahmanifar, Beneath Raw Skin, is opening at Willimantic’s ArtSpace on February 6, 2014. The reception is on February 6th from 5:30–8 pm. At the reception the West African Dance Ensemble will perform (performers include Eastern students) and the video Ancestral Cornea will be screened.
Beneath Raw Skin includes New York, transnational and Connecticut artist exploring cultural identity. Their explorations create a unique vocabulary translated through their mediums. Artists include: Richard Cutrona, Robert Gerhardt, Sunil Gupta, Leeah Joo, Ben Ni, Neal Parks, Thuan Vu, and Afarin Rahmanifar.
ArtSpace Gallery is located at 480 Main Street, Willimantic, CT. Its hours are February 1–28, 2–5 pm, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Afarin Rahmanifar is Assistant Professor of Art: Painting and Drawing.
The book Why Monkeys Live in Trees, published in 2006, is currently being published in French. It was written by Raouf Mama with its illustrations by Andrew Jones.
Described by the publisher, “The is book for both young and old lovers of folklore. Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin is a rich tapestry of oral tales that come from a wide range of Beninese ethnic groups. They include trickster tales and sacred tales involving the greatest and meanest of mankind, as well as nature and the world of spirits. These ageless tales remind us of the power of love, the perils of greed and pride, and the redemptive virtues of courage, humility, and kindness.
The Western African Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey) is gifted with a great folktale tradition, one of the richest in the world. As pieces of oral literature and cultural history, these tales shed light on some of the values and beliefs as well as the customs and traditions of the people of Benin.”
Professor Andrew Jones is Professor of Art: Painting and Drawing.
Dr. Raouf Mams is Distinguished Professor: African Literature.
In the new year, the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT is hosting an exciting exhibition: Persepolis: Word & Image. This exhibition is on view from January 21 – March 16, 2014. An opening Reception is January 23, 4:30-7 pm.
Inspired by both the format and content of Persepolis, the graphic novel and coming-of-age memoir by Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: Word & Image draws from the Benton’s permanent collection to present some of the ways that text and art have functioned historically. Also featured are works on loan from several contemporary Iranian artists, including Pouran Jinchi, Shirin Neshat, Afarin Rahmanifar and Hadieh Shafie, for whom text is intrinsic to their practice.
More information can be found at this link.
Afarin Rahmanifar is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing.