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Plein Air Painting by Muriel Miller

Plein Air Painting by Muriel Miller

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.

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Painting Exhibit curated by John O’Donnell

Image credit: Blake Shirley, 2013

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.

Featured artists are: Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, Tatiana Berg.

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.

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Exhibition “Beneath Raw Skin” at ArtSpace

Afarin Rahmanifar

“Unraveling Series #4,” Mixed Media on Board

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.

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Professor Andrew Jone’s Illustrations Published

Andrew Jone's Illustrations

Illustrations created by Professor Andrew Jones

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.

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Professor Afarin Rahmanifar Exhibiting at William Benton Museum of Art

Afarin Rahmanifar: Recess of a Journey Series

From the “Recess of a Journey Series”

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.

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Tom Hebért exhibition extended until January 19, 2014!

Tom Hebert artwork

Tom Hebért’s artwork is being shown at the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, Connecticut. The exhibition is titled, Digital Ground. It runs from November 17- December 22, 2013 with an opening reception on Sunday, November 17, 2-5pm.

Digital Ground is an exhibition that explores the potential of combining digitally produced material in conjunction with traditional art practices such as drawing, painting, and photography. Use of recycled or repurposed materials as well as first hand production are included in the artists creative processes.

John Slade Ely House
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, CT
elyhouse.org

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday-Friday, 11am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

Tom Hebért is an Adjunct Professor of Art teaching painting and drawing.
[image credit: Whatiya-Whatiya, Paper collage, inlay to linoleum tile, 2012}

 

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“Unto Us a Gift Is Given” at the Clare Gallery in Hartford

Joy Floyd image

“Park City” 2013, collage by Joy Floyd

The Clare Gallery’s exhibition is free and open to the public and extends from October 31–December 29, 2013.
 A reception will be held on First Thursday, November 7th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. At the reception, artist Joy Floyd will discuss how her search for materials is ongoing and her process of creating collage art is continuous.

Floyd considers herself a painter utilizing the medium of ‘stuff’ rather than paint. She employs a table instead of an easel and her found materials inspire her art-making process. She does not have any pre-conceived ideas, but allows the energy of the materials and her prayerful process to guide her. Floyd pays attention to the random, discarded bits of the world—anything that has had a life and then is thrown away—and creatively sees another life for the materials in her work.

Please enjoy the fantastic article on Joy Floyd’s work in the Hartford Advocate 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 at spsact.org, click “Community Life” and then “Clare Gallery”.

Professor Nancy Wynn curated this exhibition for the Clare Gallery in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.

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Art in the Environment

Robert L. Greene Artwork

Professor Robert L. Greene is exhibiting work at the Deedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, Massachusetts. The exhibition is from October 16th–November 30, 2013.

This exhibition is designed to bring Art to the environment and provide visitors with opportunities to experience nature and art in new ways. Whether in the open landscape or along the newly developed sculpture path in the woods, to the artist, it offers challenging opportunities to experiment, to explore their art on expanded scale and create sculpture for an environment.

Professor Greene’s work has to do with the fragmented figure and creating order from chaos. His pieces are intended to weather with time and will eventually turn grey and blend with the environment. For more information please visit the gallery site.

Professor Robert Greene is Assistant Professor of Sculpture.

 

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Two Artworks Chosen by the Connecticut Historical Museum

Nancy Wynn photo

Nancy Wynn’s two fine art photographs, Nighttime at the Fair and Tobacco Row were selected for exhibition in The Connecticut Photo Contest exhibition. This exhibition is a contemporary photographic exhibition being shown in conjunction with the exhibit Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers at the Connecticut Historical Museum. Both exhibitions are from October 11, 2013 to March 29, 2014.

Judging for The Connecticut Photo Contest exhibition was done by Daniel Mosher Long, Professor of Photography at Manchester Community College; Paulette Mertes, 3-time winner of the CT Professional Photographers Association Photographer of the Year; Jane Shauck, President of the American Society of Media Photographers, CT Chapter; and Chion Wolf, WNPR photographer and on-air personality.

Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers is an exhibit introducing a new collection of photography donated by the Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation as well as a collection by Marie Kendall. The photographs document two generations of women photographers in Connecticut: Harriet V. S. Thorne (1843-1926), Marie Hartig Kendall (1854-1943), and Rosalie Thorne McKenna (1916-2003).

More information can be found at this website on both exhibitions at the Connecticut Historical Museum.

Nancy Wynn is Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.

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JUNE BISANTZ @ Japanalia again!

June Bisantz

June Bisantz

June Bisantz is performing again this November at Japanalia Eiko in Hartford, Connecticut. The evening of music is inspired by two iconic performers—Chet Baker and Fred Astaire. The show explores the contrasts and similarities between these two revered artists neither of whom were best known for singing. In spite of dramatically different life-styles, each brought a unique elegance to vocal jazz that has rarely been equaled.

After touring Japan and performing at this year’s Litchfield Jazz Festival, June Bisantz and the Chet Baker Project return to Japanalia in Hartford with material from It’s Always You, Volume 2 of the Chet Baker Project, and songs from their upcoming Astaire-inspired project, “Dancing with Fred.”

Please Save Saturday, November 9  for our show at Japanalia, “It’s Always You … and Sometimes Fred.” More information is at this link.

Professor June Bisantz lives two lives: one is Bisantz is a Professor of Digital Art and Design, the other a “gifted singer with a warm, vibrant voice that can twist and turn on a dime” Newsday.

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