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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

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, 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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Two Textile Design Exhibitions Reviewed by Bisantz in Paris

“Science, art and industry come together in Paris,” June Bisantz’s article in Specialty Fabrics Review October 2013, analyzed innovative fabric design. To read this review click here.

Professor June Bisantz is Professor of Digital Art and Design.

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“Frenetic Composure” by Robert L. Greene

Robert Greene Hive

Frenetic Composure is a body of sculpture work representing the control of chaos. Using cut strips of wood of various lengths and width, the constructed forms are both abstract and figurative, like drawings constructed from wood. The wood strips create the line just as a painter or draftsman uses charcoal or paint to make their mark. Each sculpture has a similar language using layers of line in various degrees of density, creating the frenetic activity represented in the work. The inspiration behind the work is brain activity. The sculpture represents the electrical impulses and activity in the human brain. Robert is a recent Master of Fine Arts graduate from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth.

Artist Reception: October 2, 4 – 5 pm in the University Gallery
Artist Talk to precede the reception in O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222. 3 – 4 pm

For questions, please contact Leah Craig, Gallery Coordinator, at or 978.934.3491.

Professor Robert Greene is Assistant Professor of Sculpture.

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Nancy Wynn invited to show at “Hartford DADA” Exhibition and as panelist on the Colin McEnroe Show

Nancy Wynn artwork

Nancy Wynn has been invited to show her piece I Pledge Allegiance in an exhibition called Hartford DADA at the Pumphouse Gallery in Hartford September 26 – November 1. The opening is Thursday, September 26 from 5:00–9:00 pm. Information on the gallery is at this link.

The piece was created in 2004, and still is, a reaction to war and the nature of security (or lack thereof in reference to gun violence). It questions the concept of allegiance and our system of “Homeland” Security.

Ms. Wynn was invited to be a panelist on the Colin McEnroe Show, Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 on WNPR in Hartford, CT. The discussion was centered on DADA Art. Panelists included: Andrei Codrescu, Jonathon Keats, Jeff Poole, Clinton Deckart, and Nancy Wynn This link will take you to the radio show, at the bottom you can listen to the hour long show.

Nancy Wynn is Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.

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John O’Donnell’s Fall Exhibition Schedule

John O’Donnell’s solo exhibition, Ponzi Structure, at Real Art Ways in Hartford has been extended until September 29. Mr. O’Donnell will be attending RAW’s Creative Cocktail Hour September 19, from 6:00–10:00pm. If you want see the show and hang out, let Mr. O’Donnell know via email or Facebook and he will put your name on the list, so you don’t have to pay entry. Information on the show can be found at link.

Mr. O’Donnell will have performance and installation at a Hartford event called PARK(ing) Day. This event takes place across the globe on September 20, 2013 in urban centers to transform parking spaces into temporary “parks.” Feel free to read more at this link.

Mr. O’Donnell has been invited to show a few drawings of dinosaurs in an exhibition called Hartford DADA at the Pumphouse Gallery in Hartford September 26 – November 1. The opening is Thursday, September 26 from 5:00–9:00 pm. Information on the gallery is at this link.

New Prints 2013/Autumn, at the International Print Center in New York (IPCNY), will run from October 29 – November 30, 2013. The opening is on Thursday, November 7. Mr. O’Donnell exhibited there a few years ago and he is excited to return. More information can be found at this link.

Lastly, a large-scale watercolor of of Mr. O’Donnell’s will be included in an exhibition called Habitat, curated by Susan Classen-Sullivan at Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. The exhibition runs from October 24 – December 4. The opening reception is Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 pm. This link is to the gallery.

John O’Donnell is an Adjunct Professor of Art teaching painting and drawing. His email address is

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