Terry Lennox’s Portrait Selected for Exhibition

Terry Lennox portrait

“Lucia by the Window,” 2013

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 by Artist Karen Bartone

Tondo Art

“Tondo Series,” oil and gold leaf on
panel, 2013

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.

Click to find out more about this exhibit at The Niche Gallery. To see more of Karen Bartone’s work go to karenbartone.com.

Professor Bartone is an Adjunct Professor of Art teaching painting and drawing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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}


“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.

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.