Category Archives: Gallery Exhibition

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 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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International Photographer Ellen Carey at the Akus Gallery

Ellen Carey

Let There Be Light: The Black Swans will be on exhibit at the Akus Gallery from Jan. 9 through Feb. 20, 2014. An opening reception will take place on Jan. 23 from 4:30- 6:30 p.m.

Black Swan references Carey’s discovery of the “Pull” in 1996, a technique that creates a conical loop known as a parabola and a new form introduced to photography as a different kind of document, pre-dating Carey’s large format Polaroid 20 x 24 camera work begun in 1983 with her “Self-Portrait” series. Carey owns one of five Polaroid 20 x 24 cameras in existence.

Eastern’s Press Release can be found at this link.

Ellen Carey is Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School. More information can be found at this link.

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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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“Pulp to Paper” Student Exhibition

Pulp to Paper ExhibitionStudents in the Visual Arts Department will be exhibiting Pulp to Paper: Expressions with Handmade Paper. Under the guidance of Professor Imna Arroyo, the students have transformed handmade papers (they have made themselves) into wonderful sculptures and installation artworks. Please come to their reception and critique on Monday, December 9th, 2013 from 7–9:45 pm. Their exhibition is opening the Visual Arts Departments new Student Art Gallery Shafer Hall 211.

Artists included in this exhibition are: Charlette Anderson, Morgan Battye, David Bieniarz, Bridget Cook, Jennifer Desrosiers, Rob Grimm, Hannah Lewis, Ethan McCain, Richard Schaaf, and Julie Vega.

Imna Arroyo is Professor of Printmaking.

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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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“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 Leah_Craig@uml.edu or 978.934.3491.

Professor Robert Greene is Assistant Professor of Sculpture.

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