Category Archives: Student Work

Fall 2014 Design Group students created five billboards celebrating Eastern’s 125 year history.

Fall 2014 Design Group students created five billboards celebrating Eastern’s 125 year history. Standish Johnson Outdoor Advertising donated billboard space and installation. Each billboard represents 25 years of Eastern’s story with yearbook photos against a backdrop of the architecture of that period.

Locations:
Main Street, next to the Chamber of Commerce building – It’s a 2-sided billboard, with our billboard designs on both front and back.
Kai Hansen, (1889 – 1914) front
Ray Phonthaphan, back (1939-1964)

Bridge Street, in the array of billboards at the road turning – Matt Pappalardo (1914-1939)

Rte. 66 west, leaving Willimantic, on the left hand side of the road before you reach the junction of 66 and 6

Rikki Jarvis (1964-1989)

Rte 195 at Lauter Park – two billboards one facing in each direction Going south – Kai Hansen (a repeat) Going north – Alyssa Toth (1989-2014)

 

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Visual Arts Senior Exhibition 2014

ECSU Visual Arts Senior Show 2014

TBD/To Be Determined is the Visual Arts Department’s Senior Exhibition 2014. TBD is being exhibited at the Akus Gallery in Shafer Hall from May 2–16, 2014.

Artist in the exhibition: Kara Berglund, David Bieniarz, Jennifer Biron, Wendy Bouton, Mary Boyd, Christina Broccoli, Cory Carabetta, Laura Cardeno, Emily Chubet, Daniel Clesowich, Bridget Cook, Margaret Gradie, Braden Herrick, Lauren Hopper, Rebecca Ingoglia, Rikki Jarvis, Lesia Kerr, Samuel Kesler, Solinda Keth, Colleen King, Michael King, Jessie Kohn, Kaleigh Kurpiewski, Brad Labonte, Lindsay Lachance, Diane Leonard, Hannah Lewis, Cassandra Marion, Samantha McGeowan, Jessica Michalowski, Samantha Mims, Melissa Nosal, Trinda Pacheco, Rebecca Plungis, Olivia Provey, Alyssa Reilly, Nicole Romeo, Richard Schaff, Roshelle Shannon, Miranda Slobe, Kelly Stalsburg, Jacueline Tromp, Lucero Vargas, Julie Vega.

There is an Awards Ceremony and Reception on Friday, May 2nd from 3–4 pm in the Akus Gallery. The Gallery is open from 3–6 pm on Friday, May 2nd for viewing. The Ceremony and Reception is free and open to the public.

Akus Gallery hours and information can be found at this link.

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“Displaced” Student Exhibition

Displaced Exhibition

The students of Professor Gail Gelburd’s Museums Studies Class have partnered with Willimantic’s No-Freeze Shelter to curate the exhibition Displaced: Perspectives from Within. The exhibition is at the Willimantic Public Library through March. This exhibition was first shown at Eastern State University’s Shafer hall.

The exhibition includes art created by our students and some young students from other towns, but the main focus of the exhibition will be the work created by the guests of the No-Freeze shelter in Willimantic. The students in the class met with the homeless men and women at the shelter and gave them cameras and art supplies. This gave the guests an opportunity to share their perceptions of being homeless and their life in Willimantic. The exhibition will be accompanied by information about homelessness in America. The students  will also show videos and films about the subject during the opening reception.

The students in the course devised the theme, conducted the research. They were divided into museum departments and curated the works, condition reported, catalogued and labeled the images, prepared accompanying educational programming, promoted the exhibition, managed the budget, and then designed the exhibition, the flyers, didactics, and labels. They worked as a team to carefully install the exhibition and open it up for public viewing.

This project is an example of community based learning—students who participated in the project learned first hand about this issue and the guests shared their creativity.

Gail Gelburd is Professor of Art History.

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Visual Arts Alumni News: Christina Ciacci

Visual Arts Painting and Drawing Alumna, Christina Ciacci’s, artwork will be on exhibition at ArtWorks Gallery, St. Paul’s of Norwalk. The exhibition, Luminous, is from March 13 to April 17, 2014. A reception is Thursday, March 13, 6:30 to 8 pm.

The Gallery is at 60 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Eastern Design Students Exhibit at Kerri Gallery

Green Lights Project

Each year, Green Lights, an initiative of the Last Green Valley (tlvg.org), encourages residents of our region to show support for the National Heritage Corridor by displaying green lights in any way they can imagine between February 15 and March 17, 2014.

This year, Eastern’s Design Program, Thread City Development, Inc., the Willimantic Screen Project, the Willimantic Brewing Company and the Kerri Art Studio & Gallery are partnering to illuminate the Kerri Gallery storefront on 861 Main Street, Willimantic, in celebration of the Last Green Valley’s 4th Annual Green Lights initiative. The Kerri Gallery will host an opening reception for Green Lights on Thursday 2/27, 6-8 pm. This reception is free and open to the public—All are welcome.

The Gallery will glow each night from February 27 to March 5, 2014 with a series of publicly visible, inventively imagined green light images created by Eastern Connecticut State University design students.

Artists: Kara Berglund, Melissa Blaejak, Christing Broccoli, Laura Cardeno, Joshua Cranmer, Braden Herrick, Lauren Hopkins, Cynthia Kapp, Solinda Keth, Collen King, Hannah Lewis, Cassandra Marion, Chris McMenamey, Seth Meyers, Kristin Palka, Joseph Perez, Robert Picone, Mark Raleigh, Alyssa Reilly, Alexa Senia, Chelsea Taylor, Tyler Scott, Julie Vega.

To watch a video of last year’s Green Lights projection visit: http://vimeo.com/65613541

Digital prints of the green light images will be on display inside the gallery as well.  So day or night, please join us to celebrate our Heritage Corridor and raise energy conservation awareness.

Professor June Bisantz helped organize this exhibition. Bisantz is Professor of Art, Digital Art and Design.

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“Ink’d” Student Exhibition

Inked Exhibition

The students of Professor Gail Gelburd’s Museums Studies Class have curated Ink’d: From Scarification to Personal Tatoos. This exhibition will be on view in the Student Center, room 223 from December 10th–17th, 2013. It opens on December 10 from 4-6 pm with a reception and series of educational and exciting events. The exhibition space will be open December 11th–13th from 12-2 pm and 5-7 pm, December 14th–17th from 12-2 pm.

Visitors will learn about sanitary means of tattooing and can get a henna tattoo drawn by one of the art majors. The exhibition focuses on the history and cultural variations of tattoos from African scarification to today’s proliferation of tattoos. The images are accompanied by didactic materials about each culture.

The students in the course devised the theme, conducted the research. They were divided into museum departments and curated the works, condition reported, catalogued and labeled the images, prepared accompanying educational programming, promoted the exhibition, managed the budget, and then designed the exhibition, the flyers, didactics, and labels. They  worked as a team to carefully install the exhibition and open it up for public viewing.

Gail Gelburd is Professor of Art History.

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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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