Category Archives: Visual Arts Event

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 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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“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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Visual Arts Club Halloween Party!!

Halloween Cat Pumpkin

Thursday, October 24th at 7 pm

Just a reminder that the Visual Arts Club and Math Club are hosting a Halloween party THIS THURSDAY at 7 pm in Science 117. Wear a costume if you would like, there will be a costume contest as well as other games and activities. Also there will be food, music, wii bowling, pinatas, and various prizes. Feel free to bring your friends because everyone is welcome!

To visit the Visual Arts Club’s Facebook page, click here.

For more information email the President, Emily Chubet, at visualarts@my.easternct.edu

Image by Silar
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New Fine Arts Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

View from High Street of Fine Arts Building

View from High Street

Groundbreaking Ceremony for
Eastern Connecticut State University’s Fine Arts Instructional Building

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11 am

Wood Support Services Center Lawn
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, Connecticut

Further information at (860) 465-5735

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Chet Baker Project with June Bisantz at the Litchfield Jazz Fest 2013

June Bisantz

June Bisantz

Professor June Bisantz will be performing with the Chet Baker Project at the Litchfield Jazz Fest on Sunday, August 11 at 1:45 pm. Bisantz has been performing and writing music for over 20 years. She has co-written and produced jazz albums and has recorded with musicians like Steve Swallow, Lou Soloff, Mike Stern, Will Lee and others. Reviews and articles about her work appear in People, USA Today, DownBeat, and Jazziz.

For further information on the performance date click here.
To listen to a great interview with June on “Where We Live” click here. 

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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