MA Hunter CollegeMFA Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Art
Gallery Principles I/II, Grad Ind Study: Art History, Grad: Art Colloquium, Grad: Practicum Internship
Darby Cardonsky is the Coordinator of the MFA in Visual Arts Program at Western Connecticut State University. She was a founding member of the MFA advisory board from 2002 to 2009, and she has been a curator of The Gallery at Higgins Hall at WCSU since its 2007 opening. As professor of a gallery studies course, she involves the students in the curatorial duties of the exhibitions at WCSU.
Prior to her work at WCSU, Ms. Cardonsky was co-owner and director of the Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery in Kent, CT. From 1988 to 2009, her gallery was known for its comprehensive exhibitions of established artists, along with unknown, rising talents. Over the twenty-two years, shows included works by Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Henry Moore and many others. Numerous reviews and articles were published in The New York Times, Herald Tribune, Art in America, and regional periodicals. She was also a guest curator for gallery exhibitions in Paris and New York.
Ms. Cardonsky received an MA degree from Hunter College. While living in NYC, she worked with Lee Krasner for nine years and with the Pollock Krasner Foundation in its first year of inception. She also worked with Forum Gallery and with Spencer A. Samuels & Company, which specialized in old master drawings. She has lived in Connecticut since 1983.