Department of Art

Spring 2018 NYC Bus Trip

NYC Museum Bus Trip to

The Whitney Museum/Chelsea Galleries

Thursday, April 26, 2017

Open to all SVPA students (and guests), faculty and staff.
All ART Classes are cancelled for that day. 
Purchase tickets at the VPAC Box Office to reserve your seat!
Ticket sales end when the bus is full so be sure to reserve your seat today!
Due to charter reservation and limited seating, refunds will not be available.

The bus leaves the North Arts Lot at 9:00 am sharp
and will leave NYC (in front of the Whitney) at 5:00 pm sharp
to return to Danbury around 7:00pm. 
Admission to the Whitney is $18 with student ID. Chelsea galleries are free.

Sponsored by The Department of Art. 
For more information contact the Dept. of Art at 203-837-8403 or the VPAC Box office at 203-837-8732.

Don't miss the chance to go to the Whitney, hit the High Line, visit the Chelsea Galleries and run around New York City for only $10.00!!

2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition

The Department of Art and School of Visual & Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University is pleased to announce its candidates for the 2018 Master of Fine Arts degree

Jessee Navarra

Jennifer Oliveira-Florio

Jonathan Schreyer

Barbara Sinisi

Alyssa Voytek

Erin Walrath

Sip & Sketch

Friday, March 23, 7–9pm

Enjoy a fun and creative evening of drawing from a live model in a relaxed environment while you sip wine and sample assorted snacks in our Drawing Studio (VPA 241) on the 2nd floor of the Visual & Performing Arts Center. Materials are provided but you may bring your own supplies too. All skill levels are welcome. Must be 21+ to attend.
$25.00 per person (includes all materials & refreshments)
WCSU Alumni get $5 discount (email for discount code)

Sponsored by WCSU Alumni Association

Get tickets online HERE.

Faculty Spotlight

David Boyajian, Adjunct Professor of Art

Adjunct professor, David Boyajian was selected from a field of 5 artists by the Connecticut commission on the arts. His free standing Gateway sculpture made from stainless steel was chosen by the Commission to be installed at 450 Columbus Blvd in Hartford, Connecticut.

His project was completed in two phases: Phase I included a free standing sculpture on the pedestrian walkway. Phase II is a large wall relief composed of positive and negative cut out images of branches and oak leaves, representing a young grove of oak trees or scions from the charter Oak. Phase II will be installed on the wall below the pedestrian walkway and will be completed in June of 2018.

Alumni Spotlight

Janet Warner MFA 2017

Congratulations to MFA alumna, Janet Warner who is currently one of seventeen artists on the installation team for the exhibition Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: Expanding a Legacy. Under John Hogan the installation Director and Archivist for the Sol LeWitt Wall drawings, Janet is working on three of the seven drawings, numbers #142 progressive lines (not Straight), #610 isometric figure with color ink wash superimposed, and #372 six geometric figures (parallelogram). The installation takes place from January through the end of February. The exhibition opens March 2nd, and there will be a gallery talk “Not Straight Lines: Installing Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings” with John Hogan and the installation team on March 7th. For more information about this talk and additional related programming, visit Janet will not only be credited as an artist on the wall text during the exhibition and go into the LeWitt archives, she will also be credited in the Artifex Press Catalogue, Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings Catalogue Raisonné

Be sure to check out a short video clip of the installation on the Yale University Art Gallery Instagram page.

About the Exhibition:
Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: Expanding a Legacy features seven drawings newly donated to the Yale University Art Gallery from the artist’s estate, making the Gallery’s collection of LeWitt’s work in this signature medium the largest of any museum worldwide. The drawings on view represent a range of the artist’s techniques, including bold geometric patterns executed in colorful ink wash and works composed entirely of fine graphite lines. The exhibition also celebrates the newly inaugurated Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Study Center at Yale West Campus, which will house the archive of this groundbreaking artist and be an international nexus for research on his work.




Student Spotlight

Jesse Navarra MFA 2018

MFA student, Jesse Navarra was recently published in the Winter 2018 issue of Illustrators Journal, featuring a step-by-step progression of his work "Plastic Ocean Project". The Illustrators Journal is a trianual print and digital publication which features established and emerging artists and their work. 

Jesse is a second year MFA student and will be graduating this May. Currently he is working toward his thesis which will be displayed in the 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition opening March 29 and will remain on view through April 9 in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center. 

Congratulations to Jesse for his achievement! He is off to a great start towards a bright and successful career! 

Gallery Talk

Wednesday, January 31, 6:30 pm

In the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center
Free and Open to the Public

Guest Curator’s, Lori Glavin & Patricia Spergel will discuss the work and process of curating the Parallel Practices Exhibition on view through March 4, 2018 in the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center.


Save the dates – Spring Semester Visiting Artists

Steve Brodner, illustrator
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Steve Brodner is an illustrator, caricaturist and political commentator working for publications in the U.S. since the 1970’s. He received his BFA from Cooper Union in 1976 and began his long career as a freelance illustrator with the New York Times Book Review in 1977. The list of magazines and newspapers to which he has contributed sly commentary on controversial subjects and political events includes: Harper’s, National Lampoon, Rolling Stone, Spy, Esquire, The New Yorker, The Nation, Village Voice, The Washington Post, LA Times, and many more.

In 2008, Brodner became the first living illustrator to have a major career retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. In over thirty years he has received numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club, Society of Publication Designers, National Cartoonists Society, Communication Arts, among others. He has also worked in film and television, including PBS for “Frontline” and “Need to Know”. Since 1993 he has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has also taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he resides.



Matt Bollinger, interdisciplinary
Monday, February 12, 2018
Kelly Popoff, mixed media
Monday, March 5, 2018
Riley Brewster, painter
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Judy Glantzman, painter
Monday, April 2, 2018
Margaret Grimes, painter
Monday, April 16, 2018

Gallery Opening

Jan 25 - March 4

Opening Reception: January 25, 6-8 pm
Curated by Lori Glavin and Patricia Spergel

Featuring a group of artists who work in more than one medium, “Parallel Practices” will showcase the cross-pollination of ideas and the unexpected variety of creative expression that often happens concurrently in artists’ studios, creating parallel bodies of work, each equally important to their artistic practices. The exhibition will present works which include painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, ceramics, animation, installation and photography. Participating artists include: Harriet Bellows, Matt Bollinger, Guy C. Corriero, Deborah Dancy, Fukuko Harris, Carol McMahon, Patricia Miranda, Elisa Soliven, Martha Tuttle, Alan Wiener and Mie Yim.

Sip & Sketch

Friday, January 19, 7–9pm

Enjoy a fun and creative evening of drawing from a live model in a relaxed environment while you sip wine and sample assorted snacks in our Drawing Studio (VPA 241) on the 2nd floor of the Visual & Performing Arts Center. Materials are provided but you may bring your own supplies too. All skill levels are welcome. Must be 21+ to attend.

$25.00 per person (includes all materials & refreshments)
WCSU Alumni get $5 discount with secret code 

Sponsored by WCSU Alumni Association

Student Ceramics Sale

Thurs & Fri, December 7 & 8, 2017

The Department of Art will host a ceramics sale from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8, 2017, in Room 012 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. All are welcome. 

Students in Western’s Department of Art will sell their hand-made ceramic pieces. The students have produced a variety of functional and non-toxic ceramic wares as part of their artistic work in classes at WCSU. Ceramics on sale for holiday gift giving and personal use will include plates, bowls and other pieces that are made with pigmented clays or have been given a glazed finish.

Funds raised from sale of the ceramic pieces will be used to purchase supplies for the Art Department ceramics program. A tour of the WCSU art studio and information about the ceramics process will be available to all visitors during the sale.

For more information, contact Visual Arts Assistant, Lori Robeau at or Adjunct Professor of Art Jurg Lanzrein at

Portfolio Day

Saturday, December 2, 2017 1-4pm

The Department of Art at WCSU will host a Portfolio Day on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. in room 145 of the Visual & Performing Arts Center located on the University's Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave Extension, Danbury.

This is a unique opportunity for those interested in pursuing an education in art and design to meet individually with professional art faculty who can provide valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio of artwork. Additionally, participants will have the chance to discuss concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts program and get answers to questions about professional careers in art and design.

The event is free and all High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.