School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Art

Student Ceramics Sale

Thurs & Fri, December 6–7

The Western Connecticut State University Department of Art will host a ceramics sale from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, in the new ceramics studio, Room 017 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. All are welcome.

Students in the WCSU Department of Art will sell their handmade ceramic craft products. The student artists have produced a variety of functional and non-toxic ceramic wares as part of their 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. Cash or check sales only.

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

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or Ceramics Professor, Jurg Lanzrein at lanzreinj@wcsu.edu.


Portfolio Day

Portfolio Reviews by WCSU Art Faculty

The Department of Art  will offer an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an education in art and design to have their works reviewed by members of the WCSU art faculty during a “Portfolio Day” event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 145 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Participation is encouraged for high school and college transfer students interested in pursuing art studies at WCSU, as well as their parents, teachers and guidance counselors. Admission is free and advance registration is required; reservations may be submitted online at https://wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com.

Participants are invited to bring in selections from their works or a digital portfolio, and will meet individually with professional artists who teach at WCSU. Faculty members will critique portfolios to provide feedback and guidance on works presented and also will be prepared to discuss professional career opportunities in art and design, as well as concentrations for study in the Art Department’s Bachelor of Arts program.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403.


Sip & Sketch

Friday, Nov 9, 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 robeaul@wcsu.edu for discount code)
 
Sponsored by the Department of Art and the WCSU Alumni Association

Get tickets HERE.


Gallery Opening

"?" (A Series of Collaborative Works)
Glenn Goldberg & Amber Scoon

Oct 4 – Dec 9

Artist Reception / Gallery Talk: Oct 25, 6–8 pm

Internationally acclaimed artists Glenn Goldberg and Amber Scoon will show selections from their year of creative exchanges by mail in an exhibition titled “?” that will run from Thursday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center Art Gallery at Western Connecticut State University. The works in the exhibition were inspired by the artists’ collaboration as co-authors of the book “?” published in 2017 by Atropos Press.

RSVP for the Artist Reception / Gallery Talk HERE


Fall 2018 NYC Museum Bus Trip

NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP TO THE MET

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

Open to all SVPA students (and guests), faculty and staff.

All ART Classes are cancelled for that day.

 

DETAILS:

Depart from the VPAC

North Arts Entrance, Westside Campus

9:00 am sharp

Return to WCSU

Depart from the MET at 5:00 pm sharp

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.

 

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.


BUS TRIP TO JERRY’S ARTARAMA

FREE BUS TRIP TO JERRY'S ARTARAMA
Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Jerry's Artarama is sponsoring a free bus trip to their Norwalk store for WCSU Art Students. This is a great opportunity for students to stock up on needed Art Supplies for the semester during their big Fall Sale! Jerry's will have extra staff on hand to help you with your purchases and answer any questions you may have about your supplies. Don't miss out!

The Details:

Sign up for the bus in the Art Office, VPA 143
Be sure to pick up their Fall Sale Flyer and special WCSU student discount coupon!

10:00 am – Leave the VPAC North Arts Entrance (back parking lot)

12:00 pm – Leave Jerry's to return to the VPAC by around 1:00 pm


Save the dates – Fall Semester Visiting Artists

UPCOMING VISITING ARTISTS


  • Deborah Zlotsky, painter
    Mon, Sept 24, 2018
  • Fritz Horstman, interdisciplinary
    Mon, Oct 8, 2018
  • Jon Krause, illustrator
    Tues, Oct 23, 2018
  • Glenn Goldberg, painter
    Mon, Nov 5, 2018
  • Elena Sisto painter
    Mon, Nov 19, 2018

Eric Valesquez, illustrator
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 11:00 am

Visual & Performing Arts Center, room 144
WCSU, Westside Campus

Illustrator Eric Velasquez was born in Spanish Harlem and he grew up in Harlem. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Eric has been illustrating for over 30 years.

He has illustrated over 30 children’s books, his first picture book “The Piano Man” by Debbie Chocolate, published by Bloomsbury won the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. In 2010 Eric was awarded an NAACP Image award for his work in “Our Children Can Soar” which he collaborated on with 12 notable illustrators of children’s literature. Eric also wrote and illustrated “Grandma’s Records” and its follow up “Grandma’s Gift” which won the 2011 Pura Belpre’ Award for illustration and was also nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award. Eric’s latest book “Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library” by Carole Boston Weatherford has gathered rave reviews, and has also won the 2018 Walter Award from the WNDB organization as well as the SCBWI’s The Golden Kite Award.

Eric Velasquez lives and works in New York. He teaches book illustration at FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC. For more information please visit his web site at EricVelasquez.com

Free & Open to the Public. Limited Seating Available.

RSVP HERE


MFA graduates to exhibit works in New York City

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 2018

Blue Mountain Gallery

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 21, 5–8 pm

On view: June 19–July 7
Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat, 11 am–6 pm

530 West 25 Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is the capstone experience of the graduate program, demonstrating a personal direction and mastery in the work of the artists.
Six graduate students will present their work this year at Blue Mountain Gallery: 

Jesse Navarra

Jennifer Oliveira-Florio

Jonathan Schreyer

Barbara Sinisi

Alyssa Voytek

Erin Walrath

View the Exhibition Catalog


Spring 2018 NYC Bus Trip

NYC Museum Bus Trip to

The Whitney Museum/Chelsea Galleries

Thursday, April 26, 2017

$10/roundtrip
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.

Details 
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.