Department of Art Alumni

Ival Stratford-Kovner '86, MFA '02


Ival Kovner attended the CAA Conference in Boston. Hugh O'Donnell was busy with various product line suppliers at the exhibition hall. He and his wife, Tina were present for the last day of the exhibition hall, most notably at the Vermont Studio Center exhibit and Winsor Newton space. Several Westconn affiliates were there to say "hello". Ival and Hugh spent a moment considering the great loss to the artistic community of Neil Welliver. Hugh had introduced Ival to Neil at a BU exhibition he had curated several years before.

Tony Zatzick MFA '04 was demonstrating for Liquitex. As usual, he was surrounded by acrylic paint, this time in vibrant colors as he worked with his logo apron.

The days were chilly, damp and at times, snowy, but the discourse within the Hynes Auditorium was animated. Various workshops and lectures provided attendees with the opportunity to hear Michael Mazur's discourse on paintings relation to printmaking. Book publishers were very visible and various authors stopped to talk with others concerning such topics as: online art history courses and utilizing studio workshops within art history survey courses. Author Robert Bersson talked to Ival about his experiences at Brandeis University from the late 60's that both recalled. His textbook, "Responding to Art", Form, Content & Context, was utilized by Ival for her Bunker Hill College students' Intro to Art courses. Ival writes, "It's always fascinating to meet the writer of a book you've been working with for several years." On the last day of the conference, exhibitors gave samples and materials to those who were still attending - a windfall to many artists.

Ival provided the images for the website of the conference she attended February 2006.  She writes, "The following images are from the conference that is at the Hynes Auditorium. It was nice to see fellow Westconn associates and BU associates. Current MFA students graduating within one year - or more - are able to apply for $10,000 and mentoring from CAA. (College art Association)  By going to the CAA web site, students can find our more concerning eligibility. If selected, it can really jump start professional careers.

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