Department of Art Alumni
Ival Stratford-Kovner '86, MFA '02
Ival Stratford-Kovner, the first graduate of the WestConn MFA program, received her BFA from Boston University School for the Arts, a computer graphics certificate from Clark College in Massachusetts a MS from Western and received her Arts Management certification from UMASS. Ival continues to exhibit her work.
Her MFA independent study for the summer is for "Winter in Paree" - a novel by Sorbonne University Professor Stephen Muse - and it will be published eventually on the Internet. Ival is the illustrator.
On July 14th and 15th, 2005 at the University of Aukland, New Zealand Korean Studies Association of Australiasia (KSAA) Conference, a proposal by Ival Stratford-Kovner will be featured. The paper concerns utilization of fine art to build communications and understanding for newly arriving international students within the frameworks of curricula concerning art history. Her work concerning the bio-energy grass, "miscanthus", along with the work of her Korean students (collages illustrating the use of Greek vase narrative techniques). Ival has received funding support and will meet with the Korean Ambassador of New Zealand and attend a Samulnori performance staged by Maori tribal members.
Ival's first job was teaching art in the Country Day School in St. Croix and most recently taught at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has exhibited internationally and maintains two studios. Ival also offers on location workshops.
She received a $2,000 grant from the cultural councils of Massachusetts to attend the College Art Association annual conference in Seattle Washington. She then became one of the committee members of the "Leonardo CAA Group" to work to present future workshops at the College Art Association conferences as well as establish internet communications for artists around the world - Ival added, "This is an exciting venture - and certainly your own work can serve as a model for sharing utilizing electronic communication - again, bravo for your continued hard work!"
On March 6th, 2004 she received the Leadership Circle Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for volunteer work and support of the arts for fifteen years (thirteen served as Chairperson of the Dedham Cultural Council). This is the first year they are offering these awards in three categories: legislator, municipal official and volunteer. She says, "I am very happy to have been selected and plan to step down this year from the DCC. It's been very rewarding since I learned so much about our town and its cultural needs as well as the resources we have here."