Department of Art Alumni

MFA Highlights


Gulgun Aliriza
(M.F.A. Painting 2007)

  • Katonah Museum Artist Association advisory board invited Gulgun Aliriza to exhibit her work in a “Selective Show” at Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, New York, March 28, 2009- September 21, 2009

  • Won Best in Show for her body of work at the “ 46th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition” held at the Putnam Arts Council in Brewster, NY

  • 2008 Juried Exhibition AT THE Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, CT jurors Vincent Baldassano & David Boyajian

  • "31st Juried Exhibition” at Ridgefield Guild of Artists in Ridgefield, CT; juror Benjamin Genocchio, New York Times Art Critic & Writer,”

  • Artspace in New Haven, CT. “CONNcentric”, Juried by Liza Statton, Curator/Gallery Director

  • “Lofts at ArLow” New Haven, CT

  • Small Space Gallery in New Haven, CT. “onVIEW”

  • Bowery Gallery in New York, NY “2008 Bowery Gallery National Competition” juror Jed Perl

  • Sculpture Barn New Fairfield , CT “Creative Voice II”

  • “Painting as Presence” Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT juror William Bailey emeritus Professor of Painting, Yale

Helen K. Anne (M.F.A. Painting 2007)

  • Loudon County Arts Center in Leesburg, Va.  two juried shows

  • "Fall into Arts" festival in Leesburg, VA

Michel Belknap
(M.F.A. Painting 2008)

  • New York at 401 Projects photo/painting project with her husband Daniel

Phyllis Boger
(M.F.A. Painting 2002)

  • Va Bene, Italy.  Three person exhibit based on time in Italy.  Artist on Central, Memphis March 2009

  • One person Exhibit, Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, August 2008.

  • Christian Brothers University Ross Gallery, “Raw Silk”, Jan. 2010

  • Dixon Gardens and Gallery Museum, May, 2009

  • Memphis College of Art. Memphis, TN, December, 2008

  • Harrison Art League, Arkansas, May 2008

  • Exhibition of Faculty/Student at Gallery 59, Memphis, TN March 2009

  • Bradbury Gallery at Arkansas State University, 2008

Carmen Canal
(MFA Illustration 2009)

  • “Fairy Tale, Legend & Myth” - Greater Hartford Campus Art Gallery, UCONN West Hartford, CT

  • "Women of Nature" - Prosser Public Library, Bloomfield, CT

  • "Art For Mother Earth" - Passiflora Tearoom, New Hartford, CT

  • "Enchanted Images" - Friends Room, South Windsor Public Library, South Windsor, CT

  • "The Fairy Women" - West Hartford Public Library Gallery Space, West Hartford, CT

  • "Three Latin Artists" - Greater Hartford Campus Gallery, UCONN, West Hartford, CT

  • "Beyond Boundaries" - House Full of Art, Monson, MA

  • “Fairy Women” – Border’s Books and Music, Manchester, CT

  • “Latino Artists”- Greater Hartford Campus Art Gallery, UCONN, West Hartford, CT

  • "Imaginart” - House Full of Art, Monson, MA

  • “Astrology”- Star Con Art Show, Denver, CO

  • “Magical Women” - Border’s Books and Music, Manchester, CT

  • “Moons of Women” - Women’s Center Art Gallery, Manchester, CT

Nancy W Cassidy
(M.F.A. Illustration 2005)

  • One of 100 illustrators who exhibited illustration portfolios at the 
    Roosevelt Hotel in NYC during "Roadshow" at the Illustration Conference 

David Cerne (M.F.A. Painting 2007)

  • Solo Show White Plains City Library  White Plains, NY Apr 08

Lee Cordon
(M.F.A. Painting 2004)

  • Solo show at Artisan Design Gallery, Brattleboro, Vermont

  • “Painting as Presence” Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT juror William Bailey emeritus Professor of Painting, Yale

  • Washington Art Association, Washington Depot

betsy Davidson
(M.F.A. Painting 2010)

  • The Mark Twain Library’s 36th Annual Art Show, juror: Charlie Ray Dec. 2008

David Ferreira (M.F.A. 2010)

  • "Pop Euphoria" juried exhibition at the Aurora Gallery, Worchester, MA. 

  • "We Three" at the Diesel Cafe, Somerville, MA 

  • "Winter Exhibit" at Gallery Della-Piana, Wenham, MA

  • "The Art of David Ferreira and Chris White" at the Gulu Gulu Cafe, Salem, MA

  • "Solo Exhibit" at Fuel Coffee Shop, New Haven, CT

  • "Go Figure!" at Dayone Skate Shop and Artspace, (curated as well as exhibited) 

  • "Retrospect" solo exhibition at Nolia Gallery, Amherst, NH

  • "Elsewhere" at Mingo Gallery, Beverly, MA

Bridget Grady
(M.F.A. Painting 2004)

  • Sketchbook Project, Traveling Exhibition.3/09- 6/09

  • Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Washington, DC

  • Chris' Jazz Caf, Philadelphia, PA

  • Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA

  • Antena Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • Soulard Art Market, Saint Louis, MO

  • 3rd Ward Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta, GA

  • Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT Open Juried Show, juror Tony Caretta of New Arts Gallery, Litchfield CT

  • Mark Potter Gallery, The Taft School, Watertown Ct. W.A.L. Open Juried Show, (Best in Oil)

Bryn Gillette (M.F.A. Painting 2009)


  • Walnut Hill Community Church, CT one man show of my Haitian artwork "105 Glimpses of Haiti" also published on the cover of their monthly periodical. 

  • WCSU - two man show with Adam Swartz's photographs "Inspired Images".  *

  • “Painting as Presence” Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT juror William Bailey emeritus Professor of Painting, Yale

  • Group show Cartus Corporation in Nov and Dec. 08

Ginger Hanrahan (M.F.A. Painting 2007)


  • Two Person Show, Gallery 195, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, New Haven, CT

  • “Why Not?”, Burt Chernow Galleries, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT

  • “CONNcentric” Juried Show, Artspace, New Haven, CT

  • Open Studios, Artspace, New Haven, CT

  • Post University Art Exhibition, Waterbury, CT


Doris Kaye (M.F.A. Painting 2006)

  • Stamford Art Association--2 juried shows.

Joan Kelly (M.F.A. Painting 2005) 

  • Solo Exhibition  “Reflex” University Sains Museum Penang, Malaysia  Nov 2008  

  • International Drawing Biennial Pilsen Czech Rep., Oct 2008 

  • Duel Exhibition “Influx” Joan Kelly and Eileen Reynolds, Post Museum,  
    Singapore April 2008

Rolandas Kialevicius (M.F.A. Illustration 2006)


  • GIRO SHOW – Performance Art in Chicago, Boston, L.A. and San Diego

  • Exhibition – Bridgeport Art League

  • Art Show, Library in Danbury

Mike Lavoie (M.F.A. Illustration 2004)


  • Group Show Lunacon 2008, March 2008.

  • Solo Exhibition, The Art League of New Britain

  • Last Man Standing 3. International competition sponsored by One of 400 participants for a juried science fiction and fantasy exhibition.

  • Lunacon 2007. Rye, NY. Group Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustration Exhibition.

  • Connection 2007. Hartford, CT. Group Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustration Exhibition.

  • World Fantasy. Saratoga Springs, NY. Group Science Fiction and Fantasy Exhibition.

Derek Leka (M.F.A. Painting 2007)

  • National Academy of Design’s 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art 

  • Art of the Northeast, at Silvermine Art Center, New Caanan CT

  • “Painting as Presence” Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT juror William Bailey emeritus professor of painting, Yale

  • New Guild Members Show at Silvermine Art Center

Carla Lindsey (M.F.A. Painting 2008)

  • Hartford Art School's Alumni Art Show

  • Figurative: Part IV - The New Britain Art League February 6 - March 8 

  • Black & White Affair - The Artwell February 21 - March 22

Phil Lique (M.F.A. Painting 2008)

  • City Wide Open Studios Artspace: New Haven, CT

  • Artspace Gallery "Put Together", New Haven CT

Susan Lozoraites (M.F.A. Painting 2007)


  • "Cultivated"/a spring art show/ ARTSWorcester,Aurora Gallery/ spring 2008 

  • Juried show/Danforth Museum, "Community Art" Framingham MA /summer 2008 

  • Juried show/Central MA Women's Caucus for Art/ "Intimate Spaces" @ the FItchburg Art Museum/summer 2008 

  • Members Show, ARTSWorcester, fall 2008 

  • Juried show "H2O " Central MA Women's Caucus for Art at FATV, Fitchburg MA Fall 2008 

  • Solo Show/One Love Cafe/Worcester MA "Spiritwhere, a collection of Artwear", Feb 9- March 29, 2009

Brie McDonald ( M.F.A. Painting 2010)


  • 3 person exhibition at the Farmington Library in CT during the summer of 2008

  • New Britain Museum of American Art for their Museum After Dark Summer Art Auction

  • 3 oil paintings were chosen by jury to be shown at SPAG (St. Philips Artist Guild) Gallery in the Manice Lockwood Mansion of Norwalk CT for “Feeding the Soul”. This show will run from February 28 to May 2, 2009.

Anna Myers (M.F.A. Illustration 2008)


  • WCSU’s alumni Art Exhibit, October 2008.


Jamison Odone ( M.F.A. Illustration 2010)


  • Trains, Badgers, and Other Imaginings of Jamison Odone:  

    • An Illustrator's Exhibit at UConn STAMFORD November 12-December 31, 2008 
      Artist's Reception and Book Signing Monday December 1, 4-6 PM 

  • Soft Serve: An exhibition of 2008 Connecticut Fellowship Grant recipients February 19-April 10th, 2009 Opening on March 5th 4:30-6:30 Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Gallery, Hartford CT


Perry Obee (M.F.A. Painting 2009)


  • St Phillip's Artist Guild in Norwalk Ct, entitled Art of the Soul... , juried by Duvian Montoya

  • Cartus Corporation M.F.A. Group Show


Joan Polzin (M.F.A. Painting 2005)


  • One person show at Wild Birds Unlimited


Renee Rossi (M.F.A. Painting 2010) 


  •  "Feeding the Soul" SPAG gallery @ Manice Lockwood Mansion in Norwalk, CT


Jill Sarver (M.F.A. Painting 2010)


VACI (Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institute) Student Exhibition, Chautauqua School of Art; 
February  27-March 1 

Mounira Stott (M.F.A. Painting 2004)


  • New Haven Free Library - Azoth gallery exhibition, New Haven, CT  (Solo) 

  • Ward-Nasse Gallery, NYC

  • Prince Street, NYC 

  • Gunn Memorial Library, Washington, CT (Solo) 


Tony Zatzick (M.F.A. Painting 2004)


  • Newbury College show Brookline MA Landscape: “Real and Imagined” 2 person show with E. Joseph McCarthy

  • Marty’s Caf, Washington CT  “Watercolors”

  • Washington Art Association, Faculty Exhibition, Washington, CT

  • Washington Art Association, Art Squared, Washington, CT

  • Black and White Artwell Torrington

  • Sculpture Barn New Fairfield , CT “Creative Voice II”



Bryn Gillette


commission for the CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken: six painting oil series titled "Posture of Center" for his private collection

Ival Stratford-Kovner


  • Stowe Vermont Portrait Commission:  Innkeepers, 2008 - 2009


Mike Lavoie


  • Video game concept artist and designer. Provided sketches and designs for various characters for both Chronicles of Lorian and Shattered Lands
Prizes, Grants, Scholarships  

 Gulgun Aliriza


  • 2008 Best in Show-Body of Work, The Putnam Arts Council, “46th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit ”, Brewster, NY

Phyllis Boger


  • 2nd Place and Honorable Mention, MGAL Exhibition, Spring 2008


Carmen Canal


  • "Five Golden Rings”- Christmas Ornament: The Official White House Tree, The White House, Washington, DC

  • Connecticut Women Artist Award, Manchester, CT             

  • Minority Student Purchase Award, Manchester, CT                                

  • President's Purchase, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

  • Judge’s Choice, Best of Show, 1st Place, Star Con Art Show, Denver, CO


Bryn Gillette 


  • Received an "Honorable Mention" from William Bailey, the curator of Creative Arts Workshop 2008 national show Painting as Presence

Jill Sarver


  • Received Grants from Chautauqua School of Art, The Rome Summer Art Program directed by Carole Robb

Jamison Odone


  • Selected as one of the 2008 winners of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Fellowship Grant



Carmen Canal


  • "Emerald Ballroom" logo-Emerald Ballroom, Vernon, CT

  • The Dream Network, Vol. 19, No. 3, Moab, UT

  • Sage Woman, Issue 47, Point Arena, CA

  • Pan Gaia, Issue 18, Point Arena, CA

  • Sage Woman, Issue 42, Point Arena, CA

  • The Door Opener, Vol.12, No.2, Vernon, CT

  • Sage Woman, Issue 40, Point Arena, CA


Nancy W. Cassidy 


  • Continue to illustrate for children's educational markets Clients include: McGraw-Hill, United Methodist Publishers, Center for Applied Linguistics and Carson-Dellosa.

  • Represented by: Storybook Arts Inc.


David Ferreira 


  • "Wintertimes" cover illustration for New Haven Advocate

  • "Springtimes" cover illustration for New Haven Advocate  

  • Alterna Tales #4 cover Illustration for Alterna Comics 

  • San Pellegrino's The Sparkling Life <> web site, 60 custom black and white ink illustrations 

  • "X-Rav Bird" and "X-Ray Wife" Illustrations for Black Book's "Raw" publication.  

  • "Wishlist 2008" full color editorial illustration for The Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH 

  • The New Haven Advocate also wrote a short article about my work in 2008 


Bryn Gillette


  • Walnut Hill Community Church, CT one man show of  Haitian artwork "105 Glimpses of Haiti" and published me on the cover of their monthly periodical.

  • CT Review Spring 09 edition image of "Coconut Tree" was put on the front cover.

Carla Lindsey


  • Featured in "The Observer", the University of Hartford's magazine. I had my picture taken next to a painting I did while I was in the program entitled, "I Will Prevail".

Anna Myers


Tony Zatzick


  • Released Debut Meditation CD “The Love and Light of Guru Ram Dass” featuring all original Artwork, distributed by Spirit Voyage Records


Jamison Odone 


  • Second book, The Bedtime Train published by Front Street Books.  
    (same publisher of first book, Honey Badgers)  



Gulgun Aliriza

  • Adjunct Faulty, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY

Michel Belknap

  • Art/Film Class at Wooster School

  • Art History/Painting class at the Newtown Library.

Phyllis Boger


  • Caifiordi School of Art, Peitralunga, Italy -May and Sept 2008.

  • Memphis Botanic Garden Art Section.  “Surface Design, Batik Painting”  March, 2009

  • Workshop and Demo for the Lakeland Arts Council, March, 2009

Nancy W. Cassidy 


  • Illustration classes at House on the Hill Studio in 2008 & 2009

  • Painting classes at WAA 

Kevin Dwyer (M.F.A. Painting 2008) 


  • Mural Arts Program - Big Picture Program, Philadelphia, PA

  • Wissahickon Charter School - Assistant Instructor (taught the kids various elements of drawing, painting, and sculpture culminating in a student exhibition for them at the Rotunda in west Philadelphia, which made the news.)   


David Ferreira 


  • Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT -Art Teacher for several classes, including Experimental Watercolor, Acrylic Painting Technique and Comics and Sequential Art.

  • Kente Cultural Center, New London, CT- Director and Art Teacher for Business of Art, an after school art program where students exhibit and operate a community art gallery. 

  • Tower School, Marblehead, MA.- Art Teacher for several summer classes including Comic Book Art, Illustration and Picture Book Illustration.  

Ginger Hanrahan

  • Post University, Adjunct Professor, Art Department, Waterbury, CT

Bridget Grady

  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore - Assistant Professor of Drawing

Joan Kelly


  • Nanyang Technological University, Associate Professor of Painting.

  • She has also taught drawing at ASTI University

Rolandas Kialevicius



  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Adjunct Professor of Design and Illustration

  • New Haven University, Adjunct Professor

  • Guilford Art Center

  • Chapel Haven, Drawing and Illustration

Derek Leka (M.F.A. 2007)


  • Southern Connecticut State University, CT Adjunct Professor of Art

  • SUNY Purchase, NY Adjunct Professor of Art

  • University of Bridgeport, CT Adjunct Professor of Arts

Carla Lindsey

  • Milner Elementary School; teaching art to the kids as a form of therapy and a way to help them cope with various life situations.

DeAnn Matheny

  • Teaching part-time as an assistant for the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, grades 3rd-5th. 

Anna Myers (MFA Illustration, 2008)


  • Presentation/workshop, “What it’s like to be an illustrator,” for Mrs. Shearn’s class at -Morris Elementary school in Lenox Massachusetts, June 13th, 2008.

  • Children’s Holiday Reading and Illustrated Card workshop at the Stockbridge Library in Massachusetts, December 2008.

  • Counselor, Computer Animation Camp at WCSU, August 4th-8th 2008

Eileen Mooney

  • South Kent Preparatory School. Art Instructor

Jamison Odone


  • Guilford Art Center, visiting artist workshop 

  • The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Guest Artist workshop 

  • King and Low Elementary School, Stamford CT, guest speaker 

  • Park Avenue Elementary School, Danbury CT, guest artist workshop 

  • Ridgefield Academy, guest author

Joan Polzin 


  • Brookfield Craft Center, drawing, acrylic painting, painting a 'portrait of your pet'

  • Easton Senior Center, watercolor painting

Renee Rossi 

  • YMCA Escape to the Arts After School Art Program, Danbury CT

Tony Zatzick

  • Art & Yoga Workshop w/ Briggs Whiteford - Cornwall Kundalini Yoga, CT



Phyllis Boger


  • Curated two exhibitions in Memphis.

  • Presently the exhibition chair for Artists Link Memphis Visual Arts Group.

Workshops Schools, Residencies


Helen K. Anne

  • Lorton Arts Foundation program in Lorton, VA

Lee Cordon 

  • 4 week Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Kevin Dwyer 

  • taking classes Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Jamison Odone 

  • Private study with Maurice Sendak

Phyllis Boger

  • Master Painters workshop in Italy with Pinkney Hurbert

Ival Stratford-Kovner

  • Vemont Studio Center,  Winter 2009 



Nancy W. Cassidy 


  • attended Surtex and National Stationery Show in NYC May 2008.

  • Webmaster for my agent, Janet DeCarlo of Storybook Arts Inc. 

  • Webmaster for illustration agent Christina Tugeau 

Bryn Gillette


  • I've taken three artistic and humanitarian trips to Haiti since Jan 08. Our 501c3 TeamOne:27 in support of the orphans in Haiti got our official government status and our website goes live in a week  

  • dedicated 60 8x10 oils, 10 watercolors, and 35 photos for a fundraiser to Haiti.  From the sale of the work and other donations we raised over $35,000 for Haiti via TeamOne27.

  • launched an online e-commerce store featuring over 200 images of small works, watercolors, giclees and prints

  • paints live during the worship services, teach, and minister to the 2000 person congregation of Walnut Hill Community Church

Doris Kaye

  • Docent-in-Training at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. My work has included giving tours to the public for the "Paris Portraits" exhibit which recently ended its run.  It covered the evolution and breadth of portraiture, as well as caricature, dance, poetry, and sculpture by artist’s living in Paris during the 20th century. 

   Joan Kelly
  • Conferences: International Drawing Biennial Pilsen Czech Rep.  
    Presentation: “Survival of the Artist in Singapore" 

  • Research: December 2008 I continued collaborative research with Dr. Bhaskar Mukhopadyay of Goldsmiths, University of London, spending 5 weeks in Kolkata, India.  The field work takes place in the brothels of Kolkata with the sex workers as our subjects.  We are using the creation of art as an encounter with our subjects.  The painting/drawing is the point of communication.  Therefore we not only interview the women but have an experience, becoming a part of each others lives.  The art and writing produced as a way to give marginalized communities a voice. 


Rolandas Kialevicius


  • Presentation on his book Zoolidays at Cook Hill School and Guilford Art Center,

Ival Stratford-Kovner


  • Coordinator:  Boston University CFA 35th Visual Arts Reunion, fall 2008

  • Founder:  Boston University CFA Scholarship for undergrad in Visual Arts



Mike Lavoie


  • Central Connecticut State University. New Britain, CT. Guest lecturer Illustration.

  • New Britain Museum of American Art. Gave student tours (lectures were on Composition, painting and drawing as demonstrated in the museum's collection).


Carla Lindsey


  • My mother and I are still working hard on the documentary on my great, great grandfather's life. PBS interviewed me back in October and photographed many of my paintings. We're trying to have it done in time for black history month. But I'll keep you updated! 

Anna Myers


  • Website Design MonkeyHead Comics, rated as Connecticut’s number 1 comic shop by the Hartford -Geek Culture Examiner, Tom Genese, January 12 issue, 2009

  • article:

  • Website design for the Clinic for Women:


Perry Obee


  • printer since Jan 2008 at Milestone Graphics, a professional contract print shop in Bridgeport, Ct. print lithographs, etchings, monotypes, woodcuts, etc.  Some of the artist's I have printed for include Ann Chernow, Michael Torlen,  Nomi Silverman, and Don Gale. 

Tony Zatzick


  • Educational Advisor -Artist Materials Lecturer for Liquitex Artists Acrylic Paint in New England.

  • Lead weekly life-drawing sessions at the Washington art Association.




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