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2021 BFA Exhibition

The UConn Department of Art and Art History’s graduating BFA seniors are pleased to present the 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibition features the studio work of students concentrating in Graphic Design, Illustration/Animation, Painting/Drawing, Photography/Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture/Ceramics. Despite the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, we were able to come together to produce outstanding creative work. With every new obstacle, we not only discovered inventive ways to complete our projects but realized our inner strength and overall tenacity as well. Success was never far beyond the horizon given the enduring support of the faculty. Though diverse in subject matter and chosen media, the exhibition is unified through the dedication and passion we share for our respective studio practices. We are proud to exhibit our work and share it with the community.

With Sincerity,

The Graduating BFA Class of 2021

Visiting Artist Lecture: Inverted Landscapes by Rebecca Najdowski

Please join us for a virtual artist talk by Rebecca Najdowski this Monday, April 5 at 7:00 PM (EDT), hosted by the Department of Art & Art History. In her presentation titled, Inverted Landscapes, Rebecca will share insights into her Ph.D. research and creative practice, which explore concepts of representation (photo/video), technology, and the environment. More information is below, including an invitation to the Zoom meeting room and an artist biography. The event is free and open to the public — please feel free to share with others who may be interested.

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact clare.benson@uconn.edu.

Topic: Inverted Landscapes – Rebecca Najdowski Artist Talk

Time: Apr 5, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/93521728321?pwd=Qmc2NDlQUlpzOXVZZFVuSHp5ekxHUT09

Meeting ID: 935 2172 8321

Passcode: e4w1zr

 

About the artist:

www.rebeccanajdowski.com

Rebecca Najdowski is an American artist, researcher, and educator based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. Her practice involves experimental photography, video, and 3D modelling as a way to explore the materiality of photomedia. With a focus on how photo images render representations of nature, she considers the ensuing implications of how we, as humans, comprehend the world around us. Much of her photomedia-driven artwork has experimented with its materiality by inviting natural elements — geothermal activity, the sun, time — to change the content and texture of the work.

Rebecca’s images, objects, and films have been presented internationally, including Aperture Gallery in New York; FORMAT Festival in the United Kingdom; and Athens Digital Art Festival in Greece. She holds a PhD from Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) and an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil. From 2013–2015 she was an Artist Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, where her work is now part of the collection. Rebecca has been an artist-in-residence at Banff Centre in Canada; the Institute for Electronic Art at Alfred University, New York; and at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.

Rebecca was raised on the traditional lands of the Pueblo people and the Jicarilla Apache in Northern New Mexico, spent many years on the lands of the Ohlone people of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently lives and works on unceded Wurundjeri and Boonwurung land.

Annual MFA Sale – Live Now

MFA Sale Flyer

The Annual MFA Sale is now live and can be viewed at http://bit.ly/GAAMFA

This sale supports the MFA Studio Art Program’s thesis exhibition in New York City. This annual sale offers a range of work by current and past faculty, graduate students, and alumni, all offered at affordable prices. The work reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the program, and spans a breadth of media, including photography, painting, screenprinting, intaglio, drawing, and zines. The sale consists of artworks donated by artists within the UConn community, and the sale will run until the end of January.

Thank you!
Graduate Art Alliance

2020 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

The UConn Department of Art and Art History is proud to present the 2020 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. Launching Thursday, May 7th, 2020, the exhibition features the work of thirty-three graduating Seniors receiving their B.F.A. in Art degrees within the concentrations of Graphic Design, Illustration/Animation, Painting/Drawing, Photography/Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture/Ceramics.

 

We cordially invite you to share in their work at the following links:

 

UConn BFA Exhibition 2020 Website

UConn BFA Exhibition 2020 Instagram

UConn BFA Exhibition 2020 Catalog

2020 BFA Exhibition

 

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Athens named 2020-2021 UCHI Fellow

headshots of the 2020-2021 UConn Faculty Fellows

Big congrats to Assistant Professor Elizabeth Athens on her 2020-21 UCHI Fellowship!

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) is proud to announce its incoming class of UConn faculty fellows. The Class of 2020–21 will consist of seven faculty members who embody the creative drive and energy of the arts and humanities scholarship at the University of Connecticut. Fellows’ names, home departments, and project titles are listed below. More information about each fellow, including their biographies, will be provided at a later date. Congratulations to all incoming fellows!

Elizabeth Athens (Art History) – “Figuring a World: William Bartram’s Natural History”

Amanda J. Crawford (Journalism) – ”The Sky is Crying: the Sandy Hook Shooting and the Battle for Truth” 

Melanie Newport, (History) – “This is My Jail:  Reform and Mass Incarceration in Chicago and Cook County”

Helen M. Rozwadowski (History) – “Science as Frontier: History Hidden in Plain Sight”

Sara Silverstein (History) – “Toward Global Health: A History of International Collaboration”

Scott Wallace (Journalism) – “The Bleeding Frontier: Indigenous Warriors in the Battle for the Amazon and Planet Earth”

Sarah Winter (English) – “The Right to a Remedy: Habeas Corpus, Empire, and Human Rights Narratives”

 

Read more from the Humanities Institute.

Pneuhaus Interdisciplinary Workshop & Lecture 2/25

February 25th Interdisciplinary – Workshop + Lecture

Co-sponsored by Dept of Art and Art History with generous financial support from the Krenicki Arts and Engineering Institute, School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut.

Pneuhaus Levi Bedall and Matt Muller from the design/engineering collective will be lecturing on the interdisciplinary nature of their unique practice.

Photograph of an inflatable room with people sitting inside.
Pneuhaus
is a design collective focusing on the mastery of all things inflatable. With expertise in both materials and methods they create spatial designs, and temporary structures ranging from contemporary art and large-scale immersive environments to inflatable habitats for NASA.

As architects, designers, engineers, and artists, they collaborate on new forms, new ideas and new ways to define public spaces in inspiring ways, and develop innovative new forms of inflatable architecture.

7:00pm-8:00pm Lecture- Pneuhaus- design, engineering + creative practice open to the public

Art Building Main Gallery Area.

Please contact Christopher.sancomb@uconn for more information.

 

 

Visiting Artists Breanne Trammel and Mary Banas – next week!

Breanne Trammell is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. Her practice is fluid and project-specific as she pivots between installation, sculpture, publishing, performance, curatorial projects, and collaborative making. Her studio work is a playful constellation of diaristic sculptural objects and prints that explore the confluence of high and low brow, and shares commonplace experiences that are mined from the everyday and her personal history. Using humor and playful formalism, Breanne subverts traditional printmaking techniques to elevate low and ubiquitous objects, printed matter, and digital ephemera. Her publishing imprint Teachers Lounge loosely operates as a forum to explore subversive topics and reveal hidden histories related to education, activism, politics, sports, and visual culture. Breanne’s work has been widely exhibited and she has been an artist-in-residence at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Kala Institute, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow School of Art, Endless Editions, among others. Breanne received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati.

Mary Banas develops conceptual and informed designs for brands, institutions, and social practices with her independent creative practice YES IS MORE which includes design, visual research, and teaching.

Mary has designed for and with organizations and companies including COLLINS, Designer Fund, Dolby Labs, Honor, Mode Analytics, Postmates, Segment, and WBUR Boston. In 2018 she designed Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski’s album Be The Cowboy which was nominated in the “Best Recording Package” category for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

She was a resident for Design Inquiry, Maine in 2016 where she developed work investigating the possibilities and limitations of line, both as a form and concept, and in 2018 with a close-read of Sol LeWitt’s 1981 artist book Autobiography resulting in Alternative Texts: What Are You Reading? which launched at Limited Edition Gallery inside John McNeil Studio in Berkeley, CA.

Mary has taught graphic design since 2009, notably as Visiting Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Bridgeport, as well as leading design workshops for the Center for Creative Solutions (Vermont), Dolby Labs (San Francisco), OTIS College of Art and Design (Los Angeles), and the Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley). She has been a visiting critic at MICA and Pratt Institute.

BFA, University of Connecticut
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

 

Breanne Trammell and Mary Banas

2019 Guggenheim Fellowship Winner: Prof. Janet Pritchard

 

Congratulations to Prof. Janet Pritchard for being awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship. Each year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards roughly 175 fellowships to select individuals from a pool of over 3,000 applicants. These fellowships are intended to recognize individuals that express an exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Janet’s work as a landscape photographer is exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom. Her photography is also a part of eight prestigious permanent collections in venues both here and the U.K. Her current project, More than a River: the Connecticut River Watershed, is expected to continue for many years. It involves photographing the Connecticut River landscape and contextualizing it as a complex set of interconnected systems where the land and riverscape impact the lives of the people who call it home and vice versa. Her work seeks out the intersection of nature and culture. The Guggenheim Fellowship will provide her with the opportunity to better understand the ecological concerns throughout the watershed and delve deeper into a few significant topics that she can weave into the larger story she will be telling through her work.

 

janet pritchard winner

Anonymous Is a Woman – Art Exhibition Opening Reception

 

Please join us for the opening reception of Anonymous Is A Woman, reflections on the erasure and representation of the female body through history by Isabella Saraceni ’19 (Studio Art, SFA).  The reception will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in VAIS Gallery, Art Building Room 109. This event is open to the University community and the general public. The show will run from April 15th – April 19th. Click here to learn more about the artist. This project is funded by a UConn IDEA Grant.

 

isabella saraceni

Scholarship Show

 

The annual Scholarship Show on Wednesday, April 3rd, was a success! There were 22 individual named scholarships with 24 recipients. Students submitted their artwork and were chosen by a jury of professional artists to be displayed in the Scholarship Show. Awards winning pieces were chosen from the juried pieces. There were also 56 recipients of the Fine Arts Talent Scholarship which is awarded based on academic achievement and GPA, and did not require any submission of work. The winning pieces are on display in the Arena Gallery, which is where the ceremony took place. Anne D’Alleva, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, presented the Dean’s Scholarship and Professors Alison Paul and Mark Zurolo announced remaining scholarship recipients.

 

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon TODAY

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon hopes to bring more coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. The Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon will be taking place on Monday, April 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Greenhouse Studios and the Humanities Institute, located in the Babbidge Library. If you are at the Hartford Campus, it will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in HTB 223 Computer Lab.

Read more about the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon here