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Annual MFA Sale – Live Now

MFA Sale Flyer

The Annual MFA Sale is now live and can be viewed at

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.
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

Sharon Hayes Opening Reception

Sharon Hayes moved to New York City in 1999 and quickly noticed a relationship between art and activism. Her work touches on the ideas of romantic love, queer theory, activism, and politics. She uses various mediums such as recordings, speeches, songs, and letters, in combination with her own writing, to produce multi-channel video installations. Her interest in public space stemmed from her interest in public speech and she hopes to interrogate the intensely intimate and profoundly public relationship of speech and action.

Sharon also delivers political texts in the form of on-street recitations to further analyze the intersection of history, politics, and speech. Through this work she seeks to answer the question of how does the protest sign create meaning? She also aims to understand the positionality of the sign-holder, so she often holds the sign herself. She uses political slogans from the past, as she’s interested in seeing what conversation it will create in the present. When people approach her and ask what she’s doing, she doesn’t tell them she’s an artist or doing a performance because when someone hears that, they tend to have a ‘Oh I get it, art is weird’ response and carry on; this inhibits real conversation and questions from arising. By telling them she’s just interested in protest, she is able to create genuine conversation and raise questions that go deeper into the given topic and parallel the typical questions people ask about art and performances.

Sharon explained that she is also interested in ever so slightly disrupting the concept of time and does her best to do so in her performances and artwork. When she showcases her work, the video installations are projected on a surface with a 7-degree angle toward the audience. She believes that this method is a strategy used in documentary film but that she does not classify her work as documentary.

Students were given the chance to hear Sharon speak to all of this in person, as well as pick her brain about both her work and art in general, at the opening reception that was held for her on Monday, February 25th.


CAG Exhibition: Protests, Proclamations and Celebrations

Protests, Proclamations, and Celebrations: 
Sharon Hayes

Part Two of Four Acts




Artist Sharon Hayes is part of our four part exhibition, Protests, Proclamations and Celebrations. She addresses ideas of romantic love, queer theory, activism, and politics. Incorporating recordings, speeches, songs, and letters along with her own writing, she describes her practice as “a series of performatives rather than performance”. She will be participating in an artist talk and opening reception from 5 pm to 7pm on Monday 25th in the Art Building at UCONN. Please join us for refreshments and conversation with the artist.


Ricerche: Three, 2016, Film Still


Fingernails on a Blackboard: Bella, 2014, Video Still 


We Cannot Leave This World to Others, 2014, Video Still


Ricerche: Three, 2016, Installation Shot


Protests, Proclamations, and Celebrations: Shen Xin

Part One of Four Acts



Shen Xin delivered an artist talk to the UCONN community followed by a reception at the Contemporary Art Galleries. Shen also met with the graduate students for individual critiques. 


Installation view of Shen Xin’s Escape Forms: Prologue, 2016 and Provocation of the Nightingale, 2017. 


Still from Provocation of the Nightingale, 2017


Shen Xin speaks at the Thomas J. Dodd Center