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Hartford Art School Painting, Drawing and Sculpture Seniors Showcase Their Work in “Metonymy”

Posted 04/04/2012
Posted by David Isgur

A select group of students from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford will be showcasing their senior thesis work to a show open to the public. The Joseloff Gallery of the Hartford Art School is proud to announce the Painting and Drawing and Sculpture BFA Thesis Exhibit titled “Metonymy” from Saturday, April 21 through Tuesday, April 24. The opening reception is on Saturday, April 21, at 5 p.m. and it is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will showcase the artwork of 17 rising artists working with painting, drawing and sculpture media. When asked to describe the theme of the exhibition, Cat Balco, assistant professor of painting at the Hartford Art School, said that “It is difficult to generalize about ‘Metonymy.’ The title perhaps best identifies these fine artists’ shared ground: works reflect, resonate with, and respond to — but don't exactly represent — ideas and issues in the world. We are not told what to think or how to see, but rather we are asked to explore, intuit, and engage.”

This group of artists explores very diverse and attention-grabbing themes in their work. From the Painting and Drawing department: Beena Azeem’s (Houston, TX) reflection-based oil paintings challenge societal perceptions through a play on optics; Karri Chapman (Terryville, CT) creates quiet, meditative watercolor paintings using patterns; Sandra Chase (West Hartford, CT) is interested in the complex, ever present interactions of the systems of our lives; Megan Danisi (Sharon, CT) creates abstract, process based paintings about objects and light; Jessica Fallis (Southington, CT) explores reflections in the natural landscape; Akino Fukawa (Simsbury, CT) creates charcoal and graphite drawings of her "Hair Monsters" creatures; Catherine Johnson (Reading, MA) focuses on representing the beauty in the organic structures of nature; Alyssa Nett (Glastonbury CT) creates organic forms as a psychological response to the external world; Alex Prosser (Montrose, NY) makes drawings and paintings of certain natural forms and personal aesthetics; Stass Shpanin (Agawam, MA) translates European and Russian history of the 19th century to the contemporary language of art; Margaret Vaughan (Wethersfield, CT) uses traditional portraiture combined with vibrant and highly saturated color to create a dialogue with modern values; and Eleni Zouridakis (Agawam, MA) utilizes calligraphy to create intimate and emotional text-based paintings on paper that deal with issues of relationships and communication.

From the Sculpture department: Christine Gaston’s (Colchester, CT) work focuses on the memories lost with age and the different ways in which those memories present themselves again; Vicky Healy’s (West Hartford, CT) work is an exploration into our world through the eyes of monsters and their struggle to fit in; Jocelyn D. Rosenberg (Monroe, CT) makes the viewer more aware of their surroundings;  and Kyle Roncaioli’s (West Hartford, CT) work has to do with the frustrations and battles of the fight with food as well as the stress.

Joseloff Gallery hours for the exhibition are Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Joseloff Gallery at 860.768.4090.