Like many of us, Robert Lipski ’12 has dreamed of one day going into space. But Lipski is a step ahead of the rest of us. He had a hand in conducting an experiment that blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule.
His eyes are dark and intense under heavy brows; his body, lean. He is a serious young man with an amazing intellect and impressive talent as a realist painter with a classical orientation, as well as a self-taught jazz percussionist.
By age 12, Stanislav “Stass” Shpanin ’12 was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Youngest Professional Artist in the World.” While a University of Hartford student, his paintings were displayed in public and private collections, including those of President Heydar Aliev of Azerbaijan and former U.S. President George W. Bush.
Sculptor Kathleen Griffin ’97 has a thing about horses. And candy. And butterflies. Each is a subject of her public art. She has filled a rescue boat with 2,500 pounds of sculpted lemon candy and created large words on various surfaces by arranging pennies or digging grass out of the ground in the shapes of letters.