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Visual Arts Faculty Showcase Art in a Variety of Settings

Thumbnail image for chinese Fand Xiangle-Loner.jpgQimin Liu, professor of art, organized the "Lyrical. LUSCIOUS" Art Exhibition, a display that concluded on Aug. 31 at New London's LQM Gallery. The exhibition featured four Chinese artists taking part in the ICAS (International Contemporary Art Space) International Residency program.

Liu was also the artistic director for a second exhibition that ran from Sept. 14-30 at the LQM Gallery, featuring the Chinese ink paintings of four different Chinese artists.

ODonnell Art.jpgJohn O'Donnell, adjunct professor of art, is featured in numerous art exhibitions during the fall 2013 semester. His solo exhibition, "Ponzi Structure," was on display at Real Art Ways in Hartford in September. O'Donnell is also presenting drawings of dinosaurs in the "Hartford DADA" exhibition at the Pumphouse Gallery in Hartford, beginning on Sept. 26 and running through Nov. 1.

O'Donnell will also take part in an exhibition titled "New Prints 2013/Autumn" at the International Print Center New York (IPCNY) in New York City. The opening reception will takes place on Nov. 7, and the exhibit will run from Oct. 29 through Nov. 30.  Lastly, O'Donnell will present a large-scale watercolor in the exhibition, "Habitat" at Manchester Community College's Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery in Manchester.  It will be curated by Susan Classen-Sullivan and will run from Oct. 24 through Dec. 4, with the opening reception at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24.  O'Donnell can be contacted at odonnellj@easternct.edu.

This past summer, 12 Eastern and CCSU students, along with Visual Arts lecturer  Muriel Miller and CCSU Biology Professor Barbara Nicholson, had the opportunity to develop and apply skills in art and biology in the beautiful landscapes of coastal Ireland and the Lake District National Park in England. Students painted and drew natural rocky coastal settings while biology students did field studies of the area's distinctive flowers, fossils and birds. Students also visited the Aran Islands.

The Lake District, England's largest national park is a landscape of low mountains, pastureland, lakes and streams where art students rendered the special sense of the place in their beautiful landscapes.  Art students used many types of media to develop skills of perception and technical abilities in their chosen field.  Some did drawings, and others used acrylic or watercolors while studying the juxtapositions of forms and colors in natural environments. Students visited John Ruskin's Studio and Beatrix Potter's home. Biology students studied animal behavior, plant growth forms and ecological interrelationships.  Combined art critiques and biology presentations provided a forum for students to discuss their work and receive suggestions and ideas to develop their work.

Artwork produced from the trip is being shown in the Shafer Hall first-floor showcases during the fall semester.

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